O’Fallon B.D.S. Belgian-Style Dark Ale

RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.83/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 42   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
We brewed this Belgian-style dark ale (ALC:10% by VOL., SRM: 20, IBU:42) in July, 2010 and transferred it several weeks later into freshly drained Port barrels. For the next 11 months the beer worked in and out of the French oak barrels as the temperature in the brewery fluctuated with the seasons. In June 2011 we bottled the beer and put it aside to allow the flavors of the wood and the beer to marry and mellow. The result is spicy-sweet with hints of raisin and caramel that mingle with the dark fruit notes and oak from the barrels. We love this unique brew and hope you will too!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (14514) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 16, 2015
Bomber poured a clear reddish brown with a small lasting creamy tan head. Aromas of toffee, port, oak and light yeast. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, oak and light port with a smooth lingering toffee finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (10072) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Bottle shared by b3shine (mid 2012). Pours a reddish brown color with a small beige ring. The aroma and flavor had candi sugar, dark fruits, raisins, plums, some spices, some alcohol is present but mainly serves to warm, and wood. This was surprisingly good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - OCT 23, 2013
(bottle) brown with tan head. Aroma of dark fruits and alcohol. Flavor is oak, dark fruits, alcohol. Not my kind of thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
high_on_hops (809) - Burlingame, California, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Pours a deep red/brown with a faint off white head. The aroma is lots of port, dark fruit, and some malt and spice. The flavor is spices, plums, and port up front with some strawberries in a sweet, slightly malty finish over a medium body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimbleprop (8181) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 30, 2013
22oz bottle pours a hazy, garnet amber with some cloudy, white head. Nose is very boozy, candy sugar, plum, paint thinner. Flavor is also rather boozy, raisin, prune, plum wine, light acid, some rum, wood pulp, dried pear slices. Full, boozy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rando7 (779) - Iowa, USA - JUN 12, 2013
Bottle pours cloudy medium brown with think tan head. Probably one of the most annoying dipped wax I’ve ever chipped off. Great dark fruit quad-type aroma. Taste dark fruits, raisins, candi sugar, Belgian yeasts, with a hint of chocolate and tiny bit of sour. Not bourbon-barrel aged but almost a sensation of bourbon sweetness. Slight oak. Palate creamy. almost milky with an alcohol burn. Finish mildly sweet.

I didn’t expect a lot out of this but was pleasantly surprised. Complex well done Belgian ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (6103) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Wax dipped bomber shared with Dean. Poured a muddy chocolate brown with a smaller foamy light beige head. Aroma of chocolate, raisins, banana, bourbon, vanilla extract, yeast. Medium to fuller bodied with average carbonation and a chewy mouthfeel, lingering aftertaste with a slight flash of heat. Flavor of over ripe banana, some chocolate, light bourbon, Belgian yeast and bubble gum. Interesting beer, I liked it more then Dean I see.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (6320) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 28, 2013
750 ml. shared bottle. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of fruit, caramel, port, and wood. Taste is dark fruit, port, caramel, brown sugar, and wood. Solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (3261) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2013
Bottle shared thanks to Dmac. Pours an ugly apple cider color with an off white head. Aroma is of dark dried fruit, light alcohol, chocolate, wood, light yeast. Taste is light fruit skins, yeast chocolate, dried fruits, bread, and some mild alcohol on the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mcrae19 (59) - - FEB 2, 2013
Pours an opaque, deep brown with essentially no head. Flavors of raisin, caramel, and, for obvious reasons, very pronounced port—including the tannins that accompany red wine. The first time I tried B.D.S., the flavors were bolder and boozier; however, over the past year, I’ve opened two more bottles on separate occasions, and each time, it’s proven smoother, more balanced, and more complex. This is truly one of my favorite beers of all time. If you can still find this limited-run brew, grab at least a couple of bottles—one to try now, and one to age for another year. This one just keeps getting better.

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