AndyAle (6) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2007 does not count
Released today on tap. Some of the subtle characteristics I’m sure will in time become more pronounced. Aroma of clove and the usual Belgian suspects, a malty chocolate following, and a truly faint citrusy hop; some alcohol as it warms up. Appears garnet with light, but a dark chocolate to black in the dimmer lighting. So many things going on in the mouth (ifyaknowhatimean), fruity esters, woody textures, chocolate malt, dates with prunes and such. Nice dry finish after the flavor assault, which still coats the entire mouth, and it lacks zero body. All in all I just liked it alot for what it was and would like to see what more it becomes! iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Draught [2003 version]: dark red amber, wonderfully creamy off white, tight-bubbled foam. A bright, yeasty effervescence full of green apples, grain and cloves. The strong yeast in the aroma transforms into a large spiciness on the tongue - fresh cracked pepper, more cloves. . . a tasty grainy malt comes into play at the end, adding something special to an interesting brew. . . there are also some interesting fruits in the finish: red apples, some sort of citrus, maybe an apricot, and something bitter - honey? Also had a wonderful tingly mouth-feel and though it was served close to freezing, warmed into a charming brew. ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Draught at brewery. With the 10th rating, I get to put this brew on the map. Firstly, I’d like to say that it is underrated. I didn’t know what style this was when I rated it, but detected some Belgian yeast. I also noticed some wheat/banana notes in the nose, otherwise, the aroma was fairly faint. Piece apparently specializes in heavily hopped ales and in wheat beers. As such, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise to have a Belgian ale with some wheat character. Fully opaque body with a thin, light tan head. Initial mouthfeel is a little unfocused and alcoholic. This is a nice brew; warming. I chose well. deyholla (11597) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2010
On tap at the brewpub. Poured a cloudy dark brown with a red hue and a light brown head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma had sweet grain, some nuttiness, a nice spice note and a bit of light fruit. Flavor was similar complex with some sweet grains joined by light fruit and spices with a bit of nuttiness in the finish. booyaatribe (450) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2002
Nicely done. A bit flat- not enough yeast? I don’t know. A little more hops than most Belgians.
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2007
on tap at piece, pours reddish brown with white head. nose of cloves and dark fruits. flavor is malty with tobacco and caramel while being nicely spiced of cloves. smooth mouth feel. exactly what an ideal christmas beer is, dark spiced belgian ale, creamy and extremely drinkable. no spices used in this beer? wow, i can’t believe it. perhaps a blend of belgian and weizen yeast. i’d love to drink a few of these and air the grievences for a while. i’ve got a lot of problems with you people and now is the time you hear them! Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2008
I drank this beer for the rest of us.. at Piece. Poured a deep, healthy brown with a short-lived cap of beige head. The aroma picked up chocolate, caramel, and dark fruits with more than ample spicage.. dark overall and very seductive.. more chocolate emerged with warmth. The flavor had floral bitterness and peppery spicage over a sweet caramel, molasses, and chocolatey base.. spicy, warm finish.. very good! Thick and spicy on the palate with nice balance and some warmth at the end. Good one! GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 5, 2010
Growler. Poured a slightly hazy dark brown color with orange light shining through. The head was light tan. Medium bodied and slightly sweet with a hint of warming alcohol. There were elements of brown sugar, clove, and subdued chocolate accented by a dash of cinnamon and a splash of red wine. Nice. llyons37 (23) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Too strong of a beer to take a growler home! Aside from that disappointment, I did enjoy a sample of this brew. Winter ale type flavor, a little cinnamon. ilovedarkbeer (2741) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2008
This has got to be a BSA. It is somewhere between 10-12 % abv. Medium sized creamy creme colored head sits atop a dark mahogany body. Nice lacing. Nose is banana, dark candi sugar, and spice. Taste is the same. Mouthfeel is moderate and lightly carbonated. Finish is medium to long. Feels pretty run of the mill, I dont get much complexity.