RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
The Widow can be described only as a "darker, stronger Belgian-style beer." With a grain bill that leaves the beer a dark mahogany color and a hop bill with a larger than "normal" dosage of European hops, this beer will keep the drinker investigating its complexities. A dry finish and lots of late hops make this beer very drinkable, even at 9.2% abv.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dukeredhair (243) - California, USA - JUL 5, 2013
On Tap City Beer SF: Pours a deep deep red with little head. Aroma is a bit light for the style. I find bready yeast notes which seems odd for the style with some raisin, some spice. Taste is this same sort of bready spice combo perhaps it’s all of the euro hops throwing off the style but most of the belgian yeast flavors seem lost in here. Palate is average, I like a bit more dryness and perk on the tongue. Overall this is a decent beer but not really worth seeking out. A bit disappointing considering all I’d heard about this brewery.

bhensonb (15976) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 6, 2017
Tap at Cap Tap. Looks brown in dim light, but is darkly ruddy against the window. Beige head? Med body or better. Flavor is mysterious. Cooked dark malt, something similar to coffee, something bitter, maybe fig/date. Malty but towards dry. Not very bitter, but bitter. Heat not noticeable ’til I looked for it. Leather coming out? Even tho I don’t know what it is exactly, I like it. BSA. BSA. Reminding me I earned my BSA Life badge. This is something that causes reflections on life. I have decided I like it a lot.

marcus (10878) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 28, 2017
On tap at Cap Tap. Pours reddish brown with an attractive beige head and a fruity aroma. There is a near full-bodied dark malt flavor with a some fruit and a warm finish.

deyholla (12590) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2017
Sampled from the tap at the brewery. Pours a near clear amber brown with a light brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has sweet grains and bread with a bit of Belgian yeast supporting. Flavor is similar with bread throughout with a touch Belgian yeast and a touch of pine.

BeerandBlues2 (14027) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 21, 2017
Draught at the brewery. Pours lightly hazy brown with a medium, creamy beige head, medium retention. Aroma is moderate bready malt, caramel notes, dates, figs, light earthy hops. Flavor is moderate bready and caramel malt with dates, figs, light earthy hops and bitterness with apple esters and a sweet finish. Medium-full body and medium carbonation.

Travlr (26430) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 21, 2017
Draft at the source. Hazy dark ruby maroon color tan head. Aroma of fruitcake dipped in plum wine. Taste has raisin dates plums port wine. Delicious.

Leighton (22820) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2017
Draft at the Rare Barrel taproom. Pours clear, deep ruby with a creamy, off-white head. The nose holds brown bread, Belgian yeast, toffee. Medium sweet flavour with more brown bread and toffee, yeast, some dried berries. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Sweet finish, lightly warming, with hints of earthy bitterness, toasty toffee. Tasty beer overall. Nice depth and balance.

GothGargoyle (2588) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 11, 2017
Dark amber with a pale head. Aroma is dates, spices, other dark fruits. Medium-full bodied, lightly sweet and spicy on the palate with a hint of candies bacon. Taste is dates, candies bacon, Belgian spices.

Fatehunter (2641) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - SEP 8, 2016
Pours a thin head on a clear light brown body. Aroma is dark, ripe fruits, grain and alcohol. Taste is light at first, then fruit sweet, and alcohol. Texture is thicker.

Marheb (6336) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2016
(En fût à la source): Un biscuit mélasse, miel et sarrasin avec quelques éclaboussures caramelisée et chocolatée. Le corps se glisse tout seul sur la langue et laisse qu’une portion de ses sucres, assez pour prolonger l’image gustative. Bien joué.

snoworsummer (6285) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 18, 2016
Draft at the brewery. Pours clear copper brown with a fizzy beige head. Tastes like some dried dark fruits, rich earthy malt, smooth booze, nutty, and dry toast. Light/medium body and carbonation. Smells like earthy, nutty malt, some dried dark fruits, and dry toast.

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