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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3
   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 its 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 Id heard about this brewery.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (20529) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (2585) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fatehunter (2517) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (5633) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 27, 2016
(En ft la source): Un biscuit mlasse, miel et sarrasin avec quelques claboussures caramelise et chocolate. Le corps se glisse tout seul sur la langue et laisse quune portion de ses sucres, assez pour prolonger limage gustative. Bien jou.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (5460) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (18693) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2016
Keg at the Rare Barrel, 29/01/16. Extremely dark mahogany brown with a decent light tan covering. Nose is tarte fruit esters, spice, light funk, barnyard, apple skins. Taste comprises caramelised brown sugar, light funk, toffee, fruit loaf, nutty. Full bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a link of warming alcohol. Solid Belgium number.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (9922) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2016
Draft at The Rare Barrel. Pours a cloudy deep amber with an off-white head that settles into a ring and leaves spots and streaks of lace. Notes of banana, caramel, nuts, brown sugar, toast, figs, and mild spices. Belgian yeasty esters lead the way here. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a sweet mouthfeel. Good. Decent change of pace at The Rare Barrel.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VsXsV (4387) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 29, 2016
Draught at Rare Barrel. Clear deep copper liquid with medium off-white head. Aroma of dark fruit, light smoke, raw sugar, light cinnamon and light toffee. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with notes of raw sugar, light caramel and dried fruit. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Decent.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (7142) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 29, 2016
On tap at the rare barrel. pours a amber color topped with a sand head. nose is lots of sweet belg candy malts some spice and a belg yeast. taste is more of the belg caricature pit fruit and plenty malts.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (11343) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2016
Draft at the rare barrel. Reddy mahogany brown coloured pour with a small grey coloured head. Aroma is woody, bark, little praline. Flavour is composed of barky wood, roast, herb, little funk. Palate is semi sweet, moderate carbonation. Liquorice. Decent.


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