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Matacabras - Dave's BrewFarm

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BA SCORE
87
very good

129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 8
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dave's BrewFarm visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: darklordlager on 02-19-2010)
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

04-16-2012 21:54:18 | More by IdrinkGas
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -21.5%

$2.25 single from Abe's.

A very hazy dark orange body, topped by a finger of oatmeal-white whipped cream.

Aroma has some sweet fruits, maybe a sprinkle of candy sugar. Little bread, but the bakery is up the road a piece.

Taste starts sweet, sweet fruit with some candy too. A noble hop smack at the swallow. Spicy Belgian style yeast.

Light, bubbly mouthfeel.

Well crafted. I would sample other beers from the Brew Farm.

04-03-2012 22:30:40 | More by RonfromJersey
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david131

California

4.13/5  rDev +7%

A- Pours a blood orange liquid with thousands of tiny floaters. The very light brown head is thin and slightly splotchy.

S- Light candied fruit, brown sugar, cider, caramel, and a bit of citrus. Interesting and enjoyable.

T- Absolutely delicious. Sweet brown sugar, apples, some cider, bread, and a definite Belgian kick. All the flavors blend really nicely together. The only downfall is a bit of astringency on the finish.

M- The carbonation is nice, bit the astringency builds the more of it I consume.

O- A very tasty beer that rivals some of the Belgian counterparts. Most definitely worth trying.

04-03-2012 04:17:58 | More by david131
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alalvarez75

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

03-30-2012 19:21:24 | More by alalvarez75
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chasmandocharles

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-26-2012 00:49:58 | More by chasmandocharles
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Duff27

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-24-2012 15:06:36 | More by Duff27
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

What a weird looking beer. Had no idea it was a Belgium Strong ale clocking in at 8%. Did get a good price mixed and matched for $1.65

A - Wow not as "dark" as expected but it does have some sweet carbonation and is clear. Head is opaque om color and quickly turns to a sticky lace ring.

S - Wow interesting mix of Belgium yeasts and spicy rye. A nice bit of hops and caramel in the smell too.

T - Has a nice body without much cloying yeast. Rye isn't as pronounced but it's got a nice sweetness and mild hoppy finish. Pretty good stuff.

M - Medium to heavy in body but drinks rather well.

Overall a very good Belgium beer brewed here in the states. Would have it again. BTW the cover art is ridiculous with a goat caught in a hurricane. LOL

03-19-2012 00:00:38 | More by DrDemento456
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

A moderate pour yielded just under a finger of almost yellow head. Body is a solid brown with orange notes. A ring is left up top after a minute or so, and the courtesy of lacing is left out.

I smell raisins, prunes and yeast out of the gate. A strong caramel note takes over and guides me over to booze, malt and candy sugar aromas.

Caramel, bread and dark fruit usher in the flavor of the beer. This is followed with a little yeast, more dark fruit and candy sugar.

This beer is medium bodied, but just seems to run over the tongue and down the throat like its lighter. This can drink so fast that if you aren't careful that 8% will catch up to you. It's apparent in the nose, but not in the flavor...

03-18-2012 04:40:57 | More by CFHMagnet
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

03-11-2012 10:17:19 | More by martyl1000
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richkrull

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

02-29-2012 00:07:19 | More by richkrull
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

(Served in a dimple mug)
A- This beer pours a bright slightly aged copper brown with a gentle carbonation of microbubbles and a thick head that last the full beer and sticks to the glass.

S- The aroma of bread crust, pot caramel and some rye/wheat notes have a bit of a fruit cocktail hop note in the finish.

T- The caramel and bread malt characters are full with some softer toffee notes and bock like melanoidin hints. The taste is very lagered with some sweetness grown larger in the finish. There is some grain rye notes that grow in spice and heat in the finish.

M- The full mouthfeel is accentuated by the sweetness and the alcohol heat really grows as the beer opens up.

O- When I drank this at cellar temps it is too hot and sweet to get through but chilled to fridge temps it really keeps the alcohol and sweetness down while the other flavors hold their own, making it a totally different beer. Reminds me of a great eisbock when served cold.

01-30-2012 22:13:52 | More by rhoadsrage
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elec

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

01-21-2012 03:50:47 | More by elec
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rocklibster

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -22.3%

01-16-2012 16:17:00 | More by rocklibster
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mjpolzin

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Not what I expected out of a dark ale but the higher ABV won me over some. I got a very fruity taste and it was different than the normal dark fruit taste I get from a darker beer. It was hard to describe. I liked the beer but I don't know if I could have had more than one. I didn't get to drink it out of a glass so I couldn't get a great read on the look.

01-10-2012 02:37:25 | More by mjpolzin
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aliving1

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-03-2012 04:37:38 | More by aliving1
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whartontallboy

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

01-02-2012 23:08:25 | More by whartontallboy
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dhannes

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

12-30-2011 20:35:22 | More by dhannes
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

This is a very hazy pale copper colored beer. The head is initially thick, but falls to a ring of thin foam. Slightly fruity aroma...apricot, peach, and a bit of yeast. The taste, however, is decidedly more fruity. Lots of stone fruit flavors...peach is serious in this one. Pale malt, sweetness, sugar, and, again, lots of fruit (fruit cocktail?). The body is heavier than the first sip would foretell. Also, the ABV sneaks up on you. Full in body and drinkable. This is an interesting and worthwhile try.

12-30-2011 03:28:51 | More by Suds
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Evilyak

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

12-21-2011 19:01:06 | More by Evilyak
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MrGraybeard

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured from a chilled bottle into a 14-ounce tumbler. A thin layer of yeast sediment remained in the bottom of the bottle.

In the glass, it's amber with a slight haze and very little head or lacing. Has the look of a Belgian farmhouse ale. Aroma is yeasty with a cherry cough drop, and I do catch a hint of what another reviewer described as phenol ... perhaps it's the rye. Not out of place here, IMO.

Malt is obvious in the taste, with rye expressing itself at the finish with a spicy note, along with the alcohol. Overall the beer reminds me of Unibroue's Maudite, but spicier and with far less effervescence. Leaves the mouth tingling a bit. Nice.

12-20-2011 07:46:01 | More by MrGraybeard
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CarolinaKev

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-19-2011 02:00:22 | More by CarolinaKev
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Soneast

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-19-2011 00:29:12 | More by Soneast
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev -17.1%

A- Hazy golden-red (not exactly dark, but that's ok) with a fairly big offwhite head. Just a couple piece of lacing.
S- Smell is sugary, with a bit of peppery spice. Just a bit of fruityness.
T- Up front it is really really sweet breadyness. Sugary is pretty heavy. A bit of fruity character and some yeast in the middle. Just a hint of alcohol. At first it was enjoyable but the sugar really wears down the tongue.
M- Sugary mouthfeel, coats the tongue in that way. Carbonation is fizzy and first bit eventually the weight prevails.
O- The first 8 ounces were really enjoyable but the highly sweet flavor wears on you pretty quickly.

12-09-2011 05:20:59 | More by jsprain1
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bigred89

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

12-03-2011 16:26:59 | More by bigred89
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NuclearDolphin

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured into a 16oz Tulip Glass

Appearance - Dark Crimson/Rust that has a very hazy look to it. Pours a 2 finger head and carbonation looks pretty light.

Smell - Very sweet sugary and caramel smell with some very pungent fruity notes. There's also some spicy notes to this as well, but I can't quite put my finger on what those spices are. I can also sense a pretty good malty backbone in here as well

Taste - Very sweet bready flavor with some caramel and spicy notes. The caramel in particular has both some sweet and bittersweet flavors. The alcohol flavor is masked very well here considering it's ABV. The aftertaste flavor ends on a spicy rye note that you would need to taste to believe, it's unlike any other aftertaste I've had before!

Mouthfeel - It's fairly light in carbonation and slightly heavy in body. This combination makes it a fairly easy to drink beer; In fact, I'd even go as far as to say this beer is pretty smooth!

Overall - I was not disappointed by this beer at all. I always enjoy picking up random beers to try out as I'm always excited as to what I will get and this beer is one of the reasons why I enjoy it! The unique flavor combined with it's smooth feel is reason enough to try out this beer at least once.

12-02-2011 03:52:47 | More by NuclearDolphin
Matacabras from Dave's BrewFarm
87 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.