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Saucerful O' Secrets - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Saucerful O' Secrets
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15 Reviews
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Reviews: 15
Hads: 55
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 5.31%
Wants: 18
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ojclark on 02-19-2008

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Reviews: 15 | Hads: 55
Photo of Floydster
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Snifter at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles on 11/14/08 for seven dollars, had to get a glass of this after Brian gave me a taster, reviewed from notes

A-Deep brown body with some dark red tint, looks 1 1/2 inch vanilla colored head that lasts a few minutes, some retention, light lacing
S-Belgian yeast, hoppiness, honey, toffee, banana, coriander, several different dark fruits, sugar and sweetness, and mango
T-Starts off with some faint spices and bitterness, middle is sweet with fruit and slightly chewy malts, finish has some sweetness with caramel and sugar but some hops too, Belgian yeast becomes stronger once it warms but that mild hoppy bite is still in the finish adding some unique dryness to the usually sweet style of beer, liked how this one escaped from the norm and branched out, nicely balanced and not syrupy or extra thick
M-Medium bodied, moderate level of carbonation, sweet, dry, yeasty, and spicy mouthfeel, taste lingers for long time
D-Could drink numerous glasses because the alcohol is so well hidden, it is supposedly slightly above ten percent too, pretty smooth overall and not very heavy on the stomach

This beer was great, probably my second favorite of the whole night, different than I was expecting after having Saucerful of Merkin a few months before, it was more flavorful than I thought it would be, the oatmeal stout must have had a larger presence in the blend, wish I had some bottles of this but I know they did not have many issued in that for anyways, will be drinking again if and when I see it, unique and tasty Belgian dark, recommended (1,592 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.61/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very deep amber with minimal head yet decent carbonation, which lingers on but yet provides no significant lacing on the glass.

Smell is nondescript when cold, a hint of malt. Yet opens up ever so slightly as the beer warms.

Taste on the other hand is all up front! A blast of malts, caramel and chocolate and very enduring and endearing. Finishes with a chewy sugar-malt flavor. Drinkability depends on what you're having for dinner. Me, I'm having a salad after this because I think I just had dessert ;)) Yum... (524 characters)

Photo of Stoneman78
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Brien's for CBC/WBC

Pours a clear, dark red hue, thin layer of white head, moderate lacing

Smell is sweet malts and dark fruits, some vanilla, moderate alcohol, and light hops

Taste is light malts and sugary fruits, pillowy chocolate/cocoa malt in the middle with some vanilla extract, hints of hops peek through, and finishes sweet with light alcohol presence

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, creamy smooth texture is very pleasant, ample carbonation

Drinkability is moderate, wonderful texture good balance of flavors, gets a bit cloying in the long run but overall a solid strong ale (598 characters)

Photo of seaoflament
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this 12oz bottle via Kegergator>KingG so thanks to both.

Poured a shade darker than a mahogany color with some ruby on the sides. About an inch of foam is produced that had some light yellow highlights. Very good retention and I just needed to give it a swirl or two to get the head going again.

The first aroma that came up to me as I poured was bread and bread dough. Then I got the sweetness of caramel and dark fruits like raisins and figs. After it settled for about a minute the spices and yeast aromas came through, some cinnamon, nutmeg, perhaps some subtle vanilla and clove. The aroma was quite pleasant; there wasn't any dominating aromas from the spices/yeast and it has a nice balance of bready aromas and dark fruits. A touch of alcohol was also present and some cherries as well.

Tasted a bit too much of grains and toasted malts and overpowered the bread characteristic of this beer which I really liked on the nose. Sweetness came in on the middle along with the raisins and various fruits and finished with a bit of heat, but not too much. Very malty, would have liked to see a bit more dark fruits but if this is a Belgian strong dark ale I think it fits that category well. A bit of an off taste in the finish, slightly metallic in the aftertaste and a bit of bitterness near the end.

Mouth-feel was rather good but had a conflicting finish in which it tasted watery but the carbonation made it seem soapy or almost full. I'll give this one a pass.

Quite good actually, wouldn't mind having another. (1,533 characters)

Photo of ojclark
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at the Toronado, 1/3/2008.

Pretty subtle aroma: winey with slight notes of dark malt and brown sugar. Poured deep brown with reddish highlights. Good clarity. Almost no head, aside from a ring of off-white. Flavors of plums and raisins mixed with a strong sweetness. A sweet brown sugar flavor quickly became apparent and lingered well into the finish. Some alcohol flavor, but less than I'd expect for such a big, viscous beer. Nice bitterness in the background became apparent as sweetness eventually faded. Full-bodied, moderately low carbonation. Nice alcohol warmth in the slightly sicky finish.

Interesting beer. Just a hair shy of being excessively sticky, sweet and cloying. Despite all that, somehow, it worked. (728 characters)

Saucerful O' Secrets from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.