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Live A Rich Life - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 513
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%


Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A collaboration/dedication ale brewed with our friend Urbain from the Belgian brewery De Struise, this intense Belgian-style double IPA was fermented with Urbain's special yeast and then an amazing amount of hops were added. This beer was brewed in loving memory of a former employee, Rich Sheppard, who passed away on 4.11.11. Art by Tommy Borst. Try this beer and enjoy the Rich life.

100+ IBU

Formerly served on draft as Shark Pants.

(Beer added by: AleWatcher on 06-03-2011)
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance was a reddish amber color. Not much of a nose on this. Taste was straight up bitter. I couldn't detect any real hops, just pure bitterness. Very dry with almost no sweetness. The opposite of a juicy IPA. I really wanted to love this beer but it fell short for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 23:11:00 | More by Davepoolesque
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bashiba

Iowa

3.18/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy amber/orange with a light sticky off white head.

The smell was sweet and a bit belgiany with heavy yeast notes, just a touch of light citrus and pine from the hops.

The flavor was dominated by sweet caramel malts, a bit of belgian spices come through along with a touch of citrus hops, but overall its very sweet with just a mild bit of bitterness that never gets it close to balance.

The mouthfeel is a bit thick and oily.

I didn't hate it, but struggled with the sweetness, to boozy and rich for a Belgian IPA, needs more hops.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 17:17:21 | More by bashiba
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

3.66/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber to glass..actually bottle dated but I'll be damned if I can read.

Nice copper with a frothy cap that lingers and sticks.

Nose of caramel, sourdough, lemon and pineapple.

Hops are crisp with a quick clean bitterness and plenty of pineapple.Shows a very sourdough-y malt presence. The yeast is light and doesn't ran much interference, nor does it do much to cut the massive sweetness. Alcohol is large on the finish along with some fruity banana esters and clove. Ah, there's the Belgian yeast influence...

Overall, a pretty good DIPA that just doesn't quite hit the right notes for me. There's too much sweetness and a harsh alcohol bite that makes it a nice beer to try but a beer I wouldn't clamor for again.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 01:38:57 | More by BarrytheBear
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aasher

Indiana

3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice muddled copper in color with light cloudiness. It arrived with a one finger off white head which dissipated within a minute or so. It smells like an imperial version of Alpha King. It smells of light and resinous piny hops with a solid malt backbone. It tastes of sweet and resinous hops and there is little to no Belgian characteristics. Where's the yeast? It drinks medium in body and drinks decently for the abv. Its not what I wanted but its solid. The artwork is legendary, which is why they should bottle it!

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2011 17:31:07 | More by aasher
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Marquette Nick (justanothergalen) for hooking this up at the Solar Eclipse party.

Pretty cool orange pour and 3/4" head, nice white small bubbles, really good retention. Aroma, not as massive hoppiness as I expected or hoped for, but its cool, still nice, still good, just not an American smack in the face like some FFF beers.

Still a decent amount of hops in the taste, mildly citrusy, tropical, but the malt and yeast really hit hard too. Dare I say, this is one of the most balanced, AND enjoyable beers under the ipa banner there is. Hides the alcohol well, carbonation is right on, bitterness is still pretty big, but like I said, still relatively balanced all things considered. Pretty complex, really has all the things people love about belgian yeast and American hops together. You know all those desciptors I'm talking about. Caramel, banana, clove, coriander, citrus, pine, grapefruit, etc. . .

A cool beer, but not really something I'm going to clamor for FFF to make again and again.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 03:00:24 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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C20Percent

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden-amber with a .5 finger of bubbly off-white colored head on top. Lots of bubble action going on in the body. Love the color and the clean body is very impressive.

S: So beautifully hoppy -- citrusy and sharp. I'm even more so impressed with the strong hoppy smell because this beer has about six months on it. So, very nice. Not as strong as Zombie Dust. I can't smell yeasty breadiness that usually comes with these types of beers, but that's okay. There is some caramel malts notes.

T: Okay -- I can taste the age more than I can smell it, but it's still good. However, where I smelled citrus I'm tasting a more earthy, biscuit flavor. The hops are definitely making way for more malts in the taste of the brew. Just okay for me, but -- again -- this beer isn't super fresh. Some warmness from the alcohol.

M: Medium to heavy body. Nice carbonation. Some good chewiness that brings out the malt. Not a bad oily feel. Just nothing great here.

O: Appearance and Smell stands out above all. Taste is a bit of a let down -- but that does carry the caveat that this beer has about six months on it. A fresh beer might taste differently. I'm actually a little surprised there isn't more of a belgian ale taste. That's kind of what I was looking for, but this looks and tastes like a straight DIPA. Overall, a good beer, but not one of the best of its kind.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 19:24:10 | More by C20Percent
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koutkid41

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy copper, dark orange in color. Nice thick head with good head retention.

S: Juicy grapefruit, orange,pine, and fresh cut apple. Some cream, soapiness, and mild alcohol heat is detectable. Smells fresh and tropical.

T: Upfront you get bready then some grapefruit, orange, pine, and hints of lemon. Didn't really get anyone of that Belgian character, perfectly okay with me.

M: Medium-full bodied, crisp.

O: A pretty solid beer, not one that I will really crave however.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 01:56:24 | More by koutkid41
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At Three Floyd's with Sean and Mike... Dark copper orange with an awesome bright white head, great lacing... Aroma of fruit, oranges, a little belgian yeast, ok... The taste is a little to solvent hoppy on the front but its fruity and hides the 9% really well

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2011 14:52:27 | More by jrallen34
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tewaris

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer shared by dougofthefuture, thanks!

Cloudy amber with a nice white head. Aroma is hops first but there is a certain perfum-y-ness which is perhaps the Belgian contribution. Tastes better than it smells... very very citrus; lots of rind. Good balance of flavor and bitterness. Medium body but still crisp, especially considering the ABV. Glad to have had it.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 03:52:15 | More by tewaris
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bang on DIPA. Yeast flavour exceeds the malt backing, well balanced. Intensive IBU and hop flavour. Great drinkability for a DIPA. Better than average. Big retained head. Above average mouthfeel.Fruity, piney, a little caramel.Very clean.Bottle from Steven.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 06:21:48 | More by Sammy
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roger617

Indiana

3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into nonic.

A: Pours a mild copper color with near 2 fingers of frothy white head that has long retention and leaves a good amount of lacing.
S: I get the Belgian style aroma up front, lots of cloves, coriander, mixed spices/herbs. There's a slight hop background, with a malt compliment.
T: Very similar to aroma, I get the Belgian themed flavors on the front end. The hops have more of a presence I'm the flavor, bringing some citrus and pine into the mix.
M: Carbed well, leaves a slightly dry after taste.
O: A very interesting and unique offering from the Floyd family. I enjoyed this bomber, but it's not necessarily the beer I'd go for when craving a hoppy brew. Balance leans strongly towards the herbals and pine throughout, especially when it warms up a bit.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 00:54:10 | More by roger617
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jeonseh

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a FFF tulip

A - A reddish copper with a one finger slightly dirty white head. Slightly reflective and very clean looking

S - Tropical, sweet fruit in the nose. Pineapple and tangerine dominate the sweet nose. There is nice banana presence that lies underneath in the nose and gives hints of the Belgian yeast strand. overall, the nose is very sweet smelling as well.

T - At first, I get a slight pine hop presence that hangs on for a second before a sweeter pineapple and tangerine come through. There is just enough hop in here to prevent it from being cloying or too sweet. In the finish, there is a slight bitter kick that comes through with a hint of banana. Not as Belgiany on the flavor as I would expect

MF - Medium body with light carbonation. A bit syrupy as well which leaves a slight stickiness.

O - What happens if you take Dreadnaught and brew it with Belgian yeast? You get this beer. Solid DIPA. However, I was hoping for the Belgian aspects to shine through a bit more instead of playing such a small role.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 00:15:54 | More by jeonseh
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DCon

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ Three Floyds in Munster, IN for $8. Tapped into a 12+ oz Tulip Glass and was not able to see the Tap Handle. This beer was dedicated to a former employee @ FFF and proceeds went to his family. Drinking beer+Charity, Awesome!

Aroma- Citrus hops and spices are very dominant here. A bit of dry-hopping was present and a ton of alcohol.

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger head that stay for a second or two... Has a hazy, dark orange color body and leaves minimal lacing behind on the glass.

Flavor- Starts with huge earthy/citrus hops and then has a medium grapefruit taste with a superfruit background. Lots of citrus/fruit flavors going on here. Sort of different for an IPA but this is alright.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Huge Carbonation, and doesn't leave much on the palate.

Overall Impression- Very nice, complexed beer but for a Belgian IPA, not too impressive. I'm starting to like how much complexity and different flavors/ingredients they bring to each and every drink. This one was much harder to drink but still thought it was a good brew! VERY limited batch so get your hands on it if you can.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2011 18:51:55 | More by DCon
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david131

California

3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy and luminescent orange liquid with a thin off-white head.

S- Caramel, pine, citrus, alcohol, and a definite Belgian kick. A bit odd.

T- Pine, citrus, caramel and some breadiness with a definite Belgian aspect.

M- The carbonation is nice and spicy with contrasts nicely with the creamy body.

O- A tasty take on the style. The alcohol is fairly well hidden. Tasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 19:48:13 | More by david131
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drabmuh

Maryland

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Three Floyds glass because I can. At the time of this review, this is #1 on the "Top Beers - Belgian IPA" list on beeradvocate.com.

Beer is orangish and hazy with a one finger white head, small bubbles, moderate retention, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is mildly floral, a little hoppy, some yeast, estery.

Beer is not as hoppy as I hoped but it is fine, mild to moderately hoppy Belgian amber, a little grassy with a nice finish, great yeast character, easy drinking, I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 17:33:15 | More by drabmuh
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Wadsey

Indiana

4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Shark Pants

Served in tulip at Three Floyds on June 13, 2011. 

A: Pours mostly clear pale amber with no obvious effervescence. White head collapses quickly, but leaves sticky sheets of lacing on sides of tulip. 

S: Juicy, fresh, pungent hops. Overripe peaches, nectarines, sweet tarts. A little spiciness. Malts? Forget about it! Palate, prepare for utter destruction. 

T: Some sweet, steely caramel malts on front end of palate. Unsurprisingly, fruity/hoppy notes strike quickly and hard, reminding me of a triple IPA (think Double Crooked Tree), something I've described previously as hop detergent or hop liqueur. Not as bitter as I expected, but make no mistake, this bad boy is hop-forward.  Some spiciness and earthy notes, too. 

M: Medium-heavy body and medium carbonation. Super creamy. Bubbles fill mouth. 

O: I'm stunned this is only 8.5 abv. It is a leviathan of a beer. Little beers that drink like bigger beers always rate well for me, but this is almost too much. Still, really well done, although drinkability is definitely below average. 

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2011 02:40:32 | More by Wadsey
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful orange, clear beer what yellows on the edges. Some nice stick on the sides.

S - A lot of tropical fruit sweetness with a caramel malt backbone. Some nice hops on the end.

T - Lots of tropical fruit from the hops and a decent light caramel backbone. The yeast comes through on the end but it is not too stong. This really seems more like an American IPA than a Belgian one, which works fine for me.

M - Medium bodied with some active carbonation.

O - I really enjoyed this beer, particularly for the style. Would easily drink this again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2011 19:04:51 | More by AgentZero
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beesy

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap - served in a tulip glass

A - pours a beautiful orange. Slighly hazy with a nice, puffy one and a half finger off white head. Foam provides for some nice lacing, especially at the beginning of the pour.

S - very nice. lots of citrus hops with just a touch of belgian esters to know you're into a beliguian beer. A slight note of alcohol. A nice bitterness lingers - 100 ibu? not sure, but it's a nice beer. The beligan flavors show themselves a little more as it warms.

T - tomey likey. Nice citrus hops with a nice bit of grassy flavors. Enough belgian band-aid ensure you know your driking a bipa without being overwhelming.

M - medium bodied.

D - someone low for me. Somewhat high abv with the beligian flavors and hops makes it a little more of a sipper than a chugger.

Overall, I really enjoy this beer. Much better than Stone Cali-Belgique and on par with Raging Bitch.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2012 00:08:01 | More by beesy
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pour a crystal clear gold with 3 inches of fluffy white head. The head settles down and retains about a cm and leaves significant lacing. The nose starts with heavy American hops. Pine, citrus, orange, and mango come through strong up front with fruity notes of Belgian yeast to follow. The belgo characteristic are largely overshadowed by the aromatic hop profile. The taste starts with a moderate to high bitterness with notes of grass, lemon, pine, and citrus with strong resinous notes throughout. The middle sweetens up a bit and exposes some of the Belgian notes, but bitterness again comes through and leaves a hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated with a moderate body. Overall, the Belgian qualities of this IPA are pretty mild, which I actually like. I'm not a fan of Belgian yeast esters over taking the hop profile and it is certainly not the case here. This tastes right up the alley with the rest of Three Floyds IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 06:16:01 | More by homebrew311
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cosmicevan

New York

4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle tossed my way by stxSS07 who also hooked me up with the fancy new FFF glassware. cheers matt, very much appreciated.

a - brew poured a murky orange with a 2 finger cream colored head that hung out for photos. as the head dissipated chunky milkshake like lacing clung to the glass. some carbonation could be seen along the side of the glass.

s - classic ipa. wonderful citric and grapefruity hops. some belgian sugar in there, but more classic ipa to me than belgian ipa. my mouth begins to water.

t - the belgian of this ipa comes out more in the flavor than the nose, but in general an assault of bitterness on my palate after my initial detection of belgian candied sweetness. kind of a one trick pony, just a bitter blast. as my palate adjusted to the assault of bitterness, i noticed a nice malt backbone with some good caramel balancing notes.

m - in a word...bitter. medium to full bodied with lively carbonation.

o - overall, i had heard that this was the same beer as shark pants but only brewed at FFF? not sure if that's true, but my impressions certainly are the similar. this is a bitter bomb. the shark pants i had from de struise was way more barleywine like so i wonder if it wasn't as fresh as this? either way this is a hophead's dream. this is a nice beer and worth seeking out while still fresh. didn't blow my mind, but a solid ipa...not so much belgian.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 00:26:05 | More by cosmicevan
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macher0

Kentucky

4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh.

A. Medium copper with medium clarity. Slightly translucent. Beautiful egg shell 2 finger head that retreats very slow. Frothy fine bubble head. Great laces.

S. A light fragrance. Mostly resin and pine hops. The Belgium yeast is noticeable.

T. Bitter. Moderate malt backbone. As with the nose, lots of resin in the straight forward hop profile. A little fresh-hop peppery sting. No booze.

M. Not very smooth. Medium body.

O. Very nice. A hop forward ale for sure. The yeast doesn't impart much flavor but the malt certainly is noticeable. I recommend this but I prefer Zombie Dust and A Cow much more. The appearance is my favorite aspect.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 22:56:16 | More by macher0
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screamking

Ohio

4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into pint glass. Date on the bottle is smeared, I think its 2-17-14.

Pours dark apricot with a thick off cream head. Lots of roasted citrus aromas on the nose. Some grilled peach, grapefruit, and lemons. It's very bitter at the first taste, but it does follow the aroma quite a bit. Mouthfeel is full and a little over carbonated. Like most 3 floyds offerings this is overpriced but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 18:00:12 | More by screamking
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep gold/bronze w/orange highlights. Nice off white head and lacing. Served in snifter @ fff.
S: citrus and tropical fruit and spicy belgian yeast. More going on but I don't wanna start making shit up.
T: medium sweet slightly toffeeish/caramelly malts are washed out by a prominent spicy, sharp bitterness. Long complex finish w/lingering drying hops.
M: medium bodied, well carbed.
O: a nice take on the style...try it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2011 19:59:50 | More by MrMcGibblets
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Reaper16

Alabama

4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served on-tap @ Three Floyds Brewery into a tulip glass

Pours a bronzed, burnt umber color – the sort of dark orange that is fairly typical of the double IPA style. Two fingers of sterling white head, all tight and small-bubbled, sit high and lace well. It’s a good looking double IPA.

I hope you like mangoes, tangerines, and ruby red grapefruit. If you’re ordering this beer, I assume you do. This beer brings the tropicality in spades. To be honest, this doesn’t smell or taste too dissimilar from Three Floyds Dreadnaught in terms of hop profile. The difference is that Shark Pants has a yeast strain from our friends at De Struise Brouwers, making this, in theory, a Belgian Double IPA. But really, the yeast strain doesn’t really shine. There’s some clovey flavor, but it is masked somewhat by the piney side of the beer’s hop character. Is this a tremendous Belgian Double IPA? Nope. It is a good American Double IPA? Yup.

Shark Pants is, like Dreadnaught, on the medium-bodied side of the double IPA mouthfeel continuum. Soft carbonation helps to amplify the tropical fruit flavors. Overall, this is good stuff. It’s AS good as Dreadnaught in the abstract, but I am forced to dock it half-points in a few areas for not reaching its Belgian-yeast potential.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2011 22:20:27 | More by Reaper16
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Lost Abbey chalice.

A- Pours a dark honey with a 2" light tan head. Thick waves and clouds of lacing remain on the glass.

S- Sweet malts, citrus, orange, and some pine.

T- Semi-sweet honey malt, citrus and big pine bitterness. Not picking up on the "Belgian" part of this beer.

M- Medium body and carbonation. slightly dry with big bitter aftertaste.

O- Nice dipa but don't see how this is classified as Belgian style dipa? Good but not $15 a bottle good.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 19:15:10 | More by kawilliams81
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