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Malus - Kane Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.83%


Brewed by:
Kane Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: 9InchNails on 01-12-2012)
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A4 a deep red almost black, 2 fingers of head
S3.5 a grape like scent, boozy, malty
T3.75 this is a typical Belgian quad profile with a weird fruity bitterness.
M3.5 full body, boozy warmth, medium carbonation
O3.5 not really my style, but definitely not bad. I enjoy their iPa's much more though


Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 03:47:29 | More by facundoCNB
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MadCat

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

32 oz Growler from Spirits Unlimited

Appearance: A nice dark amber brown color, not too much head or lacing, but I think that might be due to the nature of the growler

Smell: Sweet with apples, plums, nice malts, and some yeast spice

Taste: Fruity, with apple being the forefront, some plum, raisins, and a beautiful yeast signature that I can't quite describe

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, low (but appropriate) carbonation

Overall: I think the only thing lost to the growler was some head. It still had appropriate carbonation for drinkability, though I wouldn't want to save this growler for a second day. First taste brought back memories of the first time I tried Ommegang's Abbey Ale. This is fantastic, and I personally think Kane has a bright future ahead if they can pull off stuff like this regularly. This brew just solidified my decision to make 2014 the year of the local brewery.

Serving type: growler

12-24-2013 03:33:07 | More by MadCat
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themind

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Kane Brewing kicks butt! I love these guys, Solitude is such an awesome brew. Ok on too Malus. This Apple Cider monster clocks in at 9.50% and the ABV is well hidden. The beer pours a really foamy head which took a while to calm down. The aroma was cider up front, a very subtle tart followed by super ripe sweetness with some brown sugar. I could drink a lot of this. Ice cold this beer rocks! so when drinking it make sure it's cold. Not as good if it warms. I would buy this again, it's like Positive Contact...it's good.

Bottom Line: I love Kane Brewing! Malus is a good brew!

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 03:33:28 | More by themind
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robwestcott

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

big thanks to Ed5388 for this one. poured cold and fast to a 14oz snifter a nice candied copper to brown with a finger and a half bubbly, long lasting tan head.

aroma of tart apples, cloves and a hint of overripe banana.

medium bodied, huge carbonation, nearly champagne style bubbles all over the palate as soon as the sip passes the lips.

cider way up front, a very subtle tart followed by super overripe sweetness, brown sugar, hints of spices.

the abv is hidden well, a nice sipper.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 21:18:06 | More by robwestcott
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sfsean28

New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

dark color with big foamy head which settles down to a thin layer.

smell of spice and apple

first taste attacked sour taste buds. Apple dominates the taste with a hint of raisins and in the finish, dry champagne yeast.

Medium body, carbonation is good. When I opened the bottle an impressive sound of the cork popped. Gases were visible as they escaped from the top.

Overall
it was an interesting beer. Next year I will try this one during the colder months and I will also age another bottle. This bottle was cellared for 9 months.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 19:43:13 | More by sfsean28
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the brewery - served in taster

Pours an opaque darkness with a thinner layer of beige head. Coating of film rests on top, leaving a few spots of lacing.

Spices and apples in the nose with pears and dark fruit. Burnt sugar, bread crust, Belgian yeast, alcohol warmth.

Sweet and spicy up front with cinnamon, coriander and apples. Pears, raisins and dates with some burnt sugar sweetness. Full malty backbone with dark fruits and boozy warmth.

Fuller medium body, well carbonated, sticky and full on the tongue. This is decent, but the apples seem to overpower some of the more delicate flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2012 15:42:50 | More by xnicknj
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mdfb79

New York

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 11/21/12 notes. Picked this up in Middletown, NY at Whole Foods about a month ago but wanted to wait to open it with my sister. 750ml bottle poured into a Chimay chalice.

a - Pours a deep reddish brown color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of apples, fruity malts, cinnamon, spices, gingerbread, pumpkin, Belgian yeast, cloves, bready malts, and toasted malts. Lots of apples and fruit to it, as well as spice. Was surprised to get a little pumpkin-ale type flavors to it, but the nose is pretty nice.

t - Tastes of apples, fruity malts, alcohol, apple brandy, spices, Belgian yeast, cloves, bready malts, toasted malts, cinnamon. Taste has more apples and more alcohol than the nose. Still quite nice, thought not quite as good as the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very light heat in the taste.

o - Overall a pretty interesting and good local fall beer. You can definitely smell and taste the apple cider used, and it has a lot of fruit and spices to it. Some light alcohol in the taste but nothing too bad. Would buy it again next year.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 15:28:26 | More by mdfb79
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ism

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Arrogant Bastard pint glass. Nearly opaque and murky dark brown body with ruby highlights, initially topped with a voluminous sand-colored head that quickly subsides into a very thin layer. Lacing forms decent rings, in light of the ABV.

Dark fruit confronts the nose, with apple lurking under, and a light Autumn-profile spicing. Bread notes emerge as it warms, and apple becomes more prominent.

Medium body and an above-average champagne-like fine carbonation greets the tongue. Dark raisin and stewed plum, toasted bread, Belgian yeast, and moderate clove phenol, with a slight apple tartness make an interesting flavor combination. Finish is somewhat lackluster; just a memory of a sweet dark fruit.

Alcohol is hidden very well, and it's very easy to drink, though a bit on the sweet side, and the clove phenols are a little too strong relative to the rest of the palate. New Jersey apples are awesome and definitely make a difference here. There's room for improvement to that next, mindblowing level, and knowing that it's so close makes it a little disappointing in that respect.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 00:07:24 | More by ism
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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle thanks to NJBeerNerd. It was allowed to warm a bit before being poured into my NEBCO tulip.

Kane Malus pours a very dark brown, with a scattering of ruby highlights present. Three plus fingers of khaki colored foam rises up and threatens to topple over the lip of the glass. Once the initial rush subsides though, the head disappears quickly and there's not much in the way of lacing left behind. The nose has a bit of raisin to it, but that blends in to an apple note. The spice aroma has a bit of clove and a bit of whatever Kane spiced this beer with, I'm guessing some allspice among others. I like how the incorporation of apple cider plays out in the flavor, some of the traditional dark fruits of a BSDA are replaced by a musty apple taste. Phenols are again present on the back end, with the clove augmented by the spicing. The spices aren't quite pumpkin ale level intense, but they're a little too heavy handed for this beer in my opinion. They do play off the apple cider nicely though and give the brew a very authentic autumn feeling to it. The body is just a touch too sturdy for me, though I'm not surprised to see that it was bottle conditioned with champagne yeast given the wonderfully spry carbonation. I had very high expectations for Malus based on the other Kane beers I've had, and it didn't quite live up. Still, with some refining I think there's some real potential in this brew and it's good to see these guys bottling.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 05:40:48 | More by axeman9182
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claspada

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an extra dark brown color with a small light beige head.

Aromas begin with apple cider, Belgian yeast and brown sugar. As it warms you get some nuttiness and brown bread.

The tastes begin toasted bread, Belgian yeast spice, toasted bready and nutty malt. The apple comes in in the backend after the caramelized malt flavors. Apple works decently well with the dark fruit flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is lightly sweet with a bit of emerging alcohol.

Overall this is an intersting beer to sample but not something I would want to drink in large quantities. The apple cider makes an already sweet beer a little sweeter to the point of almost being a bit too much.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2012 15:04:12 | More by claspada
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metter98

New York

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy dark brown in color. It poured with a finger and a half high dark beige head with some darker yeast particles on the bubbles. This quickly died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of dark fruits and apples in the nose along with some hints of cinnamon.
T: Similar to the taste, the smell has flavors of dark fruits and apples along with some notes of Belgian yeast. There are also lingering hints of spices in the finish.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: It seems that this beer could use a heavier body to accentuate the interesting mix of flavors in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 23:15:32 | More by metter98
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy dark reddish brown in color with some garnet red highlights and light amounts of gentle visible carbonation near the surface. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aroma of dark fruits (plum) with the addition of apple as well. There are light amounts of spices including cinnamon and clove.

T: Similar to the smell but even more intense - strong flavors of dark fruits and apple. There are some lighter notes of the flavors of spices including cinnamon and clove. Very light amounts of Belgian yeast flavors.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink as the alcohol is very well hidden (considering this beer is 9.5% ABV). A good offering from a new (at least to me and in bottles) NJ brewery. Nice complexity to the flavors and smell. I appreciate the addition of the apple cider.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 23:30:53 | More by dbrauneis
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9InchNails

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Taphouse Grille

Kind of hard to see through in a dim lit bar so can't tell the color too much. White head that forms a ring around the glass.

Wheat, floral and apples are the main aroma. They put in Apple Cider from local sources, which is from NJ. So the apples make a nice presence.

Wheat, caramel, apples, cloves, dark fruits and Belgian yeast are all in the mix. A slight dry acidic taste as the end.

Medium body, light carbonation, dry feel. Easy to drink, no alcohol heat with a 9.5%

Overall, not a bad strong ale from the new NJ brewers. I woudnt mind trying this again. To me, the apples were a little more noticeable in the aroma than the taste. The dry and slight acidic taste definitely is from the apple cider.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2012 00:54:42 | More by 9InchNails
Malus from Kane Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.