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The Widow - Societe Brewing Co.

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The Widow
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Societe Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: DJButters on 05-27-2012)
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Reviews by Nugganooch:
Photo of Nugganooch
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery – 06/20/2014
Full pour – 2nd Anny glass

A: Dark brownish burgundy color with some softer tones accentuating the borders of the glass. Pretty dense looking with no clearness to it. Topped with a thin and short-lived khaki froth. Fairly clean on the way down with minimal stick noted.

S: Smells of dark malts and plum like dark fruits. Plenty of juicy malt goodness here with some date sugars presently sweet. I get a very light dusting of Belgian yeast characterized by some banana and cardamom spices. Fairly nice and inviting.

T: Loads of dark fruity malts and dark sugars give notes of dried fig and prune followed by some understated yeasty notes. There is a hint of banana peel with a touch of clove and cardamom type spices there and it becomes almost vinous at times. I get some mild coffee roast hidden underneath with a low amount of actual bitterness to the beer. Finishes out with some earthy minerals and a warming alcohol spice. Well balanced and disguised that it be. Not too shabby for this Abby.

M: Thick and full bodied with a seemingly lower amount of carbonation. Light syrupy feel yet still maintains a decent froth on the tongue with a soft drying note at the finish. Warming with alcohol upon exhalation.

D: This Widow is sweet not bitter yet somewhat dark and mysterious. Not a bad take on the style but a pretty far reach from the greats. Societe always has great balance in their beers which holds true here but probably not one I would go for often.

Nugganooch, Jul 25, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of ehammond1
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

K 'n B Wine Cellars
San Diego, CA

Dark brown with some dark ruby and purple edges with a thick, moderately sized light khaki colored head that leaves streaks of lace down the glass.

The aroma is a combination of dark fruits, dark bread, a bit of molasses or brown sugar, and and earthy character as well.

The flavor too is quite nice with dark fruits and bready malts combining nicely and hiding the alcohol well. Straightforward and drinkable.

The only downside to this beer, to nitpick, is it's mouthfeel. The carbonation seems a bit too high and is sort of prickly in the mouth.

Very nice; these guys are making exceptional beer right from the jump!

ehammond1, Jul 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

ste5venla, May 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Jgrody, May 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

mdaschaf, Wednesday at 05:52 AM
Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Blind Lady in San Diego. Poured in a tulip glass. Small head that quickly dissipated. Dark brown color with decent lacing. Smells nutty, roasty. Pretty strong. Getting a strong taste of nuts and spice. Pleasant. Mouthfeel is thin for a beer of this type and color. Deceiving because you don't taste the strong alcohol. I enjoyed this beer but would be careful about having more than one.

Loveyourbeer, Jun 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Sammy, Jan 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

mhenson42, May 15, 2014
Photo of DJButters
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is as close to going to belgium and having a westy as possible. Very smooth and dangerous at 9.1 abv. Roasted coffee notes and a fine finish. Mouthfeel is silky and low carb. Perfection. This beer is a must try and I hope it will be around as a staple societe beer. Will need to try again soon.

DJButters, May 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

SamuelR, Sep 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Last but not least, least but not last... Nah, lets be real: another average sucker at best. A lil bit in the nose, a lil bit on the tongue, ok... but Raul needs more than that!

If you're going to bring your milkshake to the yard, next time make sure that you use whole milk.


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The Widow from Societe Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.