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The Widow - Societe Brewing Co.

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The Widow
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | 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

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Beer added by: DJButters on 05-27-2012

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Ratings: 100 | Reviews: 8
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Color is dark purple, smells like dark fruits with hints of burnt/roasted malts. A small head. Great Belgian ester flavor profile balanced beautifully with the dark malts. Despite being over 9% there is absolutely no alcohol flavor. Delicious. Overall seems like a great exemplification of the style.

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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!

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3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from growler to tulip glass at 37°, drank slowly to let it open up and change profile.

Appearance: Mahogany brown. Didn't retain a big head after pour but never seemed flat.

Smell: Nutty - peanuts, pecans, walnuts. Sugary bubblegum. Bit of raisin and brown sugar. Quite diverse here.

Taste: Similar to a lighter American quad, or a heavy brown, a la Brasserie Des Rocs Grand Cru. Finishes with a nutty, English ale profile but before that it's definitely more in tune with your standard BSDAs - the not-too-estery, somewhat dark fruited, reasonably-weighted profile true to the style.

Mouthfeel: It was a bit thin. While this makes it more quaffable in the long run (dangerous for a 9.1% beer) it's a bit off-putting to have the flavor profile it has with a beer lighter in viscosity. Doesn't make it bad, it's just surprising because I'm not accustomed to that combination. Versus other beers in this style, it doesn't leave you with that sticky sweet feeling nor does it keep you from wanting more.

Overall: Another good Societe beer. I continue to have high expectations of these guys and they're not disappointing thus far (The Harlot isn't amazing but isn't bad either). I can't think of another American beer which tastes like this - I'm used to getting flavors like The Widow from Belgian attempts at the style, which is as big a compliment as it is a summary of their offerings.

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4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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