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Inspiration | Community Beer Company

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15 Reviews
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Ratings:
88
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
17.51%
 
 
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Community Beer Company
Texas, United States | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by trebbates on 07-28-2013

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 88
Reviews by roblowther:
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4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 bottle, poured into a chalice. It pours out so dark brown its nearly black, with a creamy tan head that persists for quite a while. It looks more like a stout, really. Smell is fantastic, prunes, raisins, a little orange, and a whole lotta good. The taste has carob, biscuit, a balanced sweetness, and leathery finish going on. Very nice. A subtle roast oversees the whole affair. The aftertaste is slightly sharp, just barely dry, makes you want to take another sip. Mouthfeel is nice and tingly, just a touch slick, could maybe stand a bit more viscosity. Overall, I like this a lot. Maybe a bit less roast, maybe a bit more sugar up front, but who wants to nitpick. This is a darn good beer and it does my heart good to find Belgian style ales brewed in my Community.

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Photo of stephens101
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice looking ruby red brew with a fluffy tan head sits in front of me begging to be drank. I'll oblige.

Has a subdued and pleasant aroma of dark fruits, phenols, spice and grain.

Tastes of dark fruits (persimmon and prune), prune juice and black licorice. Has an unexpectedly timely, big and fitting hop finish.

Medium-bodied with a dry finish. Quite easy despite the ABV.

Can't wait to get back down south to grab some more goodies from Community!

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Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of tbryan5
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Dark brown and ruby. Almost black with minimal head.

S- good amount of bourbon and oak. Some vanilla and honey too. Great barrel aged smell.

T- Faint dark fruits including plum but the bourbon character dominates. Great aroma.

M- Medium carbonation

D- A decent Barrel aged beer and my first barrel aged BSDA.

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Photo of Rahulpatel
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Belgian tulip.

The head is a frothy, khaki-colored beast that requires multiple pours in order to get the liquid level where I want it. As the head dissipates, lace seems to have exploded as from a grenade about the glass. The body is dark brown and slightly resembles plum skin. There's no transparency, trickles of carbonation and yeast particles visible. 4

Initially, I thought I smelled some toasted coconut like Trois Pistoles, but a second whiff suggests a heavy dose of plum and raisin. There's a candy-like sweetness and fruity esters. 3.75

Sweetness reigns on the palate as well, as this is almost port-like, raisiny, and sort of mineral-like the way earthy raisins can be. It's heavy on dark fruit flavor and finishes with an odd metallic taste. 3.75

It's a burly beer that is filling and has a kick to it, although the alcohol is well-masked. It's mostly cream and smooth, but there's a metallic taste that isn't nice to the tongue. 3.75

There are good moments to this beer and others less so. It's mostly enjoyable and good for slow-sipping.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jwg782
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of russpowell
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour a garnet-hued orange with a sliver of tan head. Zero lacing & head retention, slightly more turbid as time goes on

S: Plums & a little booze, some leafy hops. Slight plumyness once warm

T: Follows the nose, figs & a little brown sugar up front. Booze presence mixing with figs & bready dryness, some raisin as well, nice jammy notes ( apricots & figs ) as this warms, dryness. Finishes dry, fruity & a little boozey with some brown sugar lurking in the background

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation

Not as good as I hoped, but well worth a go. Might age well, but I'm not seeing that

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Photo of Tuckerster
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CRJMellor
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Thanx4AllDaFish
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Westyn
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of gtermi
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of CraigTravor
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look is dark mahogany, with red tones when held to light. This khaki head dissipates to nothing.

Smell is like you would expect from Belgian yeast, with dark fruits and some malt characters.

Taste is sweet with raisins and other fruits, candi and late breadiness.Delayed bitterness presents at finish.

Feel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Somewhat chewy and very sticky.

Overall, this is a nice dark Belgian ale. Nothing stands out, but its nicely balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of WritersBlock
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kips
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber, almost brown draft pour with off white head; little cap, little lace. Caramel malt, clove and banana nose. Caramel malt, clove and banana flavors. Medium mouthfeel and light carbonation. Overall, a decent quad.

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Photo of deac83
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of alexpcat13
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown, almost black... no head

S- Spices- cant't identify them, a little boozy smelling,

T- roasted dark fruits with a nice little metally char taste on the finish

O- Solid beer, nice and flavorful, first belgian dark ale... definitely makes me want to try more.

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Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of gnaztee
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Beerando
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of suckaj
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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