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B.D.S. Belgian-Style Dark Ale - O'Fallon Brewery

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B.D.S. Belgian-Style Dark AleB.D.S. Belgian-Style Dark Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

60 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
O'Fallon Brewery visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: homebrewhawk on 02-11-2012)
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present, although the label does mention it being bottled sometime in June 2011. Either way, the local store still has bottles of this so I thought it was about time to try it out. My first big bottle from O'Fallon Brewery, "ale aged in port barrels". I have no idea what to expect.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a murky muddy caramel brown colored body with a slight conjuration of some tan bubbles that thins to a bubbly ring. Some okay lacing, but none seems to stick. Either way, it looks very nice and appealing.

S - The aroma is very lovely and has a lot going on - earthy and woodsy, caramel, oak wood, vanilla, caramelized / candied raisins. The smell is akin to a beautiful bourbon barrel aged stout at times. Very nice.

T - Tart on the initial sip from the port barrel aging, which was slightly unexpected based on the aroma. Very dry / tannic, with a very prominent red grapes / red wine warmth and flavor. Extremely wine-like at times, with notes of chocolate, burnt caramel, and a woodsy sort of roastiness / bitterness on the finish. I am actually really enjoying this.

M - The feel is smooth and creamy. Dry and port-like on the finish. Lightly bitter, fruity, and tart. Good carbonation still hanging in there, considering this beer is getting up there with age.

Overall, an excellent and fairly complex beer from O'Fallon that has held up nicely. Probably one of the best wine barrel aged beers I've had yet, and definitely the best effort I've had from O'Fallon so far. I would definitely be interested in grabbing another bottle of this to hold down further. Highly recommended if it is still available to you.

O'Fallon B.D.S. Belgian-Style Dark Ale ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2014 23:24:19 | More by mfnmbvp
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Jordy777

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

01-10-2014 21:19:37 | More by Jordy777
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

12-23-2013 04:09:32 | More by jaydoc
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GMUPatriot_inKansas

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

11-09-2013 03:34:25 | More by GMUPatriot_inKansas
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

3/5  rDev -23.9%

10-07-2013 20:29:16 | More by Whiskeydeez
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mltobin

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

10-07-2013 02:01:46 | More by mltobin
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007rtw

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

10-05-2013 03:02:38 | More by 007rtw
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev +1.5%

09-30-2013 16:03:20 | More by MarkyMOD
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darthhamby

Missouri

4/5  rDev +1.5%

08-28-2013 02:14:29 | More by darthhamby
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

07-29-2013 14:02:40 | More by nmann08
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rfbenavi80

Missouri

4/5  rDev +1.5%

06-29-2013 06:00:09 | More by rfbenavi80
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zonker17

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

06-29-2013 05:32:52 | More by zonker17
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kinmundy77

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

06-06-2013 23:44:53 | More by kinmundy77
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a dense opaque brown body with a bubbly head that soon disappears and a gentle carbonation.

S- The raisin aroma takes on a rich port aroma with some wet oak and dark cola notes to it. There is a nice vinous finish that has almost a bourbon quality to it.

T- The blends of dry malt and faint roasted malt hint with the dry vinous dark port really work together. There is some nice big red wine notes with some grape seed bitterness in the finish with a nice alcohol taste. The rich flavor lingers for a moment after the finish.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle carbonation and a well hidden alcohol warmth.

O- This beer has lots of big great character that blends and compliments very well for such big flavors. The port character and malt sweetness don’t get overly sweet and the nice big alcohol in the finish helps to cut the big flavors and makes it a delicious sipper.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 19:44:38 | More by rhoadsrage
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mikeburd1128

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.5%

05-11-2013 15:20:49 | More by mikeburd1128
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psdonnelly

Alabama

4/5  rDev +1.5%

05-07-2013 00:59:13 | More by psdonnelly
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MIA4IPA

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

04-05-2013 23:54:40 | More by MIA4IPA
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

03-29-2013 01:44:26 | More by t0rin0
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Dactrius

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +1.5%

03-20-2013 00:34:17 | More by Dactrius
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FreshHawk

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Nice tawny, brune color. Average sized, creamy, smooth, slightly sticky off-white head. Average retention leaving a nice sticky layer of lace.

S - Sweet and tart dark fruit, including raisins, figs, dates, and plums. Vanilla and a strong port aroma. Sweet plum and berry jam aroma on the finish. Very reminiscent of jam/preserves along with a nice port kick. I'm really digging the nose.

T - Similar to the nose but with more port and oaky flavor and slightly more tart. Dark fruit dominates with raisin and date being the strongest. Vanilla is definitely present along with a sweet brown sugar flavor. Some sweet plum and berry. Finishes with a tart dark fruit/port. Pretty sweet overall.

M - Medium body. Average carbonation. Sticky, nearing cloying, and fairly chewy.

D - Sweet and borderline cloying. Flavors meld together well and make this a nice sipper overall. Alcohol is very well hidden despite the fact that the port flavors are very strong. Fairly drinkable as a sweet beer to sip.

Notes: Overall it's a nice dessert/nightcap beer. The combo of port barrels and a BSDA is great as both flavors compliment each other nicely. It gets a touch on the cloying side, but other than that I really don't have any complaints. Solid beer that I would gladly drink again.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 03:02:46 | More by FreshHawk
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MacsBeerMaster

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

01-27-2013 20:39:39 | More by MacsBeerMaster
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Eaglefan344

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

01-18-2013 17:38:36 | More by Eaglefan344
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mfield14

Colorado

3/5  rDev -23.9%

01-01-2013 05:11:17 | More by mfield14
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mjaggers

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

12-28-2012 02:14:02 | More by mjaggers
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IpeeA

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

12-15-2012 21:22:14 | More by IpeeA
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B.D.S. Belgian-Style Dark Ale from O'Fallon Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.