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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: 12 | 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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aint_it_strange

Illinois

1/5  rDev -74.6%

05-07-2012 23:41:55 | More by aint_it_strange
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mfield14

Colorado

3/5  rDev -23.9%

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

Kansas

3/5  rDev -23.9%

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

Kentucky

3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a very cloudy dark brown to black with very little off-white small suds that stay with the pour for the length of the drink. Lacing here for sure.
The aroma is raisin and date and sugar malts. The alcohol is pretty evident here. The belgian yeast is here also but the whole thing smells like sour raisins.
Taste is pretty good for a 10%er. You have the belgian spices and the oatmeal and raisin but the alcohol really puts this beer in the "hot" range. Still not so overbearing as to be bad.
Mouthfeel is sticky and the flavor retention is very nice here.
Overall I think this is a very good beer from a so-so brewer.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 19:12:54 | More by peabody
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fair take on a Belgian dark ale aged in Port barrels, hefty vinous raisins overpower the experience.

Presentation: 22 oz brown wax capped bottle. Glossy label with a barrel background, brewery brained, and burnt typography with name of brew. Back offers a small narrative with intent, brew details. and bottling date of June 2011. Shows 10% Alc. by Vol. Poured into a snifter.

A - Deep amber brown pour with a brief head that fades in an instant leaving almost no memory or lacing.

S - Malty-raisiny, sweet vinous touch with a sugary sense…

T - Which ride furiously over the palate. Strong sense of dark fruits blended with that port barrel, raisins, figs, raisins, and some more dark raisins, small sense of a Belgian sugary edge with a minimal yeastiness, hint of sour corners under the long sweetness, which buries in a remote distance notes of wood.

M - Medium/-full body with minimal carbonation. Maybe feeling studier given the intensity of flavor. Sticky and quite cloying as it finishes.

O - Slow sipper, one needs to like this intense dark fruitiness and barrel to really enjoy it.

Notes: Glad to try it but raisins are not my thing, at least not in this quantity, and the way this port was shining it screamed vinous raisins throughout. Enticing for the first small snifter, too much for a second one...

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 02:18:56 | More by Daniellobo
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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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Eaglefan344

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

01-18-2013 17:38:36 | More by Eaglefan344
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jsh420

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

04-09-2012 02:02:07 | More by jsh420
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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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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

11-28-2012 22:48:28 | More by gpawned
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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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sammo

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

07-07-2012 02:31:41 | More by sammo
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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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MacsBeerMaster

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

01-27-2013 20:39:39 | More by MacsBeerMaster
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

05-07-2012 03:41:19 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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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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fvernon

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottled in June of 2011 into a Goose Island belgian glass. It poured a clean mahogany with almost no head or lacing; just a thin metallic edging around the glass.

The aroma is of prunes and sour cherries that have been smashed to pulp and soaked in port wine and belgian ale; some hints of oak, caramel, and toast linger in the background, but the aroma of fortified-wine-soaked fruit is pretty dominating. It's inviting, but maybe a bit unidimensional.

The taste is immediately sour cherry, port wine, and a somewhat mild belgian dark ale. I fear it is a bit overpowered by the aging process as compared to, say, a quad may be - but it still makes it through with a nice belgian character. Fruity, a bit yeasty, and with some zest that tries to balance out the heavy sweetness of the port barrels. As it warms up the port calms down a bit, but I feel as though it is a consistent fight for dominance as opposed to a smooth collaboration of flavors here.

The mouthfeel is quite nice - not too thick or thin, with the sweetness sticking around by not cloyingly.

I'm very glad to have tried it - I can certainly see port barrel aging as a good idea, so long as they are decently high-end barrels and the beer already strong enough in depth and complexity to withstand the onslaught of an already-overbearing partner. The B.D.S. gives it a good shot, and I'm enjoying it, but I'm also sitting here wondering how one could use port barrels in a way that brings balance as opposed to conflict in a glass.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 22:04:59 | More by fvernon
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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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Jordy777

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

01-10-2014 21:19:37 | More by Jordy777
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at Benny’s tasting.

Pours a hazy orange brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, raisins, and caramel covered green apples. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a woody finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but pretty strong.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 01:34:12 | More by UCLABrewN84
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased many moons ago at Armanetti's. Served in a random glass at Edward's 80s party.

A - Tan foam settles to a thick collar, partial cap, and minimal lace. Dark brown body with a hint of transparency at the edges of the glass.

S - Bready malts, brown sugar, port, oak, candi sugar, red fruits, plums and raisins - quite sweet but with a sharp vinous note.

T - Taste is quite similar, with lots of red fruits, sweet port, caramel, red licorice, and candi sugar. Belgian yeast character is quite restrained in relation to the malt, or it's been obliterated by port - there's just the faintest bit of yeasty bread to keep things from getting cloying.

M - Medium-bodied with active carbonation. Fairly crisp and dry, and lightly tannic in the finish. I don't get much alcohol heat

D - This is really easy to drink considering the ABV, although it gets a tad too sweet after a while. I could have stood for a tad more Belgian yeast character, but this is a nice port-barrel strong ale in any case.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 21:39:22 | More by MasterSki
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StlHopHead77

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewed 7/10 and bottled 6/11

A-Pours out an uber murky,maroonish brown with an extremely slight,light tan collar of foam that died quickly leaving scant spots of lacing.

S-Sweet cherry,booze,Belgian spice,wood and dried fruit(currant,raisin)

T-Very vinous.Obvious port-like notes of ripe red grape,baked red apple,dried dark fruit and booze that finishes with a slight earhty hop/dry spice note of cardamom/clove.

M-Dry and tannic with fleeting sweetness and a chewy texture.

O-Not a bad effort here from O'Fallon

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 11:21:02 | More by StlHopHead77
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opens silently, though it does pour out a bit of foam that quickly fades to a ringlet; the color of the liquid is coffee brown; while there is not much head to speak of, it does leave a surprising amount of dots on the chalice

Smell: The alcohol is prominent on the nose, but underneath the booze burn there is a vinous blend of fortified grape, blackberry and oak

Taste: Fruity and tart, up front, with fortified grapes, blackberries and sour cherry flavors; by mid-palate, some chocolate adds depth, though the tartness builds; nicely balanced into the finish, with some oak and vanilla flavors lingering into the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: Certainly the best beer I have tasted from O'Fallon though not the best example of a wine barrel aged beer I have sampled; a bit one-dimensional as the BSDA elements fail to come through in a meaningful way

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 21:59:23 | More by brentk56
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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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B.D.S. Belgian-Style Dark Ale from O'Fallon Brewery
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