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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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60 Ratings
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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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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours an almost purple tinted brown if that's possible. Very little head with the looks of some carbonation, but the head dissipates very quickly.

S - Candied sugar plums soaked in port. Has a scent that is slightly off though, and can't quite put my finger on it. Little band-aidish. Sometimes the smell is inviting, other times I'm put off. All in all, the smell is interesting to me.

T - Taste is of cherries, dark fruit, some raisin, with that port barrel aging making a lovely sweetness throughout the taste. The port is very prevalent as this is quite fresh and my favorite part of this. The oak is detectable in the backend, adding some vanilla like notes. While the smell perplexed me, the taste I can say for sure was good, and good throughout.

M - Mouthfeel is a little still and not much carbonation which I expected a little from the looks of the beer. But otherwise, the port makes this beer quite smooth and drinkable, coating the mouth in flavor. Slightly medium mouthfeel, but does a good job of not weighing heavy especially for a beer aged in port.

O - This beer's biggest enemy is cold, it got best as it was closest to room temperature. Once there, it become very good. A nice drinkable beer full of dark coating flavors, but not weighing heavy on the mouth or stomach. Would also be great to pair with food. Definitely an American edge to a Belgian style, but quite good.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 04:37:37 | More by Scrumtralecent
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

03-19-2012 16:02:44 | More by Obrienpen
Photo of DCon


4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 1 pint 6 fluid oz bottle of this from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $11.99. Poured from the Maroon Waxed bottle w/ a Wood Barrel Label w/ Silver/Black writing into a 16oz Pint Glass. Has "brewed in July, 2010" & June, 2010 bottled on the back label.

Aroma- A very nice caramel aroma is dominant with a red wine note (definitely from the port barrels). Aroma was very complexed as well with richness and strength. Tons of malt come around at the finish.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger head that is creamy and has great good retention. The body color is the darkest amber/copper tone with no clarity. Leaves good lacing behind.

Flavor- Has a caramel flavor from the beginning of the drink til a sweet, easy going booziness comes around. Has a ton of dark wine in the background and a light smokiness. Aged and finishes with a medium bitterness level.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, pomegranate and berries finish on the palate. Very sweet and intense with a noticeable alcohol character.

Overall Impression- My favorite brew from O'Fallon so far! A great amount of port barrel flavor and fruit is included in both the flavor and mouthfeel. Every minute of this one was interesting and one of the best from Dave! Enjoy the Wheach during the Summer, this one during the Winter. Awesome!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 03:27:43 | More by DCon
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

03-09-2012 02:17:17 | More by JustinMatthew
Photo of cardern


4.83/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was really great. I have enjoyed bourbon-aged beers in the past, and BDS was no exception. The bourbon definitely came through: it was very boozy, with a hint of chocolate. It poured with a moderate head and a very dark color. The wax seal was a pain, really thick.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 02:03:54 | More by cardern
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4.98/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had it on tap and in the 22oz bomber bottle at Piasa Winery in Grafton, IL.

A - Poured out a murky, dark brown color with a small, light brown head of bubbly foam. The long lasting head receded to leave patchy lacing on the glass.

S: Smells like Port, with a hint of chocoalte and maybe tobacco? As other reviewers say, it's really wonderful to just smell it.

T: Definately has port attributes, has some woody flavor with some fruit and the finish is very belgian.

M: Smooth, glassy, little bit on the end to let you know it has some ABV to it.

O: I'm not much of a "sour" guy, but I guess this qualifies, although it's not along the lines of a consecration from RR, it definately has the Port in it. Woody, Great smell, great mouthfeel, with a real belgian finish. Awesome!

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2012 05:40:47 | More by jrcmlc
Photo of 44Stone


4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 12oz. Tulip. Very little head with a very dark mahogany color.

Smells of Raisins, Figs, Oak and Port Wine.

Tastes of, well, PORT WINE. Very intense and exactly what was expected since they label it a Port Wine aged Ale. Booze is apparent but not overwhelming. The follow through is sharp and smoky with a yeasty, creamy, spicy finish.

A very nice Ale from the people at O'Fallon. Somebody's doing something right over there. Here's to more like this one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2012 02:37:07 | More by 44Stone
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4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a murky, dark brown color with a small, light brown head of bubbly foam. The long lasting head receded to leave patchy lacing on the glass.

S - It smelled of port, oak and chocolate notes. It smelled really good. I couldn't stop taking it in.

T - It tasted roasty with burnt molasses and some fruitiness. There were nice port and oak notes.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. It had a medium body with a warm alcohol presence.

O - This is a really good Belgian-style ale. I really like the port barrel aging. I knew these types of beers were coming from O'Fallon and I'm glad it did.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 22:39:17 | More by zeff80
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4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in oversized snifter

Appearance, label says it all “ Belgian style Dark Ale, very little head that also disappears quickly.

Smell of the port wine really comes through with raison and other dark fruit notes, caramel, and roasty wood notes from barrel aging … the smell is truly amazing and complex.

Taste is sweet, dark grapes, after taste is even darker with caramel and light chocolate notes coming through. There seem to be lots of undertone flavors that add to this that are hard to pick out, dark cherry is one of them, this is my first port aged beer and I am really enjoying it.

Mouthfeel: rich, a melody of notes coming through which adds to the drinkability of the beer

Overall great and enjoyable, age would treat it nicely, tasty to the last drop and gets better as it warms up! I am glad that O’Fallon has stepped it up to this level of complexity in a beer as I am from Missouri. I look forward to more beers like this from them and hope to hear news of it soon!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 05:41:28 | More by jdprmd
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4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First! Wax dipped 22oz. bottle. Wax was a mother! Poured a cloudy dark reddish brown with a quickly dissipating thin white head. There is a lot going on in the aroma. The port jumps right out at you along with dark fruit and oak. Not a lot of carbonation, fuller side of medium bodied. More port and oak in the flavor along with some caramel sweetness. Not a lot of Belgian yeast flavor. Bit of heat in the finish. Long oaky finish. Bottle conditioned. Good complexity of flavor. I like port, so this worked for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 19:57:32 | More by homebrewhawk
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B.D.S. Belgian-Style Dark Ale from O'Fallon Brewery
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