Fullsuit Belgian-Style Brown Ale - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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Reviews by bohemiandonut:
4.15/5 rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
You might say this purchase was on an "educated whim." After Parrot in a Palm Tree, I'm beginning to trust Karl Strauss a little more, and a Belgian Dark Ale in a 6-pack for 8 bucks is (could be) quite the deal. Luckily, I may have struck gold.
A gentle pour reveals a gentle beer. Active but wimpy head sits atop a rather beautiful shade of burgundy red. I don't know if I've seen this color much before; definitely not in brown ales.
I didn't know Karl Strauss was a surfer brand, but apparently that's the insp behind the Full Suit moniker, kind of appealing in a nostalgic sort of way.
Smell is quite magical, an initial roastiness gives way to fruity Belgian esters... I can't quite unravel this one. It's great though.
Taste is similarly attractive. Quite dry but with an awesome fullness that gets the most out of its 6.3% abv - perhaps the perfect content for this beer.
I would love to see this in a blind tasting. I have a feeling its "big brand" label would throw many to a bias, but peel that off and expect a lot of "Dude what the heck am I drinking?" Well dude, maybe it's a:
1. Brown Ale. Then shit, this is crazy kick ass good.
2. Belgian Dark Ale. Really? Kind of light... Which Brasserie?
3. Karl Strauss. Pfft yeah right.
Well done Mr. Strauss. I think you're on the right path here.
Serving type: bottle
02-08-2011 08:07:08 | More by bohemiandonut
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3.38/5 rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
On tap at the brewpub.
Appearance: fine brown color with excellent clarity and a semi-durable beige head that leaves plenty of lacing.
Aroma: fruity with plenty of dried plums and alcohol infused raisins.
Flavor: Lacks complexity. Bitter/sweet balance favoring the sweet side.
Feel: medium-light body wih light carbonation.
Serving type: on-tap
07-01-2014 21:10:50 | More by chinchill
3.69/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours hazy brown, one finger tan head that recedes slowly to a thin cap and leaves nice tracing on the glass.
Smells like a brown ale with Belgian yeasts. So nuttiness, bread crust, caramel, clove, cinnamon and dark fruit esters.
Taste starts with chocolatey cake dough, with brown sugar, caramel and nuts. Nice fruity character with a bit of banana, some raisin, oranges and faint cherries. Dark spices and clove. Woody feel towards the finish, a bit of tobacco and mildly bitter earthy hops.
Smooth body, soft carbonation. Nutty, bready aftertaste, with a bit of dry cocoa powder, a bit dusty.
Nice blend, tasty American brown with a twist.
Serving type: bottle
05-28-2014 12:22:41 | More by dcmchew
3.79/5 rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Appearance - Pours a hazy auburn brown with a khaki finger width head. Fair retention gives way to a broken layer of suds across the surface.
Smell - Aroma hits on notes of bread and your typical brown ale nuttiness, along with some sugary sweetness. Also a fair amount of fruity character, vaguely reminiscent of strawberry-rhubarb pie. A light spice tingles the nose.
Taste - A light roasty character with nutty undertones met by the characteristics produced by belgian yeast; touches of clove spice and banana. Finish comes full circle and offers up the faintest touch of coffee, but is overshadowed by a moderate sugary sweetness.
Mouthfeel - Light to medium-boded with fair carbonation. Very smooth delivery on the finish.
Overall - A good offering from Karl Strauss. The flavor doesn't punch you in the mouth, but there's enough complexity there to keep your interest. The smooth, drinkable quality is this beer's strong point. It's no 'wow' beer, but something I think a vast majority will find at least somewhat enjoyable.
Serving type: bottle
01-26-2014 02:11:03 | More by TheSixthRing
Fullsuit Belgian-Style Brown Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.