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Fullsuit Belgian-Style Brown Ale - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Fullsuit Belgian-Style Brown AleFullsuit Belgian-Style Brown Ale

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77 Ratings

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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: hopdog on 12-10-2008)
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Reviews by ely2000k:
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

I think a pretty great seasonal beer. Dark brown pour, and you can see the carbonation rush to the surface but it mellows out after being left to warm for a bit. Smell of dark fruit, oaky, and cherry. Rich taste, way more complex that I expected. Love the way the oakiness cuts through at the end of each sip. I feel like the taste is a good blend of things that I didn't really picture being together, and although I am not always the biggest fan of sweeter stuff, I think the flavors work really well together. There is a slight warmth of alcohol, and the mouthfeel is full and well carbonated. Definitely would buy this again. A pleasant surprise.

01-09-2012 04:55:47 | More by ely2000k
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3.68/5  rDev +1.9%

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Proper lacing for the style dresses the glass, dark mahogany hue still shows a good amount of light through it. Peppercorns, unripened mangoes, cinnamon, faint chicory and strawberry make for a pretty complex aroma. Snappy crispness meets a smooth medium body, a little creamy as well. Esters kick in right away, lots of over ripened dark fruit and medicinal phenols push hard against the toasty and slightly roasty dry maltiness. Slightly warming, dare I say there is a little beefy Belgian action here from some overactive yeast? There is a kiss of sweetness, brown sugary and wants to linger but battles with the phenols and a modest hop bitterness.

Rich and complex, I think it was a bigger beer it would be harder to put down as the phenols and alcohol would have taken over but being it is a mid-sized beer it holds on to some drinkability. Good stuff all around.

01-25-2010 01:57:15 | More by Jason
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2.4/5  rDev -33.5%

Uh, no. Poured a bright, clear brown with a short light tan head. Then it goes downhill. Dirty, old-smelling caramel malt with cocoa powder and a depserate attempt at Belgian spice. Flat mouthfeel. Bland malt monster with molasses and alcohol taking over the beer. Sickening sweet finish which I guess makes this a Belgian Brown. At least that's what its advertised as. No thank you.

12-21-2009 22:07:58 | More by magictrokini
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South Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

O: OK.

07-01-2014 21:10:50 | More by chinchill
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3.45/5  rDev -4.4%

When cold, the beer started off well. Nice belgian yeast finish with bananas and cloves, a bit spicy with nutmeg notes present. Not bad.

When the beer warmed, the nutmeg and egg nogg flavors dominated and became too much. Both myself and another BA agreed that 6oz was all we wanted and were very happy we split the 12oz. I get what KS might have been trying to accomplish with this one regarding the holiday theme and all but for me, well...this one just wasn't for me.

Not a bad price at $7.99 a sixer but I won't be revsiting this one again.

01-11-2012 20:18:17 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

02-16-2012 17:24:27 | More by MrVonzipper
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3.79/5  rDev +5%

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.

01-26-2014 02:11:03 | More by TheSixthRing
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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

02-17-2014 07:55:33 | More by dertyd
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

03-18-2013 23:23:02 | More by somnus
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

04-18-2014 19:07:04 | More by jheezee
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2.6/5  rDev -28%

Pours a deep amber in color into a pint glass. A thin head offers little retention.

Smells of slightly rich malts, subtle chocolate in nature. A bit of belgian yeast on the nose but not much, and in fact, very little.

Taste offers some nice roasted malt flavors and a subtle hint of coffee/chocolate. Basically an average American Brown Ale. Given the moniker I expected a bit more of a Belgian nose. No, check that, I expected something of a Belgian nose. I got neither.

12-27-2008 06:35:07 | More by HalfFull
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3.78/5  rDev +4.7%

Appearance: Pours a dark brown/deep red. Very nice to look at, I'm hoping it tastes as good as it looks.

Smell: Interesting, mostly I'm mostly getting a toasted malt smell, but there is something else, maybe from the belgian yeast. This isn't the best smelling beer.

Taste: Very nice. Toasted maltiness upfront followed by a spicy/peppery finish. Lived up to the nice appearance and suprised after the let down on smell.

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Drinkability: Very drinkable. At 6.3% ABV it is still very smooth and sessionable. I'll continue throwing a few of these back.

12-10-2009 05:33:42 | More by SDbeerbum
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

06-27-2014 20:05:50 | More by BrahptimusPrime
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

03-04-2014 06:55:20 | More by GRG1313
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +10.8%

12-08-2011 03:18:30 | More by Snellgg5
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

01-06-2014 19:41:23 | More by danfix99
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

06-22-2012 21:00:31 | More by Paddy_Bear
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

01-05-2012 04:23:26 | More by Stoffel
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3.58/5  rDev -0.8%

A - Poured dark copper red with tan head that dissappeared quickly

S - Chocolate, cherries, waffles, sweet malt, fruity esters and a little belgian funk

T - Upfront its sweet with some hop bitterness giving way quickly to a flash of belgian malt and yeasty funk tastes with a dry alcohol finish with some notes of roast mal and chocolate and cherries again.

M - Light body with medium carbonation. The alcohol lends a heat to this brew which also seems to make it very dry and light on the tongue.

O - Good as an American-Belgian dark. Doesnt really hold up against anything from the namesake country but its a great all-around and I could drink a few. As it heated up more great flavor came out so give it some time out of the fridge.

01-07-2012 04:10:54 | More by neilgavigan
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

03-24-2012 22:21:45 | More by ebrauser
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

04-05-2012 09:29:43 | More by CSGardenhire
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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

12-27-2013 14:19:42 | More by samturner
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

12-09-2013 04:21:44 | More by speedvagen
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3.85/5  rDev +6.6%

On tap at the Karl Strauss Brew Pub located in La Jolla, CA. I stopped by here while the wife took the kids to Starbucks...

Poured a darker brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, woody, vanilla, and somewhat earthy. Tastes of vanilla, chocolate, lighter woodiness, and caramel.

12-10-2008 01:03:31 | More by hopdog
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3.9/5  rDev +8%

Consumed February 10, 2012 at Karl Strauss, Universal City.

Clear brown ale with almost no head; just a scant, splotchy sheet of off-white on the surface.

Aroma is interesting; this seems like it's a brown ale (ala Newcastle) fermented with a Belgian yeast strain. Bubblegum and toffee in the nose with hints of banana and powdery yeast.

Flavor could be described as a blend of brown ale, Bavarian style hefeweizen with a dash of Belgian yeast. Nutty with traces of toffee and caramel malts, some banana and wheat flavors and a dash of the powdery floral flavor associated with some Belgian yeasts.

Slightly dry on the finish but otherwise unremarkable mouthfeel.

An interesting take on the style. Good work, KS!

02-11-2012 22:20:27 | More by charlzm
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Fullsuit Belgian-Style Brown Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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