Fullsuit Belgian-Style Brown Ale - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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4.43/5 rDev +22.7%
Had this beer yesterday at the la beer week festival.
Appearance: nice dark brown color with highlights. Solid head, nice lacing
Smell: wonderful spice and clove flavors from the beligian yeast. Nice malty character
Taste: a rich bouquet of sweet malty spice and clove.
Mouthfeel: a very nice and mellow tasting winter warmer. Alcohol is nicely subdued by the spiciness of the Belgian yeast.
Overall: great beer. Quite possibly one of my top 10s..
10-18-2010 20:55:39 | More by crvcac
4.15/5 rDev +15%
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.
02-08-2011 08:07:08 | More by bohemiandonut
4.05/5 rDev +12.2%
Poured from a draft into a pint glass at Bully’s East in San Diego, Calif. Color was mahogany, reddish brown. Maybe an inch of head. Circular lacing on the top. Good amount of film on the sides.
Smelled of roasty malts. Also some caramel malts in there as well. Hints of citrus in there, too.
Tasted cloves up front, followed by caramel, roasty malts. Banana and chocolate in there as well. Very smooth.
Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Smooth finish.
I liked this beer a lot. This could’ve been a few spots higher or lower with the ratings, but I ended up with this rating. Good beer.
12-05-2011 07:27:12 | More by BucannonXC5
4/5 rDev +10.8%
Found this on tap in a country club in Carlsbad. Random.
A: Deep mahogany color with a 1/2 inch tan head.
S: There's a rich sweetness from the belgian yeast alongside some brown sugar, roasted malts and a pretty big nuttiness.
T: Definitely a lot more complex than I was expecting. Roasted malt and some dark fruit hit first, followed by some hazelnut and brown sugar. I had two and enjoyed both of them a lot.
12-20-2011 03:20:32 | More by notchucknorris
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
4/5 rDev +10.8%
From the tap, Nice color, it is a Brown Ale for sure. Picked up a lot of flavors form the smell, a lot of dark fruit sweetness. Has a but of creaminess nice a smooth, finishes with a nice roasted malt taste. A slight bit sweeter then I usually go for but very good over all. Takes a few drinks to really pick out all of the flavors but it just goes to show that they are blended together very seamlessly
01-26-2012 04:30:00 | More by exodus1369
3.95/5 rDev +9.4%
Great rich flavor, just right for sipping, and not too alcoholic. Tastes stronger than it is. Coffee and chocolate for some reason see to describe the roasted, dark flavors. Hops are not too evident, which is fine in this context. Rich and malty with a distinctive roast malt flavor, maybe it's chocolate malt. No hint of sour burned malt. Oh, Belgian? Maybe it's the candi sugar but only the low hops say Belgian to me.
It would be a super Oktoberfest beer, if the Germans had a sense of humor. One of my favorite San Diego beers and a good one for winter.
04-16-2011 05:56:44 | More by mactrail
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
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
3.83/5 rDev +6.1%
322nd review on BA
bottle to pint
App- Very light in the glass with some shimmery highlights. A soft 1/2 finger head with no real cling.
Smell- You can tell its light and not a heavy brown. Was looking for bigger smells in this one. Very crispy belgian notes with a little malt.
Taste- Very light and crisp. I expected to be somewhat let down was pleasantly suprised. The yeast really added that dryness to it.
Mouth- The dryness was a welcome addition. A nice light to medium body with an almost high carb level IMO.
Drink- Good $ point, will have to grab again next year after finding out about it too late.
03-19-2011 02:33:04 | More by FosterJM
Fullsuit Belgian-Style Brown Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.