Fullsuit Belgian-Style Brown Ale - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 31 | Display Reviews Only:
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
2.45/5 rDev -32.1%
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into me conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.
Served refrigerator cold.
A: Pours a one finger head of decent cream, fair thickness, and okay retention. Colour is a caramel amber. Very bubbly, indicating potential overcarbonation. Not opaque. Nontransparent.
Sm: Caramelized malt. Nuts. Simple and a bit bland. A mild strength aroma.
T: Overdone artificial caramel, nuts, and clean malts. No yeast or alcohol comes through. A bit of toasted malt. Some cola. Quite simple. Bland and boring. Not subtle, complex, or layered. There's little to say about it on account of its simplicity.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Entirely too thick. Overcarbonated. Doesn't suit the flavours well. A biteen syrupy. Problematic.
Dr: Drinkable but of rather limited quality. I wouldn't get this again, nor would I recommend it to friends. Won't satisfy fans of Brown Ales. Decently priced.
A poor candidate for aging.
04-17-2012 09:41:25 | More by kojevergas
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
2.88/5 rDev -20.2%
Had this at Sally's in San Diego. Walnut color with a thin tan head that lasted a good 60 seconds. Was served way too cold, so there wasn't much aroma. In fact, there wasn't much aroma after it warmed up, either, although I managed to detect some caramel and apricots at some point. Mild carbonation was nice, and provided a prickly base for the dried fruit and light hops in the taste, but over all this was a rather blah beeah. I don't see much relation between this beer and any other Belgian dark I've had. I like the name, but I'd avoid another glass of this.
03-26-2010 19:30:40 | More by gfreed
3.23/5 rDev -10.5%
12 ounce bottle pours darkish brown with a frothy beige head. Aroma is roasty with fresh wheat bread maltiness and some mild banana pith. Flavor is slightly sour with a medicinal artificial grape tinge atop a standard brown-malts-fermented-by-belgian-yeast-strain base. A little nuttiness too. Tastes almost exactly like New Belgium 1554, except with more body. Marginally better than the inexplicably overrated 1554.
01-25-2011 08:57:23 | More by illidurit
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.
07-01-2014 21:10:50 | More by chinchill
3.38/5 rDev -6.4%
Poured on-tap in downtown San Diego at the Columbia Street brewpub into a pint glass. The beer is a dark nut-brown color with hazelnut highlights, and a thin, dense head. The beer has a good aroma, with smells of nut, coriander, nutmeg, and malt. The beer flavors are coriander spices of a typical Belgian with the rounded malt and nut flavors of a Brown. The sweetness disappears on the transition to the aftertaste. The finish is a balance of clove and sweet malt. The aftertaste and finish are not great for an already struggling beer.
01-08-2011 09:15:56 | More by GarthDanielson
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
Fullsuit Belgian-Style Brown Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.