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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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BA SCORE
82
good

77 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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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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magictrokini

California

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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kojevergas

Texas

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.

D+

04-17-2012 09:41:25 | More by kojevergas
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dertyd

California

2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

02-17-2014 07:55:33 | More by dertyd
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hawkmage

California

2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

12-31-2011 04:52:17 | More by hawkmage
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nanobrew

California

2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

12-23-2011 17:39:52 | More by nanobrew
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HalfFull

California

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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gfreed

Massachusetts

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
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hnandez

California

3/5  rDev -16.9%

12-04-2013 16:28:11 | More by hnandez
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UnknownKoger

California

3/5  rDev -16.9%

01-26-2012 17:55:49 | More by UnknownKoger
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djaeon

California

3/5  rDev -16.9%

01-22-2012 22:26:07 | More by djaeon
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codynevels

California

3/5  rDev -16.9%

02-01-2012 05:40:48 | More by codynevels
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Rollzroyce21

California

3/5  rDev -16.9%

12-13-2011 14:48:20 | More by Rollzroyce21
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TicoCali

California

3/5  rDev -16.9%

12-10-2011 03:32:14 | More by TicoCali
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illidurit

California

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
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GRG1313

California

3.25/5  rDev -10%

03-04-2014 06:55:20 | More by GRG1313
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danfix99

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -10%

01-06-2014 19:41:23 | More by danfix99
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BreweryRun

California

3.25/5  rDev -10%

07-10-2014 15:42:07 | More by BreweryRun
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lehueve

Mexico

3.25/5  rDev -10%

05-21-2014 16:41:36 | More by lehueve
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chinchill

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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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

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
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

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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MrVonzipper

California

3.5/5  rDev -3%

02-16-2012 17:24:27 | More by MrVonzipper
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jheezee

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3%

04-18-2014 19:07:04 | More by jheezee
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jklecko2

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -3%

11-22-2013 23:14:21 | More by jklecko2
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bh123

California

3.5/5  rDev -3%

04-10-2012 05:37:20 | More by bh123
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Fullsuit Belgian-Style Brown Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.