Fullsuit Belgian-Style Brown Ale - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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3.55/5 rDev -1.7%
Pours a clear dark copper brown with a 1 inch foamy beige head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Thin foamy rings line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, chocolate, and some Belgian yeast aromas. Taste is pretty malty and a bit nutty with a subdued yeast flavor. A subtle chocolate flavor comes out in the aftertaste. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good take on a Belgian ale but it could be developed more.
12-20-2011 03:51:33 | More by UCLABrewN84
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
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
3.78/5 rDev +4.7%
On cask at Beachwood BBQ, Karl Strauss Winter Ale brewed with malt balls,
A: Pours a murky brown with a solid off-white/tan head, good lacing off the cask.
S: Smell is mild, but I do get some malt and fermented sugar notes.
T: Taste is certainly malt oriented, with a Whopper (the candy) note which is expected by the name of the beer. Not overly sweet the beer shows restraint and balances its sweetness with a firm hop base, not bitter, just enough to allow the beer not to get out of whack. A concentrated, earthy note, but allows the tastiness of the sugar to shine.
M: Very mild carbonation, smooth and easy to drink, alcohol is well hidden. I don't know the ABV of this brew, but I guess it's in the 7%+ range as it really caught up with me over the Imperial pint.
D: Another nice cask beer from Karl Strauss after having the IPA back in August '08. While I haven't been that impressed with their bottled offerings, these cask brews are quite good, glad I got to try it.
01-17-2009 00:46:52 | More by Halcyondays
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
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
3.68/5 rDev +1.9%
On tap at Karl Strauss
A: Reddish brown with a big frothy off-white head and okay retention. Nice color.
S: Big white pepper and clove notes. Oak is restrained. Malt imparts notes of bread and biscuit. Dark fruit is redolent of raisin and plum.
T: Bready malt with pronounced Belgian yeast character that's reminiscent of clove and banana. I get a little raisin as well. The beer is slightly nutty and lightly sweet. There's a little oak in the finish.
M: Medium in body with upper medium carbonation.
Overall: A strange combination of flavors that works pretty well together.
12-23-2011 23:41:25 | More by HopHead84
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
3.23/5 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
3.83/5 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
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
3.69/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
05-28-2014 12:22:41 | More by dcmchew
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
3.53/5 rDev -2.2%
Bottle from Bevmo
A - Poured a brown color with ruby highlights a tan head that leaves some lacing behind
S - Is of roasted malt with some spices
T - Follows the nose with roasted malt upfront then the spices round things out
M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it
D - Im enjoying this beer quite a bit it's pretty easy drinking I like how the Belgian yeast adds to the flavor of the brown ale base this is worth picking up if you see it around
12-26-2010 02:05:11 | More by armock
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
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
2.4/5 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
Fullsuit Belgian-Style Brown Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.