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Fullsuit Belgian-Style Brown Ale - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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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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Photo of Halcyondays
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.

Halcyondays, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of TheSixthRing
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.

TheSixthRing, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of FosterJM
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%

322nd review on BA
bottle to pint
12 oz.

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.

FosterJM, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of hopdog
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.

hopdog, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of charlzm
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!

charlzm, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of mactrail
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.

mactrail, Apr 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Snellgg5, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Stoffel, Jan 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

speedvagen, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of notchucknorris
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.

notchucknorris, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of ely2000k
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.

ely2000k, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Ejayz, Mar 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Troublebar, Jun 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

rinhaak, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

verge, Dec 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

ineva, Feb 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

t0rin0, Oct 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

R_J_FearNoBeer, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of exodus1369
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

exodus1369, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of BucannonXC5
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.

BucannonXC5, Dec 05, 2011
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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.

bohemiandonut, Feb 08, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Paddy_Bear, Jun 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

ebrauser, Mar 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

CSGardenhire, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of crvcac
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..

crvcac, Oct 18, 2010
Fullsuit Belgian-Style Brown Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.