Fullsuit Belgian-Style Brown Ale - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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3.78/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: cask
01-17-2009 00:46:52 | More by Halcyondays
2.6/5 rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
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.
Serving type: on-tap
12-27-2008 06:35:07 | More by HalfFull
3.75/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
On tap at the Karl Strauss Brewery and Restaurant in La Jolla; served on tap in a tulip.
Appearance: A light chocolate and amber color. It arrived with a small head, which stays around and leaves a light lacing on the glass. Suspiciously somewhat transparent.
Smell: A pleasant blend of oak, smokey malt, and chocolate.
Taste: The smokey, roasted malt taste is the first thing I notice, with with vanilla and coffee flavors coming in afterward. There is a slight hoppy kick at the end.
Mouthfeel: This has a medium level of carbonation, with a nice creaminess to it. At the same time, it is almost too light.
Drinkability: This is a very smooth beer, which I enjoyed, but I don't know how many more I would want to drink. There are definitely better Belgian Browns out there.
Serving type: on-tap
12-10-2008 06:48:04 | More by KickInTheChalice
3.85/5 rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-10-2008 01:03:31 | More by hopdog
Fullsuit Belgian-Style Brown Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.