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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

76 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 76
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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hnandez

California

3/5  rDev -16.9%

12-04-2013 16:28:11 | More by hnandez
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jklecko2

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -3%

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

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-22-2013 12:35:26 | More by akang
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-22-2013 06:26:25 | More by SocalKicks
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somnus

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

03-18-2013 23:23:02 | More by somnus
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +10.8%

10-17-2012 02:50:15 | More by t0rin0
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Paddy_Bear


4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

06-22-2012 21:00:31 | More by Paddy_Bear
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kojevergas

Texas

2.45/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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+

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 09:41:25 | More by kojevergas
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bh123

California

3.5/5  rDev -3%

04-10-2012 05:37:20 | More by bh123
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CSGardenhire

California

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

04-05-2012 09:29:43 | More by CSGardenhire
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ebrauser

Utah

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

03-24-2012 22:21:45 | More by ebrauser
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

03-16-2012 04:52:42 | More by jrohrbacher
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ineva

California

4/5  rDev +10.8%

02-22-2012 04:36:42 | More by ineva
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MrVonzipper

California

3.5/5  rDev -3%

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

California

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2012 22:20:27 | More by charlzm
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codynevels

California

3/5  rDev -16.9%

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

California

3/5  rDev -16.9%

01-26-2012 17:55:49 | More by UnknownKoger
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exodus1369

California

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2012 04:30:00 | More by exodus1369
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djaeon

California

3/5  rDev -16.9%

01-22-2012 22:26:07 | More by djaeon
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 20:18:17 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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ely2000k

California

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 04:55:47 | More by ely2000k
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neilgavigan

California

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured dark copper red with tan head that dissappeared quickly

S - Chocolate, cherries, waffles, sweet malt, fruity esters and a little belgian funk

T - Upfront its sweet with some hop bitterness giving way quickly to a flash of belgian malt and yeasty funk tastes with a dry alcohol finish with some notes of roast mal and chocolate and cherries again.

M - Light body with medium carbonation. The alcohol lends a heat to this brew which also seems to make it very dry and light on the tongue.

O - Good as an American-Belgian dark. Doesnt really hold up against anything from the namesake country but its a great all-around and I could drink a few. As it heated up more great flavor came out so give it some time out of the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 04:10:54 | More by neilgavigan
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Stoffel

Texas

4/5  rDev +10.8%

01-05-2012 04:23:26 | More by Stoffel
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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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HopHead84

California

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12/23/2011

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. 

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2011 23:41:25 | More by HopHead84
Fullsuit Belgian-Style Brown Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.