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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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Rollzroyce21

California

3/5  rDev -16.9%

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

California

3/5  rDev -16.9%

02-01-2012 05:40:48 | More by codynevels
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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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beagle75

Iowa

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a 0.5-liter mug.

A: Clear, dark brown color with one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Heavy lacing, fine but continuous, remains on the glass.

S: Strongly earthy and nutty, with faint but appealing fresh coffee and nuanced acidic dark fruit.

T: Begins off-dry, with nutty malt contrasted and diminished somewhat by citrusy acidity that builds into the middle, while also briefly becoming more sweet. The finish comes quickly, reasserting the nutty qualities and allowing them to linger on the palate, unfettered by very little bitterness.

M: Medium viscosity, acidic on the palate early but turning creamy by the end, with moderate carbonation.

D: A good brown ale with a remarkably enjoyable finish. There doesn't seem to be much that is Belgian about the sensory profile of this beer. The yeast does not stand out on its own, instead complementing the malt to bring out satisfying nutty character. Nor is it sour, with the acidity detected being carbonic in nature. Whether the yeast strain used was from Belgium or somewhere else, it is safe to say that it was the right yeast for the job, helping to yield a finished product that is better than expected.

Serving type: growler

01-17-2011 02:54:16 | More by beagle75
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jklecko2

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -3%

11-22-2013 23:14:21 | More by jklecko2
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BucannonXC5

California

4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2011 07:27:12 | More by BucannonXC5
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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
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Stoffel

Texas

4/5  rDev +10.8%

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

California

3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 02:11:03 | More by TheSixthRing
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rawfish

California

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light mahogany, good clarity with a frothy two finger head. Retention is very good with some really stellar lacing left on the glass, quite unexpected.

Bready with a bit of roasted nuts, hop aroma is musty but paired with some Belgian yeast it adds a complex note of leather, tobacco, oak and some bandaid, probably not the aroma you want in a beer brewed without Brett but still interesting.

Balanced doughy and caramel malts, a bit of nuttiness and finishes with tobacco leaves and herbaceous hops. Mild bitterness, very balanced the Belgian yeast strain is very reserved.

Light medium body despite the color, carbonation is appropriate. Malts are a touch sticky. Alcohol and bitterness are non factors, very drinkable.

The weird musty aroma of this beer kept me engaged, tobacco, roasted nuts, burning wood, reminds me of a nice fireside story. Equals a pretty good winter warmer, this beer would be quirky any other time of the year though.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 08:15:51 | More by rawfish
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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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mithrascruor

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber-copper color. Minimal head, unfortunately. Slight lacing. No visible carbonation.

Smell: Nice malty aroma with some spices like cinnamon.

Taste: Nice flavor with some aromatic spices like cinnamon and such. A bit of spicyness, brown sugar, and some more spice in the finish. There's a slight bit of the Karl Strauss butteryness in the aftertaste, but it is really minimized here.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth. Minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: Tasty and session-worthy.

Karl Strauss has recently put out a couple of their best beers in bottles; this and 'To The 9s'. They've done an excellent job and it is really promising for the future. I've always had mixed feelings about their beers... besides the generally solid amber ale, most of their beers have had something off in the flavor that irritated me. I'm glad to enjoy their new beers both on tap and from the bottle, and I look forward to more of them.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 06:14:18 | More by mithrascruor
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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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MrVonzipper

California

3.5/5  rDev -3%

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

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -3%

05-24-2014 00:19:46 | More by tastymug
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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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speedvagen

Ohio

4/5  rDev +10.8%

12-09-2013 04:21:44 | More by speedvagen
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TicoCali

California

3/5  rDev -16.9%

12-10-2011 03:32:14 | More by TicoCali
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bh123

California

3.5/5  rDev -3%

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

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3%

01-13-2014 18:13:46 | More by harsley
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gfreed

Massachusetts

2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2010 19:30:40 | More by gfreed
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Snellgg5

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +10.8%

12-08-2011 03:18:30 | More by Snellgg5
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R_J_FearNoBeer

Colorado

4/5  rDev +10.8%

01-30-2014 04:56:52 | More by R_J_FearNoBeer
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ineva

California

4/5  rDev +10.8%

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

California

2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

12-31-2011 04:52:17 | More by hawkmage
Fullsuit Belgian-Style Brown Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.