Belgian Brown | Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Brewed by:
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
rockbottom.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-19-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings:
3
Reviews:
3
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
5.66%
 
 
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Ratings: 3 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of dfried
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep toffee in color, just barely see through with some red highlights. Started with a large pillowy tan head that dropped to a nice cap. Tons of Belgian yeast and cloves in the aroma, bready with some sweet malt, some black licorice, plum, and dark grapes. A lot like as Belgian strong dark ale in flavor, but its not quite "to style" as some may say. Candy sugar like sweetness, yeasty and bready with a fair amount of clove. A lot of fruity flavors, dates, plums, raisins, white and dark grapes.

Verdict: an original and interesting brew. I didn't know the alcohol at the brewpub, I thought it was a session beer with many Belgian qualities, I could have drank it all day, but at 8% it commands a bit more respect than that. It lacked some of the more gentile qualities of a fine corked Belgian, but this was a good, well rounded beer.

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Photo of ballenc
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice deep dark brown with minimal head and lacing.

Somewhat sweet aroma, strong and malty...defintely Belgian.

Again sweet on taste (but not sugary) a bit of fruit on the taste - malt with a touch of spice. Sweet caramel.

Light (for the style) mouthfeel with a moderate amount of carbonation.

This is a very good Belgian beer - hats off to Bryon (must be that Portland experience!).

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color, reddish highlights, under perfunctory foam.

Wonderful aroma, full of the yeast and malt one enjoys in the best Belgian brews, a creamy, estery concoction, very similar to a hefe weizen or a dunkel, but with this yeasty twist...some banana here, some citrus, some spice. Sweet, deep, distinct... caramel banana clove cream pie.

In the mouth, more of the same, with a smooth play on the palate. Substantial, full bodied, long, sweetish finish. Tangible flavors, long-lasting, but never too much of anything. There's a certain wheatish texture here, complex and tenacious, flush carbonation, with more caramel coming in and lingering with the dark fruits and nuts in the flavor. Good stuff going on here.

I haven't had anything like this from the Rock Bottom or from any other local brewer, nor can I pinpoint what example of a style it resembles best...and for that, I congratulate Bryon! A very pleasing, and surprising beer.

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Belgian Brown from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
4.24 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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