Dangereaux | Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.18%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The brewer calls it a Vieux Saison Ambre, or old amber saison.

Added by BuckeyeNation on 03-26-2010

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Had at SAVOR 2010 in DC. Went back for quite a few pours of this.

Pours a dark orange bordering on caramel with a bit of an off white head. Nose brings forward bread, hints of tobacco and earth, and a bit of spice. The taste is earth and spice; nicely complex. Medium mouthfeel and a level of carbonation that carries the flavor quite well. Drinks nicely and the second best Rock Bottom beer I've had, coming in right after the Belgo Tripel IPA from the same location.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Burnt umber with orange and gold accents along the bottom edge of the glass and a slim slice of golden brown sugar colored creaminess up top. Thin sheets of lace became gauzy curtains that became shredded over time.

If the dark color wasn't enough, the nose let me know that this wasn't a typical saison. It was fruity and spicy and Belgian yeasty and otherwise hard to describe. Being confused (and pleased) at that point, I decided to see what the taste buds could contribute.

It took until mid-pint before the brilliance of Dangereaux became apparent. The beer had layer upon layer of depth and complexity that had me intrigued until the final ounce. With all due respect to wdmrock, this ale tasted more like a spicy Belgian brown than a saison.

Flavors included toasted brown bread crust, sweet-spicy pipe tobacco, steely caramel covered apples, ground clove and black pepper. It's doubtful, but it tasted like rye malt was used. The finish was on the tight side, which always means generous hops.

Good linger was the mouthfeel's finest feature. Some beer hits its peak early, then thins out as the mouthful progresses. This one stayed around a while, which gave the flavor profile the time it needed to impress. Proper carbonation helped as well.

Dangereaux isn't dangerous beer, but it is fascinatingly delicious beer. It's probably too much for the unadventurous, but I had a blast with this one. There can't be too many brewpubs across America that do Belgian ales as well as my local Rock Bottom.

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Dangereaux from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
4.14 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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