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Belgian Strong Dark Ale
3.98 | pDev: 7.04%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Photo of JediMasterLenin
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

32oz crowler into a tulip.

Look: Pours a dark brown/amber, clear and looks almost ruby when held up to the light. Head dissipates immediately.
Smell: Sweet dark fruits like date, raisin, fig. Brown sugar and molasses.
Taste: Follows the nose exactly, with a slight boozy note at the end.
Feel: Medium body with very low carbonation.
Overall: Rich and sweet, the fruit and molasses flavors really shine here. Nothing earth shattering, but very drinkable.

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JediMasterLenin from District of Columbia, Jul 09, 2019
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3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared @ KJUBZT tasting June 2019. 9.5% ABV. Clear deep amber colour. Big dense off white head with good retention. Aroma's of sourish fruit and tea. Retronasal it's sweetish, sourish, fruit and tea. Flavour is moderate sweet and fruity sourish. Medium bodied. A bit strange, but not bad.

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Arjen from Netherlands, Jun 11, 2019
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque dark brown with violet hues. Healthy head that dissipates. Smell is milder than the taste, but plenty of Belgian Strong Dark characteristics-malty, spicy, dark fruit flavors, slight caramel presence. Alcohol is there but not as strong as expected. Good.

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mschrei from Illinois, Jan 10, 2019
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3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice slightly hazy honey hue with a thick two finger head that fades to leave light lacing and a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of nice sweeter dates and molasses. There is an almost vinegar bbq sauce aroma. Light Belgian esters.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with loads of sweeter dates and Belgian esters. There is more of that weird bbq sauce flavour too. Alcohol is hidden nicely.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, alcohol is very heavy handed here.

O - Overall this was a very underwhelming beer. Not sure what went wrong here but it's awful.

Serving Type: bottle

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rudzud from Massachusetts, Nov 17, 2018
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3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Split with rudzud
Pours a giant foamy bubbly 2+ finger head that fades at a med pace, nice retention, decent lacing, dark slight hazy mahogany dark brown color

Nose sweet brown malts, brown sugar, dark fruits with fig date like, candi sugar, molasses brown sugar, bbq sauce molasses vinegar thing too though

Taste is like an old bad barleywine, big sweet candy malt, Belgian brown malts, molasses brown sugar, candi sugar, etc, big alcohol heat and tingle, hot booze, perfumey alcohol and fruity esters, fig date molasses candy, dark fruits etc, little malt vinegar molasses as well more BBQ sauce, finishes super hot alcohol, sticky sweet candied dark fruits and molasses

Mouth is fuller bod sticky sweet candy, syrupy messy and super alcohol burn

Overall just sad

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jlindros from Massachusetts, Nov 17, 2018
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3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a murky brown color ale with a brown color foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of caramelized malt, residual sugar notes with some light dry fruits notes. Taste is also a mix of caramelized malt, some residual candi sugar notes with some bready notes and light dry raisins notes. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol notes. Enjoyable but further attenuation would have provided more enjoyment.

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Phyl21ca from Quebec (Canada), Aug 03, 2018
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3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75


The Bruery , The Order

On tap, uno.

LOOK:  light brown color, off white head.  3.5
AROMA:  apple, pectin, yeast..3.5
TASTE:  pear, spice, Apple.  3.75
FEEL:  medium body, light carbonation. 3.0
Oa: 3.75


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q33jeff from New Jersey, Jul 22, 2018
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4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

medium sour. mostly a dark ale. date and coriander definitely sit on the nose. the feel is nice. it’s kinda thin at first but still provides a full feel by the end.

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evanwoertz from California, Jul 22, 2018
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3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rich. Right away. Sweet. Mostly malt. Not much for spiciness for yeast qualities in the aroma.
Mostly clear and a nice reddish color. Tan head. Fizzy sounding.
Complex. Normal mix of malt and yeast character for style with plenty of drying on the finish. Pick up some of the date, but it blends pretty well. Good and solid version.
Thanks John.

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garymuchow from Minnesota, Jul 10, 2018
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4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a flute from the bottle (dated 12/12/16).

Appearance: Cloudy brown color with light sediments to the body. Orange tinted white head rising half a finger's length off the body.

Smell: Banana and fruit.

Taste: Complex sweet banana and tarty. You feel yeast with hard hit of cinnamon. Raisins and touch sour but just a touch.

Mouth: Tasty finish with medium carbonation. Sticky brew, yeast finish at the end which lingers for a while.

Overall: Good brew and wish I bought more. Honor and pleasure with this little monster. Bruery should bring this back, always in a glass...Salud!

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BlurryVisi0n from New York, May 21, 2018
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap @ Brewdog, Bristol - Pours cloudy amber with a medium tanned foamy head which quickly dissipates. Aroma - Sweet notes, dark stoned fruits, burnt sugar, molasses. Taste - Sweet, malty, light yeasty feel, dates, raisins, light medicinal feel end with a little alcoholic warmth. Okay but the medicinal notes not for me.

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DJ-Hophead from United Kingdom (England), Apr 15, 2018
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4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 12/12/16, had 3/11/17.

Pours a cloudy, dark amber, with a one and a half inch foamy head and a good amount of foamy lacing. Aromas of Belgian yeast, cola, raisins, brown sugar, spices, light malt and dates, slight banana, light black pepper in the head when warm. Taste is malt, yeast, some dates, brown sugar, raisins, caramel, coriander. A little bready, fairly sweet. Smooth, fairly creamy, a good medium body. well carbonated.

Good, and I enjoyed it, but the dates are under utilized, and dates seem to be the selling point of this. Just lacks intensity. Good price point for The Bruery, worth a try.

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stortore from Illinois, Jan 27, 2018
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4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Here is what I said back in 2017.
"Out of respect for all the great ales The Bruery has produced, I give no review. The Order needs more aging. A more complex yeast would help, too.

Here is what I said after finding a last copy on the remainder shelf in November 2019. I increased my rating.
I'm glad I found this again and could share it with friends on an early winter day. We had most of the bottle with appetizers and cheese. It cut through the grease and, of course, warmed us up. This bottle obviously was aged two years longer. The dark fruit flavors had melded and the alcohol was better concealed.

The Bruery seems to focus its new energies into the tarts, but I hope they bring back The Order.

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Beginner2 from Illinois, Dec 08, 2017
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3.39/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft. Looks and smelled quite inviting. Had the proper elements until the taste. Really sweet, tons of candi sugar and no real balance. The sweetness is borderline headache inducing.

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byronic from Ontario (Canada), Dec 04, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Top marks; reminds me of why I like quads. Dates work quite well here, and add an additional layer to an already complex and darkly fruity quad. Finish is excellent, leaving you wanting more days later. Was good at fridge temp., and peaked with modest warming. Flavor continued to develop as it warmed past 50F, but seemed to not grab you as much when it got too warm.

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wmartin from North Carolina, Sep 02, 2017
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3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep, luscious, hazy maple brown. Light cream colored head with some lace polka dots. Malty, fruity, yeast, orange, coriander aroma. Flavor is dense and sweet malt hinting at brown sugar. Dates add more sweetness and a smooth earthy tone. Touch of coriander spice. Hops are very weak. Fairly assertive Belgian yeast. Dense, full body. Descent carbonation. Syrupy texture and finish. Descent complexity and well executed. A little too sweet for my taste.

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bnes09 from Illinois, Aug 15, 2017
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3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle - in fridge a couple months:
Pours a dull rusty amber with a puffy red-tan head. Head lasts and lasts, and when it fades, I can revive it easily even though it does ruin the nice lacing it provided.

Nose has an amber malt and earthy spice base, which hits the nose as a first impression. The date and alcohol raisin rise from this to become the main scents later in the whiff. There's a light citrus rind note playing in between these as well.

A thinner than expected feel, with light, not quite tingling carbonation. This seems to contribute to a watery opening. A little bite of spice or alcohol or both are allowed access to my tongue first. A light sweetness of dark fruit comes on next, but hits a wall of wooden to earthen... not quite bitterness, but flavor. The date does peek through, but without its typical sweetness. By the end, the notes do turn a tad bitter.

I think the coriander is playing a bit more than I'd like. I want a little more presence and sweetness (not a lot, but some) from the dates.

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cjgiant from District of Columbia, Jul 30, 2017
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3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours the proper cola color, creamy head that settles into a swirly whisp. Aroma is very sweet - not sure if it is just strong phenols or the addition of sugar - but have to look underneath to get some of those prune / raisin / date smells. Taste profile is good, the dark fruit esters are more assertive which helps cut down the candi sugar somewhat (though it is still prett sweet), and the coriander pinch at the end is a nice depth touch. A little light-bodied for an abbey ale, and missing some Belgian yeast presence to add a stronger backbone, but overall a good beer.

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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania, Jun 22, 2017
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4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on draft in a tall fluted glass. A really beautiful beer with a dark reddish brown color with a rich fluffy white head and good lacing. Wonderful smell, sweet and fruity with apple as and pear notes in the smell and taste. Taste includes cola, raisins, and prunes. Nice beer!

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Photo of Viaduck
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark tea color with a generous tan head. Aroma: yeast up front, spices& some fruitiness. Taste: salty figs & dates, yeAsty bread, spices, a fair amount of grain & mild alcohol burn in the belly. Plenty of carbonation.

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Viaduck from California, May 27, 2017
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3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bomber into tulip glass. Creamy tan head with nice lacing. Smells of cloves, spice, coriander, major fig and dates. Taste is pretty similar to nose except a lot more spice, cloves and coriander. This feels a little over spiced as it warms. Definitely the additives they used shine here as it's all coriander and dates. It's in an overwhelming way though where a limited amount of Belgian yeast esthers struggle to get a spot at the table.

The mouthfeel is all over the place: chewy and syrupy on the finish but thin and effervescent up front.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 750 ml bottle in a snifter. This astounding example of a BSDA done right
in America pours a ruby tinged mahogany that is lightly cloudy with a modest head of
off white foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin light pool, and features subtle light
lacing. Nose of dark fruits of dates and prunes with touches of strong booze and brown
sugars with dark breaded yeasty notes. Flavors follow the nose with dark brown sugars
awash in fig and prune notes that are touched by subtle cranberry notes on the rear all
intertwined in a subtle coriander and subtle allspice note that is wrapped in dark raisin bread.
Excellent mouth feel; medium body, smooth, warming, lightly slick, and medium light carbonation.

Overall this is definitely one to try.


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Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice a deep burgundy infused dark brown with a thick sticky khaki colored head,great clarity in color and like the sticky head.Quite sweet and a little boozy in the nose,candied sugar,figs, dates,and yeast-like spice,rich but again quite sweet.Spiced fruit cake flavors with some nuttiness along with quite an alcohol zip.The yeast spiced flavors kinda take over after awhile although I do like nutty fruit cake element of the beer.A full lush feel little carbonation getting in the way.So much to like but the beer would be fantastic with a few tweaks,as is pretty damn good.

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oberon from North Carolina, Apr 24, 2017
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4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a dark brown color with ruby highlights and a small tan head of foam. It smelled of dried fruits, dates and spices. Strong dark fruit flavor with caramel, malt and spices.

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zeff80 from Missouri, Apr 17, 2017
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4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is dark fruit, malts, Belgian yeast and medium sweetness. The flavor is dark fruit/raisins/dates, malts , a dry/astringent note and a medium sweet/slightly tart/warming alcohol finish.

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jzlyo from Iowa, Apr 09, 2017
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