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The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 44
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev -3%
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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Photo of zeff80
4.06/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of jzlyo
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
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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Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle, which I know is referencing the Belgian monks who inspired and/or created this style, but I can't help but also be reminded of the new Star Wars canon (firstly).

This beer pours a slightly hazy, dark orange-brick amber colour, with four fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly bubbly tan head, which leaves some random Continental and off-shore island group lace around the glass as it genially blows off.

It smells of gritty and grainy pale malt, a muddled caramel/toffee generic sweetness, some mixed coriander/rainbow peppercorn spiciness, a weird dark sugary character that I suppose is the preferential date addition, subtle earthy yeasty notes, and an alcohol measure that has nearly chewed through its meager reins. The taste is rather sweet caramel/toffee/treacle/Middle Eastern fruit, muddled earthy spice, further Belgian candi sugar, and a bit of my new descriptive friend, the vodka-soaked West-Coast hop trope.

The carbonation is adequate in its stolid and palate-supportive frothiness, the body quite heavyset in its bearing, and sort of smooth, as the big-boy alcohol kind of makes a minor nuisance of itself here. It finishes well off-dry, with the mixed malt, additional sugars, and burgeoning alcohol really making a meal of it.

Overall, this does well enough to emulate the Old School style, while 'adjuncting' the hell out of it with some otherly 'Old World' fruity and sugary components. Not a bad idea, per se, but once in a while, this ironic 'contains alcohol' brewery shows off just a little too much of said vice (taps finger on side of nose).

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Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a fairly tan head that dissipates quickly but still leaves a nice looking ring around the inside of the glass. The beer itself is a dark brown with slightly purple hues that make it look very nice.

The smell and taste are good and have a decent note strength. The smell and taste both have a good sweet date note and the Belgian sugar comes out to mix with the dark fruits rather well. The spices are subtle but add a nice slight banana note and a slight bread note as well. It has a very sweet note.

The feel is pretty good. The body is surprisingly light and comes off as more of a medium body with a slightly thin feel. The carbonation is fairly fuzzy but feels nice and gives teh beer some nice texture.

Overall, it's a pretty good stout that is fairly sweet.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: opaque; medium brown; 1 finger khaki head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: sweet malt; dark fruit; a hint of lactic sourness;

T: sweet malt; molasses; from the middle through the finish, dark fruit is predominant; very mild bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish; alcohol is warming, but smooth;

O: really nice sipper;

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Photo of Tone
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy brown color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, Belgian yeast, slight alcohol, hint of roasted malt, spice (clove and cinnamon), hint of spruce, and slight hop. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a strong dryness. Tastes of sweet malt, spice, alcohol, Belgian yeast, fruit, hint of wood, hint of spruce, and slight raisin. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, complexity, but the blend is all over the place.

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Photo of darktronica
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A typical Bruery offering that I've come to expect from this style and price point. The classic Bruery Belgian yeast is strongly present, and the dates are hanging back, low in the mix. Quite a bit of grain and malt here, which might peg it more appropriately as sitting somewhere between a tripel and a quad, rather than a strong dark. The additives are not being particularly distinctive here, but then again, maybe I've had too many other Bruery beers with additives to give it a fair shake relative to a "normal" Belgian.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a neat new one from these guys, sort of fashioned like a quad on the grain side of things, but spiked with dates and spices for additional nuance. the pour is light for what i expected, a rich amber color, but no darker, with a half inch of white head with amazing retention. a little cloudy and dense looking, but lively and bright as well. great nose here, and while i dont pick out date specifically yet, i do get a dried fruit complexion, with hints of dried cherry and raisin and apricot. tons of grain sweetness here, almost more than it needs, and thats true in the taste too. honey and brown sugar notes make the dried fruit sweetness almost excessive. i never really taste dates specifically, and definitely would like to have experienced more of that in here, it was part of what attracted me so much to this in the first place, but what they do in the beer is undeniable. some coriander seed spice seems to lighted in up a little but then the booze comes back in and makes it all intense again. real peaks and valleys sort of beer. i am not wild about the yeast strain here, its not quite robustly flavored enough to push through the heavier grain and sugar flavors, while it also may not be vital enough to ferment this any drier. it could definitely go a bit more and improve i think. overall a well made beer, but something a little lacking about it between the heavy sugars, the weak date complexion, and the timid yeast. cool beer, and one that may improve with age, but i was hoping for a little more out of this one.

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got it in a 8-oz goblet in Bier Baron, DC.

Taste: A lot of dark fruit taste and sweetness, with some herbal. Malty.
Feel: somewhat blander than its Belgium counterparts.

It's a good BSDA, but it's still not as good as the real Belgian.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a brown body with large head that finally died and left lace ring. Yeast and peppery clove like more than coriander spice is strong with hints of dark fruits in aroma. Strong beer with a boozy hot side that underlies a yeast smoothness and notes of dates and figs for flavor.

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Photo of stakem
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a matching Bruery 30oz snifter appears a dark mahogany with ruby clarity and a rich khaki topping that fades leaving patchy lace.

An aroma of minerals, zest, apple cider and lemon spritzer.

The taste has plenty of toasted malt almost bready with some yeastiness akin to clove, banana and citrus faintly lemon-like in the aftertaste.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. Overall an exceptional belgian strong ale. I wish the Bruery would do more plain, to-style beers because they really excell at them. Unfortunately they always seem to be too caught up with crazy concoctions that taste like anything but "beer."

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 12/12/2016. Pours slight hazy ruby red, light orange/copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge raisin, plum, date, fig, apricot, apple, peppercorn, coriander, clove, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, brown bread, herbal, and floral; with lighter notes of banana, nuttiness, chocolate, toffee, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, dates/coriander, dark/bready malt, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge raisin, plum, date, fig, apricot, apple, peppercorn, coriander, clove, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, brown bread, herbal, and floral; with lighter notes of banana, nuttiness, chocolate, toffee, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate yeast spiciness and herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruits, apricot, apple, banana, peppercorn, coriander, clove, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, brown bread, herbal, floral, light chocolate/nuttiness, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dates/coriander, dark/bready malt, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitter/spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium-plus carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, fairly sticky, and slightly chalky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden; only a mild warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian strong dark ale! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dates/coriander, dark/bready malt, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. Pretty much perfectly balanced flavors, with amazing complexity all around. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours dark brown with a tan colored full creamy head, no lacing, lots of tiny bubbles around the edge of glass, slightly hazy.

A: Very sweet, lots of dark fruits dates, raisins, plums, candied sugar, touch of toffee and caramel malts, alcohol is prevalent.

T: Dark, sweet fruits, dates, plums, raisins, some banana, touch of toffee and caramel, soft pear and apple notes, finish has more of the dark fruits, Belgian yeast notes, very complex with depth, very nice.

M: Medium bodied with a creamy, smooth mouthfeel, drinks pretty easy for the high ABV.

O: Another solid beer from the Bruery, lots of flavor with a great mouthfeel.

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