DNR | COOP Ale Works

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
COOP Ale Works
Oklahoma, United States
coopaleworks.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Belgian-style dark ale is the culmination of central and western European malts, Noble hops, candy sugar and a traditional Trappist yeast. Notes of dried fruit, cinnamon and vanilla make DNR a very complex experience to be enjoyed in moderation.

30 IBU

Added by stephens101 on 04-16-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#23,182
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
247
pDev:
16.98%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
75
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Photo of sumnerw
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of depechemode1983
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours out clear bronze in color. Head if beige in color with minimal retention. No lacing.
Smells candy sugar sweet out the gate. Plums, clove, vanilla, and caramel are present. Also picking the Belgium yeast.
In the taste I'm getting banana, white grapes, bread, caramel sweetness and an ever so slight bitterness. Its good but seems a little thrown together. Getting a touch of alcohol warmth as well.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of corywalston
2.41/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1

Photo of Salinesnake
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of n2pux
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zbooks
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Alexrdvz
4.83/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Smiles4100
4.89/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of zeff80
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Poured a dark amber color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled boozy and sweet with hints of toffee and caramel. Lots of toffee and fruit flavors. Boozy/alcohol heat.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with a thin foamy head. There is some precipitate. Head retention is virtually non-existent. Lacing is very mild. Sweet aroma. Belgian yeasts, candied sugar, slight cinnamon and apple. Taste follows the same route. Very sweet, candied sugar, apple, Belgian yeasts. Light to medium bodied with low carbonation.

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Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BKotch
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of casapy
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kojevergas
2.7/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Initial impression from a can purchased at a Whole Foods:

Canned 05/16/17. 10% ABV. IBU 30. SRM 22. "Belgian style dark ale."

Sweet and a bit syrupy, hitting notes of candied apple, candi sugar, and malty sweetness too hard. Trappist yeast keeps it high in alcohol and amply estery. Caramel, gooey fig, cardamom, and a heavy date flavour are prominent. Not particularly well-balanced or built for a beer billed as a Belgian style dark ale, but not bad considering its high ABV (which is decently disguised).

Not a beer I'd buy another 4 pack of, but it's drinkable enough and has no egregious off-flavours or faults. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, but I've certainly had worse.

C / AVERAGE

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01/09/18 further impressions from another can:

Aroma of candied fruit.

Taste of withered apricot, candi sugar, Belgian pale malts, and dried fig & date. Sweet. Lacks the esters usually imparted by Belgian yeast, however.

Texture is full-bodied, smooth, wet, somewhat thick, and unrefreshing. A biteen sticky and chewy. Aptly carbonated.

It's a bit of a chore to drink given its high ABV and imbalanced sweetness. I don't see the appeal here and I'd scratch my head trying to understand who would buy this over a traditional Belgian expression of the style. Not awful by any means, but definitely underwhelming.

C- / BELOW AVERAGE

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Photo of cdwil
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bwarren82
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gobuccos
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bryan12345
4.75/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kkarimi
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bravada
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Kuges
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i honestly liked this better than the edition in brandy barrels with cherries. its a more well rounded and balanced beer, doesnt have all the sweet and the fusel alcohol intensity, and it is quite unique even without all that stuff. there is a fruitiness to the yeast without the cherries, raisin and fig and plum or something, dried and concentrated, nice with the strong malt base. caramelized with notes of toffee and sweet cake, glazed almost, but not so heavy in the finish. i like the yeast, i can taste it more in this one than in the barrel aged version, more belgian, more robust, with subtle anise and allspice hints. black tea comes to mind, there is an earthy bitter thread to this, but the molasses and maple notes quickly move in. lots of body, lots of grain, but still well carbonated. almost barleywine here, but with a belgian twist. i dont think this beer needs the fruit and the barrel, its more defined and refined here, not like many others out there, and a nice one from these guys, who have been a little hit or miss for me, but this one is a keeper! just pace yourself!

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Photo of HenryPorter7777
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Belgian Strong Dark Ale: not what I expected based on reviews of "sweetness"..... this is not exactly my cup of tea, but it's not a bad beer. RYE influenced? I like Belgian beers, but this one is "different".
Do not be intimidated by "sweetness" reviews. It certainly is not sweet. Instead, it is a lot of what I did not expect: somewhat "grainy"and more of a beer to be sipped to be enjoyed. Thus, confirming the "complex" reviews. Definitely high in alcohol content, but again if sipped---highly enjoyable. Personally, I think cheese and salami/sausage pairs well.
10.0% ABV

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.85/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sweet, sweet beer here. Brown appearence, not too much lacing, not too much retention. Smells super sweet, cinnamon, spices, wonderful malts. Almost a candy like taste comes through with those rich nutty malts. A little natural sugar, some coriander/nearly banana like clove spice carries a medium-bodied all-star of a beer to its destination. The yeast (Belgian) and malts (Munich? German for sure) make it unique. This one really got me going, better than the past dozen beers I've tried I think. This brewery has put out some stellar material, F5 ruled too. Cheeeers.

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DNR from COOP Ale Works
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 247 ratings