Sorcerer | Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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106 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States
fatheadscleveland.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dark ruby brown Belgian style strong ale with complex flavors reminiscent of dried fruits. The sweet hints of raisin, fig and plum are accentuated with rock candy sugar then warmed away by the strength of the dry alcoholic finish.

Added by sitarist on 12-30-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
106
Reviews:
20
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
8.68%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
12
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 106 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of Ryan011235
2.84/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On tap in a pint glass at Woodland's on 8/25/12

Dark brown appearance with a one finger head. Thin retention. Not much lace.

Dark bread and fruit aroma. Apple, banana, raisin, yeast, bubblegum. It has an upfront tangy flavor that tapers off quickly. Very bready. Moderate spice, clove and pepper. Earthy. Medium body with lively carbonation that dwindles after the beer opens up.

Overall impression: A decent beer, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An interesting dark strong ale

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Photo of Marzen_Fan
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy deep amber to brown-ish color with a small light tan head. In the aroma, dark fruit and licorice. In the taste, licorice, dark fruit, especially sweet plum. A smooth and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry to clean aftertaste. Hides the alcohol, a bit thin and lacking flavor and nose.

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Photo of vrbulldog22
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kbrown
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of kbuzz
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of charliebuckeye
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of masterofsparks
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of IPAchris
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of brealbg
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of letshaveanother
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of KFrank729
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of shirtless_mike
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of skaboom420
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of thecheapies
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light burgundy brown color with some murk. A patch of thin surface foam is all the head it wears.

Wine-y dark fruits like cherry, currant, blackberry, raisin, and grape. Almost a burlap aroma with a hint of tobacco. Quite nice and fruity.

Yeasty, fruity, and attenuated. Juggles between woody bitterness, dried fruit sap, and toast malt simplicity. Hanging with candi sugars and a sear of alcohol burn. A traditional Belgian yeast flavor complements without being showy. Too thin in the taste, however. Late cola finish with some herbals and spice coming through.

A tad flat. Body is pretty soppy, but close to medium. Not ideal, but okay.

Nothing killer in this representation of a Belgian dark. Enjoyably robust in the malts, however.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cappy's Loveland, arrived in a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a deep red like cherry wood, and forms a thick head of ecru foam that lasts a good long while. Lacing is appropriately decent as well.

Smell: It's mostly Belgian yeast that swells out of the glass - dark stone fruits (specifically cherries and plums), alongside that BSDA/quad candi sweetness. Said sweetness seems a little potent.

Taste: This follows the nose almost perfectly, heavy with thick plum and cherry flavors, which take on a somewhat cough-syrupy tone as the beer warms. The candi sweetness is more than present, swirling through to fill every crack and crevice left available by the plum-cherry combo, carrying along hints of spiciness as well.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and sticky, this is on the fuller side of medium-bodied.

Overall: Not a bad BSDA. Not my favorite, but not bad.

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Photo of jampics2
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Fat Heads Cleveland. Served in a tulip for around $5.50.

The Sorcerer is a nice looking brew. It’s like some kind of supernatural forces are at work here. The beer isn’t cloudy – it’s mostly clear copper with some gold edges. Not as dark as some Belgians, but decent looking, especially with regards to the nice head retention & lace.

The nose is decisively Belgian – driven by a relatively expressive Belgian yeast strain and notes of dark fruit from the malt. There’s an abundance of fig, raisin, and Belgian candy sugar. I get a touch of bubblegum from the yeast. There could be a bit more distinction, as this smells much like other American attempts at the style. Still pleasant.

As is the taste – my taste buds are greeted by dark fruit, brown sugar and even a hint of plum, cherry and chocolate. The beer comes across as both sweet and tangy, and, unfortunately, the booze is very evident. In surmising how I feel, I would say this beer is just a bit too big for its shoes. A bit less booze or more expressive flavors would work much better for me.

The mouthfeel is back to an excellent score with nice carbonation enhancing the medium body. While the booze is evident, the beer feels good in my mouth. I liked this a bit more than some other Belgian offerings from Fat Heads, but, again, I find myself feeling like this beer isn’t quite delicate enough to hang with anything overseas or even the best of what America is offering. While the flavors work, I find the best Belgians have a:

1 (base) + 1 (yeast) = 3

equation going on. Here, we’re stuck at 2.

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Photo of BigRizz62
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sabtos
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with a reddish hue and a fluffy, uniform puck of a tan head on top.

Soft banana and clove on the nose.

Banana raisin nut bread, with some spices, and a little boozy heat.

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Photo of barflybastard
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Fat Heads in Cleveland.

Poured a medium brown color with a good off-white head. Bit of a reddish hue to the beer. The nose brought forward quite a bit of dark fruits plus some caramel and a good amount of clove. General yeastiness there as well. The taste consisted of more clove plus some dates and figs. Light malt sweetness came through as well, complementing the spice. Mouthfeel was nice and full with good, low-level carbonation. Drinkability was quite good. A pretty impressive brew.

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Moderate dark fruit esters. Plum and cherries. Some spicy notes, black pepper.

Appearance: Dark brown, appears to be very clear, no visible particles floating about. Barely off-white head dissipates quickly leaving spotty foam.

Taste: Moderate dark fruit, dates, plum and raisin. Dark malt sweetness. Molasses. Mild dark citrus. Mild hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Tingles in the mouth, although very low carbonation. Finishes about neutral, not much drying, although hard to believe that's possible at 9% ABV.

Overall: Pretty good. A bit harsh at the malt bitterness, but a good brew overall. Glad I got the 12 ounce and not a 16 ounce.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a medium brown color with a cream colored head on top. The smell of the beer is on the sweeter side. There is some nice fruity notes as well as some bready yeast in there too. The taste of the beer is along the lines of a Quad but not quite as fruity or sweet. There is a nice element of Candi Sugar in there and some subtle yeast flavors. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth, lightly carbonated and dry in the finish. Overall this beer is pretty good.

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Photo of max503
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Sorcerer from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
3.8 out of 5 based on 106 ratings.
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