Matacabras | Dave's BrewFarm

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Brewed by:
Dave's BrewFarm
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by darklordlager on 02-19-2010

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Ratings: 132 |  Reviews: 89
Photo of DucksFan16
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pat61
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Matacabras pours copper tinted amber under a slight chill haze under a bone white finely bubbled foam cap. The nose is malty and bready with traces of spice and light fruit. The initial attack has traces of malt sweetness and toffee over a hint of fruit and spice that is close to clove. It dries out on the finish with a moderate hop bitter accent. Medium body, creamy smooth, with slightly above average carbonation.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of derkfromwi
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of mattmarka1
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of cfh64
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of ajzy
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of MNPikey
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of CCutch
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of AmandaSchaefer
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of B967ierhunter177
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear, bubbly copper with a thin white head and no lace. The aroma is fruity and floral with caramel malt. The flavor is caramel and a bit of spice with orange notes. This beer has a lasting alcohol warmth and the mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Exactly like cough medicine. Daves BrewFarm matacabras is a decent beer, recommended.

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

Interesting beer. Nice matured fruit tones are in abundance here, but they never get out of control. Carbonation bites a very tiny bit, but overall the feel is smooth. This is a good Belgian style ale that has some interesting (what seems like) Flemish character going on. I like it a lot and think it's very well executed for the style.

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Photo of CWhite
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ZAP
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Deep burnt orange...whisp of creamy head

S-Sticky sweet malts with a bit of black pepper....yeasty....bready...nice...

T-I get a good dose of black pepper and anise....some cloves too..fruity (apples and pears)...some light breadiness...

M-High side of medium bodied...creamy...the peppery dimension keeps the sticky sweetness in check...

O-This is ok....not a big fan of the peppery/anise notes in this...well made beer just not my flavor profile...wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet fruity spicey aroma with some brown sugar and hints of pepper and a hint of alcohol. Nice.
Copper/red amber. Pretty clear. Smallish head for style.
I bought a six pack about 1 month ago and the flavor has already changed some. Not quite as robust as the earlier bottles, but still flavorful and complex. The fruitiness has abated some and now is more malt forward. Nice tasty streak of alcohol. Dries out appropriately. Very faint hop. Nice spicy nip to the sip.
Moderate body and full carbonation.
I would say a bit of aging hasn't been friendly, so far, to this beer. So, drink it fresh. It's something special then.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of KCM
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of birchstick
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouts a mahogany / chestnut brownish red color with a large head that leaves a nice lacing down the glass. Nose is lots of fruity Belgian yeast notes with some cereal malts in it. Taste is caramel malt up front that moves to some spicy rye. Fruity Belgian flavors - raisin, plum, candied sugar, come in next. Ends a little dry and fruity. Full, smooth body. Overall, this is a good BSDA. Fruity and sweet as it should be but very drinkable. First from Dave's farm and my interest is piqued.

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Matacabras from Dave's BrewFarm
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 132 ratings