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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Photo of Diomede
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of solargoat
4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a lovely orange/copper color big creamy white head, keeps a nice thin layer through the whole glass.

It smells spicy, and trappisty if that helps anyone. I don't think Dave is a monk though, I dont know for sure.

The beer is really hard for me to describe, but I can tell you that it is out of this world.
The fantastic spiciness lingers in the finish.

I"m pretty sure I could drink many of these, It's fabulous. A+

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Photo of tavernjef
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After taking the personalized tour at Dave's BrewFarm earlier this Spring for a birthday surprise, this stuff along with the Japanese Harakuza? brew, and many others, I was sold on Dave's idea immediately with his wind powered 'Green' facility.
Matacabras: goat killing wind - is a delight to behold, brewed with brown sugar and coming in at 8% ABV. Pours a wonderful dark orange chill hazed cast that whispers a browned and aged brick glow. An inch tall foam of ivory hue smoothes over the top for a bit before fading to an always present thick collar ring. Big patchy piles of lace coat the goblet in which it was poured.

Aroma is soft and alluringly rich and heavy with candied sugar, Belgian candied yeast, dusty fig, golden raisin, and banana, lightly coated with dark citrus and cocoa, partially doughy and a touch peppery. Complexly sweet and definately Belgian and definately Dave!

Taste has more of the same complexities found in its aroma. Actually, a tall notch above since the tongue is more happier then the nose upon first taken onto the palate with that first yummy big sip. Super soft, smooth, rich, creamy, doughy sweet, with feathery spicyness puffing about with big banana breadyness to start then hints to the brown sugar cave in quickly over the middle as light touches to raisin, fig, cocoa, and dark citrus float into a lofty long finish of doughy remains. Nicey Nice!

The body is unbelieveably soft and fluffy with an insanely smooth creamyness. Bready but liquesent and a nearly perfect medium body, no over ABV heavyness here. Nor a body bound by too much sweetness. I like that its more on the medium soft and creamy side then heavy as it really speaks to the craft of the beer and that of the brewer himself. It also makes it a wonderfully quick treat to drink down in a hurry. Two or three of these aren't difficult to handle.

Big congrats to Dave! This stuff is a keeper and I'm looking forward to seeing alot more of his brews hit the market soon!

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Photo of Soilworker
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Poured from a12oz pry-top bottle into a snifter.

A: Golden amber with a one finger thick off-white head. Moderate head retention on this one.

S: This one has an amazing nose on it! Sweet ripe banana (heavy emphasis) hit right up front with a crisp apple overtone and some cinnamon and corriander and perhaps some citrusy orange peel. Quite nice.

T: More syrupy and sweet than I would have expected but amazing nonetheless! Citrusy (almost on the cidery side) sweet with a pleasant emphasis on the banana and green apple notes accompanied by some coriander and slight cinnamon flavors. The hops are there but they serve only a balancing role, a role that they play quite well.

M: Just the right amount of carbonation for this one and moderately full bodied, but not too much.

D: I'm really bummed that I only have one because I want to drink this one all night, unfortunately the liquor store is closed. Very drinkable despite the high abv.

Notes: This one really wowed me. I wasn't expecting much
but this was amazing. Definitely something I'll have in my fridge from here on out.

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Photo of beernightscout
4.56/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Six-pack from Woodmans in Kenosha, about $11. Clear, medium brown brew, very little head. Smells like...a weizenbock. Banana, clove, some alcohol. Tastes great, banana and clove and some breadiness. Alcohol helps clean it up, and you feel it. Still smelling the empty glass, I would swear this was a weizenbock if I didn't know it wasn't (or is it?). Highly recommend.

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Photo of djschnabel
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of dhannes
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of martyl1000
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Evilyak
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of KarlHungus
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy brown color with amber hues. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes rather quickly into a small ring of lacing around the edges. The aroma is yeast, anise, dates, plums, and cardamom. There is a lot going on here. The taste is equally complex. It is similar to the aroma, but with the spice notes coming though more and the fruitiness being a little calmer. The mouthfeel is full bodied with vibrant carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is one fine beer that I will surely be drinking again.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazed, dark orange, creeping into brown. Slim, off-white head.

Aroma is many splendorous things, a bustle of complexity....citrus and spice starts us off, maybe the spark of lemon rind and orange peel from the American hops used, and who knows what spices. (Dave won't tell.) Enticing, and arousing.

Drinking....sweetness at first, the bread and spice of the rye, the richness of malt, we get some brown sugar, molasses, maple...a ginger cookie, with a lemon spritz. Refreshing, and undaunting, but with memorable and rewarding flavors. Long finish, medium body, ....flavor lays on the palate and sticks it out for the long haul.

I'm drinking this in a Abbaye des Rocs chalice, which is appropriate, as I am nicely reminded of some of their efforts. High praise.

Matacabras blitzes the tongue with hops and spice, then lets it fade back, as the malt takes charge and delivers the warm, and satisfying flavor. This is one that takes hold of you, doesn't let you forget it. Belgian malts and yeast make this a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, but the hopping and the rye make it a wholly American invention. A thoroughly Dave Anderson original.

This is good for food, good for drinking, and good for general happiness and well-being! I cannot wait to see this catch on, as there is no reason why it shouldn't raise a ruckus in the local beer world and become a singular sensation. At least, until the next unique BrewFarm rollout.

Here's to the Goat Killer! But, not to ...actually...goats being killed...

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't reviewed a beer in months but this one is so surprisingly good that I had to put the pen to paper.

Pours into a snifter a brilliant reddened brown with a large beige head that very quickly descends to a thin but pretty lacing.

Aroma is sweet and boozy with lots of banana bread, along with some prunes, caramel, and pepper. Very Hefe meets Belgian Strong Dark and a hair shy of a Weizenbock.

Bready with a diverse range of fruit flavors. Banana, musk melon, prunes. Traces of caramel like sweetness. Lots of black pepper in the finish along with some mineral content. Hints of rye.

Mouthfeel: warm and a bit boozy but not in a way that I mind. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: Great. This is really my kind of beer.

I really, really like this beer and at 10 bucks a sixer I will be drinking quite a lot of it. Well done Brewfarm! I can't wait to see what else you'll come up with.

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Photo of dbossman
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium brown hue with subtle cranberry tint; thin head and nice lacing

S: Grainy and spicy up front with a mild citrus/ hop aroma on back end; darker fruits too with a touch of banana and clove along with subtle herbal aromas

T: Much more hop bitterness up front than I anticipated; but then that becomes quickly balanced by a grainy, malty, rye backbone; some lemon citrus from the hops, bread and caramel from the malts; but also lots of cloves and bananas from the yeast; a touch boozy but it works well

F: Fairly medium body and creamy--probably from the yeast; the beer sticks so nicely to the roof of the mouth

O: Interesting and balanced beer; hard to pin this down to one style but that's obviously the point here: great beer

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a cloudy brown/red, small head.

S - Dark fruit, black pepper, fresh cut grass, citrus hops.

T - Dark fruit, caramel malt, chocolate, black licorice. Light hop finish.

M - epically smooth mouthfeel for the style. full, robust, very smooth.

D - real easy, real tasty, a highly drinkable brew.

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Photo of Greggy
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice rocky light tan head with nice sticky lacing. The body is a slightly hazy/yeasty dark amber-brown.

S- Very trappist-esque here but with a hybrid dunkelweiss nose. Notes of: Banana nut bread, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, faint peaches. Very nice.

T- Very nice brown sugar candy, banana, clove, brandy, orange zest, perhaps a bit of coriander, The finish is what I picture being everything aforementioned in a warm pie crust.

M- Carbonation is spritzy, the body is large and robust.

D- Definitely a solid beer. It doesn't fit well into any style but I know that's not what Dave shoots for.

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Photo of Buebie
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The produces a darker amber colored beer with a continuously developing head that finally tops out around 2 inches of tan froth. Slow to settle back, leaving quite the large cap of retention and tick very clingy full coverage lace.

Aroma is quite good and a bit complex.
At first it reminds me of a Belgian with the traditional spicie nose and sweet candied sugar aroma. Then fruits turn the corner, dark fruits, maple sweetness, those orange candy slices that are covered in sugar, a touch of mint and vanilla. slightly scotch like in style with a Belgian candied twist.

Most of aroma carrying over to taste, along with a stronger Belgian spice, coriander and herbal tea flavors, plenty of orange peel, tart citric flavors, no alcohol present at all, just a touch of peppercorn spice. Finishing with a tart puckering flavor, candied oranges, burnt toffee, dark fruit and a hop bittering that lingers.

Very different style of beer here, completely enjoyable and not at all what I expected or thought I might be tasting/ smelling.
This here beer is one I highly recommend trying.
I only bought a single to give it a whirl. I will be going back for more, you can count on that.

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Photo of kenito799
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Fin du Monde chalice.

Medium brown brew with rocky head, leaves nice lace. Aroma of warm malt and cinnaon-spicy fuitiness, spot-on Belgian. The taste is nicely crisp and dry, not cloying at all, very well balanced. Tastes like a really good dubbel or abbey ale, perhaps the undetectable alcohol actually helps giv ethe impression of dryness. That crispness keeps this lighter despite what a strong heavy brew this really is. The aromas and flavors keep you coming back for more. Very well done.

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Photo of CWhite
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of millelacsmark
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of gatornation
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

second offering from Dave @ the brew farm..this one in the bottle..i love the label with the wind and the goat its mid-west for sure even though it is named from a wind in to ale.the appearance is a hazy copper color its beautiful somewhere between an ipa and dark belgian or brown (really nice) with a 1 finger beige head that stays for a while and leaves a nice ring with good lacing ..the smell is clove spice rye and cinnamon with hops and malts right behind ..the taste is a clove/spice nutmeg sweet blast followed by hops and some toffee and slight biscuit/toast with some rye WOW..this is delicious its a medium-bodied but full robust brew for the taste buds ...the 8% abv is not detected at all..this guy can brew beer/ales..keep them coming dave..ill try whatever you put out

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Photo of plfahey
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Deep Amber color, light haze with some small white pieces of sediment (perhaps from too aggressive of a pour). Thin light tan head with poor retention and spotty lacing.

Aroma-Wonderful dark fruit aroma (Plums and Prunes) show in the forefront, with a hint of raisins as well. Malt sweetness shows as well, with a little bit of a grainy malt characteristic. Hops are not apparent in the nose. Some spices characteristic of Belgian yeast phenolics show up (perhaps light cloves?) and a little bit of spicyness from the alcohol.

Taste-Flavor is a complex interplay of several elements-similar dark fruits (plums and prunes) show up, though not as strongly. The malt flavor is not as sweet, and is tempered by the rye presence. This time, earthy hops make an appearance in the background. The Belgian spice characteristics are not as apparent in the flavor. The alcohol is smoothly integrated into the finish and the palate finishes dry.

Mouthfeel-Medium-Full to Full, Carbonation is medium low. Alcohol is warming and extremely well integrated leading to a very smooth finish which leaves the mouth feeling slightly coated.

Overall-A delicious and interesting take on a Belgian strong dark ale. While unusual in the inclusion of Rye and the hoppiness in the flavor, this is an extremely drinkable beer.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep orange, with hint of reddish brown. unfiltered, tan 2 finger up + down head. mighty fine lacing.

S: sweet bread, malt, dates/figs, hint of ginger with honey, mild floral

T/M: malt, bread, spices, dated/figs up front. hint of alcohol, oak, bitter in the finish. medium body, great carbonation feel, hint of prickle on the tongue.

D: WOW! This was a great random pick by me. Was standing in Woodman's (WI grocery chain), ran over the IL/WI border to get hard to find Wisconsin beers. Never heard of this brewery or beer, gave it a whirl AND you should too.

Great brew, not sessionable, the 8% ABV will sneak up on you. Very accessible Belgian Strong Dark Ale for a beginners to Belgian beers.

Cheers to Dave's Brew Farm and welcome to the realm of making good beer to make the world a better place!

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - soft and subtle amber with some yeast residue and a decent sized off-white head. Reddish hues in the light.

S - sweet, candi sugar, raw cider, prunes and dried pears.

T - sweet, tangy and a little tart in the finish. Not as heavy as I had expected and the sweetness isn't cloying. A lot of nice flavors coming together in this brew. Some floral qualities, a little spice and some nice sweet fruits.

M - soft and light for the style

D - love it. very easy to drink and somewhere between a sipper and something a little less so. This is yet another beer that maybe doesn't really want to be put into a certain style category but ends up in one. Definitely 'curious" as the label states and certainly worth trying.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, scooped at Star

didnt know much about this brewery until the other day - very cool sustainable operation, featuring wind power no less

appearance: served in a great dane imperial pint glass, murky amber body, big foamy/frothy white crest and strong retention

smell: nice - banana and clove, candied belgian sugar, fig, weizen-esque wheat profile

taste: enjoyable - dont immediately think "belgian dark", but whatever, sweet belgian candy sugar, banana, sweet peaches, clove, caramel, dry ginger, dark belgian yeast, lots of wheat

mouthfeel: medium body, smooth and well

drinkability: high

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Photo of Wisconsinality
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to beerwolf77.
12oz bottle poured into Duvel Tulip.

A- Pours a reddish brown that only lets light shine through on the edges. A good finger and a half worth of head that recedes quickly and leaves no lacing behind.

S- Big amounts of Belgian yeast and candi sugar. A good amount of malt and some nice dark fruits.

T- A very flavorful and complex beer. The Belgian yeast sticks out right away but it pushed aside by a few others. Dark fruits, maybe some dates and some sweet candi sugar.

M- Medium bodied with a some carbonation that has a crisp edge to it.

D- A very flavorful beer that I was quite surprised with considering the size and the relative newness of the brewery. Get your hands on this one if you can.

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