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
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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of drpimento
2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Wow, I don't know where all these other reviews are coming from. I personally get a nice average ordinary malty strong beer. Poured with a fizzy, cream colored head and no lace. Color is a clear orange amber. Aroma is malt and bananas. Flavor is like aroma with some alcohol in there and on the sweet side. Body is full and carbonation is decent. Finish is like flavor and fairly short except for the alcohol.

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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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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$2.25 single from Abe's.

A very hazy dark orange body, topped by a finger of oatmeal-white whipped cream.

Aroma has some sweet fruits, maybe a sprinkle of candy sugar. Little bread, but the bakery is up the road a piece.

Taste starts sweet, sweet fruit with some candy too. A noble hop smack at the swallow. Spicy Belgian style yeast.

Light, bubbly mouthfeel.

Well crafted. I would sample other beers from the Brew Farm.

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Photo of 57md
3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The appearance was very light copper with little head. The dominant scent was an unpleasant light soapy smell that seemed to come from nowhere. The taste was light and a bit peppery with slight hoppiness. There was a lingering semi-sweet, semi-tart aftertaste that was also a bit unpleasant. This one looked promising on the beer menu, but that promise was not quite fulfilled.

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3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this as part of a trade for some other beers, so wasn't expecting it.

A: Poured a brownish-red amber. Not much foam, even with a heavy pour.

S: The smell throw me, it was hard for me to determine. Other reviews said fig/malt/cherry. I am getting something completely different, can't put my finger on it.

T: now it got even weirder, again I can't put my finger on the taste. Maybe it is the fig taste that has been mentioned.

M: not to bad, good body, with some after taste

D: A deccent beer, not something I would ask for again. But I wouldn't mind trying other beers from this brewer.

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3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy golden-red (not exactly dark, but that's ok) with a fairly big offwhite head. Just a couple piece of lacing.
S- Smell is sugary, with a bit of peppery spice. Just a bit of fruityness.
T- Up front it is really really sweet breadyness. Sugary is pretty heavy. A bit of fruity character and some yeast in the middle. Just a hint of alcohol. At first it was enjoyable but the sugar really wears down the tongue.
M- Sugary mouthfeel, coats the tongue in that way. Carbonation is fizzy and first bit eventually the weight prevails.
O- The first 8 ounces were really enjoyable but the highly sweet flavor wears on you pretty quickly.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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 mikey711
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Pretty dark amber close to brown, with a huge white head that leaves really good lace. Slightly cloudy with some sediment floating around.

S: Very yeasty smelling with some pepper and clove notes. Also very very sweet smelling, with loads of candied sugar notes

T: Again yeasty and peppery, not overly sweet in the taste as in the nose but still some candied sugar notes. Considering this was a rye belgian I thought there would have been a bit more pepper and spiciness which i think would have enhanced the flavor

M: Nice chewiness and body. No heat, but very filling

D: I am happy just having the one as even the first few sips seriously filled me up

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Photo of Florida9
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Slightly opaque orange brown in color. Forms a smallish white head, really barely a surface coating, but it is fluffier around the edges. (3.5)

S: Heavy malts. Orange. A light malty sourness to reminiscent of a faint whiff of malt vinegar (3.5)

T: Almost sour malt flavor with fruity esters and a mild bitterness. Rather complex. A mild bitterness. Finishes with a residual maltiness to it. Malty orange juice. (3.5)

M: Sharp and full bodied with a slight twang to it. (4.0)

D: This one can be both interesting and a little tough to handle. While not a "sour" beer in the typical fashion, I believe this one is meant to be approaching "sourness" while not actually being sour. Ends up being an unusual combination of flavors. (3.0)

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3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Dark rust/amber color. Pretty cloudy. Creamy and thick light tan head. Good retention and decent lacing.

S: Belgium yeast, spice, a bit of sweet doughy bread and a bit of spicy hops.

T: Complex. Belgium yeast, a bit of spice and pepper, dark fruits, sweet cake, some hops near the backend. Finishes sweet and a bit boozy.

M: Medium body, moderate and soft carbonation.

D: Average at best. A little boozy and too much belgium spice and yeast funk going on.

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into .3l - from chixdighops

A few quick notes. I did not know that was considered a Belgian strong dark ale when I drank it and this bottle has seriously cool art.

Overall a nice pour; outside of direct light it has a muddy coloring. It looks like muddled apple cider (although 'brighter'). Dirty white head that receedes quickly. Very little lacing, minimal tight bubble around the edges.

Strong spice aroma. A little yeast.

The flavor is layers of spices. A raisin flavor, but also the finish tastes like honeydew melon. Slightly sour but not unpleasant.

The mouthfeel is weighted but the carbonation and the spices notes. It looks lighter in the glass than it feels when consumed.

It's enjoyable. I don't know that I'd drink a ton of these, may just not be the right style for me.


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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at TJ's Restaurant & Drinkery, Paoli, PA

Poured a slightly hazed tanned amber with a big, foamy, white head that retained and laced very well. Actually, I was expecting something much darker for something labelled as a dark ale, and I had to ask the bartender if she poured me the correct beer, but yes, that was it. Smell was full of Belgian goodness (esp. for a beer made in WI), with notes of bready yeast, spice, and dried fruits. More of the same in taste, bready, spicy yeast, pepper, noticeable alcohol, dried apricots, apple skins, raisins, and a touch of honey. Nice and complex, though I still sensed something just a little off...perhaps a bit phenolic. Medium body, and pretty drinkable, but I think one glass was good enough.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Viggo
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a clear amber/orange, medium sized white head forms and settles down to a medium ring around the glass, a thin layer, some decent lace spots stick, a bit light for a strong dark but looks alright.

Smell is interesting, pretty boozy, a lot of spice, cinnamon, honey, quite sugary, raisin and a lot of fruit, some sherry, strawberries, quite fruity, apples, not bad.

Taste is weird, kind of light and watery, lots of alcohol, a bit spicy and peppery, honey, sugars, sherry, some fruitiness, apple juice, very strange character, dry finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. A bit rough going down. Thank Russ!

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Photo of VonZipper
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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