Matacabras | Dave's BrewFarm

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3.85 w/ 132 ratings

Brewed by:
Dave's BrewFarm
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by darklordlager on 02-19-2010

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Ratings: 132 |  Reviews: 89
Photo of VonZipper
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of TWStandley
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

Appeared a burnt orange/brown color with a light brown 2 finger head.

Smelled a bit sweet with a definite belgian yeast presence.

Sweet with a bit of chocolate and possible some apple mixed in.

Mouthfeel was carbonated well, no heat from the 8% at all.

Overall an interesting beer, but one I wouldn't seek out.

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Photo of Hopstout
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of IdrinkGas
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

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 gordavidson
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a blood orange liquid with thousands of tiny floaters. The very light brown head is thin and slightly splotchy.

S- Light candied fruit, brown sugar, cider, caramel, and a bit of citrus. Interesting and enjoyable.

T- Absolutely delicious. Sweet brown sugar, apples, some cider, bread, and a definite Belgian kick. All the flavors blend really nicely together. The only downfall is a bit of astringency on the finish.

M- The carbonation is nice, bit the astringency builds the more of it I consume.

O- A very tasty beer that rivals some of the Belgian counterparts. Most definitely worth trying.

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Photo of alalvarez75
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a weird looking beer. Had no idea it was a Belgium Strong ale clocking in at 8%. Did get a good price mixed and matched for $1.65

A - Wow not as "dark" as expected but it does have some sweet carbonation and is clear. Head is opaque om color and quickly turns to a sticky lace ring.

S - Wow interesting mix of Belgium yeasts and spicy rye. A nice bit of hops and caramel in the smell too.

T - Has a nice body without much cloying yeast. Rye isn't as pronounced but it's got a nice sweetness and mild hoppy finish. Pretty good stuff.

M - Medium to heavy in body but drinks rather well.

Overall a very good Belgium beer brewed here in the states. Would have it again. BTW the cover art is ridiculous with a goat caught in a hurricane. LOL

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A moderate pour yielded just under a finger of almost yellow head. Body is a solid brown with orange notes. A ring is left up top after a minute or so, and the courtesy of lacing is left out.

I smell raisins, prunes and yeast out of the gate. A strong caramel note takes over and guides me over to booze, malt and candy sugar aromas.

Caramel, bread and dark fruit usher in the flavor of the beer. This is followed with a little yeast, more dark fruit and candy sugar.

This beer is medium bodied, but just seems to run over the tongue and down the throat like its lighter. This can drink so fast that if you aren't careful that 8% will catch up to you. It's apparent in the nose, but not in the flavor...

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Photo of martyl1000
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of richkrull
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a dimple mug)
A- This beer pours a bright slightly aged copper brown with a gentle carbonation of microbubbles and a thick head that last the full beer and sticks to the glass.

S- The aroma of bread crust, pot caramel and some rye/wheat notes have a bit of a fruit cocktail hop note in the finish.

T- The caramel and bread malt characters are full with some softer toffee notes and bock like melanoidin hints. The taste is very lagered with some sweetness grown larger in the finish. There is some grain rye notes that grow in spice and heat in the finish.

M- The full mouthfeel is accentuated by the sweetness and the alcohol heat really grows as the beer opens up.

O- When I drank this at cellar temps it is too hot and sweet to get through but chilled to fridge temps it really keeps the alcohol and sweetness down while the other flavors hold their own, making it a totally different beer. Reminds me of a great eisbock when served cold.

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Photo of elec
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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

Not what I expected out of a dark ale but the higher ABV won me over some. I got a very fruity taste and it was different than the normal dark fruit taste I get from a darker beer. It was hard to describe. I liked the beer but I don't know if I could have had more than one. I didn't get to drink it out of a glass so I couldn't get a great read on the look.

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Photo of aliving1
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of dhannes
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Suds
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very hazy pale copper colored beer. The head is initially thick, but falls to a ring of thin foam. Slightly fruity aroma...apricot, peach, and a bit of yeast. The taste, however, is decidedly more fruity. Lots of stone fruit flavors...peach is serious in this one. Pale malt, sweetness, sugar, and, again, lots of fruit (fruit cocktail?). The body is heavier than the first sip would foretell. Also, the ABV sneaks up on you. Full in body and drinkable. This is an interesting and worthwhile try.

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Photo of Evilyak
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of MrGraybeard
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a chilled bottle into a 14-ounce tumbler. A thin layer of yeast sediment remained in the bottom of the bottle.

In the glass, it's amber with a slight haze and very little head or lacing. Has the look of a Belgian farmhouse ale. Aroma is yeasty with a cherry cough drop, and I do catch a hint of what another reviewer described as phenol ... perhaps it's the rye. Not out of place here, IMO.

Malt is obvious in the taste, with rye expressing itself at the finish with a spicy note, along with the alcohol. Overall the beer reminds me of Unibroue's Maudite, but spicier and with far less effervescence. Leaves the mouth tingling a bit. Nice.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Matacabras from Dave's BrewFarm
Beer rating: 65.9% out of 100 with 132 ratings
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