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 jsprain1
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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Photo of bigred89
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16oz Tulip Glass

Appearance - Dark Crimson/Rust that has a very hazy look to it. Pours a 2 finger head and carbonation looks pretty light.

Smell - Very sweet sugary and caramel smell with some very pungent fruity notes. There's also some spicy notes to this as well, but I can't quite put my finger on what those spices are. I can also sense a pretty good malty backbone in here as well

Taste - Very sweet bready flavor with some caramel and spicy notes. The caramel in particular has both some sweet and bittersweet flavors. The alcohol flavor is masked very well here considering it's ABV. The aftertaste flavor ends on a spicy rye note that you would need to taste to believe, it's unlike any other aftertaste I've had before!

Mouthfeel - It's fairly light in carbonation and slightly heavy in body. This combination makes it a fairly easy to drink beer; In fact, I'd even go as far as to say this beer is pretty smooth!

Overall - I was not disappointed by this beer at all. I always enjoy picking up random beers to try out as I'm always excited as to what I will get and this beer is one of the reasons why I enjoy it! The unique flavor combined with it's smooth feel is reason enough to try out this beer at least once.

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Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of wallrock
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Diomede
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of greenbeer29
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of millelacsmark
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a very nice clear deep amber. A 1/2 inch off-white head forms and reduces to a solid over-the-top lacing. Carbonation is visible and no sediment.

The aroma is sweet with cotton candy and molasses present. Just a bit of rye makes itself known. Unique and good.

The taste is started with a hoppy bitterness that is followed by the sweet candy and caramel. Quite raw with some rye and grainy type notes. Yeast and a bit of alcohol appear as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a carbonation that falls off quickly, but starts almost effervescent. A nice dryness at the end with some spiciness make this interesting.

I wasn't real sure what to expect, but this is an interesting beer. It is solid in each of the categories and provides a little something different, while still being quite drinkable.

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Photo of warnerry
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear ruby-tinged oranges with two fingers of creamy tan head. Head has very good retention anleaves some lacing.

S - Smells of candy sugar and spicy rye. Also some hints of dark fruits. An odd combination. Not unappealing, but doesn't really draw you in.

T - Similar to smell there is a mix of sugar, spice, fruit andsome other flavors I can't quite place. Leaves a lingering spiced tea flavor. Interesting, but not something I would want very often.

M - Medium, sticky mouthfeel with a dry, spicy finish.

O - Definitely glad I tried this. An interesting mash up that mostly works, but has novelty going for it more than anything else.

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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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Photo of lurpy1
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Republic in Mpls' 7 Corners.

Pours a murky amber,slightly full of sediment, really an odd, unusual appearance.

Smell is very fruity and malty, picking up a lot of pears and maybe some tropical fruit. Very similiar taste,sort of understated but a big follow on terms of aftertaste: yeast, apple. Pretty good.

A little bit fizzy, with an appropriate amount of alcoholic bite given the 8% ABV.

Not a beer that knocks your socks off, but absolutely a drink worth trying.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a slightly hazy amber color. The head was fluffy and white. As it settled the head left a decent lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is surprisingly different. Has lots of things happening in there. I pick up some strong aromas of rye I think. There is some hints of sweetness also. The taste is just about as baffling as the nose, There seems to be some sweet malts that collide with some spices and herbal notes in there. The mouthfeel of the beer wasn't too bad, it was medium bodied and fairly drinkable. Overall I can't say that I'd need to have this beer again, I think it was a too far out, I like that people enjoy on here but as for me I had one and I think that was plenty.

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Photo of coopsta12p
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a bottle poured into a chalice.

A - Burnt red color when held up to the light with a lighter honey color along the edge of the glass. Appears to have a good amount of carbonation. Retains a half finger of head at first that slowly dissipates into a thin frothy layer. Significant lacing.

S - Having a tough time pinpointing the aroma. I can smell the sweetness of the malts mixed with a slight hint of something citric. Possibly smelling some chocolate or caramel mixed with a lemon smell. I smell a slight herbal aroma coming from my glass as well.

T - It immediately hit me with a slightly bitter but very malty flavor. It seemed to have a burnt flavoring to it. Very robust. Followed with a citric/bitter aftertaste.

M - Slightly Chewy. The citric taste seems to remain on the palate longer than the burnt malty flavors. Not as heavy as it initially feels but defintely not watery.

O - Overall I had a really tough time pinpointing what I was tasting. The toughest beer I have reviewed to date. Maybe that's why the brewery calls it "A Curious Ale". I thoroughly enjoyed the beer and will be trying more of Dave's beer. Recommended to all for a try!

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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 bbeane
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a DFH snifter... starts with a small off-white somewhat fizzy head that disappears relatively quickly leaving no real lacing. Beer is dark amber in color with mild activity and a fair amount of sediment. Does leave behind some spotted lacing as it's drank

S- Not all that aromatic... slightly stronger after some swirls of the glass. Light notes of dark fruits, apple, and yeast and some cinnamon or nutmeg like notes

T- Not bad... Very sweet with belgian sugar and yeast. Dark fruits and spices

M- Medium body with light carbonation

O- Had never heard of this one before my friend gave it to me so I wasn't sure what to expect. All in all, I enjoyed it. It wasn't explosive in flavor but had a nice rounded taste that was enjoyable


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

Bottle shared by Thorpe in the Blind BIF, at the the time of the tasting I thought this was a quad, I was close I guess.

Beer is brown with a tiny thin head that breaks and pulls to the walls of the snifter, leaving a little lacing but overall the beer appears undercarbonated.

The aroma is confusing, sweet banana esters, lots of yeast, very fruity, juicy fruit sort of gum aroma, mild.

Beer isn't awesome just average, no matter what style you call it it is an average high gravity ale with a lot of yeast character. The beer is dominated by the yeast esters throughout, could be German or Belgian but the lead off sweetness and dryness to the whole thing makes me think Belgian the entire time.

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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 matty
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is light maybe some dark fruits.Taste is dark fruits and sugar cane.It goes down pretty smooth for 8%.Overall very flavorful and tasty.I'm assuming better for the colder days.I would recommend and purchase again.

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Photo of maximum12
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I haven't had a bottled/can product of Dave's yet, but I have to say, if you're ever near the BrewFarm when it's open, you owe it to yourself to stop in. It's mad-scientist genius-level brewing. And the company is good, too.

Pours a lovely shade of light red; could almost pass unnoticed amongst a bevy of Sonoma beauties. Nose is subtle & quiet: bits of spicy rye, little wheatiness, light fruit. Nice but could use a goose.

Matacabras is a great name for a beer, & this one is a wormhole into a rye universe. The rye is prominent, & I've never tasted it cut with Belgian yeasts & candied sweetness; the contrast/combo is odd. The sweetness cuts into the rye & makes it rather timid. Aftertaste leans into the field, clove, green apples, the yeast is a touch aggressive. Easy to sip for a Belgian, & just a bit loosey-goosey in the mouth, bubbly, spritzy enough to be distracting from the nice tastines.

Good beer. Not up to level of the wizardry we've sampled at the BrewFarm, but a solid beer that should be on the list of anyone who likes rye or Belgians.

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

12oz bottle, Bruery tulip, thank you to Shango42.

The color is very much brewed black tea, deep clay red, with little head. The clarity would be excellent without my big (partially accidental) pour of yeast. The bubbles are yellowed, like dried egg, some stick and good retention.

Dancingly fruity nose with cut apple, dried peach and apricot, pear, and fresh grapes. Tea and candi sugar, quite sweet like candied fruit.

Fruitiness carries through. Earthy tea tamps down a treacly sweetness and lots of apple and pear. The yeast shows itself more in the finish with that chalky matte Belgian-ness, and the rye comes through as well with a little spice. It adds to the earthiness. The yeast must be contributing a good part of the fruitiness, but I have a feeling that the other part is American hops as indicated by the label.

Rather light bodied with appropriate fizzing carbonation. At first I was thinking it was too light, but any heavier would be oppressive.

I'm thoroughly impressed. This is one of the better BSDAs I can remember having. I like the earthiness and that the yeast is there but not completely running the show. There is some steely aroma and flavor, but not too much.

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

Rec'd as a gift from Vito at the Copper Mine Pub. Thanks amigo!

Label reads:

"Named after Spain's famed goat killing northerly wind, this tempestuous brew has a maelstrom of flavors swirling within it. Robust American hops and rye make this deep, dark ale an experience to savor."

Appearance: Pours a medium brown meets orange burst. Crown is 1 finger, dull khaki, shows good retention and some lace.

Smell: Candied sugar takes center stage while raisins, figs, belgian yeast, a hint of banana, and a hint of pepper round it out. Pretty nice!

Taste: Same as nose but the banana is more prominent.

Mouithfeel: Medium body with soft carbonation. Fairly crisp.

Drinkability: The mouthfeel and fairly clean flavors makes this one go down pretty easy. The alcohol also does not have much presence.

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