Malus | Kane Brewing Company

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Kane Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 137
Photo of corby112
3.07/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark and cloudy mahogany color with deep copper edges. Huge chunks floating around even with a delicate pour and not even 2/3 of the bottle decanted. Frothy two finger off-white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention lasting for the duration. Large streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Way too dark and floaty but head retention and lacing are nice.

Sweet aroma with strong yeast presence, dark fruit esters, prominent cider character and delicate sweet malt presence. Kind of odd with zesty spice notes of ginger, black pepper and licorice. Cider character really stands out along with hints of plum, raisin, prune and other dark fruits. Sweet malts with caramel, light chocolate, dark bread and toffee. Needs more spice or roast to counter the alcohol and sweetness.

Medium body with a zesty/peppery spice presence integrated into the medicinal and dark fruit esters of the Belgian dark ale. Again, very sweet with strong cider, butternut squash and vinous fruit flavor. The medicinal syrupy quality is too strong. Black pepper, coriander, allspice, clove and licorice provides some balance but it needs some dark roast or smokiness. Sweet cider dominates the palate after adjusting to heavy spice. Bready yeast with dark fruit esters giving off hints of prune, raisins, plum, currant and blackberry. Boozy heat and more sweetness in finish. Decent spice presence but this beer is pretty one dimensional and way too sweet for my liking.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the brewery - served in taster

Pours an opaque darkness with a thinner layer of beige head. Coating of film rests on top, leaving a few spots of lacing.

Spices and apples in the nose with pears and dark fruit. Burnt sugar, bread crust, Belgian yeast, alcohol warmth.

Sweet and spicy up front with cinnamon, coriander and apples. Pears, raisins and dates with some burnt sugar sweetness. Full malty backbone with dark fruits and boozy warmth.

Fuller medium body, well carbonated, sticky and full on the tongue. This is decent, but the apples seem to overpower some of the more delicate flavors.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A4 a deep red almost black, 2 fingers of head
S3.5 a grape like scent, boozy, malty
T3.75 this is a typical Belgian quad profile with a weird fruity bitterness.
M3.5 full body, boozy warmth, medium carbonation
O3.5 not really my style, but definitely not bad. I enjoy their iPa's much more though

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Photo of axeman9182
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle thanks to NJBeerNerd. It was allowed to warm a bit before being poured into my NEBCO tulip.

Kane Malus pours a very dark brown, with a scattering of ruby highlights present. Three plus fingers of khaki colored foam rises up and threatens to topple over the lip of the glass. Once the initial rush subsides though, the head disappears quickly and there's not much in the way of lacing left behind. The nose has a bit of raisin to it, but that blends in to an apple note. The spice aroma has a bit of clove and a bit of whatever Kane spiced this beer with, I'm guessing some allspice among others. I like how the incorporation of apple cider plays out in the flavor, some of the traditional dark fruits of a BSDA are replaced by a musty apple taste. Phenols are again present on the back end, with the clove augmented by the spicing. The spices aren't quite pumpkin ale level intense, but they're a little too heavy handed for this beer in my opinion. They do play off the apple cider nicely though and give the brew a very authentic autumn feeling to it. The body is just a touch too sturdy for me, though I'm not surprised to see that it was bottle conditioned with champagne yeast given the wonderfully spry carbonation. I had very high expectations for Malus based on the other Kane beers I've had, and it didn't quite live up. Still, with some refining I think there's some real potential in this brew and it's good to see these guys bottling.

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Photo of claspada
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an extra dark brown color with a small light beige head.

Aromas begin with apple cider, Belgian yeast and brown sugar. As it warms you get some nuttiness and brown bread.

The tastes begin toasted bread, Belgian yeast spice, toasted bready and nutty malt. The apple comes in in the backend after the caramelized malt flavors. Apple works decently well with the dark fruit flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is lightly sweet with a bit of emerging alcohol.

Overall this is an intersting beer to sample but not something I would want to drink in large quantities. The apple cider makes an already sweet beer a little sweeter to the point of almost being a bit too much.

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Photo of ism
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Arrogant Bastard pint glass. Nearly opaque and murky dark brown body with ruby highlights, initially topped with a voluminous sand-colored head that quickly subsides into a very thin layer. Lacing forms decent rings, in light of the ABV.

Dark fruit confronts the nose, with apple lurking under, and a light Autumn-profile spicing. Bread notes emerge as it warms, and apple becomes more prominent.

Medium body and an above-average champagne-like fine carbonation greets the tongue. Dark raisin and stewed plum, toasted bread, Belgian yeast, and moderate clove phenol, with a slight apple tartness make an interesting flavor combination. Finish is somewhat lackluster; just a memory of a sweet dark fruit.

Alcohol is hidden very well, and it's very easy to drink, though a bit on the sweet side, and the clove phenols are a little too strong relative to the rest of the palate. New Jersey apples are awesome and definitely make a difference here. There's room for improvement to that next, mindblowing level, and knowing that it's so close makes it a little disappointing in that respect.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy dark reddish brown in color with some garnet red highlights and light amounts of gentle visible carbonation near the surface. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aroma of dark fruits (plum) with the addition of apple as well. There are light amounts of spices including cinnamon and clove.

T: Similar to the smell but even more intense - strong flavors of dark fruits and apple. There are some lighter notes of the flavors of spices including cinnamon and clove. Very light amounts of Belgian yeast flavors.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink as the alcohol is very well hidden (considering this beer is 9.5% ABV). A good offering from a new (at least to me and in bottles) NJ brewery. Nice complexity to the flavors and smell. I appreciate the addition of the apple cider.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 11/21/12 notes. Picked this up in Middletown, NY at Whole Foods about a month ago but wanted to wait to open it with my sister. 750ml bottle poured into a Chimay chalice.

a - Pours a deep reddish brown color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of apples, fruity malts, cinnamon, spices, gingerbread, pumpkin, Belgian yeast, cloves, bready malts, and toasted malts. Lots of apples and fruit to it, as well as spice. Was surprised to get a little pumpkin-ale type flavors to it, but the nose is pretty nice.

t - Tastes of apples, fruity malts, alcohol, apple brandy, spices, Belgian yeast, cloves, bready malts, toasted malts, cinnamon. Taste has more apples and more alcohol than the nose. Still quite nice, thought not quite as good as the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very light heat in the taste.

o - Overall a pretty interesting and good local fall beer. You can definitely smell and taste the apple cider used, and it has a lot of fruit and spices to it. Some light alcohol in the taste but nothing too bad. Would buy it again next year.

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Photo of leantom
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Interesting, but just OK judging by my standards. Here goes:

A: Best thing about the beer. Beautiful ruby-amber. Pours a decent head, but this readily dissipates and leaves very little - if any - lacing. Very little carbonation as well.

S: Lots of sour apples - almost like an English cider. Fair amount of cinnamon, brown sugar, and autumn (almost pumpkin) scents, too.

T: Just average. Initial taste spicy (e.g., cinnamon, nutmeg), but this is followed with a boatload of sour apples at the back of the palate.

M: Good, thick and sticky.

O: Decent beer. However, I think this is a good example of a brewer really trying to overdo it (i.e., the brewer tried to make a beer so flavorfully diverse that it backfired).

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy dark brown in color. It poured with a finger and a half high dark beige head with some darker yeast particles on the bubbles. This quickly died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of dark fruits and apples in the nose along with some hints of cinnamon.
T: Similar to the taste, the smell has flavors of dark fruits and apples along with some notes of Belgian yeast. There are also lingering hints of spices in the finish.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: It seems that this beer could use a heavier body to accentuate the interesting mix of flavors in the taste.

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Photo of sfsean28
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

dark color with big foamy head which settles down to a thin layer.

smell of spice and apple

first taste attacked sour taste buds. Apple dominates the taste with a hint of raisins and in the finish, dry champagne yeast.

Medium body, carbonation is good. When I opened the bottle an impressive sound of the cork popped. Gases were visible as they escaped from the top.

it was an interesting beer. Next year I will try this one during the colder months and I will also age another bottle. This bottle was cellared for 9 months.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased Black Friday at brewery. Poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: Aggressive pour leads to big, foamy head with good retention and lacing. Beer is a very pretty ruby red.

S: Solid malts up front, cinnamon and apples faint but there.

T: Malt forward, some apple, a little bit of spice. Slight bitterness.

F: Quite drinkable, you don't easily notice the ABV at all. Decently balanced, lightly carbonated, medium-bodied.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Taphouse Grille

Kind of hard to see through in a dim lit bar so can't tell the color too much. White head that forms a ring around the glass.

Wheat, floral and apples are the main aroma. They put in Apple Cider from local sources, which is from NJ. So the apples make a nice presence.

Wheat, caramel, apples, cloves, dark fruits and Belgian yeast are all in the mix. A slight dry acidic taste as the end.

Medium body, light carbonation, dry feel. Easy to drink, no alcohol heat with a 9.5%

Overall, not a bad strong ale from the new NJ brewers. I woudnt mind trying this again. To me, the apples were a little more noticeable in the aroma than the taste. The dry and slight acidic taste definitely is from the apple cider.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Kane tulip glass. It pours an orange-copper color, like apple cider, with one finger of khaki-colored head and lacing with good retention. It smells of sweet malt, apple sauce, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pepper. The taste follows the nose with tangy apple, cinnamon, and nutmeg, with a slightly sour, bitter finish. There are also hints of Belgian yeast, raisin and brown sugar. This ale is medium-bodied, moderately carbonated, and you can feel its 9.5% ABV. It's most definitely a sipper. Overall, it's a nice Autumn take on a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. It's not the type of ale you'd want to drink a lot of, but it's a very nice change of pace.

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Photo of njcraftguy
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend picked me up 2 bottles while at the brewery - thanks Mark. Deep red color. Not my style beer but still fairly tasty. Not Kane's best offering but still enjoyable.

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Photo of robwestcott
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

big thanks to Ed5388 for this one. poured cold and fast to a 14oz snifter a nice candied copper to brown with a finger and a half bubbly, long lasting tan head.

aroma of tart apples, cloves and a hint of overripe banana.

medium bodied, huge carbonation, nearly champagne style bubbles all over the palate as soon as the sip passes the lips.

cider way up front, a very subtle tart followed by super overripe sweetness, brown sugar, hints of spices.

the abv is hidden well, a nice sipper.

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Photo of themind
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Kane Brewing kicks butt! I love these guys, Solitude is such an awesome brew. Ok on too Malus. This Apple Cider monster clocks in at 9.50% and the ABV is well hidden. The beer pours a really foamy head which took a while to calm down. The aroma was cider up front, a very subtle tart followed by super ripe sweetness with some brown sugar. I could drink a lot of this. Ice cold this beer rocks! so when drinking it make sure it's cold. Not as good if it warms. I would buy this again, it's like Positive's good.

Bottom Line: I love Kane Brewing! Malus is a good brew!

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Photo of MadCat
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

32 oz Growler from Spirits Unlimited

Appearance: A nice dark amber brown color, not too much head or lacing, but I think that might be due to the nature of the growler

Smell: Sweet with apples, plums, nice malts, and some yeast spice

Taste: Fruity, with apple being the forefront, some plum, raisins, and a beautiful yeast signature that I can't quite describe

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, low (but appropriate) carbonation

Overall: I think the only thing lost to the growler was some head. It still had appropriate carbonation for drinkability, though I wouldn't want to save this growler for a second day. First taste brought back memories of the first time I tried Ommegang's Abbey Ale. This is fantastic, and I personally think Kane has a bright future ahead if they can pull off stuff like this regularly. This brew just solidified my decision to make 2014 the year of the local brewery.

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Malus from Kane Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 137 ratings.
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