The Widow | Societe Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Societe Brewing Co.
California, United States
societebrewing.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by DJButters on 05-27-2012

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Ratings:
122
Reviews:
10
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
12.06%
 
 
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Photo of MathChef
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer. I love Belgian beers. Chimay was always a good option, before I moved to San Diego. This is now my favorite, but you have to get it at the source. So, if you aren't in San Diego, don't waste your time looking.

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of drepreciado
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of wattershed
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from growler to tulip glass at 37°, drank slowly to let it open up and change profile.

Appearance: Mahogany brown. Didn't retain a big head after pour but never seemed flat.

Smell: Nutty - peanuts, pecans, walnuts. Sugary bubblegum. Bit of raisin and brown sugar. Quite diverse here.

Taste: Similar to a lighter American quad, or a heavy brown, a la Brasserie Des Rocs Grand Cru. Finishes with a nutty, English ale profile but before that it's definitely more in tune with your standard BSDAs - the not-too-estery, somewhat dark fruited, reasonably-weighted profile true to the style.

Mouthfeel: It was a bit thin. While this makes it more quaffable in the long run (dangerous for a 9.1% beer) it's a bit off-putting to have the flavor profile it has with a beer lighter in viscosity. Doesn't make it bad, it's just surprising because I'm not accustomed to that combination. Versus other beers in this style, it doesn't leave you with that sticky sweet feeling nor does it keep you from wanting more.

Overall: Another good Societe beer. I continue to have high expectations of these guys and they're not disappointing thus far (The Harlot isn't amazing but isn't bad either). I can't think of another American beer which tastes like this - I'm used to getting flavors like The Widow from Belgian attempts at the style, which is as big a compliment as it is a summary of their offerings.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BreweryRun
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Color is dark purple, smells like dark fruits with hints of burnt/roasted malts. A small head. Great Belgian ester flavor profile balanced beautifully with the dark malts. Despite being over 9% there is absolutely no alcohol flavor. Delicious. Overall seems like a great exemplification of the style.

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Photo of DJButters
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is as close to going to belgium and having a westy as possible. Very smooth and dangerous at 9.1 abv. Roasted coffee notes and a fine finish. Mouthfeel is silky and low carb. Perfection. This beer is a must try and I hope it will be around as a staple societe beer. Will need to try again soon.

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4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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The Widow from Societe Brewing Co.
3.73 out of 5 based on 122 ratings.
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