Valiant Brewing Co.

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Valiant Brewing Co.
California, United States
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
4.09 | pDev: 9.54%
Jan 09, 2020
Jan 31, 2014
Notes: his beer has a delicious Graham cracker aroma with a slight malty highlight. Cherry combines with raisin, some spiciness and a few alcohol esters. The flavor has a rich caramel sweetness that leads into a diverse mixture of malt characters. There is also a taste of clove with a little herbal hops and a light hotness. In the finish you will find a flicker of warmth and a mildly dry sensation as well as low sweetness and medium mouthfeel.
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Rated: 3.91 by Sound_Explorer from Washington

Jan 09, 2020
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Reviewed by Brolo75 from California

4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Growler poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a deep mahogany color with a cinnamon colored head, head did not last long, no lacing, decent amount of carbonation, could look better if it had some head retention.

A: Belgian yeast, raisin, figs, brown sugar, caramel, good aroma, but it is very subtle.

T: Belgian yeast, toasted sugar and caramel, raisins, figs, plums, very smooth and balanced, finish is more dark fruits and sugar, barely any alcohol presence, very deceiving.

M: Medium bodied, could use some more carbonation, seem-dry finish.

O: Very solid, packed with flavor, depth, complexity but I would like the aroma and taste to be brighter, have more punch, very subtle but the subtlety makes for a very drinkable beer with a high ABV, a well made beer.
Apr 03, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by GRG1313 from California

Oct 29, 2015
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Reviewed by SensorySupernova from California

4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Very dark red (which is only noticeable when looking at light through it). Has this off-white head that quickly turns into swirling lace.

Smell: Burnt sugar, raisins, Belgian yeast.

Taste: Sweet up front, with fairly strong yeast flavors - spice, peanuts, bread. Plenty of caramel or molasses flavor. Gets a little more bitter and less sweet, black cherries. A little bit of booze at the end. Aftertaste is like faint caramel or brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick with not too much carbonation.

Overall: Good Belgian strong dark ale. Then again, I’ve never had a beer in this style that I didn’t like. It’s a little sweeter than I like, but it doesn't clash with the other flavors.
Sep 06, 2015
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Reviewed by beerbellydaddy from California

4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This pours a deep copper color with minimal head and lacing. It has a good degree of carbonation present. The smell is very mild but reminiscent of ginger bread. The taste is balanced yet full, offering a sort of warm sweetness, reminding me of caramel and brandy. It has a rich creamy characteristic but leaves a pleasantly dry aftertaste. It carries a killer 10.5 ABV but isn't remotely overpowering. Although I had this in mid-July, this seems like a wonderful "in front of the fireplace" choice. Very nice.
Jul 23, 2015
Rated: 3.6 by Keananmichael5 from California

Jun 20, 2015
Rated: 3.63 by kmanjohnson from California

Jun 20, 2015
Rated: 4 by Gobzilla from California

May 17, 2015
Rated: 3.84 by BAsbill from California

Apr 01, 2015
Rated: 3.96 by tally from California

Mar 14, 2015
Rated: 3.97 by Marvicsin from California

Mar 10, 2015
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Rated by Raziel313 from California

3.11/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
Solid brew. Not my style of preference
Feb 27, 2015
Rated: 4.63 by x0darap from California

Feb 26, 2015
Rated: 4.14 by DoubleJ from Wisconsin

Feb 16, 2015
Rated: 3.84 by PretzelCity from California

Jan 23, 2015
Rated: 4 by yeaprolly from Washington

Dec 16, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by NotDarkEnough from California

Dec 12, 2014
Rated: 4.48 by strngest54

Dec 10, 2014
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark bronze amber with a thin khaki head with light lacing. Aroma of caramel, raisins, figs, plums, light clove, a hint of alcohol. Flavor follows, with sweet caramel and dark malt, mixed dry and fresh dark fruit, light clove; finishes with a moderate clove bitterness. Medium bodied. A quite nice domestic take on a BSDA with great balance of fruite flavors and light spicing. The ABV is well covered. The finish is somewhat subdued after the start and aroma, but overall well done.
Nov 08, 2014
Rated: 4 by jwswigs from California

Oct 21, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by togarmah from California

Oct 20, 2014
Rated: 4.52 by Egdi16

Sep 02, 2014
Rated: 4 by jeff1973 from California

Aug 30, 2014
Rated: 4.33 by SimcoeKid from California

Aug 23, 2014
Rated: 4.84 by GernBlanstonInLove from California

Aug 17, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by Scottie_A25 from Tennessee

Aug 06, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by aoampm from Hawaii

Jul 31, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by nealbert from California

Jul 14, 2014
Rated: 4 by kristougher from North Carolina

Jul 11, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Tommy_mac

Jul 09, 2014
Rated: 4 by 2GOOFY from California

Jun 24, 2014
Rated: 4 by Gillti

Jun 21, 2014
Rated: 4.75 by Jackals from California

May 15, 2014
Rated: 4 by Beerbuddy21 from California

Apr 20, 2014
Rated: 4 by Smarty_Pints from California

Mar 09, 2014
Rated: 4 by Lucnifter from California

Mar 07, 2014
Rated: 4 by ricecracker420 from California

Jan 31, 2014
Axiom from Valiant Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 38 ratings