Valiant Brewing Co.

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Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
4.09 | pDev: 9.54%
Valiant Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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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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
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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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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
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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
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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 38 ratings