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From:
Community Beer Company
 
Texas, United States
Style:
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
ABV:
9.6%
Score:
89
Avg:
4 | pDev: 6.75%
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
75
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 23, 2018
Added:
Jul 28, 2013
Wants:
  8
Gots:
  19
SCORE
89
Very Good
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours a hazy mahogany color with a two finger ecru head; good retention and strands of lace

Smell: Caramel, raisin, candi sugar and spice cake tones; the yeast phenols are prominent

Taste: Spice cake, raisin and caramel forward with candi sugar building the sweet aspect; the yeast phenols build, through the middle and linger into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: A decent stab at the style; not quite the finesse of the Belgians but worthy of merit
Aug 23, 2018
 
Rated: 4.12 by needMIbeer from Virginia

Nov 06, 2016
 
Rated: 3.84 by kds2437 from Texas

Jul 05, 2016
 
Rated: 3.99 by aufie from Texas

Jun 01, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by archero from Texas

May 27, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by Mortarforker from Texas

May 08, 2016
 
Rated: 3.45 by JNForsyth from Pennsylvania

May 05, 2016
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Reviewed by DoctorZombies from Florida

3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Dark amber, almost brown draft pour with off white head; little cap, little lace. Caramel malt, clove and banana nose. Caramel malt, clove and banana flavors. Medium mouthfeel and light carbonation. Overall, a decent quad.
Apr 27, 2016
 
Rated: 4.02 by ChuckHardslab from Texas

Apr 07, 2016
 
Rated: 3.76 by dasotelo50 from Texas

Mar 29, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by suckaj from Florida

Mar 15, 2016
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Reviewed by GreatStoutman from Texas

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Look is dark mahogany, with red tones when held to light. This khaki head dissipates to nothing.

Smell is like you would expect from Belgian yeast, with dark fruits and some malt characters.

Taste is sweet with raisins and other fruits, candi and late breadiness.Delayed bitterness presents at finish.

Feel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Somewhat chewy and very sticky.

Overall, this is a nice dark Belgian ale. Nothing stands out, but its nicely balanced and easy to drink.
Feb 20, 2016
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Reviewed by alexpcat13 from Texas

4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A- Dark brown, almost black... no head

S- Spices- cant't identify them, a little boozy smelling,

T- roasted dark fruits with a nice little metally char taste on the finish

O- Solid beer, nice and flavorful, first belgian dark ale... definitely makes me want to try more.
Jan 25, 2016
 
Rated: 3.79 by mig100 from Texas

Jan 23, 2016
 
Rated: 4.21 by jtaylord from Texas

Jan 15, 2016
 
Rated: 4.09 by Kips from Texas

Dec 23, 2015
 
Rated: 4.25 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Nov 21, 2015
 
Rated: 3.75 by mdaschaf from Indiana

Nov 20, 2015
 
Rated: 3.6 by M_chav from New Mexico

Nov 08, 2015
 
Rated: 4.25 by WritersBlock from Texas

Nov 06, 2015
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Reviewed by tbryan5 from Louisiana

3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A- Dark brown and ruby. Almost black with minimal head.

S- good amount of bourbon and oak. Some vanilla and honey too. Great barrel aged smell.

T- Faint dark fruits including plum but the bourbon character dominates. Great aroma.

M- Medium carbonation

D- A decent Barrel aged beer and my first barrel aged BSDA.
Oct 17, 2015
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
BOTTLE: Purchased in Austin, Texas, and aged for 6+ months prior to consumption. 355ml. Branded grey pry-off crown cap. Brown glass. Generic label design.

9.45% ABV. 21.2 Plato O.G. 45 IBUs.

Served chilled into a tulip and allowed to come to temperature over the course of consumption. Reviewed live as a Belgian style dark specialty ale per the label. Expectations are average.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Occupies ~80% of the glass. Pale khaki colour. Creamy and frothy as can be. Has a nice supple soft look and a good complexion. Retention is great - ~10+ minutes. Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Deep translucent amber. No yeast particulate or sediment is visible within.

Appears well (if not over) carbonated. It's a decent look for a Belgian dark ale, even if it's (perhaps ironically) a biteen bright for the style. Not a unique or special appearance, but the head retention is quite impressive at this high an ABV.

AROMA: Crystal malt, caramelized sugars, candi syrup, amber malts, malt extract/syrup, mild spice from the Belgian yeast, fig extract/puree, raisin, treacle, and dark fruit (prunes or dates, methinks).

Aromatic intensity is average. Pretty mellow and restrained for a dark ale, worrying me that it might be shallow or reticent.

I find no overt hops, off-notes, or booziness.

TASTE: Jammy dark fruits dominate, with heavy caramelized sugars abound. Fig, dates, prunes, maybe plums. The spiciness of the Belgian yeast is restrained and muted, but findable. Treacle-y amber malt sweetness provides the malty backbone. Attenuation isn't quite high enough for the style, leading me to believe some kind of lesser Belgian yeast was used (or maybe the fermentation temperature wasn't quite right). I don't pick up on any evidence of Trappist yeast. Raisin, caramel, and crystal malts add some interesting flavours. I don't find the English malt mentioned on the label.

It's balanced enough, albeit timid and yes, somewhat shallow. Not the deepest or most expressive Belgian dark ale out there, but pleasant enough for an American attempt at the style. There's adequate complexity and subtlety to it, and there's a lot of good stuff going on here - particularly the vivid dark fruits, which are seamlessly integrated.

As it comes to temperature, prune emerges as its dominant note.

TEXTURE: Not the delicate fragile mouthfeel of the best beers in the style, but rightly medium to full-bodied. Features apt (moderately high) heft and weight on the palate, but it avoids syrupy territory. Smooth and wet with a nice softness and tingliness to it. Has a slight stickiness that plays into the jammy fruit vibe nicely.

Overall presence on the palate is pretty good. Though this doesn't elevate the beer as a whole, it does accentuate the fruity notes nicely - highlighting my favourite aspect of the beer.

OVERALL: As drinkable as any American attempt at the style, and well-executed for what it is. No, it doesn't rival the best traditional beers in the style, but it holds a candle to them - and that's saying something. I'd like to try more of Community's Belgian style offerings. This is well worth giving a go, and might even do well with some (further) aging. With some tweaks, it could really be a contender on a national level. As-is, it's certainly well above average, but doesn't quite crack into the same league as its most serious domestic competition.

Low B- (3.30)
Sep 24, 2015
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pour a garnet-hued orange with a sliver of tan head. Zero lacing & head retention, slightly more turbid as time goes on

S: Plums & a little booze, some leafy hops. Slight plumyness once warm

T: Follows the nose, figs & a little brown sugar up front. Booze presence mixing with figs & bready dryness, some raisin as well, nice jammy notes ( apricots & figs ) as this warms, dryness. Finishes dry, fruity & a little boozey with some brown sugar lurking in the background

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation

Not as good as I hoped, but well worth a go. Might age well, but I'm not seeing that
Sep 22, 2015
 
Rated: 4.14 by Beerando from Georgia

Aug 22, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by kew from Texas

Aug 02, 2015
 
Rated: 4.02 by brotherloco from California

Jun 15, 2015
 
Rated: 4.09 by Katiejay589 from Texas

Jun 01, 2015
 
Rated: 4.46 by lupercmda from North Carolina

May 18, 2015
 
Rated: 3.69 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

May 18, 2015
 
Rated: 3.66 by KAF from Iowa

May 12, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by rspauldi from Texas

Apr 29, 2015
 
Rated: 4.22 by Rahulpatel from Texas

Apr 21, 2015
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Reviewed by a0lbudman from Alabama

4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
L-hazy dark brown color with a light brown head
S-light roast aroma with a sweet smell to it
T-It has a different taste than most Belgium style beers. I would say it was a mixture of hop bitterness, malt and alcohol finish
F-creamy high carbonation and medium body
O-the taste was a surprise in a great way. The aroma gave you a hint, but the taste gave you a complex beer that ended up well for me
Apr 21, 2015
 
Rated: 3.84 by n2pux from Texas

Apr 20, 2015
 
Rated: 3.98 by Westyn from Texas

Apr 13, 2015
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Reviewed by JonathanTaylorThomas from Texas

4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Nice fruity Belgian dark. Not my favorite style, but I want to say that I love that a brewery in the DFW area is trying something like this. Community is an incredible brewery, and I can appreciate them trying to make beers that not everyone will love or be familiar with.
Apr 13, 2015
 
Rated: 4.15 by twincano from Texas

Apr 05, 2015
 
Rated: 3.69 by Seabass1964 from Arkansas

Mar 28, 2015
 
Rated: 4.26 by Tuckerster from Texas

Mar 20, 2015
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
I will start by saying the beer is shallow in the body and appearance. Which in the texas heat I can see how lighter beers are desirable. That being said, the taste and smell really didn't suffer. Plenty of sugared plums and figs, candi sugar, smooth malts, clean belgian yeast, little booze mixed with brown sugar to finish off taste. Smell is booze and dark fruit forward.
Mar 17, 2015
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