Inspiration | Community Beer Company

91 Ratings

Brewed by:
Community Beer Company
Texas, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by trebbates on 07-28-2013

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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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)

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of russpowell
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

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Photo of ZEB89
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy reddish brown with off-white head. Some dark fruits mostly on the nose; follows onto the palate. Fairly one-dimensional, but has a little maltiness on the finish.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of champ103
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

@BeerImmediately, this is but one really good brewery in Texas, there are many more. Believe it, just funnin with ya :)

A: Pours a cloudy reddish/brown color. Fine bubbles rises to over two fingers, and forms a rocky looking beige head. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: Big toasted malts, light caramel sweetness, and banana esters. Lightly spicy, peppery and phenolic. Very nice.
T: Again, very nice and all around solid. A wonderful toasted malt flavor, caramel sweetness. Peppery, and phenolic like spice. Banana like fruity esters. Spot on.
M/D: A medium to full body. A bit high on the carbonation for me at first. After this breaths a bit, it becomes more creamy and smooth. Very enjoyable to drink. A great sipper.

I love Trinity Triple, and this is very good as well. Well done and highly recommended.

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.14/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of tbryan5
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.

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