B.D.S. Belgian-Style Dark Ale | O'Fallon Brewery

B.D.S. Belgian-Style Dark AleB.D.S. Belgian-Style Dark Ale
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B.D.S. Belgian-Style Dark AleB.D.S. Belgian-Style Dark Ale

Brewed by:
O'Fallon Brewery
Missouri, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by homebrewhawk on 02-11-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 23
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1/5  rDev -74.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a very cloudy dark brown to black with very little off-white small suds that stay with the pour for the length of the drink. Lacing here for sure.
The aroma is raisin and date and sugar malts. The alcohol is pretty evident here. The belgian yeast is here also but the whole thing smells like sour raisins.
Taste is pretty good for a 10%er. You have the belgian spices and the oatmeal and raisin but the alcohol really puts this beer in the "hot" range. Still not so overbearing as to be bad.
Mouthfeel is sticky and the flavor retention is very nice here.
Overall I think this is a very good beer from a so-so brewer.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fair take on a Belgian dark ale aged in Port barrels, hefty vinous raisins overpower the experience.

Presentation: 22 oz brown wax capped bottle. Glossy label with a barrel background, brewery brained, and burnt typography with name of brew. Back offers a small narrative with intent, brew details. and bottling date of June 2011. Shows 10% Alc. by Vol. Poured into a snifter.

A - Deep amber brown pour with a brief head that fades in an instant leaving almost no memory or lacing.

S - Malty-raisiny, sweet vinous touch with a sugary sense…

T - Which ride furiously over the palate. Strong sense of dark fruits blended with that port barrel, raisins, figs, raisins, and some more dark raisins, small sense of a Belgian sugary edge with a minimal yeastiness, hint of sour corners under the long sweetness, which buries in a remote distance notes of wood.

M - Medium/-full body with minimal carbonation. Maybe feeling studier given the intensity of flavor. Sticky and quite cloying as it finishes.

O - Slow sipper, one needs to like this intense dark fruitiness and barrel to really enjoy it.

Notes: Glad to try it but raisins are not my thing, at least not in this quantity, and the way this port was shining it screamed vinous raisins throughout. Enticing for the first small snifter, too much for a second one...

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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Photo of fvernon
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottled in June of 2011 into a Goose Island belgian glass. It poured a clean mahogany with almost no head or lacing; just a thin metallic edging around the glass.

The aroma is of prunes and sour cherries that have been smashed to pulp and soaked in port wine and belgian ale; some hints of oak, caramel, and toast linger in the background, but the aroma of fortified-wine-soaked fruit is pretty dominating. It's inviting, but maybe a bit unidimensional.

The taste is immediately sour cherry, port wine, and a somewhat mild belgian dark ale. I fear it is a bit overpowered by the aging process as compared to, say, a quad may be - but it still makes it through with a nice belgian character. Fruity, a bit yeasty, and with some zest that tries to balance out the heavy sweetness of the port barrels. As it warms up the port calms down a bit, but I feel as though it is a consistent fight for dominance as opposed to a smooth collaboration of flavors here.

The mouthfeel is quite nice - not too thick or thin, with the sweetness sticking around by not cloyingly.

I'm very glad to have tried it - I can certainly see port barrel aging as a good idea, so long as they are decently high-end barrels and the beer already strong enough in depth and complexity to withstand the onslaught of an already-overbearing partner. The B.D.S. gives it a good shot, and I'm enjoying it, but I'm also sitting here wondering how one could use port barrels in a way that brings balance as opposed to conflict in a glass.

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3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at Benny’s tasting.

Pours a hazy orange brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, raisins, and caramel covered green apples. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a woody finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but pretty strong.

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3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased many moons ago at Armanetti's. Served in a random glass at Edward's 80s party.

A - Tan foam settles to a thick collar, partial cap, and minimal lace. Dark brown body with a hint of transparency at the edges of the glass.

S - Bready malts, brown sugar, port, oak, candi sugar, red fruits, plums and raisins - quite sweet but with a sharp vinous note.

T - Taste is quite similar, with lots of red fruits, sweet port, caramel, red licorice, and candi sugar. Belgian yeast character is quite restrained in relation to the malt, or it's been obliterated by port - there's just the faintest bit of yeasty bread to keep things from getting cloying.

M - Medium-bodied with active carbonation. Fairly crisp and dry, and lightly tannic in the finish. I don't get much alcohol heat

D - This is really easy to drink considering the ABV, although it gets a tad too sweet after a while. I could have stood for a tad more Belgian yeast character, but this is a nice port-barrel strong ale in any case.

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B.D.S. Belgian-Style Dark Ale from O'Fallon Brewery
Beer rating: 81.3% out of 100 with 64 ratings
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