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
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
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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Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of brentk56
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opens silently, though it does pour out a bit of foam that quickly fades to a ringlet; the color of the liquid is coffee brown; while there is not much head to speak of, it does leave a surprising amount of dots on the chalice

Smell: The alcohol is prominent on the nose, but underneath the booze burn there is a vinous blend of fortified grape, blackberry and oak

Taste: Fruity and tart, up front, with fortified grapes, blackberries and sour cherry flavors; by mid-palate, some chocolate adds depth, though the tartness builds; nicely balanced into the finish, with some oak and vanilla flavors lingering into the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: Certainly the best beer I have tasted from O'Fallon though not the best example of a wine barrel aged beer I have sampled; a bit one-dimensional as the BSDA elements fail to come through in a meaningful way

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Photo of zeff80
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a murky, dark brown color with a small, light brown head of bubbly foam. The long lasting head receded to leave patchy lacing on the glass.

S - It smelled of port, oak and chocolate notes. It smelled really good. I couldn't stop taking it in.

T - It tasted roasty with burnt molasses and some fruitiness. There were nice port and oak notes.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. It had a medium body with a warm alcohol presence.

O - This is a really good Belgian-style ale. I really like the port barrel aging. I knew these types of beers were coming from O'Fallon and I'm glad it did.

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

Photo of russpowell
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruddy mahogany with a sliver tan head.
Some lacing & head retention

S: Bourbon notes, plums, faint boozeyness

T: Dark fruit, figs, raisins, prunes & a touch faint boozeness plus woodyness up front. Port barrel aging is coming through in spades as this warms, hints of Christmas pudding in this one, plus some jammy notes as well. Finishes with much dark fruittyness, dark chocolate & port notes & just a bit of leafy hops & a kiss of boozeyness, pretty darn dry

MF: Fairly chewy, low carbonation

Easily THE BEST beer from these guys period. I really enjoyed this one, drinks so easy for the ABV

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

A BSD plus a port barrel sounds like a good combination to me... This stuff pours a dark black-garnet topped by a finger of sweet khaki foam. The nose comprises black grapes, brown sugar, light maple syrup, light molasses, very light oak, dark fruits, and clove. The taste brings in more of the same, though some actual tawny port flavors come into play here as well. In addition, some vanilla bean and light cocoa find their ways in, too. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a mildly grainy feel. Overall, a very nice beer, one that deftly explores the interplay between port and BSD, and one that somehow gets systematically overlooked 'round these parts.

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Photo of Duff27
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of MasterSki
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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Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a dense opaque brown body with a bubbly head that soon disappears and a gentle carbonation.

S- The raisin aroma takes on a rich port aroma with some wet oak and dark cola notes to it. There is a nice vinous finish that has almost a bourbon quality to it.

T- The blends of dry malt and faint roasted malt hint with the dry vinous dark port really work together. There is some nice big red wine notes with some grape seed bitterness in the finish with a nice alcohol taste. The rich flavor lingers for a moment after the finish.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle carbonation and a well hidden alcohol warmth.

O- This beer has lots of big great character that blends and compliments very well for such big flavors. The port character and malt sweetness don’t get overly sweet and the nice big alcohol in the finish helps to cut the big flavors and makes it a delicious sipper.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Dactrius
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of egrace84
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of claspada
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a super hazy, murky, dark brown color with a small, light brown head of bubbly foam that immediately dissipates. When I swirl in attempt to agitate some foam, I get a little more, that leaves minimal lacing.

Where the appearance drops the ball, the aromas more than make up for it. Initially all I get is crazy amounts of oak and alcohol. After it opens up (literally only a couple minutes) the unpleasant booziness vanishes and I get really pleasant dark fruitiness, delicious sweet/vinous port and amazing dark caramelized malts. No way you would know that this is a Belgian ale (no yeast esters or phenols).

The tastes, however, do have some Belgian characteristics to blend harmoniously with the superbly balanced barrel aging. First you get the sweet port and vinous dry red wine flavors, then the Belgian beer base shows itself, transitioning into the light Belgian spice/clove. There is an emerging apple and more dark fruits (raisins/prunes) as it warms.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a lower than normal amount of carbonation, but I attribute that to the barrel aging. Dry, vinous, slightly yeasty finish; equally vinous and Belgian.

Overall this beer was a great treat. Very unique and nothing like I have ever had to date. I have recently become adverse of Belgian ales because of the overly phenolic and estery nature of poorly made American examples, but I love wine Barrel aged beers so I had to seek this one out and I am quite glad I did. The Belgian presence is subtle enough that it add to the complexity of the flavor profile without overshadowing the delicious port barrel flavors. Flavors emerge more and more as it warms so make sure you don't drink this too cold. Well worth seeking out as it is a very unique and delicious brew.

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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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Photo of Kevinpitts
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of jsh420
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present, although the label does mention it being bottled sometime in June 2011. Either way, the local store still has bottles of this so I thought it was about time to try it out. My first big bottle from O'Fallon Brewery, "ale aged in port barrels". I have no idea what to expect.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a murky muddy caramel brown colored body with a slight conjuration of some tan bubbles that thins to a bubbly ring. Some okay lacing, but none seems to stick. Either way, it looks very nice and appealing.

S - The aroma is very lovely and has a lot going on - earthy and woodsy, caramel, oak wood, vanilla, caramelized / candied raisins. The smell is akin to a beautiful bourbon barrel aged stout at times. Very nice.

T - Tart on the initial sip from the port barrel aging, which was slightly unexpected based on the aroma. Very dry / tannic, with a very prominent red grapes / red wine warmth and flavor. Extremely wine-like at times, with notes of chocolate, burnt caramel, and a woodsy sort of roastiness / bitterness on the finish. I am actually really enjoying this.

M - The feel is smooth and creamy. Dry and port-like on the finish. Lightly bitter, fruity, and tart. Good carbonation still hanging in there, considering this beer is getting up there with age.

Overall, an excellent and fairly complex beer from O'Fallon that has held up nicely. Probably one of the best wine barrel aged beers I've had yet, and definitely the best effort I've had from O'Fallon so far. I would definitely be interested in grabbing another bottle of this to hold down further. Highly recommended if it is still available to you.

O'Fallon B.D.S. Belgian-Style Dark Ale ---4/5.

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