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Platform Beer Co.

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Style:
Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Ranked #164
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #18,508
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 6.15%
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
55
From:
Platform Beer Co.
 
Ohio, United States
Avail:
Winter
Wants
  5
Gots
  17
SCORE
87
Very Good
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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 55 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of TooManyGlasses
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Couple of 12 ounce cans from Trader Joe’s in Cleveland. A near clear amber to copper pour with 1 finger cream caramel coloured head that quickly dissipates. There is a nice caramel malt aroma with cinnamon, cloves, plum and vanilla. Tastes is malt forward - caramel/toffee with spices and Belgian yeast - notes of raisin, plum - bread pudding.
Slightly thin bodied for the 9.5%, somewhat under carbonated but smooth to the finish. Nice.

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TooManyGlasses from Alberta (Canada), Mar 18, 2019
Photo of mobergfellOH
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

somewhat translucent brown color, not too strong of a belgian yeast flavor. takes one or two sips to taste beyond that, solid christmas ale flavor. mouthfeel has some carbonation that fades quickly. a flat syrupy feel after.

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mobergfellOH from District of Columbia, Jan 22, 2019
Photo of schoolboy
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am pretty sure my ratings are all low, but maybe it is the incredible balance that this brew has that is hard to explain, but this is definitively my favorite holiday brew this year.

It pours brown, with thin head. The aroma is an amalgamation of yeast and all those other amazing ingredients, again, well balanced. The rest of the experience follows suit, with a first rate big Belgian experience that is festive and easy to drink (dangerous as it is boozy).

Highly recommended. But don't go to the store and buy any - that will leave more for me.

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Photo of KonigObHops
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer was poured from a 12 oz. can. It poured a very dark amber with afoamy off-white Head that disapated quickly. There was a little lacing.

The aroma was a bit yeasty with a hint of honey.

The initial taste was very mellow and subtly sweet. It is a bit smoky in the middle, but very subtle. The complexity is found at the finish here... the honey comes through slowly as the beer warms on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is between crisp and dry.

Overall, this was a very drinkable beer. It seems as though there is a lot going on, but it is all very subtle. You aren’t hit over the head with the different spices like other craft interpretations of the style. This is a really good craft Belgian Christmas Ale.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got a 6pck of this from my local meijer. It poured a clear dark amber with thin white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had dark fruit and Belgian flare. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with dark fruit mixed with Belgian sugar. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is nearly jet black in color—when held up to a bright light it is very dark red. It poured with a collar of off white bubbles around the edge of the glass and a patch of bubbles on the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of plums are present in the nose.
T: Lots of flavors of dark fruits—plums and raisins seem to stand out in particular—are present in the taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes a little more like a quadrupel than a Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

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metter98 from New York, Mar 12, 2018
Photo of puck1225
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Clear,dark brown with a decent head and lacing. Smell of dates and dark raisin. These carries over to the taste along with warm spices and a bit of cola. Enjoyable winter warmer.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice roasted malt combo in this sweet Belgian. Chocolate plum and spice notes. Head vanishes with a soda-like appearance. Lots of carbonation. Finishes bitter chocolate, a little sassafras with thick body.

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Photo of Tony210
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This can was bought in Dec 2016

Pours dark ruby red with minimal head. Aroma is molasses, cherries, caramel. Nice Xmas flavors, brown sugar, light clove, allspice, cinnamon. Some esters from the yeast. Sweet and sticky with light carbonation. Overall a really enjoyable beer that held up nicely for being 1 year old. I recall the beer being a bit more vibrant when drank fresh, but it is still delicious.

12/5/17
12 oz can
4.25 rating

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Tony210 from New Jersey, Dec 06, 2017
Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the growler via Jungle Jim's Eastgate in a snifter. This nice little ale
pours a dark brown with a light cola highlight and a nice head of off white foam
the subsides to a thin ring, thin pool, and showcases light sudsy lacing. Nose of
light cinnamon, subtle coriander, subtle chocolate, light toast, caramel malts,
brown sugars, and light fig. Flavors follow the nose with a light brown sugar
and mild cola flavor dashed with a touch of coriander and nutmeg mingling with
mild cocoa and fig notes that are dashed with cinnamon and a mild wafting herbal
hop. Very nice mouth feel; medium body, medium light carbonation, and a spice and
malt finish.

Overall a more than solid offering from a solid brewery!

Cheers

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Photo of Babalu614
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft to snifter at Mad Mex in downtown Columbus. Poured dark brown with a tan head almost stout like. smells of chocolate, spices, fig, malts. Nice smooth feel with a kick of spice. Tastes of chocolate, honey, sugar, spices. Each sip tasted better and better. Overall this felt more like a stout than belgian ale, that said it was the best beer I have had from Platform Brewing.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into tulip glass; no can dating, but is a recent seasonal release. Pours lightly hazy dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, apple, peppercorn, clove, caramel, honey, brown sugar, and toasted brown bread; with lighter notes of banana, toffee, chocolate, cocoa, nuttiness, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, honey/candi sugar, and dark/bready/light roast malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, apple, peppercorn, clove, caramel, honey, brown sugar, and toasted brown bread; with lighter notes of banana, toffee, chocolate, cocoa, nuttiness, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate yeast spiciness and light herbal hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, cherry, apple, pepper, clove, caramel, honey, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, light cocoa/nuttiness, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, honey/candi sugar, and dark/bready/light roast malt flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from yeast spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden, minimal warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Belgian strong dark ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, honey/candi sugar, and dark/bready/light roast malt flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the ABV. Very impressive complexity, with great balance of yeast/malt flavors; never overly sweet or heavy feeling. A really enjoyable offering.

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superspak from Michigan, Jan 27, 2017
Photo of neenerzig
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Stopped off at Platform on my way home from work the other day and had one of these on-tap. Served in a snifter, this beer draws a clear, dark amber/dark crimson color with a slightly tan/off-white head that's about 1/2 of an inch when first served. Settles to a thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with a small cluster of surface foam on the beer's surface. Has good lacing too. Aromas of caramel malt sweetness along with nutmeg and cinnamon followed by some cherry and plums. The flavor pretty much follows suite, with caramel malt sweetness that gives way to spice notes if nutmeg and cinnamon hints rants rounded out with cherry and plum. Not really any discernible hop presence. Has a somewhat crisp, smooth, ever so slightly prickly, medium bodies mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. Has a very clean finish. A very good beer here all around.

Eric

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Photo of Gauss
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

This beer is very good. An amazing taste, with a dark color that screams drink me. Almost a little spicy. Beyond that, I love what Platform is doing for the beer community here in Cleveland. If you haven't heard of their mission check them out. They give local hobby-brewers a 3 month "lease" to use all this state-of-the-art equipment and, dare I say, Platform?

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Gauss from Ohio, Dec 10, 2015
Photo of BB1313
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a dark brown with auburn highlights; small light tan head that fades quickly leaving some retention and no lacing. The aromas are very nice. Lots of sweet cherries along with some dark fruits. Raisins and plum in the mix. Belgian yeast is there. The flavors are loaded with dark fruits. Lots of fig. More plum and raisin. The cherries are present. A touch of cocoa and toffee. Malts do their thing. Yeast is there, but not overwhelming. Everything is balanced. No booze or alcohol notes. Mouthfeel is nice. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Fluffy and smooth. Dangerously drinkable.

Very nice beer. Nice Belgian offering with a very reasonable price tag. It comes in a can to boot. Really hits the spot during the cold weather. Recommended.

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BB1313 from Ohio, Nov 21, 2015
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3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown, maple syrup color. Small light brown head
S- Sweet bready malts, Belgian candi, cola
T- Fairly sweet, honey, sweet bread, considerable hop bite on the finish.
M- Very smooth and creamy, body is surprisingly light given it's abv. It actually drinks like a dry stout to me.
O- I'm not well-drank on the Belgian styles, but I've had my fair share of christmas ales. When compare to those this one comes up more sweet than spicy, which isn't a bad thing. I like that it offers a different style of ale for the season. I would recommend giving tis a try.

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Photo of LAp
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a snifter. Pours a dark cola color with a half-finger off-white/tan head that quickly recedes, leaving no lacing. Nose is fainter than many Belgians of this strength, but gives raisins, dates, and burnt sugars, with a bready yeast undertone. On the palate, opens with the same raisin character as the nose, which is complemented by a malty sweetness (albeit perhaps too much of one). There's a breadiness here reminiscent of a good Belgian quad, but it's not quite as full in character, and the complexity that those notes so often imbue is muted by the extent of the sweet malt character. The spices avoid being overpoweringly cloying (like the Christmas ale of another here-unnamed Cleveland brewery), but they too are done a disservice by the sweetness of the beer. The mouthfeel is medium-light. Perhaps not as full and creamy as one might like for a warming Christmas beer, but not problematically so. Overall, this is an excellent offering from an up-and-coming brewery, and one which outstrips any other Christmas-ale I've tried to date. It's not a style I typically go in for, but this is a beer I'd buy again. It brings a style that all-too-often leans towards lager with hints of Belgian, and more appropriately builds a brew that's Belgian with hints of lager. It's not perfect, but this beer gets a lot of things right, and at the end of the day, it pushes its style in a much improved direction.

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LAp from Ohio, Nov 15, 2015
Esther from Platform Beer Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 55 ratings