1. Don't miss FUNK Boston: A Wild & Sour Beer Fest on June 14 & 15!

Fullsuit Belgian-Style Brown Ale | Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Fullsuit Belgian-Style Brown AleFullsuit Belgian-Style Brown Ale
BA SCORE
3.62/5
Good
95 Ratings
Fullsuit Belgian-Style Brown AleFullsuit Belgian-Style Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
California, United States
karlstrauss.com

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,475
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
95
pDev:
12.98%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
10
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
View: Beers
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 34
Reviews by beagle75:
Photo of beagle75
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a 0.5-liter mug.

A: Clear, dark brown color with one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Heavy lacing, fine but continuous, remains on the glass.

S: Strongly earthy and nutty, with faint but appealing fresh coffee and nuanced acidic dark fruit.

T: Begins off-dry, with nutty malt contrasted and diminished somewhat by citrusy acidity that builds into the middle, while also briefly becoming more sweet. The finish comes quickly, reasserting the nutty qualities and allowing them to linger on the palate, unfettered by very little bitterness.

M: Medium viscosity, acidic on the palate early but turning creamy by the end, with moderate carbonation.

D: A good brown ale with a remarkably enjoyable finish. There doesn't seem to be much that is Belgian about the sensory profile of this beer. The yeast does not stand out on its own, instead complementing the malt to bring out satisfying nutty character. Nor is it sour, with the acidity detected being carbonic in nature. Whether the yeast strain used was from Belgium or somewhere else, it is safe to say that it was the right yeast for the job, helping to yield a finished product that is better than expected.

 1,200 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Proper lacing for the style dresses the glass, dark mahogany hue still shows a good amount of light through it. Peppercorns, unripened mangoes, cinnamon, faint chicory and strawberry make for a pretty complex aroma. Snappy crispness meets a smooth medium body, a little creamy as well. Esters kick in right away, lots of over ripened dark fruit and medicinal phenols push hard against the toasty and slightly roasty dry maltiness. Slightly warming, dare I say there is a little beefy Belgian action here from some overactive yeast? There is a kiss of sweetness, brown sugary and wants to linger but battles with the phenols and a modest hop bitterness.

Rich and complex, I think it was a bigger beer it would be harder to put down as the phenols and alcohol would have taken over but being it is a mid-sized beer it holds on to some drinkability. Good stuff all around.

 913 characters

Photo of hopdog
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Karl Strauss Brew Pub located in La Jolla, CA. I stopped by here while the wife took the kids to Starbucks...

Poured a darker brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, woody, vanilla, and somewhat earthy. Tastes of vanilla, chocolate, lighter woodiness, and caramel.

 311 characters

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of SDbeerbum
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown/deep red. Very nice to look at, I'm hoping it tastes as good as it looks.

Smell: Interesting, mostly I'm mostly getting a toasted malt smell, but there is something else, maybe from the belgian yeast. This isn't the best smelling beer.

Taste: Very nice. Toasted maltiness upfront followed by a spicy/peppery finish. Lived up to the nice appearance and suprised after the let down on smell.

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Drinkability: Very drinkable. At 6.3% ABV it is still very smooth and sessionable. I'll continue throwing a few of these back.

 574 characters

Photo of mithrascruor
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber-copper color. Minimal head, unfortunately. Slight lacing. No visible carbonation.

Smell: Nice malty aroma with some spices like cinnamon.

Taste: Nice flavor with some aromatic spices like cinnamon and such. A bit of spicyness, brown sugar, and some more spice in the finish. There's a slight bit of the Karl Strauss butteryness in the aftertaste, but it is really minimized here.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth. Minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: Tasty and session-worthy.

Karl Strauss has recently put out a couple of their best beers in bottles; this and 'To The 9s'. They've done an excellent job and it is really promising for the future. I've always had mixed feelings about their beers... besides the generally solid amber ale, most of their beers have had something off in the flavor that irritated me. I'm glad to enjoy their new beers both on tap and from the bottle, and I look forward to more of them.

 998 characters

Photo of harsley
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of magictrokini
2.44/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Uh, no. Poured a bright, clear brown with a short light tan head. Then it goes downhill. Dirty, old-smelling caramel malt with cocoa powder and a depserate attempt at Belgian spice. Flat mouthfeel. Bland malt monster with molasses and alcohol taking over the beer. Sickening sweet finish which I guess makes this a Belgian Brown. At least that's what its advertised as. No thank you.

 383 characters

Photo of jdg204
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NickMunford
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12/23/2011

On tap at Karl Strauss 

A: Reddish brown with a big frothy off-white head and okay retention. Nice color.

S: Big white pepper and clove notes. Oak is restrained. Malt imparts notes of bread and biscuit. Dark fruit is redolent of raisin and plum.

T: Bready malt with pronounced Belgian yeast character that's reminiscent of clove and banana. I get a little raisin as well. The beer is slightly nutty and lightly sweet. There's a little oak in the finish.

M: Medium in body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: A strange combination of flavors that works pretty well together. 

 597 characters

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of illidurit
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle pours darkish brown with a frothy beige head. Aroma is roasty with fresh wheat bread maltiness and some mild banana pith. Flavor is slightly sour with a medicinal artificial grape tinge atop a standard brown-malts-fermented-by-belgian-yeast-strain base. A little nuttiness too. Tastes almost exactly like New Belgium 1554, except with more body. Marginally better than the inexplicably overrated 1554.

 417 characters

Photo of Halcyondays
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Beachwood BBQ, Karl Strauss Winter Ale brewed with malt balls,

A: Pours a murky brown with a solid off-white/tan head, good lacing off the cask.

S: Smell is mild, but I do get some malt and fermented sugar notes.

T: Taste is certainly malt oriented, with a Whopper (the candy) note which is expected by the name of the beer. Not overly sweet the beer shows restraint and balances its sweetness with a firm hop base, not bitter, just enough to allow the beer not to get out of whack. A concentrated, earthy note, but allows the tastiness of the sugar to shine.

M: Very mild carbonation, smooth and easy to drink, alcohol is well hidden. I don't know the ABV of this brew, but I guess it's in the 7%+ range as it really caught up with me over the Imperial pint.

D: Another nice cask beer from Karl Strauss after having the IPA back in August '08. While I haven't been that impressed with their bottled offerings, these cask brews are quite good, glad I got to try it.

 981 characters

Photo of charlzm
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed February 10, 2012 at Karl Strauss, Universal City.

Clear brown ale with almost no head; just a scant, splotchy sheet of off-white on the surface.

Aroma is interesting; this seems like it's a brown ale (ala Newcastle) fermented with a Belgian yeast strain. Bubblegum and toffee in the nose with hints of banana and powdery yeast.

Flavor could be described as a blend of brown ale, Bavarian style hefeweizen with a dash of Belgian yeast. Nutty with traces of toffee and caramel malts, some banana and wheat flavors and a dash of the powdery floral flavor associated with some Belgian yeasts.

Slightly dry on the finish but otherwise unremarkable mouthfeel.

An interesting take on the style. Good work, KS!

 717 characters

Photo of armock
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Bevmo

A - Poured a brown color with ruby highlights a tan head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt with some spices

T - Follows the nose with roasted malt upfront then the spices round things out

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Im enjoying this beer quite a bit it's pretty easy drinking I like how the Belgian yeast adds to the flavor of the brown ale base this is worth picking up if you see it around

 472 characters

Photo of HalfFull
2.59/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber in color into a pint glass. A thin head offers little retention.

Smells of slightly rich malts, subtle chocolate in nature. A bit of belgian yeast on the nose but not much, and in fact, very little.

Taste offers some nice roasted malt flavors and a subtle hint of coffee/chocolate. Basically an average American Brown Ale. Given the moniker I expected a bit more of a Belgian nose. No, check that, I expected something of a Belgian nose. I got neither.

 474 characters

Photo of chinchill
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the brewpub.

Appearance: fine brown color with excellent clarity and a semi-durable beige head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Aroma: fruity with plenty of dried plums and alcohol infused raisins.

Flavor: Lacks complexity. Bitter/sweet balance favoring the sweet side.

Feel: medium-light body wih light carbonation.

O: OK.

 339 characters

Photo of gfreed
2.86/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this at Sally's in San Diego. Walnut color with a thin tan head that lasted a good 60 seconds. Was served way too cold, so there wasn't much aroma. In fact, there wasn't much aroma after it warmed up, either, although I managed to detect some caramel and apricots at some point. Mild carbonation was nice, and provided a prickly base for the dried fruit and light hops in the taste, but over all this was a rather blah beeah. I don't see much relation between this beer and any other Belgian dark I've had. I like the name, but I'd avoid another glass of this.

 564 characters

Photo of spycow
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a hazy auburn brown with a khaki finger width head. Fair retention gives way to a broken layer of suds across the surface.

Smell - Aroma hits on notes of bread and your typical brown ale nuttiness, along with some sugary sweetness. Also a fair amount of fruity character, vaguely reminiscent of strawberry-rhubarb pie. A light spice tingles the nose.

Taste - A light roasty character with nutty undertones met by the characteristics produced by belgian yeast; touches of clove spice and banana. Finish comes full circle and offers up the faintest touch of coffee, but is overshadowed by a moderate sugary sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium-boded with fair carbonation. Very smooth delivery on the finish.

Overall - A good offering from Karl Strauss. The flavor doesn't punch you in the mouth, but there's enough complexity there to keep your interest. The smooth, drinkable quality is this beer's strong point. It's no 'wow' beer, but something I think a vast majority will find at least somewhat enjoyable.

 1,036 characters

Photo of somnus
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Karl Strauss Brewery and Restaurant in La Jolla; served on tap in a tulip.

Appearance: A light chocolate and amber color. It arrived with a small head, which stays around and leaves a light lacing on the glass. Suspiciously somewhat transparent.

Smell: A pleasant blend of oak, smokey malt, and chocolate.

Taste: The smokey, roasted malt taste is the first thing I notice, with with vanilla and coffee flavors coming in afterward. There is a slight hoppy kick at the end.

Mouthfeel: This has a medium level of carbonation, with a nice creaminess to it. At the same time, it is almost too light.

Drinkability: This is a very smooth beer, which I enjoyed, but I don't know how many more I would want to drink. There are definitely better Belgian Browns out there.

 780 characters

Photo of exodus1369
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the tap, Nice color, it is a Brown Ale for sure. Picked up a lot of flavors form the smell, a lot of dark fruit sweetness. Has a but of creaminess nice a smooth, finishes with a nice roasted malt taste. A slight bit sweeter then I usually go for but very good over all. Takes a few drinks to really pick out all of the flavors but it just goes to show that they are blended together very seamlessly

 403 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Fullsuit Belgian-Style Brown Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 95 ratings