Belgo Sutra | Magic Hat Brewing Company

68 Ratings

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by seanwhite on 01-11-2012

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Photo of Mavigo
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%

Bought this from Discount Drinks on twelve mile. Always have an excellent selection.

Served in a tulip. Pours a brooding dark lavender brown, with a inch tall creme colored head, has splotches of laces here and there. Has a thick, fruity aroma. Smells of licorice, yeast, malts, cooked sugars, plums, honey. Rich flavor, sweet and robust. Can actually taste the dates among other things such as plums, cherries, yeast, licorice, vanilla. Full bodied for sure, very rich and voluptuous, medium amounts of carbonation, a tad syrupy. Overall, this was worth ripping my shirt off, even though I didn't do that, great flavor, great quality, great experience, great price, great overall.

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Photo of acurtis
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 32oz growler. I wasn't sure what to expect, but this is a great beer. It's on the fruity side, but that's appropriate for the style. More importantly, it dry and well balanced. I like the hint of roasted malt in the finish, while the figs and dates blend with the fruit esters. I also get hints of caramel and toffee.The nose is all fruit upfront, but touches of bread crust and yeast sneak in. If you'd told me this came from Ommegang, I'd believe you. I can only complain that the fruit notes seem to bowl over the flavor and prevent a more complex beer. Still really tasty though. Order a glass.

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Photo of BlueKurenai
3.04/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Kegatron
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveCash
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a chalice, the appearance was a mostly dark red close to brown color with a thin quickly dissipating cap of a white fizzy head. Slightly forms valleys here and there in what’s left of the head. The aroma has some dates, figs, plums, Belgian sugars, brown sugars, subtle milk chocolate, light bready notes and caramel malts. Subtle spices of coriander and sage. The flavor leads with semi-sweet with an embracing sticky malt bill of the previously mentioned sweet aromas. Quick crisp toasty to caramel malt aftertaste with finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body with a decent sessionable feel about it. Carbonation felt fine as it is. A bit smoother than expected for a so called-quad. Overall, Belgian dark strong ale is what I would classify this as.

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Photo of andant
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of puboflyons
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on October 3, 2016.

It has an attractive looking amber pour with red hues throughout under a small, short-lasting head.

The aroma is vibrant with Belgian sweet dark malts, figs, dates, and other dark fruits without an alcohol note.

Medium to bold body.

A dark roasted malt sweetness in the taste as well as dark fruits and a warming sensation all around.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Greywulfken
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: into a goblet, deep ruby brown ale with a brief tan head about a finger high; slimmed to a collar, left no lace

S: deep fruits of a dark sort, ripe and full

T: the advertised date and fig flavors are right there, along with a lighter tone of yeasts and sinewy malts; some sherry-like tones and treacle sweetness; no bitterness - light and sweetly fruity

M: very thin and slippery, very light on the tongue, faint vapors of sweet, light booze

O: it's hard to wow me with the apperanace of a brown ale, and I'm not particularly constrained by style-specific expectations, but I try to acknowledge their presence... That said, I thought this was a delightful BSDA, probably with a thinner feel and lighter flavor palette than say, a Maudite or a Gulden Draak - it was refreshing and easy drinking, and had no dankness/muskiness that I have found in some. It reminds me most of DFH's Raison D'Etre, but lighter in feel and flavor. This worked in my favor, based on my predilections in the style, but may be contrary to those fans of Chimay (Blue) or Delirium Nocturnum, or a more traditional BSDA.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of tekstr1der
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark ruddy brown with thin tan head. Aroma has malty notes in the background of an overwhelming metallic smell. Fortunately this isn't much present in the flavor, with a nice mix of ripe fruits, bready malt, and candi sugars taking over. Slightly sweet, but that's okay with me. Finish is pretty smooth, inviting more. Not bad, but the smell is disturbing.

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Photo of Khaack
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MattyInMass
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of morrowd3
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 10/4/2015 at Battleship Brewhouse, in Fall River, MA served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark reddish brown color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, candy sugar, caramelized malts, fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character up front. Then some sweet flavors of fruit, candy sugar and caramel quickly follow. The hops presence is mild but complementary but it doesn’t create much balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of IPAchris
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of NickMGlass
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a goblet. dark caramel that was slightly cherrywood. near the end of drinking when more light shined through, it was more red. small bubbles, very little head to the point where i was afraid that i might not have gotten it home safely.

Smell: Chocolate was the first smell, dark sugar the ever present "Magic Hat" sweet breakfast cereal that you either love or hate that i haven't found a good description for. dark fruit as it settles the back of the nose.

Taste: at first i get roasted malt bitter which made me think that i was going to come thing in the direction of a porter but it goes quickly to nutty, candy taste that dissipates to bananas nutmeg. slight bread aftertaste. if you have ever had rice pudding at an indian restaurant it has the taste of the trilogy, cinnamon, cardamom and ginger. If not for the dark roast bitter coming though this would be almost like drinking syrup.

Mouthfeel: Paints the tongue like a good soy sauce. would be overwhelming if not for the carbonation.

Overall with all the things that could go wrong they pulled it off. which is why i gave the 4.5. iT could have easily been too sweet, but the carbonation, and the roasted darkness bitterness pulls it right back in. Hids the 8.2 candy up front, bark fruit half way down drink the glass. and a spiciness that lingers as an after taste. If you like Hops, don't like sweet beer or you're more into straightforward beers this might not be If you like the taste of middle eastern or Indian food you'll be over the moon for this beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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Belgo Sutra from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 68 ratings
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