Brouwer's Cafe

400 N 35th St

Seattle, WA, United States of America

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Light, smooth, toffee and bourbon. Rooty finish, vaugely like licorice.
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Vegetal and molassesy, like chewing on sugar cane.
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Boozy opening. Finishes like sweet chocolate candy.
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Spicy, bright booze flavor. Not too sweet.
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Logsdon Krieke Vier (unknown release)
Cherry-caramel, not too sour. Tannic. Really nice, clean finish. Salt on the lips.
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Not sour. Very nice, fruity. Strawberry is distinct and believable.
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Nectarine? The flavor dissipates to finish. So smooth. Great.
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This is a Flanders brown for sure. Caramel, lightly sour.
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Part sweet, caramel, light touch. Lays off the sweetness after a bit. Similar flavor notes to Stickee Monkee.
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Caramel, light raisin, not too sweet.
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Very woody. Dry but not sour. Light whiskey.
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Very sour, raspberry. Foamy but not fizzy. Medium funk, sharp forward, sour wheat finish.
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Clear wine notes, like a cabernet sauvignon. Caramel. Clean finish.
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I don't actually much like raspberry, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised I didn't love this beer. But the real problem was that this was pretty much straight sweet, and on top of a malty Belgian spice profile. No acid that I could really latch onto.
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Much less sour than I was expecting, but this clearly a complex, funky beer. Open is not particularly fruity - the opening impression is actually almost watery, or at least spirit - but with clearly complex, funky, cheesy notes. There's a nice rebound to light tartness to finish. A fascinating beer.
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2016 Big Wood Festival. Drier chocolate bourbon stout. Less bitter than the Scuttlebutt. Rating is a guess, believe me, I was far in by this point.
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2016 Big Wood Festival. Tasty, unusual flavor. Vegetal character.
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2016 Big Wood Festival. Tequila at the forefront, blunts the natural sweetness of the base beer with agave vegetal flavors. Finishes clean. Can't decide if this is better or worse than the regular Merkin, but it's certainly fascinating.
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2016 Big Wood Festival. Very sour, vinegar-like. Chocolate, faint chili, tobacco - gritty finish, kind of like a Butterfinger (!). At first I was grossed out, then I really liked it, and then I was grossed out again.
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2016 Big Wood Festival. Sweet, toffee/date bread flavor. Spice, maybe vanilla? Tasty, but very, very sweet.
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2016 Big Wood Festival. Dry, somewhat bitter. Otherwise, very nice. I also have "truuuuuuuuuuuuuuuunk" written down in my notes but I have no idea what that could possibly mean??
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2016 Big Wood Festival. Strong grapefruit-berry-sour flavor. cereal-funk finish. Clean and fruity sour.
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2016 Big Wood Festival. Cinnamon, sweet, booze. Simplistic flavor which has very little in it to counteract the sweetness.
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2016 Big Wood Festival. Young-tasting, strong bourbon flavors. Slightly sour.
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Holy Mountain Deadfall (unknown release)
2016 Big Wood Festival. Candy-like, subdued spice profile.
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Yes, we had a second bottle!
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A little on the weird side but still somehow smooth.
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Dry sweet strong molasses burnt flavors.
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A little bit on the sweet side.
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Some nice round fruity flavors.
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Very woody and smooth.
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Very interesting. Fennel and anise flavors.
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Nice coffee flavors.
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Very smooth for a sour. Not too powerful. Nice mustard flavors.
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Really strange smell on this, and I had notes that I lost on what it was like. Some kind of musty cookie - may have just been weird in context? Flavor matched the smell. Will have to try again some day in isolation.
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I remember this being really good, but this was a victim of too much good, memory-affecting stuff. Sorry.
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Caramel, smooth. Not super distinctive but smooth and good.
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Bit of coffee, bit of caramel. I remember this being really good, but this was a victim of too much good, memory-affecting stuff. Sorry.
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Tasty, mildly tart saison. The Aquavit lent a character that was vegetal and alcoholic. I honestly don't remember too much more about this.
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Sweet, and definitely the most syrupy of the beers tasted at Big Wood today. It's still very good, but a notch down from the generally outstanding selections of the day.
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Tart, Flanders-esque sourness with a nice, smooth overall character. Sorry, I was too far gone to be more specific here.
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Lots of cocoa. A bit of cherry. Pungent.
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Dry raspberry, very clean. Not very beer-like, and surprisingly little funk. This was cleansing, and I liked it a lot.
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Like a caramel apple in a glass? That's my overriding impression. Other than the fact that this didn't jibe at all with what I wrote when I had this before.
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Thanks, Chandler! Just amazing, super complex beer. Vegetal. Umami. Toffee. Thick. Smooth. All of the single words.
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Cantillon Iris (unknown release)
Mildly sour and moderate but not too weird in the funkiness department. This is much less odd than the Saint-Gilloise from last year.
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Super smooth finish. Toffee. Slight hints of cherry. But oh, that finish.
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Slight smoke, but much less than I would have expected. Really, the Islay influence was subtle. Lots of toffee up front and otherwise the super-refined BBomb experience that you'd expect. Delicious.
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It had a Funkey smell that Michael described as the smell of diapers. At free which he beer tastes a lot worse
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Boozy enough that you'd be forgiven for thinking this spent time in a whiskey barrel. A thick, woody stout with an anise overtone and plenty of nutty, yeast funk , ending in an almost savory nut finish. Bitterness on the end. Very nice. (6 oz goblet)
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Smells a bit funky, like bleach on a diaper pail or something. Tastes better than that, but really, where do you go from there? (just a sip)
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A lot less sweet than expected given the Biscotti moniker. Tart cherry flavor doesn't feel fake or tacked on. Very pleasant indeed.
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Very strong spiced rhum flavors. The sweetness gets a little bit overwhelming after a few sips though.
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A very enjoyable stout with vanilla and subtle tart cherry flavors. Thankfully it was as sweet as the biscotti name lead me to believe.
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One of the thickest beer I ever had. Delicious sweet coffee flavors.
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A very subtle flavor compared to, say, a Parabola, but cleanse your palate enough and this is a very pleasant, balanced, bourbon stout. Not at all what I expected given its name. (just a sip)
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A lot of winners at this year's stout fest! I wish I could tell you in more detail exactly what this tasted like, but my notes are basically: "Loved this. Cherry / tannic qualities really enhance this."
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A light, excellently balanced bourbon stout, with just a touch of cherry-like twang from the bourbon barrel, I imagine. It would be easy to drink a lot of this and be very happy.
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This was termed "foret organic saison". Sweet and piquant. Interesting with floral spices. Hints of coriander and banana, but much less so than I'd expect from this type of beer. Overall, I find this interesting.
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This is a lovely sour, not puckeringly tart, anonymous fruitiness, including in the effervescent nose.
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Amazing! I think I prefer the Sticky Monkey though :/
Bottle
Surprisingly light and smooth for a barrel aged stout.
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While I'm glad I got to try it, I can't say I liked the Ardberg's peatiness mixed with the sweetness/bitterner of the beer.
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The first thing is you definitely get a faceful of Ardbeg with this beer. It smells exactly like Ardbeg, peaty and smoky and that flavor kicks in strongly at the start. The flavor transitions to a kind of dank vegetal smoky-raw alcohol taste that did sit well at first. Here again, to me, the beer got a lot better as it warmed, but I love peaty Scotches. I do have to say that this was not a popular share with the crowd, either.
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Oh man, this was a whole boatload of funk. If it weren't so good, I'd have called it rank. I certainly haven't tried anything else like it before. They say this was dry-hopped with Hallertau. Well, I guess it was just one more part of the funk.
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Thick and raw, this may have been aged three years but still has the fire of a young barrel-aged stout. Lots of bourbon, and some dry woodiness as well. (6 oz goblet)
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Bourbony barleywine - not complex but smooth and sweet in a good way. I'm not going to dream about this, but it was very nice.
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Sweet and pumpkiny. Boozy, I think, but who can tell anymore?
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About as textbook example of a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout as you could ask for. This is not idiosyncratic in any way, nor does it have any funky residual barrel flavors. This is... it's Sparta.
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I had to sniff it again because I couldn't taste any cinnamon in this. It's there in the nose, but I'll be darned if I could tell the difference between this and regular BBomb as far as pure flavor goes. But BBomb is wonderful in the first place, so this is automatically wonderful as well. (For the record, everyone else assured me they could taste the cinnamon.)
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Elevation Signal De Botrange (unknown release)
I'm writing notes several days late on this one, so there are details I can't remember. I do remember this being a somewhat spice-forward, standard saison, and I definitely remember being quite disappointed that I didn't detect any wine-like yeast or grape funk in the ale, nor did I sense wood.
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I kind of had to try this first, given the description. This beer was very strange. The pinot noir comes right out to start, vinous and dark. The transition to yeast and berry is sudden and not very natural -- I got a lot of puzzled faces after sharing this glass. I remember thinking this felt more black saison than stout, flavor-profile wise. As it warmed the flavors did become more integrated, and I liked it better.
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Malty squishy (banana'y) coffee milk smell. Surprisingly sweet finish, fizzy cocoa brew with coffee hints.
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This was good but this late in the night, I.don't think I appreciate it. There was a sharp spike of bitter, but a strong portion on malty sweet. It just seems brackish and wrong. But when I had a taste earlier, it was really good.
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Great stout. Really nothing more to day. Mainly because I'm d-runk. Right.
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Color of candy. Dry and tart, with noticeable gueuze funk to add complexity. Nice to try a decidedly non-sweet fruit lambic.
Bottle
This is very sweet though not obnoxious like the first nail. But I'm kind of sweeted out, so terhaps you should take this review with a grain of salt.
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Another good middle of the road stout though not quite as refined
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A super tasty straight stout, malty and deep, without crossing over into the good-but-almost-syrupy intensity of even higher gravity brews like World Wide and Mephistopheles.
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When you want the canonical stout
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This is all stout. The stout drinkers stout.
Bottle
Aroma of roasted espresso, with a surprisingly dry, delicious flavor at odds with the other selections here. Pretty much redefines in one swoop what I want out of a coffee stout.
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Good, but feels like the younger sibling of Mephistopheles in every way possible. I found out the next day that this claims to be a bourbon-aged stout, but I couldn't for the life of me detect that.
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Cinnamon. Like no sweetness olde tymey sarsaparilla.
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Five years' aging has smoothed and deepened this beer's character, leaving an intense, but deliciously umami "reduction of stout."
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So this would prolly be great if I hadn't just had two other beers that were better.
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Coffee. Carbonated lukewarm coffee.
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Just a tad too sweet somewhere but I dunno where.
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This is insanely sweet. Somewhere between brown sugar and soda syrup. It kind of tastes like cherry cough syrup.
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Seems like a fairly standard stout. Bitter with a hint of sweet underneath.
Bottle
Subtler than the other firestones but as good.
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From Brouwer's Back in Black Stout Festival. Aged three years, this is one of the best beers I've ever had! Strong and toffee-like and complex with a boozy but well-blended barrel character and a creamy, malted-milk, clean finish. Any coffee in this beer is subtly done. So delicious.
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Delicious coffee stout flavor
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Just way too sour for my taste.
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Big Wood Festival. Tastes more wine barreled than bourbon, with a fresh, fruity grape overtone on to of a tasty Belgian beer base. Delicious.
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Big Wood Festival. Fruity and grapey but with a huge caramel presence. Not sour, in spite of the name, other than that sense of fruit. Really nice.
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Big Wood Festival. Sweet, candy like with a nice bite. Very tasty.
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Big Wood Festival. More cognac than stout, very muscat-fruity, with just a touch of stout robustness at the end. I liked it, but it's really confusing.
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Big Wood Festival. Sweet, with tons of vanilla. Coats the mouth and just keeps on warming.
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A golden Belgium strong ale I would recommend to all.
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Awesome, smooth, bourbon flavors with maltiness. Very very similar to Fred from the Wood (did a side by side taste test).
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Awesome, smooth, bourbon flavors with maltiness. Very very similar to Angel's Share (did a side by side taste test)
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