Brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Ertvelde, Belgium


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RATINGS: 157   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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A strong blonde ale brewed with six different grains.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2012 Ar: Not very strong - yeast, grain, sweetness Ap: Deep hazy gold - weak head, diminished quickly T: Great complex and balanced taste - banana sweetness and bready malts P: Medium/light body, lovely carbonation O: Really delicious, relaxed beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (4477) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2012
11.2 ounce bottle. A big fluffy white head lingers a long time. Sticky lacong remains. The beer is golden and not quite clear. A nose of nice fruit and nose tingling spices. Peaches and syrup. Funkiness is tasted and it is pleasant. That fruot, too. Raisins are tasted and this is grainy. Some pepper is noted late. Hops are very soft. The spice is tasted under all else. This is nice. I just wish it were a bigger bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 11/21/2011. Served on tap in a chalice at Hopleaf. My pour is a hazy copper color with a few flashes of amber. A medium sea foam rocky head rests on top, fading over the course of a few minutes while still leaving a bit of lace behind. The aroma is dominated by the aromatic Belgian yeast, sweet bready malts, and some cherry and grape fruitiness. The flavor starts out with sweet bready pale malt with a hint of honey. Pears, cherries, and white grapes provide a fairly strong fruit presence that blend with an aggressively spicy Belgian yeast strain. The end has a bit of ethyl alcohol and some light grassy hops. The finish has a lingering sweetness to it. Unfortunately, the feel is a bit syrupy. The carbonation feels like it should be up to the task of washing away any sticky residue, but it doesn’t quite do that. This also creates a bit of a heavy sensation, pushing the body to the full side of medium. This is a beer I have had a few times, and it just never really impressed me. With all of the great Belgian beers out there, it is tough to justify giving this one another look.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swillguzzler99 (111) - Peoria, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours a golden honey with a hint of opacity and a thick, frothy head. Hoppy nose. Taste is mild. Slight bitter, almost cereal-y. Dry aftertaste that lingers for just a wee bit. Decent. I could drink these all day on a blustery day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ottorius314 (2) - Alabama, USA - JAN 19, 2012 does not count
Aroma is reminiscent of camomile and camphor. not the most appealing scents, but the smell is definitely present. the beer has a head that just wont go away. coarse bubbles and a constant release of carbonation. creamy and offwhite head that lasts the length of the entire beer. there is a definite taste of banana in this beer, a little yeasty and flavors of caramel in the body. almost clove like too. the beer is a bit thin for my liking. i wish the flavors lasted a bit longer, or that it was at least a little more dense. overall the beer is exceptionally smooth. it has some awesome qualities that would attract anybody looking for a session beer. for its intense style, its easy to drink and tastes very good. i like this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ZippThePitBull (9) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2012 does not count
The first time I drank this beer me and my girl friend looked at each other and smiled in tandom. The bottle poors a larger head than I wanted at first but I quickly understood why when I took my first gulp and was pleasantly surprised buy the carmel flavor it added to the malty, sweet, banana, six grain ale. This beer kept on giving to the last drop. Thank you Atomium for giving me my new favorite beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexanderj (3267) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - OCT 31, 2011
Bottle; poured a dull orange/amber color with a smallish off white head. Aroma of sugar, dough, caramel, fruit, orange and more sugar. Flavor was solid, but a bit boring. Some decent sugar notes, but a little bland by Belgian standards. Just ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6027) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2011
Bottle:   Orangish straw, clear, light carbonation, huge fizzy off-white head, sparce lacing.   Big pale bready nose, yeasty, some faint floral notes.   Yeasty on the tongue, soft breadiness, not cloying at all (thankfully), with some pale floral flavors.   As it warms, I am getting some soft buttered popcorn on the nose.   Body and mouthfeel are fairly moderate.   Finishes with a mild sweetness, a litlte graininess, and just an overall pale breadiness.   Pretty boring overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2011
bottle at azwine 8/16/11 immediately after opening this stubby bottle foam was creeping out of the top until it was poured... but even then it still tried to escape. it has a pale orange appearance with a soft wispy white head which seems to want to cling to the inside of the glass. it smells a whole lot like champagne in its yeastiness... along with notes of cooked lemon skin, dust, orange juice and pilsner malt. the flavor is akin to a mimosa... albeit a cheaply made one... kinda like the ones on the ’all you can eat’ breakfast/champagne/caviar buffets in las vegas. wow, tangent! also, it tastes like fermented instant orange juice, straw, dusty grain and spice from the yeast. it is medium bodied and crisp yet the carbonation is foamy and rather sudsy on the tongue. 6/3/6/3/13/3.1-

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (5523) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 11, 2011
Clear golden color/ frothy off white head. Big earthy light fruit aromas with some pils malt, candi sugar. Light bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Pils malt, dry hay flavors with sweet light pit fruits, candi sugar, spicy yeast--good

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