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


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RATINGS: 162   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
A strong blonde ale brewed with six different grains.

   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 (3539) - Branson, Missouri, 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 (6599) - 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 (6727) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14079) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 14, 2011
Bottle from Malt & Vine. Pours hazy light gold with a frothy off-white head. Aromas of cooked light stone fruits. Med body. Flavor is a bit earthy, with arguably coriander, and some yeast/spice. Mostly dry. Finishes definitely more bitter than not, and there’s a persistent earthy/yeast display. Quite nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vir4030 (599) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2011
Pours a medium light orange with a foamy head on tap at the Hopleaf in Chicago. Arm a is banana and lime. Flavor adds coriander and pear, and something a little sour. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
drewaha (129) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2011
On the menu at Avec in Chicago. I was really excited about this beer but it just didn’t come through. Pours a nice gold with medium head into an Atomium glass. For a Belgian, I felt that the hops overpowered the typically malty, yeasty flavors of the ale. Glad I tried it, but won’t do it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 2, 2011
Spicy and peppery nose. Light to moderate sweetness, lightly bitter taste, worn lots of pepper, some flowers and herbs and light lemon. Nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RB1 (118) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 17, 2011
330ml bottle, purchased at Sun Devil Liquors, Mesa, AZ. The pour is golden, with nice white head, and lots of carbonation. Looks beautiful in the glass, but unfrotunately this is the high point. Really not much going on in the way of aroma or taste. Taste is smooth, refreshing and crisp, some malt. Finish characterized by a lingering bitter aftertaste. This ale tastes more like a non-descript lower abv blonde, than a bold strong ale. Disappointing at best.

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