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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 444   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Full body - staying head - amber color with a spicy, malty palate that finishes very fruity with complex hoppy undertones.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (2625) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2007
On draft at sharp edge creekhouse. Pours a hazy golden color with a nice white head. Aroma is citrus, malts, yeast, and some light spiciness. Flavor of spice and malts with a warm alcoholic finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Delirium (636) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2007
Draught. Pours slightly hazy golden/yellow with a small white head. Aroma is slightly spicy yeast and sweet malt. Flavor is the same, with a bit of light fruit, slightly sticky, and various other flavors I can’t really place. The alcohol is slightly noticeable. Pretty good, and better than the average rating, I think, at least on tap.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
SHIG (3587) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAY 13, 2007
Bottle: Poured a golden clear yellow with a thick bubbly carbonated head. The aroma is hoppy spice smell. The taste is very spicy opens the taste buds up and then the finish is brutal citrus and alcohol.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11943) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2007
(Bottle, BB 04/12/08) Pours a clear yellow body with a large white head. Aroma of mustiness, corn, floral, and urine. Flavor of sweet malt, spicy yeast, and a hint of citrus.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rastacouere (6130) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 24, 2007
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Appearance:
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 3     Pale Yellow(1)->Copper(5) : 2     Still(1)->Volcanic Sparkling(5) : 4
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 3     Lasting: 3     Lacing : 2
Aroma:
Intensity : 3  
Yeast : 4   Bread : 2   Dough : 4   Esters : 2   Phenols : XX   Dusty : XX   Spicy : XX   Apple : 2   Banana : 2   Tropical Fruits : 2   Brett : XX   Barnyard : XX   Leather : XX   Wood : XX   Vinous : 1   Cheese : XX   DMS : XX   Diacetyl : XX Sulfur : XX
Malt : 2   Pilsner : 3   Pale : XX   Vienna : XX   Biscuity : XX   Toasty : XX   Hay : XX   Caramel : XX   Honey : 3   Cereals : XX   Grainy : 3   Wheat : XX
Hops : 2   Noble(1)->American(5) : 1   Leafy : XX   Perfume : XX   Orange : XX   Floral : XX   Lemon/Lime : XX   Herbal : 2   Grassy : 2   Piney : XX
Notes : Pepper : 2   Cloves : XX   Coriander : XX   Ginger : XX   Orange : 2   Earth : XX   Vanilla : XX   Oxidation : XX   Bubblegum : XX
Flavor:
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 4   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 4   Sourness : XX   Acetic : XX   Lactic : XX   Bitterness : XX   Farmy : XX   Complex : 2   Length : XX
Palate:
Light(1)->Full(5) : 3   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 4   Clean : XX   Sharp : 2   Watery : XX   Oily : XX   Chalk : XX   Astringent : XX   Alcohol : XX   Mineral : XX

Comments: Typical sweet, spicy, bready and rather banana/acetaldehyde-like strong blonde from Van Steenberge that makes you feel like you’ve had it under a different name a few times in the past.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dedollewaitor (13923) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 17, 2007
Unclear yellow with an full egg white head. Aroma is yeast fruit & spices. Strong spicy alcohol taste. Malty light sweet before a moderate bitter end.

2.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
asedzie (604) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 23, 2007
Golden, slightly opaque. Lasting head. Aroma is appealing, mild yeast. Heavy alcohol flavor. Besides the alcohol there is a dominant estery green apple flavor, some bitterness in the finish. Although I realize this beer falls into a different style category I still feel that it is not as well balanced as the Augustijn trappist ale. Pretty one dimensional.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
scotty (1053) - SCOTLAND - MAR 6, 2007
My notes (from a while ago!) tell me this is "an average belgian beer" I bought it as a bin-end from Oddbins.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - FEB 24, 2007
Bottle at Cafe Ledig Erf in UItrecht. Aroma is swett a bit honey-like. Flavor is a bit fruity, apples, fresh. Overall an enjoyable brew, but not outstanding.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Hazy golden color with a thick, coarse white head. Aroma of citrus, apples, some light spiciness, and alcohol. Very sharp, biting, intense flavors of citrus fruits, apples, and pears carried by the serious alcohol presence. Some very slight hint of hops, but mostly lost in the sea of alcohol. It wasn’t very subtle or well hidden--kind of burned my throat a bit. I can imagine having two of these and feeling bad about it. This beer was alright, but not great. Not too interesting or unique.


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