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


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RATINGS: 463   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Full body - staying head - amber color with a spicy, malty palate that finishes very fruity with complex hoppy undertones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boto (1891) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAY 25, 2005
Draught: This one has a hazy, straw yellow color to it. The head is big, thick and white. There is a fairly good amount of lacing to go along with it. The aroma has notes of spices, sour fruits, flora,l others too. The taste is rich and full. A hint of sourness with the fruits, spicy,yeasty with some bitterness. Complex and satisfying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dorqui (2113) - Brescia, ITALY - MAY 19, 2005
Dense and extremely abundant head. Much bubbly and diamond. Limpid yellow color, loaded and shiny. Strong and decided scent, much alcoholic and complex. Powerful and spiced. Dry taste, much bitter with caramel, whiskey, hop and flowery notes. Long and persistent finish; much herbaceous and bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GonZoBeeR (2941) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2005
Aroma:spicy and citrus... Appearance:light hazy goold good head... Flavor:Apple,Citrus fuit,malt and spices...

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TBone (13000) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 17, 2005
Bottled (BB 10/2006)
Very pale yellow, slightly hazy color with steadt small foamy head. Rubbery fruity aroma of mashed apples and pears dominates, hops and lime underlying there. Quite light-bodied for this high ABV, easy to drink, citrusy and fruity but hard mouthfeel. Palate does not show its 9 % but alcohol kicks in the aftertaste. Dissapointing brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
hopscotch (9555) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2005
Draft... Straw-colored ale with a small, creamy, white head. The nose delivers tons of apple esters... both overripe and green... along with some doughy notes. More apple in the flavor... red delicious. Medium-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Short, crisp, clean finish. The high ABV is very well hidden, but otherwise I can’t think of anything really positive to say about this brew. I ordered the Augustijn, but maybe they poured me a bready cider instead. Hmmm?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2005
hazy amber, small tight head. aroma of caramel apples and poached pears with some doughy malt. syrupy sweet flavour with a bit of citrus mixing with breasy malts. quite sweet overall

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
JonMoore (1904) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2005
Hazy golden colour with large white head. Something slightly unpleasant in the aroma, solventy, also yeast and citrus. Fruity, pears, melon, citrus, slightly bitter taste, again with something unpleasant in there. Not for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nate (3778) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2004
Fruity citrus aroma, bread and yeast, light chalky hops. A bit sweet, mild alcohol. Cloudy pale amber with big white foamy lacing head. Medium-heavy watery body with medium carbonation. Starts with mild sweetness, neutral fruit, some pears. Alcohol flavor, light acidity, and mild bitterness. Bitter citrusy flavor throughout, grassy too. After is mild astringent bittersweetness. Alcohol warming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 11, 2004
(Bottled) Very hazy, pale yellow color with a smallish head. Somewhat alcoholic, lemony, grassy and toffeeish aroma. Sweetish, lemony, witbierish flavor with licorice hints. Some yeast, acidity and fruitiness. Medium-bodied, quite carbonated and alcoholic palate. A disappointment compared to Augustijn. Quite easily drinkable, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5095) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2006 This is a truly marvelous beer. One of my staples at the Sharp Edge in Pittsburgh. Sampled again on draft this brew pours a straw yellow color with a small white head. The aroma is sweet and fruity with just a hint of a pleasant sour tang. The flavor is sweet and tangy with a light fruit flavor that yields to a yeastiness on the finish. There is a rather thick mouthfeel. Overall one of my favorite Belgian drafts.

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