Brewed by Le Baladin
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Piozzo, Italy


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RATINGS: 295   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Aroma initially characterized by pepper that fight in a field ruled by a rich fruity fragrance of dried fruits with ripen banana, toffee and a soft sweet chocolate fragrance. The attentive taster shouldn’t miss a sharp floral of rose and a sensation of must of wine always pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stine (1664) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2008
Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Gingerbread and maple syrup aroma licked with pepper and expansive spices; heated. Dusky flavor, very perfumey and full of ripe fruit, suggesting saffron and lavender with a hint rich floral touch. Mace, anise seed, tangy pickled ginger; creative, nuanced, foreign and intriguing. Crisp and lively, though quite heavy on the palate. Honey glazed orange toward the long, percolating, sticky finish of unrefined sugars, coating indefinitely to the effect of a rich, full bodied honey wine. Weird, hard to categorize, and extremely likeable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2008
darker brown with some red hints. Small dark fruity aroma. Some spice and fruit. Nice palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Very spicy belgian nose. Spicy body with some carob. Smooth finish. Brown color with no head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KnutAlbert (6386) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 9, 2008
Coca-cola colour. Rocky head, lively carbonation. Sweet, spicy, nutmeg and cinnamon. A beer for dark and cold winter nights. A little yeast, some sourness in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbiere (101) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 6, 2008
Brown to violet in color, small head but important carbonation. Nose of blue grapes, berries and yeast (belgian?). Starts too sweet, but a refreshing acidity takes over and ends on a metallic note. Expected it would be quite round, but is actually thin. I preferred the beer served cool, would not recommend to serve tempered as cooler, it enhances its refreshing side. OK, but not that exciting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2007
Bottled. Cloudy brown colour with firm head. Vague aroma, it’s bit acidic with almonds and dark berries. Yeasty, bit nutty flavour with almonds and slight toasty. Acids are present here as well. Pretty one-dimensional maltiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsniclas (6145) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2008 Bottled. Thx rickgordon. Deep amber/dark brown. Firm beige head. Sourish aroma with loads of marcipan. Marcipan, yeast, nuts in the flavour with a warm alco-feel. A bit short flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
xibalba89 (147) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2007
Shared a bottle at the Hop Devil. Pours dark brown with a nice brown head. Aroma isn’t particularly strong... has some dark fruit, though without a commanding presence. The first few sips were surprisingly bitter, but it mellowed out after that. Very unique beer, but not really my style. Had the texture of a really dry wine, like a Bourdeux, but for some reason I wasn’t really impressed. Maybe it was the presence of alcohol in the flavor, which didn’t really match the abv. I have to give them credit for making a good, solid and original beer, but it’s just not my thing. I’d recommend that everyone give it a chance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gnoff (8795) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2011 First rating
75 cl bottle, thanks rickgordon!
Shady dark brown color, tan head. Acidic and milky scent. Rubber and smoke phenolic taste, also wood. Medium mouthfeel and bitterenss. Acidic aftertaste.

75 cl bottle thanks to Honka (non ratebeer) on November 27, 2011
BB Feb 2010
Brown color, tan head. Alcohol, licorice, strawberry yoghurt scent. Apple, alcohol, grainy, harsh taste. Warming alcohol. Moussy mouthfeel, low bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekstedt (6032) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2007
Bottle (75 cl), thanks to rickgordon. Murky brown with medium beige head. Dark berries, some nutty flavours along with roasted notes of chocolate. Medium bodied and smooth. Slightly acidic and vinous with a dry finish.

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