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


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RATINGS: 311   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (9313) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 27, 2008
courtesy of a member of our tasting group. There some really amazing beers to come out of Italy, and this one is just another example. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is malty and has notes of dark fruits. Taste, malty / chocolate with some seasonal spices that characterize Christmas ales. Rich in flavors and original.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Todeon (325) - SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2008
75cl botte. Pours a dark amber color. Spicey and sweet aroma. Taste is dark fruit,chocolat and some nice spicey notes. Ends witth a burning alcohol finish,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (40453) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 26, 2008
75 cL bottle. Pours clear and golden deep amber with a diminished white head. Solid hoppy bitter and spiced aroma. Sweet malty and light spiced and fruity. Vague smoked on the back of the tongue. Sweet and spiced into the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pinball (11932) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2008
aroma is a little alcoholy, lots of dark fruits, slight spices, sweetness. sweet. brown offwhite head. lots of flavor. nice flavor, some cellary notes in the background, but spices and other notes are plentiful. not well balanced, but lots of taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 19, 2008
Nose was syrupy, sweet and even a touch salty with notes of kalamata olives, cherry syrup, and tobacco. Cloudy brown beer, thin halo of froth. Earthy tobacco and slight vanilla notes on a somewhat wet body with added hints of fennel, toffee, and somewhat tangy chocolate. The mouth here is lacking, it’s rather wet, dull, and chalky...the flavors are interesting but dulled by the palate. Alcohol well hidden, maybe too much...I like em’ boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2008
Bottle. Deep garnet red color with a fine off white head. Belgian yeast, caramel malt, and mint in the aroma. Vanilla notes and toasty. Some cocoa in there in the distance. Taste is less enjoyable, but it’s quite drinkable for 9%. Metallic right before the finish, which is a little flat. Overall, not bad, but I’m still underwhelmed by the Italian beers that I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 29, 2008
1.5L, 2005 magnum on company money at Ginger Man. How sweet is that? I convinced other people to pay $50 for this! hahaha, suckers.

On to the beer, this was surprisingly sweet, very mellow, lots of sucrose, vanilla, cake. A bit boozy, this definitely got the crowd drunk. Overall pretty enjoyable, if not a little too mellow considering its ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - MAY 11, 2008
This was quite nice. Starts off with some woody notes, and a lot of deep dark fruit flavors, hints of caramel and chocolate, and ever present toffee sweetness, but the nose is what makes this beer, like a bit of of banana split mixed with coffee cake.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (7293) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 17, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2013 Medium beige head. Hazy opaque deep brown body with small visible particles and carbonation. Funky vinuous dried fruit aroma with roasty spicy honey notes. Dry-sweet roasty spicy honey taste with caramelly wooden notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft mouthfeel, slightly fizzy. Dryish honey and dried fruit aftertaste with cardamom and chocolate notes. Nice. Highly drinkable, harmonic, well balanced, and at the same time interesting. (0.75l bottle, wine monopoly, Vika, Oslo.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (18199) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2008
(Bottle, thanks to rickgordon) Hazy amber color, offwhite head. Malty aroma, fruity, spicy and with some grassy notes. Malty, fruity flavor, marcipan, some alcohol showing.

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