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

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RATINGS: 308   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (5170) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 10, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown with red notes and a huge khaki head. Rich chocolate and yeasty aroma with a hint of pepper. Bitter chocolate flavors, good balance, ending semi-dry.Some yeastiness. Warming alcohol, dry mouthfeel. Brewer Teo Musso shows craftmanship again.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4802) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 6, 2006
Bottle. Small tan head that mostly diminished, opaque, no visible carbonation, and a dark brown hue. Nose was malty, caramel, sweet, some toffee, banana, and some dark fruits which aren’t very strong. Flavor was malty, sweet, tingly, caramel, and a light vinuous taste. Medium body.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2537) - California, USA - AUG 22, 2006
Poured almost as dark as a stout with a fairly large head and excellent lacing. Aroma is light on everything but toffee is probably the most prominent. Some darker fruits and caramel, but you really have to search. Overall about the same as the aroma... just not a lot going on. Not flawed, but far from exciting. That’s not cool when this is $10+/bottle.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rballs01 (282) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2006
Not a bad beer from Italy. Aged this winter brew until the summer. Pours with an abundance of carbonation. Mama mia!?!? The color was a dark copper. Smelled of tart cherries and apples. The taste was WEAK. Slightly sweet at first the a little alcohol then nothing. Remind me never to go to Italy in the winter.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2006
HWOH thanks to Slinger. Pours a Ruby amber body with some yeasty floaties, and a nice beige head. Aroma of fruity esters, light oxidation, some green apple and apple juice mixed in with some caramel malt notes. Sweet caramel flavor with light nuttyness, and some alcohol with a relatively light body.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (12010) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2006
750ml bottle-pours a light tan head with dark brown color with particles. Aroma is musty dark fruit. Taste is musty, dark fruit, creamy, syrup. OK carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 6, 2006
Bottle thanks to Slinger at the HW open house. Murky brown color with a fairly thick beige head and tons of floaties. Bready, caramel malt aroma with a hint of black licorice. Mildly sweet malt flavor with dark dried fruits and a lighly vinous finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thedm (5492) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 30, 2006
This bottled brew from Indianapolis, IN poured a medium sized head of foamy finely sized off-white colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind an excellent sheet lacing on top of an semi-transparent brown colored body with carbonation. The aroma was mildly vinous with brown malts in the nose. The mouth feel was mildly tingly at the start and medium in the finish. The flavor was of mild brown malts and mild hops.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2006
Bottle. Dark red/brown, lots of still chunks, huge foamy thick ice cream head. Interesting spice aroma - creamy, soft, mild, malt, hops, some citrus. Decent hops in there. Nice taste - soft spice, malt, some grapefruit, and more hops than expected - very falvourful! No alcohol. Hint of herbs. Fruity. Very unique and tasty - a very solid beer and very drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 31, 2005
From 750 ml bottle at the Montreal YeHa! 2005. Dark, dark muddy brown with a thick, lasting dark head...lightly spicy nose offers anise first among many spices, dark pumpernickel-bready yeast...caramlel and licorice prominent in the very (almost too) sweet body, with notes of vanilla, nuts and cherry late...full and almost syrupy. Nice.


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