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


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RATINGS: 297   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2005
Cola brownish with a few crimson tinges, the ring of lace was short-lived.
Quite vinious, in a very tannic, plonk red wine kind of way, with plenty of alcohol and a wheaty finish.
It just tastes like melted ice cubes, like when you thaw out something that’s been sitting in the freezer for years, it had a freezer burn flavor. Was this bottle frozen? There is a lingering rafined sugar sweetness in there, but I just found it to be watery, bland, and quite dissapointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2005
bottle. dark mahogany coloured body with a small ring of white head. aroma consists of fruity yeast, sweet malt, and alcohol. very sweet flavour among a high alcohol presence. grainy and moderately spicy. it’s decent but didn’t really wow me in any respect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (11379) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2005
Reddish brown ale with a spicey pruney aroma, with light pears and lavender. Alcoholic malt with light orange peels. Tangy mouthfeel, with strong alcohol warmth. Medium bodied. A bit unbalanced. Enjoyed at YEHa!05 Christmas Party on Dec. 17th, 2005.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 20, 2005
Cloudy brown pour with a ring of offwhite lace. Aroma of lavender, pears and spices. The flavor is very good and has the same notes of lavender, pears and spices. The palate is light and powdery and the carbonation is moderate. Very good and enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2005
From 12/10/05 Indy gathering. Full dark brown with redish bronze tones and a little head. Aromas and flavors are both very similar so I elect to mention them both in the same breath. Slightly sweet and a little bit nutty. Some fruity, tangy and nutty in finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (20000) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2005
Dark brown colour with tan head. A little spicy malty aroma with some hints of yeast. Flavor of malt and some hints of yeast. Spicies in the flavor aswell. Weak hints of chocolate. Afruity and warming aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Bottle. Mahogney brown color with a tan head. Flavor is thin, spicey malt taste with an acidic finish. Medium mouthfeel. Different to say the least. Not too bad I guess. Notes were getting bad at this point.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Very upfront yeastiness with a sweet sour nose. Very spritzy mouthfeel. Sour and sweet mixing it up again in the flavor...with notes of caramel malt and sour yeast and some understated holiday spiciness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Light brown with a tan head, this had a slightly sour, spicy yeasty aroma with a touch of light fruits. Light and highly carbonated in the mouth, it’s got a spiced up, sweet malt taste, yeast, with sour grapes. The finish was bitter and sour. Interesting concept for a Christmas ale.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crockett (1034) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2005
Deep red with sediment in suspension. Nose of gooseberry, yeast and light vineous fruit. Lively tan head. Some cereal, oatmeal and rye. A little grape more grape in the flavour. Berries. Finishes like a belgian golden ale with the malts being a little chewier. Thanks Ralph.

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