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Brewed by De Proefbrouwerij
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Lochristi - Hijfte, Belgium

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RATINGS: 168   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Golden in color, hoppy taste with a bitter finish.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Dave90 (1) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 10, 2013 does not count
Had for the first time in a Roman cellar in Brugge Belgium. Wonderful beer - absolutely perfect for time and place. Wish I could get it in the states. Probably my best beer experience in Europe.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (549) - BELGIUM - JUN 28, 2013
Bière brune extra forte (9,5 % abv...) brassée par De Proef . Bouteille à bascule en fer et bouchon de porcelaine avec caoutchouc : ce n’est pas ce que je préfère, mais voilà … Par contre la sérigraphie en blanc du vieil homme à la canne est très sympa, et apparemment ce serait « den ouden advokaat »... à Sint Niklaas... On fait confiance … Couleur brun roux splendide. Clarté nette, mais attention au fort dépôt de levure. Bulles par milliers très fines au centre. Mousse beige caramel très crémeuse et épaisse. Arômes délicieux de malt et levure, pruneau, amandes, feuille de marronnier. 1ère bouche veloutée, à l’exceptionnelle prise de malt, avec une nuance de fût de bois, du cognac et une très fine pointe de fumée. Arrière-bouche de fruits mûrs, longue. 2ème bouche savoureuse, de très nombreux accents de très grands cognacs. 3ème bouche superbe de vieux fûts de mûrissement. Arrière-bouche très complète et longue. La longueur part sur de la muscade, une pointe de réglisse, des fruits noirs mûrs. La levure est d’une grande veine avec une amertume parfaite et une grande suavité. Elle est très complète. L’alcool est très bien dosé, et constitue un magnifique soutien aux multiples saveurs. La finale part sur des notes de noix de cajou, du chêne et du pain d’épices, et se prolonge par des bois exotiques dont le santal... Superbe. Conclusion : une bière vraiment complète dans tous ses aspects, de très belle facture, qui témoigne d’une très grande recette. Elle est très jolie d’abord, et propose des saveurs superbes.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Skippysmistake (1) - - MAY 29, 2014 does not count
This is in my Top 5 of all time..Tip buy a case and let it age for a year... Taste is amazing. You know it is ready to drink when syrup is coming out at the end. Requires patience though.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
grunx (367) - - JUL 20, 2011
Una de les grans Belgian Strong Ales que he provat. Llarga, melosa i amb l’alcohol molt ben integrat. Totalment recomenable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernest (6187) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2003
Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, fully lasting. Body is murky medium brown, dense particles of all sizes, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (nutty, toasted dark bread, caramel, milk chocolate), with notes of cask wood, toffee, light note of alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Quite nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2137) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Deep brown in color with an excellent sudsy, off-white head. Smells like a bag of dry roasted malt. Super malty with moderate sweetness. Really a malt-bomb, like chewing straight malt. Deceptive strength.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
erickok (3491) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - MAY 26, 2011
Dark red body. Big head with big bubbles. Caramel, peach, sweet bread, cane sugar and cloves. Very smooth body really nice. Slightly sticky as well. Full flavour with nice bitter mouthfeel and a very long aftertaste that’s slightly alcoholic. Unexpectedly good drink. (33cl bottle)

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vignale (2031) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2011
A bottle from Utobeer, Southborough market. En exellent belgian ale, brown redish colour, big head, lots of sweet fruits, hops and yeast to balance. Strong and still very drinkable. Good looking bottle too.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (2212) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 21, 2007
pours with a big tan foamy frothy head; slightly hazy burnished copperish brown, light nose picks up yeast, hops, a bit of citrus, very little indication of the 9.5 % alcohol. interesting change of flavors bitter sweet, yeasty, malty, a hint of tartness - nice beer. brought it back from Brussels with me

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maria (10136) - Thisted, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2007
Boerken has a very nice and lasting head and dark brown color. The aroma is alluring with a harmonic balance between malt and fruit. The mouth feel is smooth and oily. The flavour is sweet, smooth and lightly perfumed with notes of fruit, roasted malt, licorice and caramel. The alcohol is present in the finish, but not as much as in Boerinneken. A beer for enjoying, a relief for the soul...


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