Brewed by Brand Bierbrouwerij (Heineken)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Wijlre, Netherlands


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RATINGS: 140   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Russo (2012) - Hemhofen, GERMANY - JAN 29, 2012
Bottled in Utrecht. Clear amber with a tan head that gone quickly, Aroma is sweet caramel, malt and hints of alcohol. Flavor is pretty much the same with some spice notes. Mouth feel is a balanced sweetness and bitterness. Good one....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jess_scott15 (45) - - JAN 24, 2012
Reddish brown pour with a small head. It is sweet and yeasty. Nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ads135 (4254) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Not a strong showing for Brand, but in keeping with expectations. For the price, a decent beer. Reddish brown appearance, average head, with the flavor of bread and a bit of fruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElDesmadre (3222) - Mikołów, POLAND - JAN 9, 2012
Bottle, thanks to Bierkoning. Red-brown with a small head that is quickly gone. Aroma is mainly caramelly, bready malty and hoppy, the spiciness and fruitiness (apples and redcurrant) seem to be relegated into the background. Light to light-moderate body, quite sweet, caramelly, malty taste with some little fruit and spices, finished by a moderate hop bitterness. The alcohol is well hidden, besides its warming effect. Easy drink and quaffable on one hand, not too complex on the other, without any sharp edges. Sort of like a Belgian strong ale for the masses.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MADpalace (219) - Budel, NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2011
Rose red collor, semi-transparant. Not a particular smell with light sweetness. Strong bitter sweetness with mild acid after-taste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Tmrobotix (44) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2011
First off: Expected more, really enjoyed Brand’s duppelbock. Aroma: Very yeasty! Appearance: Beer looks amber, slightly sparkling, beautiful head, cool! Taste: The yeast takes over but there’s no bitterness very profound nor sweetness. No sourness. Just watery yeast. Palate: Decent, nothing special. Overall: Very dissapointing, it doesnt has the dryness of other Belgian Strong ales, nor does it has any intense aromas. There’s nothing that makes this beer special except for the waterness that normal pilsners have. ALl in all, a watered down version of a Belgian Strong ale. The duppelbock of brand is really good, shame this one is.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
erickok (5469) - Leuven, BELGIUM - DEC 11, 2011
Mahony red with small off white head. Clearly clean and filtered, which also shines through in the clean, sugary and boring aroma. Little bready and soaked raisins. Yeasty and sugary taste, but not much else. Almost as if a minimal of ingredients was used. Sugar water and still too alcoholic. Cheap but really not good enough.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
GSAP (699) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 11, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2015 Fijn kruidig aroma met vanille. Kraag verliest snel zijn vorm; wellicht te koud ingeschonken. Smaak is tevens kruidig en peperig met zoete tonen, met een fijne bitter in de nasmaak. #2 oei, iets minder rooskleurig na vele andere, smaak met name wat ’chemisch’ zoet. -2

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thanatosti (1505) - Culemborg, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2012 30 cl. bottle. Winter 2011-2012. Pours a dark amber with a thin off-white head. Roasted malts dominate along with some caramel. Was expecting some more body judging the rich colour and alcohol percentage. Decent enough winterbrew

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaartenRF10 (1871) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2011
Helder rood/amberkleurig bier met goeie witte kraag. Vrij stevig van smaak, je proeft de alcohol. Verder fruit (appel, kers), kruiden. Smakelijk, maar er zijn lekkerder winterbieren.

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