Brewed by Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Ingelmunster, Belgium


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RATINGS: 535   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MarcoE (12) - - APR 8, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2014 Twee jaar oud, van de tap in café De Mug. Koperkleurig, donkerder dan jonge Brigand. Medium schuimkop, minder dan de jonge soortgenoot. Zacht houterige geur, wat caramel, laurier(drop?). Smaak begint goed en sluit aan bij de geur. Redelijk wat ijzer. Beetje bloesemig. Natuurlijk een port-achtig en verder mooi ronde, zachte, lichtdroge afdronk. Mooi bier, maar niet spectaculair.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tom10101 (2781) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle (330 ml). Slightly hazy bright golden with a frothy white head and little lacing. Aroma of honeyed malt, but also pils, light spices and candi sugar. Taste is fruity with a light sweetness, malt, light spices, floral notes and alcohol notes. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Light alcohol finish. Subpar Belgian Ale. Alcohol isn’t well integrated. Lack of complexity and balance. Not awful, but far from the average.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TtV (71) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - SEP 2, 2014
Bottle 33cl. Yellow nearly orange colour with huge white top that fades quickly. Aroma has some yeast, but is not too complex. Taste has fruits and a sharp bitterness in the aftertaste that I rather like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SlovakSniper (3169) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 2, 2014
33 cl. À consommer de préférence avant fin: 01/2017. Blonde belge au col tenace qui présente des arômes et des saveurs de malts pils accompagnés par un houblon au bouquet fleuri et aux accents de fruits acidulés. En bouche, un corps qui fait le style. Un arrière-goût légèrement épicé avec une petite chaleur d’alcool. Pas mauvaise du tout. Le style de bière que j’aurais davantage appréciée en 1990.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rodenbach99 (3158) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 30, 2014
Bouteille de 33cl 01-2007. Bière dorée parfaitement translucide avec une mousse blanche. Un nez de sucre candi avec des malt pils. Une bouche amère d’alcool avec une finale sucrée sur la malt pils. Correct.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alengrin (1740) - BELGIUM - AUG 8, 2014
Classic Van Honsebrouck ale, in existence since many years, used to be sweeter and, if I am not mistaken, somewhat darker, but this rating concerns the current version. Very thick, rocky but eventually collapsing and opening, snow-white, crackling foam over a deep golden blonde (’old gold’) beer with quiet sparkling. Yeasty aroma with impressions of green apple, lemon zest, soap, freshly cut grass, banana peel, hay, gin, unripe pear, also some plastic-like solvents and vegetable-like DMS. Adding the yeast deposit leads to more sweet fruitiness and bread-like aromas, as well as an equally misty robe. Taste begins with unripe fruits and citrus peel, strong, mineral-like carbonation, dry, yeasty, slender maltiness, bit thin mouthfeel for a beer this strong, spicy notes, finishing with grassy hoppiness, long, but unfortunately also a bit phenolic and, more than anything, a strong presence of rather astringent, wodka-like alcohol. I’m guessing they tried to evolve in a Duvel-like direction like so many others have attempted and if my memory doesn’t fail me, the older batches (twenty years ago) were softer, sweeter and more interesting, with less astringent alcohol.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
mikske79 (1242) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 6, 2014
Niet mijn ding. Alhoewel een klassieker, vind ik het toch één van de mindere belgische bieren

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JefVerstraete (1296) - BELGIUM - JUL 16, 2014
Bottle, 33cl. Golden colour, white foam. Medium carbonation. Sweet with fruity notes and bitter finish. Not very well balanced. Ok beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Holmen2 (906) - NORWAY - JUL 14, 2014
Dark golden. Foamy white head. Aroma of maize, sugar, some bitterness and boiled vegetables. Unfresh taste, with sugar and some bitterness. Equally unfresh aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Icedwarf (325) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - JUN 29, 2014
Helder levendrig bier met schuim. Smaak is hoppig bitter en kruidig, citrus, koriander. Blijft redelijk lang hangen.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yy0pp (510) - - JUN 26, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2014 Bottle 33cl. Tesco. Clear golden yellow with a small head. Fruity and slightly spicy aroma.

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