Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium


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RATINGS: 552   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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Aging in oak barrels for 6 months gives this beer an uncommon smoothness and richness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Thanks to slob for sharing. You get a taste of whiskey with this one throughout. Oak as well. The finish is sweeter than I expected. Iíd like to try an entire bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9569) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2005
Sample courtesy of Slob (thanks Bert!). Poured a darker and clody amber color with a smaller sized head. Aromas and tastes of whiskey, wood (cedar), grapes, light alcohol and light vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Sampled at the Ohio Labor Day gathering, provided by Styles. Iíd been waiting to try this one for some time. Cloudy orange-amber pour, thin, light cream-colored clumping head. Hot alcohol and vanilla aroma, fruity, with hints of peach and apple, in addition to coconut. Big oak and vanilla notes opened up the flavor profile, with white grapes and a touch of peach attempting to make some sort of impact on the palate. The strong vanilla and oaky dryness dominated the palate overall. Heavily dominated by oak and alcohol, to my dismay, overwhelming the characteristic BSA flavors I expected to find. That said, I was generous with my numbers, and Iíll stick with them.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 17, 2005
Courtesy of MRomero at Noogfest
OK, so this beer lacks the balance or sophistication of many of the trappists. So what does it have instead? Flava Flava Falva. The oak aging combined with this yeast and malt combo is just golden and glorious. This is such a full, sweet and potent concoction. There are as many comparables of a fine scotch as any beer Iíve had to date. A treat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Southern Comfort ala mode. Creamy frothy version that is with a full body and a long warm finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (5395) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of Matta via a combined trade with Styles. Aromas of apple, cocunut, cream, yeast, vanilla, and light bourbon. Pours a hazy amber with a creamy off-white head. Decent lacing. Flavor is sweet up front with a combination of Apple, cocunut, vanilla, and light yeast. Finish is warming with a nice bourbon presence, but itís not overdone. Mouthfeel is a touch fizzy but manages to come across creamy as well. Someone mentioned that it had a Southern Comfort quality to it, and I can see that as well. Very nice beer, but probably the one and only time Iíll ever drink this as the cost is very high.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6368) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Thanks Styles and Pailhead for the bottle, tasted at the Labor Day gathering:

Cloudy orange and amber hue with a small head and good lace. The aroma had notes of rye whisky and oak with some coconut, butterscotch, floral and grassy hops. Nicely complex esters indeed! The taste was a let down all things considered. A sharp oaky bite with some acidic fruits and a lot of earthy undertones. It finished vinous with vanilla and rye tones. The feel is fizzy and yet lush, very warming and phenolic. This is quite nice but not a top beer for me. Still I would say that you should try it if given the chance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2005
Smelled like a good scotch or bourbon. Poured orangish yellow. Taste was so smooth, like drinking bourbon without the burn. Oakey, some caramel, sweeet and a little alcohol flavor. For having a strong flavor it was still pretty delicate. Felt privlaged to be able to taste it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2005
RBSG 05. Pours a slightly hazy light amber color with a small head and high carbonation. An earthy and somewhat herbal aroma with some oak and spice in there as well. Nice light malt profile with lots of spice, phenols, more wood, and a hint of citrus in the end. The high carbonation helps the mouthfeel in this one. Modearelty sweet finish and some hot alcohol in the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2005
75 cL bottle from Jeremy!! THANKS!!!!!! It is an orange/amber color with not much of a head and not much lacing. Aroma you ask? WOOD! Lots of woody characters. The flavor? WOOD. Plus some alcohol, vanilla, malt. Not much hop character and itís somewhat dry. It has English beer characteristics and Iíd like some more malt to balance but itís still an incredible beer. Score a bottle if you can.

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