Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium


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RATINGS: 586   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
Aging in oak barrels for 6 months gives this beer an uncommon smoothness and richness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thebeertourist (5187) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 26, 2005
Hazy orangey-amber with a huge off-white head. A lot of vanilla aroma with some nuttiness underneath. Vanilla and port flavours, warming alcohol, good bitterness, ending dry. Full-bodied. Expensive and exclusive- to be drunk with respect.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 25, 2005
(super thanks to robertsreality for hooking this up.bottle shared with friends on christmas eve)i poped the cork on the bottle and dumped a bit into my new old rasputin tulip glass.the appearance was golden brown and had a nice thick white head that left huge webbing when it sat.the aroma was a wonderful mix of oak,vanilla,whiskey,and champagne.i took the first sip and recieved a rush oak.the oak was followe by vanilla,whiskey,belgian yeast,apple juice,and tiny bit of hops.the alcohol was well hidden,the mouthfeel was nice and full and the palate was exceptional.this is definatly a celebration beer so i picked the perfect night to open it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
diabel (1680) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2005
Bottle at Kerstbierfestival 2005, Essen, Belgium
Murky body. Off-white fizzy head. Very subtle aroma of oranges, sweat, ... Moderately bitter initial flavour, lightly bitter (long-lasting) finish. Overfully bodied. Fizzy carbonation. Heavily alcoholic. There is a good balance within the flavour, but there’s just too much alcohol. If you could forget about the alcohol, it is a very refined beer.
Earlier Rating: 10/16/2005 Total Score: 3.9
Bottle at RBG Low Countries 2005 Creamy, off-white head. Good lace. Amber-orange body. Nose of caramel, flowers, apple, liquor, ... Moderately sweet, lightly bitter initial flavour. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter (averagily long) finish. It hides it"s 13% ABV, I’d guess it was about 9% ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jazz88 (2669) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 25, 2005
Bottle. I enjoyed this on Christmas Eve 2005 with my family. I have never spent this much for a beer before ($39), but I figured this was the right occassion. Before this fine bottle I had a bit of Talasker Distillers Edition 1992 single malt scotch, and my palate was appropriately guaged for this beer. It had a leather, wood, oily, light fruit, lemon, orange and earthy peat and oak wood aroma and flavor. Surprisingly smooth and velvety.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerbastard (841) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 24, 2005
I have to be careful about rating some of these strong belgian beers, I get to excited about their rich aromas and taste, that I rate them too high, with no where to go higher. This was one sxceptional ale. Almost in a class by itself. Alcohol was dominant thru out the nose and taste, but well balanced with rum aromas and woody bourbon tastes. Again its difficult for me to describe the complex flavors. However these tastes held true down to the last drop. I will not ever forget this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hunsell (403) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2005
Thanks to Tim (Diabel) for ordering this at the Kerstbierfestival in Essen, Belgium! Cloudy brown-orange coloured beer with a white soapy head. Cognac-like nose, pretty sweet and notes of wood. Very alcoholic taste, not only at the end, but from the start. otes of wood, vanilla, almond. Very, very fizzy, ruins the whole palate. I’m sure this is a nice after-dinner-drink, but it is not totally my thing. Actually, I was quite disappointed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Thanks to Dan & Joelle (Dewbrewer) for sharing this one. It pours a slightly hazy orange with a thin head and some lacing. The nose is of vanilla, wood and malt. The flavor is the same with a lot of wood and vanilla with some malt but no hops to speak of. . It could be more balance in this one but it is still a great beer. It almost wine like. Get some if you can.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (6029) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Bottle at Aaron and Kathy’s Holiday/YeHa Party on 12-3-05. Courtesy of me. Murky gold color with a small white head. Nose is bourbon with lots of alcohol. Vanilla, wood, butterscotch and rum-soaked fruits help round out the aroma. Taste is big alcohol notes, dark fruits, melon, candy sugar, sweet malts, honey butter, caramel, light flowery notes, and light brown sugar. Leaning towards being thin bodied but has a nice alcohol warmth and mild carbonation. Finishes with more alcohol, light brown sugar, oak, vanilla, sweet malts, bourbon notes and dark fruitiness. A bit unbalanced at times, but still tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Super hazy caramel color, thin white fizzy head. Hey...who poured a shot of Woodford Reserve into my glass?! Nose was straight up bourbon and buttered wood, vanilla, and soft fruity tones. You better like the taste of bourbon too. Maybe toss in some dark fruit tones, some fuzzy fruit, hints of brown sugar, and a light hop bitterness for good measure. Did I mention bourbon? Luckily, none of the above offends me, but totally not what I expected from the high ratings here. Medium bodied, yet a tad thin, moderate carbonation, boozy finish. Thanks to the_beer_god for sharing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2005
Sampled at Argo and Kathy’s ’05 Holiday Gathering courtesy of The_Beer_God. Pours copper with suspended particles and a white head. Heavenly aroma of oak, dark and light fruits and an alcohol zing. Flavor has notes of cherry, oak, toffee/caramel and bourbon. Pleasantly sweet with ample bittering hops on the back end. Very warming alcohol presence which doesn’t detract. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A great sippin’ beer.

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