Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium


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RATINGS: 555   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 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 (5075) - 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 it’s somewhat dry. It has English beer characteristics and I’d like some more malt to balance but it’s still an incredible beer. Score a bottle if you can.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2006 RBSG ’05 - interesting aroma, wood, yeast, brown sugar and latex coming from a cloudy golden brown pour. flavors matched the aromas and were very well put together. the aftertaste was tangy and had a lot of carbonation feel on the tounge. no hint of the abv. maybe i was expecting more, but i wasnt overwhelmed by this. RERATE: a bottle shared as a christmas gift by Firemoose15, sampled under a much better set of conditions, and in much greater quantity (half a bottle). my original profile is still the same, just much more pronounced flavors and aromas.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fly (1429) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - JUL 25, 2005
Has "woody" been used yet? While I did thoroughly enjoyed this, it did not quite reach the expected heights anticipated by the name nor did it match the beauty of the bottle. Okay, perhaps it was more spectacular than the bottle, but I hate having my sights set so high even when I know the potential for having it all shattered. Back to the beer - the woodiness mentioned definitely mingled pleasantly with all else - caramel and nuts and perhaps figs with an oxidation present that was not detrimental.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2005
Orange colour, low dissapearing head. Complex aroma of oranges, cognac, cherries, pineneedles, alcohol and wood. Flavour of oranges, wood, marmelade, wood and aalcohol. Thick mouthfeel. Long sweet aftertaste of honey and wood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1735) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2005
Pours orange/amber, with a fairly large head. Aromas are fruit, grapes, malt, sugar, and some yeast. Flavors are fruit, sugar, malt, yeast, and alcohol. Alcohol isn’t hidden in the medium to heavy body. A little bitter at the end. Thanks to footbalm for this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 22, 2005
Bottle sampled @ RBSG 05’ (Montréal) Grand Tasting
Particulate yeast suspended amber. Nose of alcohol, mild caramel and ripe grapes. Not very complex, just bloody strong. Finishes smooth but strong, almost like a shot. I’m not one to shy away from strong beers but this seems a bit too unbalanced to me to hold up the flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 16, 2005
RBSG2005. Couleur tirant vers l’ambrée parsemée d’une mousse blanche concassée. La mousse est plutôt diminuante mais se renouvelle facilement à la moindre agitation du verre. Arômes de bois, de cire à crayon, d’épices et d’alcool. L’alcool se manifeste davantage en bouche, les flaveurs rappellent celles de raisins noirs ou bleu foncés combiné à celle d’un jeune bois vert. Corps d’épaisseur pleine, carbonatation assez active rempli la bouche de fines bulles. L’alcool nous réchauffe sur son passage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
asheft (2700) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2005
[large bottle at RBSG] Hazy copper with wispy, marbly top and a thin ring. Butter and curry aroma that fortells of some bitterness. Orange notes and spicy melanoidin malt mixed with corriander. Spicy pumpernickel taste with plenty of residual sweetness and some buttery-ness and a pleasant alcohol flavour. Syrupy thick and warming with moderate carbonation.

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