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Brewed by InBev Belgium
Style: English Strong Ale
Leuven, Belgium

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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.25/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, - JAN 7, 2006
VINTAGE 1988. Bouteille 33 cl, consommée à De Heeren van Liedekercke, Denderleeuw, Décembre 2005.
Couleur brune foncé tirant vers l’acajou, apparence presque opaque. Énorme formation de mousse beige, crémeuse et persistante. Arômes de métal, de raisins et de porto sous des tonnes de malt chocolaté. Construite sur le malt, saveurs prononcées de fudge, de cacao et d’épices. Une touche de madérisation et d’oxydation fonctionne bien avec le reste des saveurs. Carbonatation extrêmement douce, sensation douce en bouche, corps d’épaisseur moyenne. Tient bien la route et est de nature réconfortante !


3.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerViking (2321) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2013
1996 bottle, still lively, deep brown with a thin off-white head, the nose is a bit worrying - all musty wet barrels - but there’s still plenty of old wine, light treacle burnt sweetness and woody hop bitterness in the body.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (34434) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2008
Bottle. [Vintage 1997] Clear medium brown color with a large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy malty, roasted, caramel, milk chocolate, vintage, old malt - sweet, fruity, vanilla. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet with a average to long duration. (To aged for my tast buts! Way to malty and sweet .. ) Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. (141207)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 1, 2006
[bottle LCRBM] Lots of sherry in the nose, some port aromas, fruity. full body.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2005
No#14. (1980 something not sure what year) . Intresting little number here. Aged sweetish aroma with nuttyness kickin about. Taste is similar without the nuttyness, not as complex as expected, maybe a little too aged?

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (7820) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 7, 2005
Pretty aged sample Scotch yes - Belgian that too - English - no way! <P> Thin yellow-brown head, gone in secs on quite carbonated, dark-brown beer, hazy. Grapey, raisins-like nose, rich, dark malts (not bitter or burnt), sweet-portlike or Maideira aromas. Nutty (walnut), and port flavour. Given the fact that it HAS some blue cheesy notes (albeit faint), this is an after-dinner party in a (small) bottle. Caramel & cakes taste. Despite a rich nose, and a heavy onset, the end is pretty thin. The alcohol is very hidden. Nice one. The aging has bettered it, but for one thing: the original thin MF has been accentuated if anything. Yet, one to try if you find it.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Papsoe (25089) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2005
(Bottle 25 cl) Belgium has this strange tradition for Scotch Ale of which this is a typical example. Pitch black and dry to start with. Lots of dark, roasted malt with a very sweet finish. Probably added sugar pumps up the alcohol. 190999

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (9371) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 22, 2004

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jerohen (1980) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 13, 2003
Shared the bottle with caesar (BB 1998). Very nice aroma, berries, port, malty. Flavour is not as good, but still pretty complex.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
caesar (4967) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2003
I also had an old bottle: best before october 1998. Slightly hazy dark red brown color, medium brown head, lasting. Aroma is berry and port wine indeed. Port wine taste, bit acidic. Palate is very sharp alcoholic, winey. SO i guess, when aged this beer is worth trying ;-)


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