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Brewed by Haacht
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Boortmeerbeek, Belgium

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RATINGS: 392   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Top fermented ruby red beer with a mild and fruity flavour and a sweet hoppy aftertaste. Contains malted barley.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonMoore (1851) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2005
Lovely amber colour, with ahuge off-white head. Aroma of sweet malt and caramel. Taste is very nicely roasted malty and sweet with brown sugar, caramel, plums and perhaps some other fruits. Nice smooth mouthfeel, nice and drinkable. Good ale.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2005
Pours a brown color with red highlights and a thin head. Aroma of malt and something burned, maybe burnt caramel. Flavor of malt and maybe burnt caramel. Light body, creamy texture, soft carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sayravai (4669) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 11, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2006 (Bottled, "Keizer Karel Robijn Rood", 8.5% ABV) Clear, deep dark ruby red color with a small but lasting, tanned head. Sweetish, toffee-caramely aroma of raisins, dark fruit and berries. Caramely, very slightly roasted, malty flavor with syrup, dark fruit, and some hops in the finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Medium to full-bodied, sweetish-syrupy palate with not much carbonation. A quite pleasant and drinkable, although quite sweet and syrupy brew. (Bottled, white label, was 7-4-7-4-15=3.7) Reddish nutty brown color with a medium, tight head. Slightly caramely-sweet, but also hoppy and oaky, dark toffee aroma. Quite sweet and malty, fruity flavor with a bitter finish. Hides the ABV well. Medium to full-bodied, slightly carbonated palate. A very "basic", semi-sweet, quite pleasant and drinkable Belgian strong ale. As easy to forget as it is to drink, though.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2004
Bottle at Plan B. Amber color and mild sweet caramel malty aroma and extrem sweet caramel taste, the alcohol is hidden nicely away in a full body. not bad but just to sweet for my taste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2004
Dark brown, small head that dissapears. Aroma is mainly malty, biscuit and caramel-type malt scents. Flavour is also predominantly malty, but in a way that suprised me for a Belgian ale, much more straight up with the caramel: lacks the entanglement of yeast found in good Belgians. Transition into a bitter finish. Medium body, smooth palate. Overall, good, but not that memorable. Bottle.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUN 23, 2004
Fine warmbrown colored beer with a nice malty aroma.The taste is malty and slightly sweet with a fine nuance off roasted malt.The afthertaste is light sweet with a fine bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10142) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUN 5, 2004
Bottled: Amber coloured. Clear. Big light brown head. Has a very fruity aroma. Notes of berries, sweetness, malts and a touch of alcahol. Flavour has light cocoa notes. Malts, alcahol, plums and other fruits are present. Is sweet and fruity in the end, but dies quickly on the palate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2004
Vintage bottle.
Pours a small tan head on a brown/red body. Sweet malty aroma with tones of prunes and lots of alcohol. Flavor is sweet and heavy - malty, fruity, hoppy and spicy, a typical Belgian ale. Strong alcohol note. A nice and interesting beer but the alcohol is too evident for it to be great!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
haf (528) - Gijon, SPAIN - MAY 22, 2004
muy buena cerveza de alta graduacion (9%) aunque no muy fuerte de sabor con cierto aroma afrutado y bastante espuma, pero bueno no muy carbonatada, lo cual es de agradecer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 3, 2004
Dark amber color. Nutty aroma, caramel. Some sweetness, loads of caramel; alcohol touch. Enjoyable, not impressive.


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