Brewed by Haacht
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Boortmeerbeek, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 386   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10140) - 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.

   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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
haf (529) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (14350) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 3, 2004
Dark amber color. Nutty aroma, caramel. Some sweetness, loads of caramel; alcohol touch. Enjoyable, not impressive.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SilkTork (5180) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2004
Bottle Conditioned. From BeersofEurope. BBE Oct 04. Creamy mouthfeel which extends into the flavour. Malty. Some milk chocolate. Alcohol awareness, but fairly subdued for the strength. Carbonation is small and lively - a bit aggressive and unpleasant. Aroma is alcohol fumes, though not heavy. A very pleasant drink, though it doesn't do much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2003
Deep amber/Chestnut color, with a nice white head. The taste is sweet and spicy. Finishes with a slight but not unpleasant alcohol taste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2003
On tap. Toffee, candied malt aroma. Deep chestnut colour, with a hint of red. A medium sized toffee head, and some nice lace. Rich caramel flavour, good malt and brown sugar too. Fairly light bodied, being on tap, but soo good. Terrific!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2003
On tap @ Gollem (Amsterdam). Medium brown in color. Initial flavor is mildly sweet, but finishes with an astringent unpleasant bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorisPPattyn (7818) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 19, 2003
Dark foxy-red; dirty light-brown head, fast dissipating. Nose promesses rich dark malts, but not overwhelming. Bit nutty too. Sweet-bitter at the same time, not very pleasant impression. Nauseating sweet and overly roasted malts. Roasted feature gives a touch of acidity. Medium to full bodied. Hint of alcohol, warming. Aftertaste is long combination of sweet, roasted and alcohol. Never gonna be my favourite. Heavily pushed in Belgium the last year. Not sure why - I even prefer their unfiltered Pilsener.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (9999) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUL 7, 2003
My favorite glass broke before I could pour this beer, so this should have some effect on my rating. Still, the color is OK: deep brown and there is a decent off-white head. Peacharoma and some malt, but not much in there. Sweet flavor with apple, raisin and peach. The alcohol is there, but fairly well hidden. Some bitterness, but that is overpowered by the fruit and the sugar. Good beer, but a bit simple.

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