Brewed by Haacht
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Boortmeerbeek, Belgium


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RATINGS: 442   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Top fermented ruby red beer with a mild and fruity flavour and a sweet hoppy aftertaste. Contains malted barley.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 15, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2005 Original Rating (6-3-4-3-10=2.6): Dark pit fruit in the vinous, malty aroma. Clear brown body is topped by generous, off white head that recedes to cover. Cabbagey flavour is very sweet with a light bitterness and alcohol very apparent. Medium body with syrupy texture and somewhat low carbonation. Bottle sampled at Den Tatoverede Enke in Copenhagen.
Rerate (6-2-6-3-12=2.9): Caramel, butterscotch, star anise, leafy, herbal hops, strong alcohol, some tannins and light fruitiness are all apparent in the flavour. Clear brown-copper body with large bubbled, low, off white head that recedes to partial cover. Fruity, tannin-full flavour is sugary and has some cocoalike overtones and a light, roasty note to the finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation that is lightly effervescent on the tongue and cheeks. Bottle (BB 14/07/05, Bièropholie, Apr-05) sampled with MartinT, Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8810) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2005
Brown body with a frothy beige head. (3+) Aroma of brown sugar and toffee, hint of booze. Sweet flavour, with dry slightly tart fruit notes. Medium palate. (3+) Pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Geiserich (3773) - Linz, AUSTRIA - DEC 5, 2005
Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of plums. Reddish color, creamy head. Full bodied, sugary taste, rum plums. Dry, light bitter finsih. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (6667) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2005
Bottle shared with tupalev at Smokeless Joe. Pours a clear bubbly dark ruby with a spare light-brown head. Very mild aroma of sweet malt, yeast and sour fruit. Sweet flavour of caramel malt, fruit and brown sugar. I was surprised to see this was 9% as you can’t taste it at all. Medium bodied. Nothing special but a good Belgian Strong nonetheless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2005
Nice beige 1cm cover, rapidly diminishing. Hazy copper colored. Faint DMS gives the impression of an extreme level of adjuncts. Toffeeish, very sweet nose with bold vanilla-laced liquorice presence. In mouth, the sweetness keeps on, reminding of barley sugar intertwined with straightforward Belgian alcohol that remains well contained. Estery banana/dark fruit yeastiness. Vegetal nature, corny, candyish. Medium airy body, big bubbled and fully sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (8661) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2005
The Lure:
Cherries and star anise develop within the dry, doughy yeastiness. Mineral notes emanate from the earth, and soil the weak caramel.

The Festivities:
Palate is rotund, but feels mostly of added sugars. Licorice and berry jam work well with the doughy yeast, but dry up quickly enough.

Average impressions don’t last long.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GregClow (3013) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2005
Bottle shared with jerc at Smokeless Joe. Hazy amber-brown with a medium tan head. Mild but well blended aroma of brown sugar, cherry and warm alcohol. Sweet, sugary flavour, quite warm, leading to a dry finish. Pretty nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2005
Bottled. A dark brown coloured beer with a nice coffee coloured head, albeit disappearing too quickly. The aroma is sweet and malty with some strong licquorice notes. The taste is full-bodied with candy sugar, Christmas fruits and some sweet peanut brittle. Really nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2005
Bottle shared with Blankboy at Smokeless Joe’s. Dark orange, very bubbly white head and body. Slight yeasty aroma - weak. Sweet tasty, lots more yeast. No sign of alcohol. Dry short finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonsiii (165) - Fredericia, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2005
Bottle 33 cl @ 12C. Reddish colour, small head with nice laces. Portwine aroma + some liquorice.. OMG 9% abv! Nicely covered. Dry taste, sticky mouthfeel.

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