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Brewed by Haacht
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Boortmeerbeek, Belgium

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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.


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivo (2545) - GERMANY - JAN 2, 2003
Dark brown color and a tan head. I got this on tap at Lop Lop in Brussels served in a stone mug with 4 handles – bonus points for appearance. Light nose, but pleasant. Big malt taste – caramelly and nutty. A little thinner than I wanted, though. Still quite good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YogiBeera (2448) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2006 Lop Lop, Brussels: Orange aroma. Amber with a big foamy head. Bitter apple flavor. Served in a wonderful four handle, stoned mug. 7/4/7/3/14 - 3,5 RERATE: Bottle from Eyedrinkale and Mkobes - including a nice glass - thanks a lot! Amber color, small layer of a head. Nice roasted malt taste, long lasting malt and vanilla dough taste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jerohen (1977) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2002
Red coloured, rapidly disappearing head. Malty and sirupy with some alcohol. Bitter and warming palate.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (4954) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2002
Ruby red color, short head. Malty aroma, bit sirupy like. Slightly alcoholic. Sweet roasted malty taste, slightly alcoholic, liquorice, sirupy. Bit bitter alcoholic palate. Belly-warming. I actually was expecting a triple, i don’t know for what reason...

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
SteC (135) - Oostende, BELGIUM - DEC 5, 2002
This is definitely a macrobrew, and you really feel it has the character of a macro.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernest (6160) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2002
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is medium orange-brown, light density of small particles. Aroma is moderately yeasty (cobwebs, earth), moderately malty (toasted dark bread, nutty, cookie, roasted grain, caramel), lightly hoppy (flowers), with notes of banana, clove, cask wood, licorice, vanilla, orange, smoke, toffee, alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter, moderately acidic. Medium to full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. The aroma is absolutely incredible (reminds me very much of a [very complex] weizenbock, but with old/cobwebby Belgian yeast), but the sweetness is too big and tends to stick around too long...fatiguing. Well-hidden alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rauchbier (3596) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2002
Bottled. Deep chestnut red, good creamy head with nice lace and condition. Aromas of raisin fruit, toffee, malt and estery barley wine. More fruit and malt in the mouth with a hint of licorice and a kick from the alcohol. Soft malty and dry finish. Almost a Trappiste Lite.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - JUN 19, 2002
Red-brownish, sweet, malty with a sal-amoniac liquorice flavour. There is a bitter harsh aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JUN 17, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2006 Re-rate, Bottled: Sweet, fruity, raisin and plum aroma. Ruby color, nice beige head, good lace. Very sweet, very fruity, raisin, plum, soft bitterness, several spices. Thick, syrupy and warming. Not complex but very flavorful. Bottled, June 2002, 3.9: Prune and light caramel aroma. Dark amber/redish, off-white frothy head, nice lace. Full and warm, some alcohol taste, prune, sweet. Hoppy bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 12, 2002
Royal ruby-red brown clear, with thin, fading tan head. Caramel malt, fruit and fruit yeast, spices and some faint alcohol aromas. Medium large body with instant mouth and face warming by the alcohol. Minimal yeast and big malty sweet (Kasteel like - maybe too sweet for some) start followed by a decent bitter hit. The end and finish are kinda strange, a faint short burst of sour ammonia fading to a soft bitter sweet aftertaste. The strange ending slightly spoils what would otherwise be a very good beer


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