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Brewed by Haacht
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Boortmeerbeek, Belgium

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RATINGS: 225   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bière blonde dorée de haute fermentation d’un arôme épicé et une agréable amertume en fin de bouche.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
sinte (362) - Udine, ITALY - JUL 6, 2009
Bottle 0.33L. Clear golden body with a large, creamy, white head, mostly lasting with a good lacing. Lots of tinuy particles coming from the bottom of the glass. Intense malty aroma (bread); light yeasty and hoppy notes. Moderate spicy, fruity (orange) and alcoholic notes are present too. Heavy sweet taste at the beginning; then also a bitter note appears for a long-lasting finish. Medium body with an oily texture; soft carbonation; some alcoholic feeling in the finish. Satisfactory.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6895) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUN 26, 2009
bottle, pours golden, white head. Aroma is yeasty with notes of citrus and orange peel. Taste, malty with a honey like palate, yeasty with a light bitter hoppy finish. Notes of fruits, orange/banana followed by spices and a lively abv.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MagnumPI (56) - Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2009
BEARLIKE DRUNK OOZED GEL ! Good little beer this. Actually drunk a couple of months after the best before date but still tasted remarkably fresh. Great strong fruity aroma on opening, and a very clear pale golden pour with barely any head. What looked slightly insipid however was very pleasant on the tastebuds with the 8.5% clearly evident. Fruity and sweet with undertones of vanilla icecream this went down far too well. Just wish i’d had another waiting in the fridge

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bontus (642) - Flanders, BELGIUM - MAY 20, 2009
Bottle. Pours golden with a white head. Very crisp appearance. Very spicy aroma. Grassy hoppy over malty aroma’s. Smooth mais palate. Decent beer.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 17, 2009
In short: A bready perfumy Belgian blonde ale with no real character.
How: Bottle 330ml. Age unknown (about 1 year old?)
The look: A medium white head over a clear dark blonde body with A LOT of medium-size particles.
In long: The nose is very foral/perfumy with a little band-aid. Smelled like a get-well bouquet of flowers in a hospital. Taste is not-totally-cooked white bread (a bit doughy) dipped in honey and rolled in perfumy flowers. The 8.5% is rather well hidden. No bitterness and/or dryness yet the beer didn’t feel too sweet. I can’t fault it for anything but it felt so, you know, blah uninspired. Named after a dude from the 16th century who didn’t invent penicillin.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bhensonb (11493) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 28, 2009
Bottle at Académie De La Bière. Dark golden color with a slight white head. Strong yeast spice aroma. Full bodied with mild carbonation. Rather dry though malt is at the finish. Flavor is light spice and fruit over light malt, but there’s lots of it.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 22, 2009
Clear, but sedimented light golden. The small white head performs a jolly trick of white lacing after each sip. Slightly sour, bready yeastiness encompasses a biscuity pale maltiness that immediately reminds of honey. Fair alcohol presence, while not quite annoying, would require a bit more backbone in the mouthfeel department to be a part of an integrated whole. Rather easy-going, but not particularly deep. A soft estery fruitiness feels a bit perfumey, but fortunately not too sweet. Timid yeast character and absent hops. Metallic, relatively short finish with a final zip of alcohol. Fairly average compared to its siblings.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
emotv (351) - Izmir, TURKEY - APR 8, 2009
dark gold colour near to Amber light. Nice head. Aromatic honey, caramel and malty scents. Soft and dry at back. Very nice Belgium ale..

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike_77 (3378) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - FEB 20, 2009
Bright golden colour, thin lacy head. Light fruity aroma. Flavour is quite dry at first. Finish is much more fruity and juicy.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eManu (460) - Kuala Lumpur & Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 17, 2009
Pours a clear golden color with a nice white head. The aroma are of sweet malts. The flavors are a good balance of honey vanila and malts. A very nice and pleasant beer that I will want more.


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