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Brewed by Haacht
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Boortmeerbeek, Belgium

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RATINGS: 241   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.


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 (12171) - 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 (6155) - 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 (353) - 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 (3794) - 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 (479) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
altonbrownd (3752) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2009
Bottle from Cracked Kettle. Golden pour. Sweet, grassy nose. Hoppy and nice and sweet taste. Enjoyable.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (11197) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2009
Bottled, 330ml from Marche de Natalie, Bouillon, Belgium. Gold with white head. For such a high alcohol beer, this doesn’t show it at all, light thinnish malty beer, quite sweet, cane sugar with hints of citrus. Moves towards a more honeyed body on warming, but still no signs of a big bber. Easy drinking, but not too exciting.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
martinboer (119) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2009
Bottle from Cracked Kettle. Golden pour. Sweet, grassy nose. Hoppy and nice and sweet taste. Enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2008
Bottle, pours clear gold with a 2 finger white head, shows excellent lacing. Aroma is of light malt, sweet candied sugar, grass, and light alcohol. The flavors start mild with a faintly sour/malt mix that is followed with light hop bitterness and extremely faint alcohol. The 8 and a half is very well hidden, this could pass as a light blond. The mouth is light and slightly creamy and I think adds to the drinkability. Not too bad.


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