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RATINGS: 294   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (5369) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 16, 2016
750mL bottle, very generous extra from JulienHuxley. Can’t quite make out the date, as it’s badly smudged, but it’s sometime in 2015, I believe. Drunk 6/9/16.
Massive, overflowing, light beige head that is very well-retained, tops a ruby-tinged mahogany/beige body with good clarity.
Brown sugar, brown bread, hazelnuts, vanilla, clove, black pepper, honey, the list goes on, as it should for a Belgian Strong ale, which showcases both specialty malt and yeast (as well as some spice here). It all works in a pretty harmonious balance, the more "dry" phenols and spices winning out, but never out-of-balance. Tons of fruitiness (red fruits) is highly enjoyable and bright and there’s no sign of booze or any astringency. The esters are clean and the aroma is just all-around well-executed.
Rich honey, brown bread and light cinnamon all combine with a strong sense of balance. Dries out considerably on the end with light fruitiness, some earthy, crunchy cereal-like notes and light hints of vanilla. Maybe just a bit more clove-like character than I’d like, overall, but that’s really the only complaint here. The carbonation and malty texture are both perfect as are the classy esters. Even the spice, which is moderately apparent, is a welcome complexity and blends in/matches with the phenols and malts. No alcohol either. Great balance.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (12571) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 4, 2016
Bottle shared @ Beerbecue by Joes. Hazy reddish to red-brown color, average sized off-white to beige head. Smell and taste malts, sweetish initially, quite herbal and spicy, sweet. Decent body and carbonation.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DutchDrebus (5503) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUN 4, 2016
Bottle @ beerbecue. Brown colour with a medium sized off-white head. Smells mustard, mexicano, meat, all kinds of weird stuff. Tastes herbs, coriander, sweet. Puke aftertaste. Medium body, soft carbo.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LouisP (108) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 16, 2016
Au visuel, la bière est d’une grande beauté : une belle couleur bronze nous rappelant une vieille pièce d’un sous, une mousse stable large d’un doigt qui reste de longue minute et une belle effervescence laissant entrevoir un liquide bien en vie. Au nez on distingue très clairement les levures belges, les esters donnant un arôme très sucrée au liquide. En bouche, ça se gâte, alors que c’est très raisin, sucré, avec une touche caramel. L’alcool présent réchauffe la gorge après déjà quelques gorgées. Malgré la complexité, le liquide reste assez mince, avec un petit manque de corps.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hidden_Pooch (508) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - APR 24, 2016
Pours an unfiltered mahogany with a massive tan head. Aroma is of plums, grapes, caramel, and toffee. Tastes of cherry, raisin, toffee, caramel, plums and sugar and spice. Has a medium body with average carbonation. Very smooth and fruity aftertaste that is really quite easy to drink despite the alcohol.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lore (1984) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 22, 2016
reddish brown colour, huge beige-ish head; aroma of driied fruits, chocolate notes, some banana, grape and, surprisingly, coke (or kola nut); taste of intensive dried fruitiness, banana and coke again as well as some chocolate, celery and herbs; great Belgian strong ale!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dnicolaescu (1685) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - JAN 27, 2016
100 ml sample. Thanks, bunget! Clear red-brown. Aroma has malt sweetness spicy roots or vegetables (carrots?). Taste: malt sweetness, vegetable spice, warming alcohol. Ok, but bizarre. (backlog 17-JAN-2016)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
artemb (521) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - JAN 21, 2016
Look: amber, hazy, no head. Aroma: caramel, anise, cherry liqueur. Taste: sweet with fruity sourness. Flavour: jam, spicy herbs, caramel, yeast, black pepper. Pleasant and drinkable, fruity and spicy balance.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Calisky (2400) - ALSACE, FRANCE - NOV 28, 2015
Couleur brune sombre, légère mousse. Nez épicé avec canelle et levures. Gout malté caramel cuit, très épicé canelle, anis étoilé, girofle avec note de levures et orange sechée. Corps assez épais. Fin sur l’épice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaghana (5328) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - NOV 21, 2015
Bottle 75cl, a clear amber beer with huge off white head. Nose is on yeast and spices. Aroma is on sweet caramel, lot of spice such as cinnamon and cloves, lot of yeast, less complex for the alcohol level, disappointing, too much spices in there. Clearly over rated.


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