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RATINGS: 401   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Brewed with Amarillo, Simcoe and Saaz hops.
20 Plato

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (10438) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2008
A golden ale with a super onctuous thick white head. Aroma of floral hops, yeasts, light orange peels, sweet caramel, a bit vinous. In mouth, a smooth belgian ale with semi sweet candy sugar, long sustained hops, nice touches of coriander, oily mouthfeel, orange peels. Rich and oily in mouth, covering the mouth. A good alcohol smoothness in finale. Bottle bought at Jovi, Gatineau, 12.99$.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
IrishBoy (3882) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 8, 2008
Bottle shared by wetherel at the RBSG; Thanks, it’s great stuff! Nose of yeast, figs and raisins,spice and sweetness; hazy dark gold with a medium white head; Flavor has cloves, nutmeg, caramel and fruitiness; finish shows a tiny bit of bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illidurit (2172) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 8, 2008
Thanks to wetherel for sharing this rarity at the RBSG 08 Grand Tasting. Poured into my La Chouffe goblet. Clear gold with a white head that leaves incredible lacing. Aroma is spicy dough with raisins and citrus. Flavor is, again, spicy dough with notes of citrus, grass, apricot, and banana. Pretty weird but very tasty. A little alcohol on the palate, but otherwise smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2008
~RBSG ’08~

Bottle at the Grand Tasting. Pours a cloudy bronze color, with a big thick white head, and very creamy lacing. Aromas of raisin, odd bourbon notes, vanilla, and just an assortment of spices. Flavor has sweet raisins, dry nuts, caramel, banana, slight bourbon, and some subtle hops in the finish. Very smooth, creamy, and a delightful mouthfeel. Really enjoyed this interesting treat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2008
750ml bottle. Thanks to miketd for sharing. Aroma: Bready and yeasty, lots of peppery and spicy phenols, apples and green raisins, candi sugar. Light apricot and citrus hop notes. Light alcohol as it warms. Appearance: Medium gold in color and clear. White head was full and creamy with good retention. Nice lacing. Flavor: Yeasty and bready with a slight vegetal note. Spicey and peppery, citrus and apples, floral and grassy hop notes. Candi sugar and alcohol. Nice bitterness leads into a very dry finish. Palate: Medium mouthfeel. Medium-high carbonation. Light alcohol warmth in back of mouth. Overall: This was pleasant, but hardly one of the best Belgian Strong Ales I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Bottle from miketd’s tasting

Thanks once again to mike for opening a beer that I didn’t expect to see without working the trade circuit heavily. This was an well made Belgian. I don’t however see it as worthy of Top 100 inclusion. Perhaps that is due to the difficulty in acquiring it. Put alongside a few other more nationally available things it would not be my first choice.

Aroma / Appearance - A huge white foamy head danced to the top of my glass before succumbing to the transparent bronze body beneath. The strong maltiness was accompanied by honey, wheat and a few varieties of hops. In some ways it reminded me of a strong pilsener.

Flavor / Palate - The maltiness takes center stage. Afterward comes spruce, pine and cigarette ash. Just before the dry bitter finish are honey, lemon and dried lawn clippings. Overall this was nice but hardly exceptional enough to merit the cost of tracking down another bottle for the cellar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6251) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2008
750, capped. Thanks, Dany! Hazy, rubied, burnished medium gold. Thick, creamy egg-white head. Gamey, nutty, sweet/grassy nose. Creamy medium body. Active carb. Bone-dry finish and throughout, but has sweet grass and lemon notes dancing around here and there as well...amazing balancing act between mouthfeel and flavors. Rich and complex and perfectly harmonious. And as for the abv...this beer can’t possibly have that much alcohol in it. It’s too light to hide it. Just spectacular work here.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 20, 2008
Bouteille 750ml (2007). De couleur dorée et voilée. Nez de levures fruitées (agrumes, moyen de bananes, notes de poires et de pêche), malté de pain, de houblon floral et herbeux (herbes fraîches), léger de sucre bonbon et d’épices (poivre, léger de coriandre et de clou de girofle, notes de cannelle). Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement élevé et croustillant ainsi qu’une texture moyennement crémeuse. Goût de levures fruitées (agrumes et zest, moyen de bananes, léger de poires et de pommes, notes de pêche) acccompagné d’un moyen goût épicé (moyen de clou de girofle, léger de coriandre et notes de cannelle) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût malté de pain et léger de sucre bonbon parallèlement à une moyenne amertume assez asséchante de houblon floral, herbeux (herbes fraîches, traces de thé et de menthe) et aux petites notes citriques et terreuses jusqu’en finale, où l’on retrouve également un goût de levures épicées (poivre doux) ainsi qu’un léger goût d’alcool réchauffant. Post-goût moyen-long et assez sec, moyennement amer de houblon herbeux et floral, de levures fruitées (zest de citron, pelures de pommes et de bananes) avec des notes d’alcool.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2008
750ml, vintage 2007 from glouglouburp. Pretty damn good! Pours hazy dark yellow with a billowing, fluffy, white head, great retention, total sheet lace. Smells yeasty and bready with some spice notes and slight sweet fruit scents. Tastes similar to the way it smells. Bready and yeasty sweet, again some spiciness and a good bit of peach type stone fruit flavor. Medium body with crisp, vibrant carbonation,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beerman6686 (4671) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2008
WOW! Aroma was or some spices, pepper, and some candy sugar. Flavor was very mellow, but in a good way. It combined the spicey flavor of a saison with a nice banana flavor of a tripel. If I were to order a Belgian, this is what I would want.

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