Brewed by De Dolle Brouwers
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Diksmuide, Belgium


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RATINGS: 934   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Boskeun is the nickname of Jo, one of the two brothers who preferred to brew blond beer at home. It is a special Easter beer, one of the first real Belgian Easter beers. (Slaghmuylder's paasbier being first). It has been brewed with pale malt, Golding hops, cane sugar and refermented with native honey. As it is a seasonal beer we suggest not to keep it eternally. The name Boskeun means rabbit of the wood (virgin wood, maybe?) and the label shows it, sampling the last brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2004
On bottle at 700 club. Extra appearance point for the rabbit. Finished off the night with this one. Probaly should have had this then the OerBier, but oh well... Pale, dry, boozy brew, not much malt (unlike OerBier).

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2004 Not good, way too sweet. I love sweet beer but this is syrup. as other ales I have had from Belgum. I liked . Spicey but too medicinal. The sweetness A bit dry, if you like an alchol taste this is for you. I thought it was nasty medicine and a real drain pour. At least I (albiet barely)can drink a bud without wanting to puke.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUN 23, 2004
Great ambercolored Easterbeer with nice appearance and fine fluffy head.This beer smels nice and it has a fine complex aroma off good hops,pale malts,wild honey and cane sugar.The taste round,hoppy,drysweet and ending in a fine noble bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nabeshin (3) - California, USA - JUN 17, 2004 does not count
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2004 Pours a hazy gold with a small off-white head (poured it very slow, like the other De Dolle brews) that quickly receded in the glass. A lot going on in the aroma that I can’t quite put my finger on, but definately a lot of doughy, yeasty malt and some honey. Flavor starts off moderately sweet with a little hop bitterness to balance it out. Not cloyingly sweet like Stille Nacht, fortunately, which keeps it very drinkable. Medium bodied, a little syrupy, soft carbonation, with a long, moderately sweet finish. Showcases the honey well. Like most of the De Dolle beers, very creative and complex, well worth seeking out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (9570) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2004
Poured a murky dark golden/orange with an average off-white head. Large particles. Smells of spices, yeasts, honey and bananas. Sweet tasting with a strong honey after taste. Not a bad ale but personally I don’t like honey that much…

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fly (1420) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - JUN 7, 2004
Very small sample at tasting, but being that I enjoyed it as much as I did and that my sensations seem to coincide with that of other raters, I don’t mind putting my two cents in here. Mighty tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TChrome (1435) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Murdy reddish brown with a fully retained off white head. Lots of particles. Aroma is sour and funky. Flavor is lightly sour, some yeastiness. Very refined, subdued, subltle and delicious. Very enjoyable. This is almost 9% ABV???

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Pours a cloudy hazy golden with a big puffy white head. Aroma is a complex mix of bready Belgian malt and yeast and an assertive aged hoppiness. Body starts with a nice toffee-like sweetness and through a somewhat bready texture turns more hoppily bitter and dry. Nicely balanced and complex, a good Belgian strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimhilt (2451) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 11, 2004
Pours a five-finger white bubbly head leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Strong carbonation - pour slow. Medium bodied. Nose is a slight caramel and spicey fruit. Starts and finishes sweet. The high ABV is not really noticeable. Pricey - $4.70 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6373) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 10, 2004
Murky golden hue with small fizzy head and good lace. The aroma has notes of caramel and biscuit malts, honey, pears, banana, clove, star anise, barnyard yeast esters, and wood. The taste starts sweet with a nice balance of bitterness and a small dose of palate cleaning alcohol. Undertones of ripened fruits, honey, lemongrass and spice. Nice depth and complexity. The mouthfeel is fizzy but is not thin and yes, you can notice the alcohol but it isn’t overpowering. While this beer stops short of world-class status, it is very worthy of a drink. Beware of the killer rabbits. Thanks Matta for other De Dolle brew. (Maybe this can be the next reserva?)

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