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

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RATINGS: 904   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 14, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2010 Pouts copper with a nice billowy white head. Smells funky and dry. Tastes of dry malt, perfumy, funky, a touch of tartness. easy drinking (way too easy for a 10%ABV beer). Update, this has a nice spicy hint, floral notes, some dryness, some funky hints, a touch of sweetness that is perfectly balanced by subtle hop notes and a dry finish. An excellent, underrated beer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
texasbudd (8) - USA - JAN 31, 2011 does not count
Excellent, excellent beer. Represents everything I love about the art form.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (553) - BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2013
Qu’il paraît heureux le petit lapin des bois sur l’étiquette …en regardant son verre !!! Et moi de même dès que j’ai placé mon nez au-dessus de la superbe mousse épaisse et crémeuse... Les Dolle Brouwers sont encore une fois généreux avec nous, en nous gratifiant d’un breuvage exceptionnel par son étendue de goût et sa finesse. D’abord restons devant la bouteille simple, bucolique, et humoristique avec ce « boskeun » en herbe, si l’on peut dire …. Bière de fermentation haute, à 10 %abv, et refermentée en bouteille, cela cadre le débat. Ce qui n’est pas plus mal : non filtrée et non pasteurisée. Versons la belle dans un beau verre calice (scandale évidemment si on la met dans un verre droit). La couleur des blés mûrs s’affiche à nous, ce qui est très sympa en plein mois de janvier.... Un léger voile esthétique, que l’on pourrait appeler une brume de chaleur, vient compléter ce magnifique spectacle. Les bulles sont très fines, et se forment au centre en une magnifique fontaine, que j’affectionne particulièrement. La mousse est d’un blanc cassé virant au beige, très volumineuse (alors que l’ouverture de la capsule ne dégageait pas spécialement de gaz), avec de gros flocons dans la partie basse, et une texture crémeuse sur le haut . Superbe, et quasi trappistin... Des arômes de fruits blancs, avec la trilogie houblon, céréales, levure . Que dire ? Rien sauf, tendre les lèvres délicatement vers ce breuvage du lapin des bois. Oh, eh, oh, attends-moi le lapin, j’arrive, tout comme le lapin d’Alice. (ceci me fait penser à un prof d’université américaine qui n’avait jamais accepté Alice au pays des merveilles. La réponse est très simple : il n’avait jamais bu du lapin des bois des Dolle ...Waf waf...) Complètement ouf le gars... (il fallait bien que je le place ce mot de djeune, c’est fait). Le volume de la belle, pardon du beau lapin, est soyeux mais frais (comme les bois). La 1ère bouche offre une bonne prise sur l’amertume très frais du Goldings (houblon), et les céréales viennent en arrière-bouche. La 2ème est toujours sur le houblon mais mieux fondu. La 3ème passe à l’équilibre parfait d’une triple, avec une superbe conjugaison de rétro-nez et de gorge. La levure est déterminée et parfaitement adaptée au genre. La longueur est calme et très sûre d’elle. La finale est superbe. En conclusion, une très grande bière complète et fine à la fois, un brassage superbe des meilleurs éléments et un art consommé de la bière. Merci Jo. 5.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2002
This is one of the few Belgian pale beers that is just so damn good that I have to give it a great rating. The head on this beer is bigger than any I have ever seen. The color is a hazy orange and the taste has to many subtle complexities that it is amazing. Just try this beer and find out for yourself how great it is.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Kranin (23) - - APR 26, 2012
OMG. Delicious bitterness. Flavors are deep & difficult to describe. Awesome brew. Exceptional. Definitely Dolle’s Easter brew. First time Bottleworks has ever had a keg. (Draught / Bottleworks, Seattle / 04/2012)

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 8, 2002
Loved it. Reminded me slightly of J.W. Lees Harvest Ale because of the complexity and fruitiness. On tap at Chicago’s Map Room.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mfp13jr (148) - Glenville, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2014
Floral fruity bubblegum and plenty of alcohol. Pours light and tight head. Plenty of alcohol to go around.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2004
Pale, thick, and densely clouded peachy yellowed and lightly bronzed color with a large thickly placed white foam crown of crystalized melted marshmellow, mega lacing in sheets of thin styrofoam and strings with snow sparkling edges. Gorgeous snifter full of ale! Aroma is chalked full of sweet yet dulled citrusy fruits of lemon and banana with a nice grab of pleasing yeast spice thats a bit peppery with touches of leafy fresh hops, some sugared candies, bubblegummy things and even some cocoa arrives very late underneath once it warms. A wonderfully calm and fruity nose with a sensible warming complexity. Taste has a smooth calm fruity brigade up front lending a leveled and easy dulled lemon, candy sugar laced tropical citrus, melon juiced, banana fluffed trifold with mellow caramel, then it turns to yeast peppered things and candied sugars mixing, giving all sorts of little complexing give and takes. Finishes quite spicy with lingering left overs melding underneath of some of the malted caramel and tropical fruits. Intricately woven and well put together and crafted with care. I like the milder spicy tones, yet it has just enough zing and pep to keep it on edge and very interesting to undertake. Feel is nearly full with a fluffy texturing within most of its carbonation, a nice spicy twinge and mild hop flesh maintains in the finish and comes across pretty darn smooth and even creamy at times, front mostly there. Overall a fine, fine ale. One I'd drink again and again with no problem. A very nice drinker eh. T'was gone in no time no doubt. Very yummy!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2005
If there were a rating for the label, this, like most De Dolle offerings, would score zero. In other respects, I humbly submit that this beer is close to perfection. It emerged from the bottle full of sound and fury, a stream of aggressive, over-enthusiastic bubbles. Half an hour later it had matured into a yeasty, vinous-scented temptress, promising a seductive taste of sweet-sour-bitterness. Acquire this glorious liquid, friends. Drink it.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kromamc (192) - ITALY - JAN 5, 2010
il de dolle nn si smentisce maiiiiiii!!!!!!! un easter ale pazzeska!!!! la adoro!


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