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

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RATINGS: 228   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5515) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2006
Poured a lightly cloudy, orange gold color with a large, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of tropical fruits, green apple, some vanilla, tart grape, and some yeast. Taste of apples, and citrus fruits. Starts sweet, and finishing tart with a fair amount of alcohol.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 1, 2006
Looked damn good this one. Aroma was not bad (stone fruits, a bit smoky), but I got a whiff of prawns that surprise me enough to put me off a tad. Well rounded flavour with a bit of sourness, as well as a punch of bitterness at the end. I think I’d like to give this another go, given the chance (but thanks to Duff for this first chance!!)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (18915) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2006
Pours a golden colour with a whute head. Yeasty and fruity aroma with hints of hops. Flavor is malty and yeasty with some hoppiness. Dry warming finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2006
Hazy, golden body with a giant, fluffy white head. The aroma is fruity, hoppy and yeasty. Esters of passionfruit and mango, fresh oranges, risen dough, light banana, pineapple, musty floral scents, light pine, subtle alcohol, fresh pears and a touch of earthy grain. Truly a delightful nose with beautiful elements from all the ingredients. Nice, moderate-weight body with a soft carbonation that just lightly tickles the tongue. The flavor profile is tasty and pleasing. Nice fruity esters combine with lightly bitter and quite flavorful hops; sweet bready malt and light caramel provide depth and texture; and more yeast, more bitter hops and light alcohol finish off this alchemical beauty. A deep, tasty treat full of fruit, nicely-hopped bitterness, characterful yeastiness and warming alcohol. Another shining example as to why this is one top-notch brewery.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2006
It would appear that this beer is not filtered.I am keeping a spoon close at hand so I can eat the sediment whence I have finished the liquid portion of this offering. Nose is spicey.And I want to say pears,yeah that’s it,a funky spicey pear creation that I might get as a dessert in some fancy restaurant ,if I could afford to eat at one anyway.Ahhhh thank god for an imagination. Enough said.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
highlandlad (1434) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 31, 2006
This seemed a relatively untypical De Dolle, despite being anchored by that superb yeast. It looked absolutely fantastic - cloudy pale orange with a prodigious head that painted the glass all the way to the foot. The aroma was intensely fruity, with peaches, apricots and a dollop of cream. Quite aggressively tart on the tongue, with some gooseberry and pine greenness, that fabulous De Dolle yeast and US hop bitterness in a long bitter finish. Found it quite phenolic, even after quite a few tastings had knocked the edge of my palate. A good De Dolle, but not thier best work. (Duff homecoming gathering)

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
eczematic (1321) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JAN 24, 2006
@highlandlad’s - not sure who brought this but i think it was duff. big aroma - superfruity bubblegum (juicy fruits) + hay + herbs - complex and appetisingly fresh. looks hazy tan-orange with a good sticky head. i got the bottom of the bottle which may explain the aggressive yeastiness of the flavour but then again just about every other dedolle beer has been like that. creamy, wheatbeery texture with sharp yeasty flavours - very strong phenolics (burnt rubber). considerable hop bitterness combines with yeast astringency to wind things up. rough and unrefined but interesting.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
rauchbier (3652) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2006
Bottle conditioned, from a corner shop in Antwerpen. Gold, huge explosive fluffy off white snowdrift of a head, and soft condition. Obviously alcoholic in th nose with some honey sweetness, fruity yeast and low grain notes. Soft and yeasty in the mouth with a slightly citric green apple note and more alcohol. Quite harshly dry in the finish with some bitter yeastiness and grain apparent. And yet more alcohol.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2005
Bottle at St Albans Beer festival, October 2005. Whilst others raved about this, I personally didn’t think this was one of the mad brewers’ finest efforts. Gold colour, with a big head and big carbonation. Yeasty aroma with spicy and resinous notes. Less presence o the palate. Slightly sharp. Good but not that good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 13, 2005
pours a golden beer with a huge head. aroma: malty, cookie dough, fruity(lemon, bit pineapple), yeasty and a bit spicy. tastes big: spicy, sweet, bitterish, citrussy, malty, grassy. finishes more bitter, dry and a bit sweet and fruity. great palate: full bodied, thick texture, soft co2. wonderfull brew which reminds me of a good saison.


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