Brewed by Deca Services
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Woesten-Vleteren, Belgium


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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Ipso Facto is a top-fermented, bottle conditioned and unpasteurized Dutch abbey ale. It is named after an abbot of the Carthusian Order, whose title was Ipso Facto (it is a fact). This ancient and traditional Dutch Abbey ale is at its best when served from 54-58įF in the Brouwerij De Drie Kruizen glass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
caesar (6644) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 17, 2004
Clear orange brown color, medium off-white head. Aroma of alcohol, caramel malt, fruit like prune. Sweet and alcoholic taste, caramel malty. Quite alcoholic palate, belly warming. I expected something very good, but I tasted much better dutch beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2536) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2004
Thin but dense head of fine bubbles. Good head retention. Decent carbonation that keeps a thin foam on the surface. Prunes, roasted grains, molasses in the aroma. Color is a dark orange/amber. Flavor is a little sweet with caramel, molasses and a hint of alcohol. Finish is thick and coating. Decent but nothing special for the category.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2006 Lazy headless pour. Spicy aroma and taste, but the carbonation was low which made it kind of syrupy. Spiciness a little alcohol and some low intensity fruit flavors are the only major players, but there are some mild caramel or maybe chocolate malt notes that add a nice smooth feeling to the affair..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 25, 2004
Yeasty, sweet, dough-like aroma. Opaque brown with plenty of yeast in suspension and attenuated. Burnt nut, sweet malt, brown sugar, molasses-like flavours. Burnt and roasty in the finish. Sweet, simple, but enjoyable. Stronger carbonation would suit well. Bottle. Enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (9369) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2004
Ultra-yeasty dryness interfering with the light roasted chocolate malt...A disappointing astringent finish renders the lack of malt fat evident and therefore decreases enjoyment...There are so many better examples of this style...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2004
Deep cloudy brown body, murky even. Small off-white ring. Very high yeast density. Very malty of course, chocolate chunks, toffee, coffee flavors. Rather tart on the tongue, woody, chocolatey, coffee-ish. Iíd expect more complexity from a 10%+ belgian ale. Strong taste though, creamy, but a bit stale. Rather high carbonation, medium bodied. Seemingly bitter, but thatís more a yeast/spice effect. Not quite satisfying, disappointing in fact, more after every sip and I didnít get much more than 4 ounces.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2004
33 cL bottle. This is a dark brown beer with a sweet, malty, nutty, burnt aroma. Yes, burnt in a good way. It even tasted a bit burnt, malty, chocolaty and sweet with some dark grain astringency. The 10.5% alcohol is apparent. I agree that it tastes best at the suggested serving temp of 54F. This is a good beer and Iíd like to try it again sometime.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2004
Dark brown with a small creamy tan head. Caramel, yeaat, and rubbbing alcohol aroma. Flavor is simlar to aroma but better, sweeter than expected. Medium full body. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 29, 2004
Pours a deep brown with almost no head but with decent lacing... Aromas of prunes, and a little grain/dough. Mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied with flavors of grape juice..... no lots of grape juice.... this is the most grapy flavored brew that Iíve had... ever....There is also a little apple in there as well a hint of tobbacco and prune. Slightly chocolatey with a lingering flavor on the palate and a little sour which takes a few points off.. MMMMMMM........

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 29, 2004
This brew pours with a dark brown body with lots of floaters, topped by a thin head with decent lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty with notes of raisons and plums as well as a slight candy sugar note. The flavor is sweet and malty with a slight spiciness, a touch of candy sugar and a little chocolate the finish is slightly roasty and chocolatey. Meidum to full bodied, smooth and slightly warming.

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