Brewed by Brouwerij de Molen
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Bodegraven, Netherlands


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RATINGS: 565   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   IBU: 81   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
21° Plato, 81.7 EBC, Czech hops: bittering hops Premiant, as final hops Saaz.

drjay44's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
drjay44 (3088) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2013
330 ml. bottle. Bottled 2/13/12. Pours a thick, lasting, varied bubble beige head, with extensive lacing, over a slightly cloudy dark reddish brown (SRM 20) body....nose is heavy fruity malts, with plum, date, raisin, brown sugar, treacle, hints of spice.....taste is heavy sweet fruits with plum, raisin, date, leading to a harsh bitter, peach pit, spice finish......mouth feel thick, sticky, astringent, alcohol warmth present, carbonation low after the initial exuberance. This falls well into the Abt/Quad piece of the Belgian Dark Strong Ale style. The bitter finish is too harsh and lingers over much. This is probably from a badly handled bottle as neither of the hops used should do this. The net effect is that the flavors are off making for a disappointment in this particular bottle. BJCP 8/3/12/5/7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ruigo (1807) - PORTUGAL - NOV 27, 2015
33cl bottle. Opaque dark brown colour with small tan head. Caramel, roasted malts, dates, honey and liquorice in the aroma. Average carbonation and full body. Taste is sweet with some earthy notes. Overall, a very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bierridder_S (409) - BELGIUM - NOV 12, 2015
02/11/2015 @home - 33cl bottle (almost 3 years old) from Bierhalle Deconinck, Vichte. Dark brown with small tanned head. Aroma is dark roasted matls, caramel. Taste is roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, dried dark fruits and a bit earthy which even gives it hint of of Oud Bruin. Thick oily texture. Definetly a very nice ager.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (4994) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 10, 2015
Paid a steep price of $6.99 at Julio’s Liquors for a 11.2 oz bottle. Date on label reads 12/ 3 /2012. Consumed at cellar temperature. Really black in color, deep brown, thick head and lace. Aroma has a lot of chocolate, bread pudding, raisins.

The flavor shows a substantial chocolate base with a mild yeast presence. With the above mentioned raisins and bread pudding notes. The finish and mouthfeel is smooth with a average carbonation level. ABV is hidden but I would expect that with the age. It’s good but for the money...... I should be more wise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
martin00sr (1808) - Haderslev, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2015
Clear, very dark brown, light tan froth. Malt and tobacco aroma. Sweetish, malty flavour with good hoppy bitterness. Syrupy, dried fruit. Light mouthfeel considering the flavour and abv. Very drinkable, very nice. More like a quad than BSA?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tarmok (649) - Tartu, ESTONIA - NOV 2, 2015
Dark liquid with tan head. Aroma of nuts, caramel, rye. Taste of raspberry, chocolate, medium sweet, medium bitter, medium sour. Palate: medium body, creamy feel, average carbonisation, long finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drjoeng (326) - - OCT 27, 2015
10.2%ABV. Quadrupple. Tapped out a sinous stout-like black. 40ºSRM. Nose is caramel sweet, dates, honey and burnt sugar. Nose is heavy with a syrupy character to it. Mouthfeel is soapy, syrupy, cloying. There are dates, plums, ume, some smoky, tobacco, leathery like flavors. There are some earthy flavors of ceps, truffles and fungi. Finish is short, bitter and syrupy and molaaaaases all the way to the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
javiercrasher (227) - Granada, SPAIN - OCT 25, 2015
De color marrón rojiza, con espuma meramente testimonial. Aromas a fruta madura, vino dulce y especias. Oleosa con nada de gas. En boca dulce: azúcar integral y frutos rojos. Alcohol bien integrado, hace presencia en la boca del estómago.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
47574xeCD (758) - God’s Country, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2015
330ml bottle at Inspire Coventry. Poured black with dark tan head. Nose is liquorice, dark malts. coffee, Taste is dark malts, liquorice, coffee sniff of chocolate, complex thick beer. Powerful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ArtificialCyst (142) - Szczecin, POLAND - OCT 19, 2015
Bottle thanks to RW80 from European Beer Swap. Cheers, Robert! Aroma: Red fruits, some caramel, raisins, quite strong winey feeling, cherry, some maltiness. Appearance: Very low head, dissapearing quickly, color is very dark ruby, some sediment floating around (the bottle didn’t have much time to stay in the fridge). Taste: Cherry, fruity, winey, raisins, medium herbal bitterness, nice delicate alcohol warming, caramel notes, quite sweet but not too much, bit of fruity sourness, plum. Palate: Finish is semi-sweet with alcohol and bitterness, body is full, carbonation is null. Very easy-drinking but you feel the power, very swift. Great beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (4280) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2015
Clear dark brown colour, off-white head. Aroma of caramel, malts, red fruits, tobacco, soy sauce. Sweet flavour, caramel, malts. Sweet finish, brown sugar.
(from 33cL bottle @ Dirk’s place. Thanks for sharing, Dirk!)

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