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Brewed by De Proefbrouwerij
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Lochristi - Hijfte, Belgium

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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Belgian ale aged on oak chips with coconut and peaches. Brewed with Belgian candi sugar, lactose, Magnum and Simcoe, fermented with Trappist Yeast and Brett Brux III.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
onceblind (5206) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Slightly hazy brilliant gold with a thin sticky foamy head. Nose smells yeasty and a little like coconut with a touch of mango. The flavor is not so hot, with earthy funky coconut and yeasty dough with a bit of peppery melon. Weird.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
markwise (4624) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2013
On draft at CCB. Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a white head. Nose is some sweet fruit, some apple, some yeast, some orange, peach, and stone fruit. Flavor is similar with sweetness, candi sugar, coconut, some stone fruit, and some apple and yeast. Medium to full in body and lingering sweet citrus and yeast in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beechner224 (837) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2013
On tap at brewery. Pours a cloudy orange. Aroma of topical fruit, but mild. Maybe some malt sweetness. Taste is sweet, fruity, sugar. Alcohol warms a bit.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nick76 (4303) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2013
The aroma is slightly fruity with yeast and malt. The appearance is orange gold. The taste is like the aroma with a touch of bitterness. The palate is Average. Overall interesting but nothing out of this world.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palidor19 (3047) - Brandon, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Lightly tart and tropical with some citrus flavors and mild herbs. Get hints of thyme and rosemary . Lively body with a strong fizz ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
suprchunk (2525) - Crestview, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Hazy orange colored pour. Small white head that is quick to disappear. Little bit of lacing. A yeasty aroma with some notes of malt. Much like most of De Proef’s run of the mill beers that lack much of anything. Taste is sweet malt with a dry yeasty finish. I don’t think much of what is listed as being added was actually even included. This tastes like most of De Proef’s regular ale lineup.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcr (2286) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Bottle. Deep golden body, Off-white head, rapidly diminishing. Aroma of coconut, toasted grain, peach, oak, pineapple, vanilla. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Lots of coconut in the flavor plus tropical fruit and peach. Light oak, vanilla. A bit boozy, but overall enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (8376) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2013
750 cc procured via PUB’R, the Pennsylvania Underground Beer Railroad. And, lest I forget, fuck the PLCB and Wendell Young. This one pours chill hazy dark straw with 1-finger off-white head. Nose is very fruity, hoppy, perfumy, and floral, with big peach, coconut verbena, and strawberry aromas. Tastes pretty sweet, very fruity, with strawberry, peach, and coconut flavors, mild hops, and syrupy sweetness at the finish. The alcohol is well hidden, but the finish is a tad cloying. Still, this one is unique and damned delicious.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
steeleliver (121) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2013
Pour had minimal head but decent lacing and was a golden/copper color. Taste was pretty standard belgian ale, with tinges of interesting flavors (tropical and sour) in the background. Light body with smooth consistent palate. The coconut/coconut water did not appear in my tasty, but still an interesting beer. Worth a try, wouldn’t drink a lot of it.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tibicinoid (26) - Wyoming, USA - NOV 15, 2013
The "tropical" is more of a gimmick in this Belgian ale than anything else: the coconut is vaguely present (though moreso than in some other coconut beers) and the peaches (even though they’re not remotely tropical) only slightly moreso. This wasn’t a bad ale, and certainly an intriguing concept, but it doesn’t come across as anything special, and for the price ($16 per 750ml bottle), it is not worth purchasing again. Pours a 1cm tall head of off-white foam, comprised of small-sized bubbles that give an overall appearance of something frothy. Head retention is below average, lasting just about thirty seconds, quickly falling to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass and some super-thin, hazy swirls of lace resting atop the body of the beer. Lacing along the sides of the glass is fairly good, with a semi-dense matrix of dots clinging to the walls of the glass. Body is a dirty dishwater golden brown, with light bringing out paler golden orange-yellow hues. Carbonation not visible through the nearly opaque (90-95% opacity) body. Aroma of musty basement mixed with old, dried peaches, other fruity esters at a lesser concentration (apple, pear in particular), mild Brettanomyces phenolics (burnt plastic), ethanol, and mild coconut juice. The aroma feels heavy, dense, musky. Definitely not bright, estery, and fruity as in traditional tripels, but interesting and enjoyable in its own way. Front of palate finds basement mustiness, Brett phenolics, light sweetness either from malt or candy sugar, and modest hints of peach. Mid-palate is a mixture of coconut juice, Brettanomyces phenolics (burnt plastic), ethanol, candy sugar sweetness, basement mustiness, and mealy apples. Back of palate detects basement mustiness, Brettanomyces-created phenolics, ethanol, white pepper, and modest peach and apple flavors. Aftertaste of mild bitterness, ethanol, coconut juice, and a bit of biscuit-like maltiness. Beer is medium-bodied, with medium-low levels of carbonation, leading to a slightly foamy (1/2) and smooth (1/2) mouthfeel that is enjoyable, though perhaps a bit undercarbonated for the style. Closes semi-dry, with moderate stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.


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