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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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brigadier (3175) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2013
On tap in Louisville, KY
This has been available for a while at some spots but I decided to bite at the Holy Grale. It was a respectable strong ale although not one that I think I would drop $20 for to cellar a bottle. It would be interesting to see what happens to it over time though if someone wants to share a bottle in the next few years.

Aroma / Appearance - The warm orange glow is semitransparent like the clouds peeking through sunset. A soft wispy head idles on top. Orange polish, lemons, sweet malts, and tropical fruits are like a glass of soda masquerading as beer. The vinous undertones bring to mind a smooth white wine.

Flavor / Palate - Sweet slices of fresh orange enrich the palate. Yeast and a generous wave of powdered sugar soften the throat before a tropical finish. I think a bit more depth could improve this - maybe that will come with time. I’ll have to keep an eye for bottles on sale and maybe grab one.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UDBeernut (1993) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2013
bottle from daniel719, many thanks. pours gold with an ample white head. nose is full of crackers, some peach, and lots of booze. taste begins sweet, peach, oak, booze burn, light sour on finish. body is big and burly. excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jethro6191 (484) - Indiana, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Pours copper with a thin white head. Earthy, peach, and sour tart aromas. Really nice peach, with a moderate hop bitterness and a coconut water finish. Light body with a smooth mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (3464) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2013
Bouteille partagée par mon ami Patrick. Bière orange avec une mousse beige durable. Un nez de triple il va s’en dire. Ce nez est parfumé de fruits tropicaux, de sucre blanc, de noix de coco et de petits fruits. En bouche il y a beaucoup de coco, c’est sucré! Plus le liquide se réchauffe plus la noix de coco prend le desssus. La texture est soyeuse. Une touche de funk et des tropiques est perceptible parmi tout ce coco.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2013
Bottle:   Dirty golden, some sediment floating about, large sudsy white head, nice lacing.   Bready nose, sweet, moderate alcohol.   Oak, coconut, and peaches?   Sweet bready nose, a little floral, a touch fruity, but can I say its peach?   Nope... also a bit of alcohol is present.   Not a bright Tripel, does have some fruitiness to it.   Can’t say I am get anything listed on the label tho.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Warming on the finish, bready, a little fruity.   Doesn’t come across as anything special, given that its a collaboration beer.   I do get a slight coconut on the backside as it warms up.   Perhaps the peach comes out a little as well, albiet a bit alcoholic.   Not a huge floral example, but it does seem fruity and has that added coconut aspect.   Very interesting, sweet, and floral at times.   The peach and coconut are subtle, and only come out once this has warmed up.   Not getting any of the oak tho.   Interesting to say the least, and every so slightly cloying in its sweetness.   Certainly different.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cavie (3977) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2013
Tap at Zio Carlo. Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a nice white head. Aroma is fantastic. Sweet fruit, wood, a touch of tart notes, peach and yeast. Flavor is Belgian fruit, yeast, tart notes, some peach finishings, with a tingly finish. This stuff rocks! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajnepple (2968) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2013
On tap at Barrels & Bottles. Orange and hazy appearance with a white head. Spices, herbs, rye, tropical fruit, Belgian yeast, fruity esters. Pretty sweet and fruity with light oak and coconut. Medium body with a lingering spiced finish.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
fluffy (1893) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2013
Way too sweet, kinda simplistic flavor profile. Pineapple, sugar, a little citrus. Not worth the cost. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1707) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2013
On tap at Maria’s. Murky orange in appearance, head fades quickly. Peach, pineapple, coconut, apricot, and yeast on the nose. Flavor is more yeast than fruit, pretty high carbonation, slight oak.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2423) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Aroma: Belgian Yeast, Belgian Sugar, Mild Peach Appearance: Hazy Amber/Golden Straw Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head Ring, Some Lacing Taste: Coconut, Belgian Sugar, Peaches, Mild Belgain Yeast Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Sweet, Mildly Drying


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