Brewed by Brouwerij De Ranke
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Dottignies, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 655   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Bottle: Unfiltered.
Ingredients: Water; Barley malt; Hops; Candi-sugar; Yeast.
The heaviest ale on our menu with a very rich taste, coming from the six different kinds of malt we use. These malts also give it that rich, dark, nearly black colour. The royal doses of Challenger and Saaz hops bring the typical balance between sweet and bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (9220) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 7, 2012
33cl bottle, from Geers BB 2017. Light gusher. Brune foncée, col beige disparaissant vite. Arôme malté avec un beau bouquet anisé/réglisse et en retrait un agréable malté grillé restant léger malgré les 9%. Palais est agréablement malté, notes candi avec ce léger arrière-goût de réglisse complété par un malt grillé. Levure présente avec un épicé presque de Noël et une bière qui pourrait passer pour un stout belge. Fini réchauffant avec une petite pointe épicée, grains sec et une belle amertume qui reste somme toute discrète.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (6336) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2012
17th Oct @ Red Rose in Brugge: 33cl bottle and glass presented to me on a smell tray, seemed inpolite not to pour and drink it, so I did. Dark, deep and meaningful looking beer: very dark brown, almost black in fact, on top a rough head of tanned foam. The nose and taste were all about the six different malts used in the brew: burnt chocolate malts ruled the roost in both the aromas and flavours once in the mouth. There is a hop presence but it hides until you are well into each sip. I liked it, seemed more like a strong Stout than a Belgian brewed dark beer but enjoyable all the same.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
richc (239) - Bolton, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2012
Aroma mixes chocolate and pepper with a rich maltiness. Pours very dark brown with a solid cream head. Creamy palette with rich chocolate like flavour with hints of dark fruit

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
suedehead288 (426) - BELGIUM - OCT 23, 2012
2012.10.23 - bottle33cl - hazy brown beer with creamy beige head - nose : coffee, caramel - mouth - mix between medium sweet and medium bitterness, hints of caramel and coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (16856) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2012
Bottle at home (from Noel Cuvelier) 21/10/12. Pours an obscured mahogony brown with a thin tan head. Nose comprises dark fruits, bubblegum, a little hops, pine, light notes of Belgian yeast and a shaving of chocolate. a pleasant but not overbearing nose! Prominent hopt tones, sweet dark fruits, a little toffee, liqouric, dark caramelised sugars and a little spice. Medium bodied with soft carbonation leading to a bitter sweet finish. A well balanced beer and the alcohol is disguised well, definately one to revisit!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tommann (3346) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2012
330ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a thin head. Aroma is caramel and raisin. Taste is sweet to start with a burnt toffee finish. Some alcohol on the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnar (7866) - Sandnes, NORWAY - SEP 27, 2012
Bottle from Bierkonig. Pours dark brown, as Coke with a huge frothy off-white head. Aroma of dark fruits, yeast and lactose. Taste is spicy, with a herbal sidenote, bready and dusty malts. Medium body. Good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rand (1490) - SWITZERLAND - SEP 21, 2012
Bottle 33 cl from willems - Grobbendonk (B). Garnet-brown with beige head sticking to the glass, living crackling. Catchy and vinous flavors, malt, toffy, citrus and herbs. The mouth is unctuous and full, roasted malt and fruity. Bitter-sweet with torrefaction, hop for both the fragance and the bitterness. Perfect balance. A little rough in finale rich and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
annunz123 (948) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 19, 2012
Mild aroma with malt, molasses, and citrus. Flavor starts sweet with some apple, caramel, molasses, and spice. Chocolate/coffee bitterness and a little alcohol in the finish. Really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (4612) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 9, 2012
Draft at Moeder Lambic in Brussels. Dark caramel brown, bubbly head. Very rich red fruit, nice rounding caramel sweet body. Nice dry bittering element. A bit hazy and off finish. Nice strong stout -like belgian brune.

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