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


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RATINGS: 611   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
armando629 (2453) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 13, 2012
On tap at Moeder Lambic Fontainas, Bruxelles.
Untransparent brown with a fantastic creamy tan light beige head. Intereting because the aroma is very moderated with light spiciness, toffee, lurking roasted grains and fruits.. But the flavor is a bomb with a tronger roasted feeling, spicies and belgian yeast, light fruits like plum, peach, some cocoa, cherries. Some tart in the aftertaste. A belgian beer again with a very well hidden alcohol...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ReV2 (167) - Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2012
Dark brown pouring an off white head. Delicious, slightly sour, balsamic vinegar, liquorice, yeast & malt with bags of alcohol. This beer is delicious and definitely one to try before you vacate this earth but don’t buy unless you’re adventurous and appreciate Belgian eccentricities. This is not your average strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mortlach (1463) - Rome, ITALY - DEC 22, 2011
22/12/2011 330ml bottle. Bruna, intensa, schiuma bianco sporca, abbondante ma poco persistente. Aroma intenso di malti tostati, caramello, con note di liquirizia, cioccolato e luppolo ben in evidenza. In bocca ha un attacco moderatamente dolce, con note di luppolo che però la bilanciano in maniera degna. Anche i lieviti si fanno sentire, risultando molto caratterizzanti. Corpo medio, consistenza oleosa, carbonazione corretta. Davvero ben fatta e molto particolare.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GothGargoyle (1882) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2011
Dark brown with a reasonable off-white head, no lacing. Aroma is raisins, malt, brown sugar. Reasonably well bodied, slight carbonation, slight astringency on the finish Taste is prunes, dates, touch of balsamic vinegar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (4135) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2011
(33 cl, courtoisie de rodenbach99) Un anneau de mousse flotte sur un liquide à la robe plutôt brune. Au nez, les malts rôtis et les fruits foncés se frottent à des parfums d’herbes et des effluves d’alcool. Quant aux saveurs, elles sont aussi agréables : les papilles sont touchées par des houblons aromatiques et amérisants, confortées par des notes caramélisées et chocolatées et caressées par de délicates pointes épicées. En bouche, le corps est finement structuré, faiblement remué par les bulles avec une texture à la limite huileuse. La finale est surprenante, bien mordante et assez longue. La brasserie De Ranke propose des bières vraiment intéressantes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (3370) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Pours a hazy medium orangish amber color. Aroma is lightly malty, hoppy, yeasty, with a touch of fruit. Flavor is a nice mixture of malts and fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hermod (4964) - Vantaa, FINLAND - NOV 21, 2011
75cl bottle from Bierkompass. Poured hazy darker amber with a frothy head. Caramel, yeast, spices in aroma. Flavor is caramel malt, grass and loads of spicyness. Sweet, but quite nicely balanced. Alcohol well hidden.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rodenbach99 (3683) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2011
Bouteille de 33cl. Bue au Cheval Blanc. Bière noire-brune avec une mousse peu durable. Le nez est d’épices et de levure belge. C’est très belge au nez. La bouche est ronde malgré une forte dose de gaz carbonique, les épices sont bien présentes et il y une surprenante amertume en fin de bouche que le nez ne laissait pas transparaitre.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomat (2800) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2011
Dark, redish brown with a heavy off-white head. Fruity and malty tones. Malt, hops, caramel and fruit. Full body with a long bitter sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nightfall (1306) - Hamburg, GERMANY - NOV 7, 2011
RBESG Sheffield 2009 Grand Tasting @ the Harlequin.nothing noir about it in the color though :D. Hazy brownish/amber with medium off white head. Sweet roastd malt aroma and taste. Also caramel, chocolate, raisins some yeast. Bitter finish. Quite full bodied.

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