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


on tap

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RATINGS: 658   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 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 (4728) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (17806) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2012
Bottle from Willems. Clear very dark reddish brown with a big and lasting beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, roasted malt and yeasty. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and roasted moderate bitter finish. 220812

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (9606) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 17, 2012
Bottle. I winced as I popped this cap thinking it would be another gusher... it wasn’t. Murky medium brown with a persistent off-white head. Chocolate cookie (more dry cocoa and biscuit, not fudgey at all), light spice, brown bread, light figs, light tart cherries. Very cool, so drinkable!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
erickok (5453) - Leuven, BELGIUM - AUG 11, 2012
Dark brown and a huge creamy bubbly tan head. Fresh aroma with nice bitter fruits, toast and pleasant hops combined with a farmhouse yeasty feel. Love it. Amazingly flavourful yet balanced brew with solid bitterness and nice roasted backup. Wow, really stunning! Well thought out and brewed balance between roasted malts, a flavourful yeast and a classic hop burst. Amazing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (3437) - Salida, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2012
330 ml. bottle. Pours a thick, poorly retained light beige head, with some lacing, over a cloudy brown (SRM 25) body......nose is dried fruit, including raisin, plum, treacle, light cocoa........taste is raisin, plum, cocoa, allspice hints finishing with a hop coffee bitterness.....mouth feel light of medium, alcohol hidden, carbonation low. This is obviously a Dark Belgian Strong Ale. It is not as deep in aromas and flavors as are the best, but it is a pleasant glass. BJCP 7/3/14/4/7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
yiannnos (1254) - , CYPRUS - AUG 2, 2012
Dark brown colour. Dark fruits aroma. Fruity malty flavour, nice but not exceptional

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arve_Christian (4844) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 29, 2012
33 cl bottle. Dark brown color, some foam. Malt & dried fruit aromas, good intensity. & good yeast Full body & high complexity . Sweetness & some sourness Very enjoyable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintbypint (3328) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 11, 2012
750ml brown bottle. Medium brown, light haze. Bog head, foamy, clingy, light brown in colour. Excellent lace. Nose has light chocolate and biscuit. Taste has chocolate malts, biscuits, some fruity alcohol notes. Light hops in the finish. Lightish body with very smooth carbonation. Nice.

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