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

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RATINGS: 536   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Pours a rich chestnut color with lacy white head. Nose is subtle and wet with elements of vinegar, brown sugar and moss. Wet and full mouth feel with balanced thick confectionary malts. Finishes with woody and fresh hops full of resiny sweetness. Great beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TEJA (1309) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2010
Bottle from Systembolaget. Dark red-amber color with a semi lasting foam. Aroma of dark chrystal malts and alcohol. The dark malts is also present in the taste but not caramell sweet. Litle belgian aromas but not in the taste. Medium to full body. OK winter warmer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ddemmingjr (713) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2010
Rare beer club: pours a muddy,chocolate brown,tan forty head.decent lacing. Molasses,sweet malts,raisins,coffee, gingerbread on the nose. Earthy malts, cereal, brown sugars on your palate.quite smooth and nuanced.really tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
evanrail (57) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 24, 2010
33cl bottle. Deep clear dark pour topped by long-lasting creamy, wet cement. Belgian spice and fruit on the nose with the dry alkaloid scent of Dutch cocoa. In the mouth, light chocolate cream, more cooked fruit rinsing to an elegant, lightly acidic finish. Among the best of this genre: remarkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Bottle shared by Turdferguson. Damn, Sam came through on the last tasting. Pours attractively dark with big dark beige head. Nose of yeast, caramel, grain, earth, and chocolate, which comes out even more on the taste. Not too sweet though. Tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2010
750 ml bottle; clear, deep dark brown with creamy tan head lingering; candy syrup, brown sugar, figs, dried fruit, chocolate; very fresh and rich aromas; has that rich, milky cream belgian sugar thing going on for sure; thin texture and mild creamy mouthfeel; a little roast with herbs and dry spice; more dry than sweet and surprisingly light overall given the complex aromas; seems very attenuated and absent of suffocating sweetness of many belgain darks; toasted oat, chocolate, dry cereal; an interesting beer with a complex nose but kind of bland and thin flavor profile

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SirLimpsalot (2251) - SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2010
Lätt rostat med enbart små toner av torkat frukt. Lite tunn munkänsla och smaken är bara så där småtrevlig. Småkryddig, halvsöt och rent av inget spännande.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4054) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Pours a murky brown with ruby highlights and one finger of tan head. Nose is chocolaty with some caramel and spice and a mild yeast presence. Flavor is mild and meh, some roasted malt and cardboard with a mild hop bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClubGonzo (4121) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 30, 2010
Bottle. Deep hazy caramel brown with small beige head. Aroma is molasses, Belgian-style ale yeast, candy sugar and hints of wood. Taste is roasted malts, dusty hops, tarty wooden tones and hints of brandy. Very smooth. A well crafted and unexpectedly original take on the classic Belgian strong ale genre, with a barrel aged twist. Or, at least, something that produces a similar effect. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mad_Ferret (657) - SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2010
Very dark red brownish colour with a nice frothy off white head. Very hard alcoholic tone in the nose. Like petrol. Behind the alcohol comes fruit and marzipan, some yeast, malts and hops. Taste is very sweet with a nicely balanced finish of malts and hops. Theres caramel, syrup and berries. And I actually feel a slight hint of marzipan. The big hit of alcohol in the nose is pretty well hidden in the mouth. Body is medium. Quite sweet, but I like it!


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