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


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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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hotspur (16) - Nara, - JUN 23, 2012
Blackberry, cassis aroma. Flavours: malt, sweet. Nice genuine Belgian ale. Ideal for sipping in front of the fire in winter

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bamsen78 (2974) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2014
Bottle @ ’t Poatersgat, Brugge. Pours hazy copper brown with small beige head. Clear arom of caramel malt, with notes of fruit and touches of coffee. Bitter, roasty onset, giving way to sweet notes of caramel malt, coffee and chocolate. Hints of liquorice, especially in the rather rough aftertaste. Warming alcohol presence. Well-balanced and really enjoyable. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ForlornHope (19) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2014
33 CL bottle slightly chilled on a hot June day. Poured with a white head, rapidly diminishing. Attractive dark brown colour with a slight aroma. Light malty taste with some sweetness, finishing dry. Full bodied and rich, average carbonation. Long bitter finish. Overall a very good beer, one that could have been too sweet or malty, but is very well balanced and leads to one wanting another.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Calisky (533) - ALSACE, FRANCE - JUN 17, 2014
Couleur brune-noire, très légère mousse. Nez de café et sucre candy. Gout de café et caramel grillé, bonne amertume avec note d’alcool. Fin bien longue. Pas mal

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
fall_ep78 (45) - DENMARK - JUN 4, 2014
På næsen fornemmer man tydeligt de mørke malte, der hinter henad en Stout, men så snart man smager er det helt sikkert en belgier. Minder både i udseende og smag om en quadrupel men hvad der gør forskellen må være op til pedanterne! Udemærket øl!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzgorog (224) - FRANCE - JUN 4, 2014
Brune foncée tirant vers le noir, un peu de mousse beige, quelques levures en suspension. Nez de malts grillées, de sucre candy et de pruneaux. En bouche, belle amertume, l’attaque est plutôt sur le sucre candy, le caramel, un petite touche de café et de biscuits/pudding, puis le houblon arrive sec, résineux. Enfin l’alcool réchauffe le palais pour une finale légèrement boisée. Très bon !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
venom666 (309) - Alicante, SPAIN - JUN 2, 2014
Dark brown, almost black color with persistent beige head. Lots of malt and caramel on the aroma. Dry with sweet notes at the beginning that gives way to a bitterness that persists in the mouth. Strong licorice and toasted hazelnuts taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (2892) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 25, 2014
330ml bottle at Stu’s. Pours red-brown, no real head. Aromas are caramel, toffee, and taste is the same - demerara. Disappointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (1670) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 24, 2014
Bottle at home. Ruby-brown, sweet caramel nose, toffee, taste is caramel, sweet, sugary, a little cardboard.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdiBeer (890) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2014
Aroma: caramel, molasses, sours. Appearance: dark brown, big beige creamy head. Taste: medium bitter. Palate: caramel malts sweets coming up quickly, pushing bitters away, though they are coming back in the long dry finish. Overall: nice Belgian Strong Ale, great aroma. Bottle at Cafe Rose Red, Bruges.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3175) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23, 2014
Beige head darkest of brown pours medium carbonation aromas rich fruits malts toffee spices the flavours toffee candy caramel raisin currants plums some alcohol the finish rich all round malt fruit syrup taste good to drink nice ale

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