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


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RATINGS: 521   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jhamp9 (1038) - Corinth, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Dark mahogany pour with a frothy tan head. Aroma is prunes, chocolate, yeast, and molasses. Taste is prunes, bread, faint chocolate, and char. Sweet overall with a little bitterness. Prickly carbonation. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
reynaldg (27) - - AUG 29, 2014
33 cl @ home. Noir profond et riche en dépôt, très légère tête de mousse chocolat au lait. Arôme puissant de pruneau. Corps puissant, saveur de café, pudding, bière gourmande. Le houblon vient ensuite équilibrer l’ensemble. C’est bon !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (2094) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - AUG 27, 2014
11.2oz bottle from the past - Nose is raisins and Belgian candy. Sip adds tobacco, toast and slight milky roasty malty goodness. Fairly stout for a BSA. May very likely be the last Belgian beer I buy until I travel to Belgian. Whatever.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikske79 (1105) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 14, 2014
Een heel lekker bier met een zeer uitgesproken smaak, mij kon het alvast enorm bekoren.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (10141) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2014
Bottled, 330ml at Den Engel, Leek, Staffs. Black with cream head. Pleasant, rich, dark fruity flavours from the off, some bitterness moving to a dryness. Hints of tar along with a Victoria plum note, some chocolate. Very decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Muggus69 (1177) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JUL 31, 2014
330mL bottle Bit of a gusher - eventually pours a deep bronze body with small dense beige head. Good intensity of aroma; plums, prunes, dense doughy bread, molasses/dark candy sugar, earthy spice, peppery phenolics, Porty booze. Body not as full as expected; quite dry, somewhat astringent, moderate carbonation, slightly tannic even. Palate doesn’t deliver as much as the nose promises; plummy dark fruits, sultana, spice, roast beetroot, earthy candy sugar, and savoury leafy bitterness. Warming finish. Slightly disappointed with this one, seemed to promise on the nose but not quite deliver.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerGolem (665) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2014
Bottle 330 ml. Pours dark brown with thick creamy beige head. Aroma: roasted malt, dark fruits, bananas, liquorice, nuts, vanilla and toffee. Taste: roasted malt, nuts, caramel. Sweet with a bitter finish. Impressive and somehow surprising mix of flavours. Full bodied beer. Finish is dry. High carbonation. Some warming alcohol. Style is hard to tell. Original and interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bamsen78 (3108) - 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 (40) - 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 (612) - 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!

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