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


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RATINGS: 547   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Franzen (352) - - SEP 13, 2013
Bottle from systembolaget. Some roastiness and leather in the aroma, hints of chocolate and liqourice. The aroma is nice but could have been more powerfull. Dark red appearance. Lots of burnt notes in the taste. There are som coffee as well nicely balanced with some sweetness. The sweetness however is a bit to much especially combined with the alcohol taste which is there in small notes. Medium to full body with a bit to sweet finish. There are some nice qualities to this beer but it is bit to sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LaFuite (3) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2014 does not count
Au nez, complexe, frais avec des notes de chocolat et légèrement caféiné. Bien équilibré. On trouvera aussi quelques notes d’alcool. Couleur brune tirant sur le noir avec chapeau de mousse plutôt clair. Niveau goût, équilibré également entre chocolat et café. Arrière goût d’alcool mais pas évident de deviner qu’on est sur du 9%. Bien!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
martjoobolut (934) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 13, 2014
0,33 L bottle, BB 2019. Pours dark copper-black with light tan head. The head stays. Aroma is sweet, malt, caramel, hops. Flavor is sweet, malt, roast, caramel, ash, herbs and grass. Finish is ash bitter. Overall: nice brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jspronck (88) - BELGIUM - DEC 12, 2014
Dark brown color with beautiful tall beige head, aromas of coffee, caramel, fruit (prunes) and flowers, thick mouthful, sweet taste with long lingering bitter coffee finish, nice balance, rich but pleasant

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ulysse (120) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 11, 2014
Crisp bitter taste with roasted malt. Rather strong in the mouth. Slightly tanned head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VT (1666) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 4, 2014
330 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy ruby reddish black with a resilient pale beige head. Aroma is hazelnut, roasted caramel. Flavor is roasty, hazelnuts, lemon, chocolate. Finish is some roasted chocolate bitterness, dark fruits. Lingering chocolate and lemon. Light to medium body, average carbonation. Excellent beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
swieca (51) - POLAND - NOV 29, 2014
33cl bottle. Deep brown, almost black with small but strong head leaving great lacing. Aromas of roasted malts along with delicate hop. Taste: bit of chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 6/20
EduCazzoli (2) - Brasília, BRAZIL - NOV 29, 2014 does not count
Achei que a espuma se desfez muito rapidamente. Leve amargor, café torrado. Não me impressionou.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
guiroul33 (110) - Bordeaux, FRANCE - NOV 28, 2014
bottle 33cl frrom Malting Pot, @ home. Dark amber color, tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malts. Taste is well balanced with a bitter aftertaste. Nice dark beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MunBro (508) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 15, 2014
Rich deep brown/black pour with a tan head. Robust flavours of roasted malts, chocolate, and a very sweet sticky toffee aftertaste which threw me off a bit. Overall a good dark Belgian.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (11844) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2014
Keg at Chez Moeder Lambic St. Gilles - Brussels. Pours deep brown with a large, thick beige head. The nose holds burnt candi sugars and caramel, Belgian yeast, understated roast, torched malts. Medium to big sweet flavor that is balanced out by bitter roast, charred malts, earth. But you still have rick, fairly sticky toasted candi sugars, dark fruits, suggestions of cocoa. Full bodied with average, filling carbonation. Warming finish, fairly sticky-sweet, with further candi sugar, roast, burnt earth, a bit of toasted grain husk, raisins, prunes and figs. Very good overall.

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