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


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RATINGS: 650   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.

Franzen's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Franzen (486) - - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sjogro (2448) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2016
Bottle shared in the train home after Kimchi Festival 2016 (second day). Smell is dusty metallic. Dark brown with bubbly creme head. Sweet roasted choco malts, raisans, toffee, breadiness. Medium sweet, light bitter, hint of sour in the finish. Medium body, slick feel, low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nutjes (134) - Heestert-Zwevegem, BELGIUM - AUG 1, 2016
33cl-fles van bij Tabac&Co - Palais des bières te Dottenijs (in Famiflora). U: Bijna zwart met bruine schuimkraag. G: Geroosterde mout, pure chocolade, karamel en ietwat metallisch. S: Gedroogd fruit, pure chocolade, bruine kandijsuiker en koffiebitterheid in de afdronk. M: Gemiddelde koolzuurprikkel, had net iets minder gemogen maar best OK.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentAle (1493) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 21, 2016
Aroma is toffee, caramel, plum, raisins and candy sugar. Taste is deep rich malts with toffee, plums, Belgian candy sugar and clove. Light floral hints with a touch of fig. Big beer with a very full flavor that finishes very smoothly. Appearance is a clear dark amber with a thin pearl head that retains fairly well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rubin77 (916) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 13, 2016
F: big, creamy, pale brown, very good retention. C: dark with hint of red tones, opaque. A: malt, dark fruits, yeast, candy, molasses, figs, light grassy/floral hops, dark caramel. T: roasted malt, huge fresh grassy bitterness on the palate, hint of coffee, hint of chocolate, cacao, dark fruits, candy, full body, good carbonation, very good balanced BSA worth to try, 0,33l bottle from Prik&Tik /Quali-drinks/ in Brussels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Werthergoethe (306) - Moscow, RUSSIA - JUL 5, 2016
Бутылка 0,3. Крепост& - 8,5. Крепкий темный бельгий& эль, пьется неплохо, но и особого впечатл& не произве& Карамел& во вкусе.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zilverenmaan (19) - Schoten, BELGIUM - JUN 27, 2016
Prachtig donker bier met romige schuimkraag die nooit helemaal verdwijnt. Aroma van karamel met licht kruidige alcoholzweem. Flauwe, zoete karamelsmaak naar mijn gevoel te snel overheerst door (weliswaar aangename) bittere afdronk. Mondgevoel zeer aangenaam dankzij milde koolzuurgehalte en romige schuim. Heeft veel body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stultus (61) - ESTONIA - JUN 23, 2016
Pours dark with a thick tan head. Rich malt caramel and belgian yeast aroma. Tase sweet with a lot of caramel a little bitterness and belgian yeast spiciness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MelvinKalksma (866) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - JUN 17, 2016

Medium aroma of malts, caramel, Belgian yeast, dark fruit, liquorice and spices.

Turbid/opaque ruby/brown beer with a medium beige head.

Medium/heavy sweet with malts, caramel, Belgian yeast, dark fruit, liquorice and spices.

This beer is intense, complex and balanced. Dark Belgian ales are always so amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UXO (1447) - CANADA - JUN 16, 2016
Appearance: opaque brown with clear margins and a short medium dense light beige head diminishing gradually to a thin skim, no lacing. (3/5) Aroma: dark dried fruit, red berries, caramelized sugar, cocoa and roasty malts, floral. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter, light tart. (7/10) Medium-full body, moderate carbonation, off-dry slightly sticky and warming finish. (4/5) Decent sipper. Not as well executed as their lighter (paler) beers, in my opinion, but a solid BDSA. I particularly like that it has less sweetness than might be expected, given the malty candi sugar aromas. There’s definitely malt flavour there, but sufficiently attenuated that there’s not a lot of residual sweetness. This comes through in the finish as well, which is off-dry despite being slightly sticky (but by no means cloying). (15/20)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ippopotamo36 (1605) - Rome, ITALY - JUN 12, 2016
On tap at Mad4Beer in Rome-Italy. Darkest brown pour, adhesive ivory foam. Nose: dates, sweet licorice, perfume. Mouth: elegant, medium body, soft but rich, fresh hoppy finish, slightly sweet. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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