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


on tap

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RATINGS: 655   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (21438) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 5, 2009
UPDATED: APR 10, 2010 750 ml bottle at Churchkey. Very muddy brown with a medium head that settles quickly, leaving slight lacing. Hops are evident in the aroma, along with a hint of spice, maybe coriander. Malts dominate the taste, although it is pretty well balanced, and the spice is again evident. Finish has a slight sourness. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (19160) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 13, 2008
Hazy brown color; huge and thick head. It has a fairly good aroma of malt and Belgian yeast. It has a good body structure, quite bold, and an interesting flavor, of caramel and chocolate over all, very strong and dark chocolate, and a strong bitterness, almost a crossover between a Belgian Ale (the chocolate malt) and a Bitter (the strong bitterness). And in the powerful final, the chocolate and hop notes are joined by some Belgian yeast. Quite original, good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18526) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (18199) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 3, 2008
Dark amber color, small head. Chocolate and yeast in aroma. Yeasty, fruity, sourish flavor with spicy notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (17532) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2012
Bottle from Willems. Clear very dark reddish brown with a big and lasting beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, roasted malt and yeasty. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and roasted moderate bitter finish. 220812

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrisoni (17282) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2008
Bottle at GBBF 08. Deep brown/red lasting beige head. Very decent brown ale. Bit like a dunkel weisse. Good body. Nice spice on finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (17008) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 5, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein sehr dunkelbraunes Bier mit schöner bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, Schokolade, dunkle Früchte, alkohlisch. Geschmack sehr röstmalzig, alkoholisch, schokoladig, fruchtig bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (16879) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2012
Bottle at home (from Noel Cuvelier) 21/10/12. Pours an obscured mahogony brown with a thin tan head. Nose comprises dark fruits, bubblegum, a little hops, pine, light notes of Belgian yeast and a shaving of chocolate. a pleasant but not overbearing nose! Prominent hopt tones, sweet dark fruits, a little toffee, liqouric, dark caramelised sugars and a little spice. Medium bodied with soft carbonation leading to a bitter sweet finish. A well balanced beer and the alcohol is disguised well, definately one to revisit!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (16771) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2009
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is dark brown. Aroma and taste are fruits, roast malt, yeast and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (16504) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 7, 2012
Bottle, 75cl corked. A minimal sized off-white head sits on top of an unclear, brown body. Sweetish caramel nose with dried fruits, some alcohol and a touch of spices and hops. Sweetness, caramel and dried fruits in the finish. Full-bodied and nicely carbonated mouthfeel. Pleasant finish with European hop flavor and bitterness. Wouldn’t mind having more of this one. 110826

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