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

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RATINGS: 588   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (16424) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (15650) - Washington, Washington DC, 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (15194) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrisoni (15009) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (14706) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dedollewaitor (14545) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2008
33cl bottle @ VinensVerden, Odense. Pours muddy brown with a small creamy white head. Aroma is nice of Dark fruits & yeast. Spicy, herbal, dusty, caramel, yeasty & warm taste. Medium body & carbonation. Vague barnyard & metallic notes. Allright - but not as fine as expected!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MiP (14441) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2008
Bottle, 9%. Roasted and yeasty aroma. Cloudy very dark amber colour. Big stable light brown head. The flavour is quite yeasty, but also nicely malty and with a nice roasted finish. A lot of yeast, but well-balanced and nice.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theis (14307) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2008
Draught at DTE. Coudy brown - light yellow/brown head. Sweetness, chocolate, berries, yeasty, malty, vegetables, nice bitterness. A bit plain.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (13855) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (13853) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 7, 2010
Bottled 75cl (BB 10/2013 = vintage 2008?)
Ruby red color, small steady creamy beige head, lace. Fruity maltyness, almond and raisins in the nose. Wineous palate. Fruity, caramel, a bit sour, toffee. Light hoppyness in the aftertaste. Probably slightly better when this is fresh, so most likely no need to age this brew.


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