Brewed by Deca Services
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Woesten-Vleteren, Belgium


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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BelgianBeerGal (3240) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2007
25cL bottle. No it’s not the famous Westy from up the street but I thought this was a great beer, especially for the price. I would recommend trying this beer. Best place to buy is the drive-through beer barn in Woesten.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goozen (3064) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2014
Bottle 0,33ltr: Dark brown colored brew with an dry bitter taste with hints of caramel, nuts and liquorice. Bought it with its alias name "Vleteren Dark Old Strong Ale".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Valdeir (9) - - NOV 28, 2014 does not count
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2014 Cerveja equilibrada, forte, mas com paladar suave. Escura com pouco amargor, não muito doce. Vale beber.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (2425) - BELGIUM - NOV 3, 2014
Something of a classic, the only Belgian beer calling itself Alt to my knowing, but very Belgian and in that sense not really an Altbier. Pale beige, dense, moussy, sticky head with excellent retention, deep bronze colour with ruby hue, misty. Aroma was already oxidized, but this did not disturb the estery and malty odours, caramel, leather, raisins, hazelnuts, cooked rice, cloves, flowers, pear, liquorice. Deep malty taste, chocolatey, bready, sweetish but not sugary, dried fruits and nuts, dry hoppy finish with some warming alcohol. An underestimated brew with lots of personality.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Excalibur123 (184) - Soria, SPAIN - JUL 23, 2014
Vierte color ámbar oscuro con media capa de espuma de escasa retención; potentes aromas a caramelo, malta tostada, dátiles y uvas pasas, en boca entrada refrescante y maltosa con notas a especias; amargor equilibrado con pos gusto un tanto dulce; cuerpo y carbónico medios; una buena cerveza, sin ser muy compleja es agradable y fácil de beber.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (1878) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2014
330ml bottle from Vanuxeem. Labelled ’Dark Old Strong Ale’. Pours dark brown with good off-white head. Spicy aroma, taste filled with dark fruits, ginger cake, spice and a touch of candi sugar. Flavoursome & decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rozsoma (509) - HUNGARY - MAY 15, 2014
Bottle, ’t Antwaerps Bierhuyske. Altbieres dióbéllel bélelt könnyed selymesség.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmgreenuk (4922) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2014
Bottle Den Haag. Poured a murky dark brown with a thin frothy white head and broken lace. The aroma is big yeast. The flavour is medium bitter with a dry boozy alcohol palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
deanso (5694) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2014
33cl bottle from slijter fust. Thin creamy off white head. Hazy amber pour. Nice brew

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Douberd (2585) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - APR 13, 2014
Bottle at home, 330 ml, as Vleteren Dark Old Srong Ale, I guess is this one. Into a tulp, ABV 8% Dark brown red colour on a clear body. Two fingers of tan head, thick but froathy at the same time, with average retention, leaving light lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel mostly and weak dark fruits, plums. Taste follows, plenty of caramel, malts, some dark fruits with mostly plums, iron, sweet at first with mildly bitter aftertaste. Medium body, good carbonation. Overall a good belgian ale, it doesn’t reinvnt the wheel but which does anyway, very drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
corkyrory66 (699) - BELGIUM - APR 8, 2014
Bière d’une brasserie de tradition dans un genre de tradition. La bonne vieille double. Comme le dit le brasseur, une «dark old strong ». En fait de strong, elle titre à 8 % abv, ce qui est le minimum syndical pour une strong... Couleur brun foncé, roux en transparence. Apparence avec un peu de matière en suspension, à cause du gaz important au décapsulage. Mon exemplaire est jeune, date limite en mars 2017... Bulles moyennes à fines partout. Mousse beige qui nappe. Arômes de pain complet, croute de pain, malt chocolat, pointe fine de cassis. 1ère bouche souple avec une belle prise sur le malt et du houblon, levure aussi, candi brun et cassonade (présente dans la recette, mais pas dominante). Arrière-bouche bien complète, maltée, agréable. 2ème sur du pain 7 céréales, pâtes cuites, levure. 3ème à la texture soyeuse, et beaucoup de malt, pointe de whisky. Arrière-bouche assez complexe, et aussi très chaude. La longueur commence en fanfare, avec un très beau malt, pointe de whisky tourbé, des fruits mûrs, un peu de cassis, tarte au riz de quelques jours. L’alcool donne l’impression d’un peu plus que son titre : je suis donc d’accord avec le brasseur pour dire qu’il s’agit bien d’une strong ale. La levure est d’une ligne très correcte, structurée, très bien pour une dark old. La finale ne se laisse pas dompter aussi facilement, elle nous apprend encore ce que peut être un équilibre malt/houblon/levure. CONCLUSION : rien ne vaut les vieilles recettes des brasseurs de tradition, qui s’appuient sur des choses empiriques acquises et qui démontrent que la Belgique est bien le pays de la bière. De la saveur, du savoir et des traditions.

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