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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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This dark and eerie Belgian Strong ale is brewed with dark Belgian "candy" sugar, raw sugar and dark, special & aromatic malts. Full-bodied, rich & sweet maltiness, low hop bitterness, flavor & aroma, fruity complexity, deceiving alcohol strength and some phenolic spiciness...much better with food than Chianti ever was.


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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drdisque (626) - Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2012
On tap at Champaign brewpub. Pours clear dark amber. Very sweet with good complex fruitiness and a tad of spice and a touch of hops. Good balance. Clean sweet finish. Best thing I had at Destihl.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jflopsu (806) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2015
Pours a dark hazy amber brown. Has a strong fruity malt aroma. A very strong fruity malt and dark alcohol taste. Has a lingering dark malt and dark alcohol taste. Similar to a barley wine.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kaser (3983) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2015
Drank it the wrong way in a to go cup on a drive from destihl to Chicago. But it did the job. Brown sugar and fruits. A bit lip puckering. Can't say I liked or didn't like it

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DocLock (8500) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2015
Bottle from Whole Foods PM. Pours hazy ruby with 2-finger tan head. Nose is caramel malt, earthy, with notes of brown sugar, yeast, and mild butyric acid. Tastes earthy, caramel malty, with notes of vinous fruit, some phenols, spice, berry notes. Gets a bit hot and cloying as it warms.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markducommun (370) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2015
Dark clear, ruby. Light tan head. Strong molasses, spice. Vanilla, rum. Quite sweet, light bitterness and tang. Kind of oily, long finish. No carbonation. Good amount of alcohol. Fine.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2902) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2015
On tap at Warren’s Ale House in Wheaton, IL., and 5 oz. sampler served, showing a clear, mahogany hue, with frothy, light tan head foam, and curtainy cling to the lacing. The nose was dark cherry, syrupy sweetness, a touch of vinous nature, subtle spice, and a hint of oak? Medium+ bodied, with lively carbonation, and some tartness, the pronounced dark fruit & malt sweetness somewhat blanketed the effect of the alcohol, and earthy bitterness, although some warmth and astringency were noticed. An effervescent cordial!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zoucrew102 (830) - - MAY 2, 2015
500ml bottle. Sweet Candi sugar aroma with notes of caramel and tart cherry. Pours dark amber colored with a thin tan head with good retention and some lacing. Starts quite sweet with candi sugar and caramel malt along with some dark fruit sweetness. Finishes smooth with tart cherry presenting itself slightly in the finish as well as cognac and a little bit of booze. Very nice Belgian strong.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (7878) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2014
Sampled at ABR 2014. Clear rich orange/amber pour with a small foamy white head. Malty, yeast, dark fruit, brown sugar sweetness. Sweet, but not overly so. Good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (12765) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 22, 2014
On tap @ Destihl. Amber colored beer with a white head. Sweet banana, caramel, brown sugar, and dates on the nose. Some raisin, lots of toast, and a hint of vanilla. Subtle nutmeg spice. Flavor is certainly on the sweet side. Big brown sugar and dark fruits. Caramel sauce, banana, and plenty of raisin. Hints of cola and chocolate. Mild spice, alcohol, and vanilla.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (7947) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Samples from the tap at the brewery. Pours a clear amber with a light brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has notes of candied sugar, sweet grains and some light fruits. Flavor has light fruits, banana, candied sugar with a backbone of sweet grain.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (4460) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 8, 2014
Tap. Pours clear red apple, tiny beige head, some lacing. Aroma is red apples, candy sugar, caramel, very sweet on the nose. Flavor is medium sweet, a bit of tartness, minimal bitterness. Medium body, low carbonation, a bit hot.


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