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Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Buggenhout, Belgium

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RATINGS: 802   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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First brewed at Bosteels, transfered to the Champagne region of France were it is treated much like a champagne with the bottles inverted and the yeast expunged and bottle recorked.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
langeveld12 (191) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2014
Pours a large frothy white head that mostly lasts. Body is clear and sparkling, with pale yellow color. aroma contains light malts (dark bread, grain), moderate hops (flowers, perfume, lemon), light yeasts (soap) and banana, cassis, peach, pear, white wine, some alcohol and spices and almond. flavor starts light acidic, then goes to sweet and light acidic and finally also some very light bitterness is added. body is light to medium with creamy texture and fizzy carbonation. Bottle for new years eve. First it tastes like a beer, then like champagne. It combines the good of both, with complex fruits. Great brew, never tasted anything like it before.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kingi (448) - - JAN 4, 2014
cant get much out of the nose, some sweetness. clear yellow colour. Taste is a nice sweet and spicy combination. I would have liked a dry finish for a champagne beer. This is nice but in the end a sweet belgian beer with spicyness and way too much abv.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fantti (629) - FINLAND - JAN 3, 2014
Kaatuu lasiin vaaleankullankeltaisena ja kirkkaana, valkoisella kuohuviinimäisellä suht nopeaan katoavalla vaahdolla. Hiilihappoja on todella runsaasti ja olut tulee pullosta pihalle. Hajussa on mielenkiintoisia vivahteita omenaa, kanelia, pippurista mausteisuutta, (rosmariinista?) yrttisyyttä ja lievää sitrusmaisuuttakin. Maku on enemmän sitrusmainen, mutta reilusti raikasta yrttisyyttä on myös mukana. Liekö rosmariinia tai jotain mintun kaltaista? Pippurinen mausteisuus on jälkimaussa vahvasti läsnä. Suutuntuma on melko hiilihappoinen ja melko raikas. Todella erikoinen ja ns. iso olut, jossa erilaiset yrtit ja mausteisuus ovat vahvimpina.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thanatosti (820) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2014
75 cl. bottle @ my parents, shared with my father and brothers, gift from Rick and Pim. Light golden with a fine white head. Aroma is fruity champagnelike with a hint of malt. Taste is rather sweet. Carbonation is very high which makes it feel like a real champagne. A well executed experiment in my book, this champagne beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (2173) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 2, 2014
750ml bottle shared at a 2013 brewnight. Poured into flutes, as advised, to complete the champagne feel I guess. Clear pale yellow, good effervescence. Lemon and sweet bread aromas. Dry taste. Elegant finish, very nice. Very expensive though.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EdwinLitzau (233) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2014
Mooie heldere goudkleur, veel koolzuur. Veel schuim. Ruikt zacht, naar banaan en licht kruidig. Smaakt fantastisch, heel erg zacht. Afdronk zoet, bijna geen bitter. Topper!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Borresteijn (4402) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2014
75cl Bottle, thanks Thijs & Sandra! Hazy pale yellow colour, fizzy white head. Aroma of gale/bog myrtle or cardamon, quite spicy, sweet lemon, some apple. Flavour is malty, spicy, gale, almost minty, apple, bittersweet finish. Quite sweet overall. Medium-bodied, alcoholic, but really nice.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rejtable (1139) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2014
Pours yellow with some head and no lacing into a flute. Nose is very fruity and some yeast. Orange dominiates along with some five alive and some dough. Taste is medium sweet and no bitterness. Nice toast to 2014!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (2915) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle as shown thanks to Rainer. Pours a clear gold with thick frothy white head leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is yeast and fruit. Thin mouthfeel with light yeast and dry fruit. Toasting this to 2014!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikeyo1 (97) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle @ home. Pours hazy yellow with a tall frothy white head. Spicy sweet nose of ripe bananas, ginger, dough, yeast and mild charcuterie notes. Medium mouth feel with lots of refreshing champange like carbonation. Taste is up front sweet with ripe bananas, honey, ginger and some mild pepper plus grape. It finishes drier of pale pilsner like maltiness and notes of citrus and ginger lingering.


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