Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels (AB-InBev)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 914   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zlotta (2255) - Hagen, GERMANY - DEC 31, 2015
0.75 l bottle from ’Bierzwerg’, 2013 vintage. Lots of beer runs out of the bottle (too warm?). Clear, golden yellow with a huge, fluffy, quickly diminishing, white head. Fruity-yeasty, floral aroma of sage, white grapes, peach, ’voltaren’ and gooseberry. Sweetish-yeasty, fruity-floral taste of sage, white grapes, lemon, peach and gooseberry, followed by a medium long, slightly sourish, earthy-yeasty, dry bitter finish. Medium body, slightly effervescent mouthfeel, average to lively carbonation. Very interesting flavours, rather tasty and the alcohol is barely detectable. Good!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Batavi (354) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2016 Fles vintage 2013 gekocht bij Gall & Gall Kaatsheuvel, extra gekoeld en uitgeschonken in originele Deus champagne fluitjes. Helder geel sprankelend bier, met een hoge bruisende witte schuimkraag die snel inzakt, en rijen koolzuur belletjes in het glas, dit bier lijkt inderdaad op champagne. Aroma’s zijn ook heel vineus, fruitig en floraal. Tonen van chardonnay wijn, honing, bloemig parfum, perziken, peer, appel maar ook specerijen als kruidnagel, gember en vanille, met een afronding van houtige aroma’s. Het smaakpallet is zoet en kruidig met tonen van witte wijn, chardonnay, honingachtige en bloemige geparfumeerde notities, perzik, peer en specerijen als vanille, kruidnagel en gember. Hoge carbonatie en een vol zoet mondgevoel, met een mooie droge finish, als in een brut champagne. De alcohol van 11,5% is heel goed verborgen Een mooi bier van Bosteels met een bijzondere productiemethode, heeft enige gelijkenis met de tripel karmeliet, maar dan meer vineus en nog meer bloemig geparfumeerd. Een geslaagd champagnebier zowel in aroma als smaak. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mariuspoenari (1689) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2015
An excellent beer - my first Biere Brut, and was quite surprised. Very high carbonation, just like a sparkling wine, and the colour is similar too, a pale golden. The smell is somewhere between a cider and a sparkling wine, with notes of apples, white grapes, spices. The taste is bitter-sweet and very refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PotjeBier (2744) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2015
75 cl bottle, shared. Cuvee 2012, and just past the expiry date (1 Dec. 2015). Cork popped out of the bottle by itself, and there was a little overflow from the bottle. Poured a clear golden color with lots of carbonation, and a white head that didn’t last very long. Aroma’s: fruity, lemon/sourish, slightly vinous, sweet herbs (aniseed?). Retronasal there’s more sweetness, light sweet herbs, fruity. Flavor is moderate sweet, a bit alcoholic. Medium bodied.. Quite a bit carbonation. Flavors linger. Not bad actually.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nihtila (2947) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2015
Bottle at Appellation Wines. Clear golden. Nose is citrus and lemon esters, yeast, honey. Tastes honey, orange, very sweet. Not very beer-like, very sweet. Unusual but nothing worth the price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wchesser (1915) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2015
Gold with champagne like carbonation and head. Nose was banana bread out of the bottle, becoming oxidized apples as it warmed. Lots of yeast driven spice esters and breadiness dominating flavors. I wouldn’t call this a brut compared to champagne, maybe demisec. Fairly sweet. Slightly hot alcohol in mouth and on finish. Closer to a highly carbonated tripel than a champagne. Interesting but definitely not something I’ll get again for the price of admission.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcelB1979 (8) - Caxias do Sul, BRAZIL - NOV 29, 2015 does not count
Champenoise-method beer with excellent ballance on the taste, aroma and appearance. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mithe (1547) - Opava & Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 18, 2015
(bottle 0,75l)
Aroma: Very sweet, vine fruity, saison-like, some lemon.
Appearance: Clear, light yellow color. Huge, quickly disappearing, white head.
Taste: Very sweet, spicy.
Palate: Medium-full body. Very fizzy carbonation. Astringent, light warm finish.
Overall: Very interesting, unusual, champagne-beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
w_adwersarz (435) - Cracow, POLAND - NOV 17, 2015
Piana bardzo obfita, drobno i średni pęcherzykowa, pozostawia ładną koronkę brabancką. Po rozpadzie pozostaje kilku milimetrowa warstewka piany na powierzchni. Barwa bardzo jasna złota, słomkowa, praktycznie klarowne, pracuje jak oszalałe. Aromat super,jak na belgię oczywiście :P, słodki, kwiatowy, dojrzałe owoce z odrobiną cytrusów. W smaku jest bardzo podobnie, słodko i kwiatowo, a potem owocowo, a na końcu goryczka. Alkohol bardzo dobrze zamaskowany, w ogóle nie czuć jak na tę moc. Wysycenie wysokie, wytrawne, pijalne, rześkie, goryczka szlachetna niezbyt wysoka.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kosmokrator (849) - ITALY - NOV 17, 2015
Biondo paglierino fortemente carbonato con fragile schiuma bianca. Pungente e speziata al naso, presenta note fruttate e maltate ma ricorda un vino brut. Gusto dolciastro, acidulo, asciutto, secco; corpo medio e struttura setosa. Buona!

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