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

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RATINGS: 817   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lowenbrau (1867) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - FEB 2, 2014
750ml bottle. Courtesy of Erich from 1420, León.
In short: a sweet sparkling belgian ale.
Pours hazy golden with frothy soapy white head. Some gushing. Poor head retention and lacing. Subltle tart, honey, citrusy, grassy and yeasty aromas. Light to medium body, high carbonation, crispy texture. Taste is some tart, citrusy, really sweet, some grassy and citrusy. Dry aftertaste. Like drinking a champagne made out of barley. Nice if you enjoy this.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
back (1295) - Holstebro, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2014
Gylden klar skum hvid Frisk nåletræ frugt gær ROM alc sukker Bitter ikke sød meget sur lidt Livlig

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsenbryg (371) - Holstebro, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2014
Gær, malt, vinøs, citron, frugt, sommer græs eng, gul, syrlig, let, sirup, malasse, harpiks , nåletræ. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DwarfeD (809) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2014
75cl bottle shared with friends. Clear pale golden with a full white soapy head. Medium body with fizzy carbonation. Medium sweetness and almost no bitterness. Lemon, flowers, perfume, spices, some sweet fruits and almond. This was a decent experience for what was my first champagne beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rikstar (655) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 15, 2014
0,75l fles tijdens biergilde hoorn. Helder goudgeel bier met beperkt wit schuim. Geur is bloemig kamille, gist alcoholisch. Smaak is volzoet met anijs mooie volle afdronk. Ondanks dat het erg zoet is toch erg lekker doet denken aan een brut champagne.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beer-yum (437) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 10, 2014
Deliciously different brew that brilliantly bridges the gap between beer and sparkling wine.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
langeveld12 (202) - 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 (460) - - 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 (678) - 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 (868) - 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.


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