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

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RATINGS: 825   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (34741) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2006
Bottled. Pale golden, lots of fluffy white head. Aroma is floral, citrusy and a bit yeasty. Flavour is very yeasty and strawish at first but quickly turns into citrus, caramel and flowery. Indeed a very champagneish beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (30908) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2007
75 cL bottle, Kerstbierfestival 2007 in Essen/Belgium. Pours golden and clear yellow with a lacing white head. Spiced towards herbal aroma, dry, oregano and thyme. Prickling carbonation. Flavour is spiced and slight soapy but it tastes lovely. Reminds me of spiced Italian food. Mellow malt flavour and spices lingering into the far finish. This is unsual and yet fantastic - I wouldn’t be able to drink a whole bottle though.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29223) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2005
A clear orange beer with a huge white head. The aroma is sweet and very spicy combined with notes of caramel. The flavor is lovely spicy combined with notes of lemon. I believe I have to rerate this one day.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2007
(Bottle 75 cl) Vintage 2002 - comes in a beautiful Dom Pérignon bottle. A hazy, golden beer leaving a broad and pretty curtain of laces. Spicy and alcoholic aroma. The body is huge with lots of malt - sweetish malt. Very soft and smooth mouthfeel with big and vulgar champagne bubbles. Rather spicy with a gingery note although I doubt any spices are added. The alcohol is distinctly present in the finish. This really has aged gracefully. I needed a strong and boozy beer for today’s very special occasion and this one pretty much did the trick. 190607

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (20658) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2005
Bottled. Clear yellow coloured with a white head. Acidic and spicy aroma with fruity notes. Flavour of spices and fruits with notes of alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (20299) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 14, 2006
Bottled. Pale golden, lots of fluffy white head. Aroma is floral, citrusy and a bit yeasty. Flavour is very yeasty and strawish at first but quickly turns into citrus, caramel and flowery. Indeed a very champagneish beer, as I had friends with champagne at the same time who let me taste those too. Good pressure with the cork, it flew lots better from this than my friends champagne .)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (19322) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 30, 2004
Bottled. Golden colour, champagnelike sparkling head. Aroma of malt anf toffee. Firm and full bodied, yet with light, sparkling mouthfeel. Medium sweet. Fresh and peppery. Very complex, yet drinkable. A good beer, but only the presentation is really fantastic.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16582) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 1, 2012
Bottle. Vintage 2007. Pours a golden color with a longlasting white head. Has a fruity spicy yeasty aroma with hints of coriander. Sweetish malty spicy yeasty coriander flavor with hints of honey. Has a sweetish malty spicy yeasty coriander finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (14744) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2011
2nd December 2007
Warning! Early amateur rating! Very champagne like in the pouring and general character. However it has an unusual flavour of water chesnuts and hoppy orange. 2005 bottle - may need to try a newer one!

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 9, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2011 2010-07-30, vintage 2004, 6 years old, 8-4-8-3-15=38
Hazy blond color; generous head, light; wonderful perlage. It has a very nice aroma, with coriander and oranges; it’s a bit soapy too, and lightly herbal (rosemary, mirth). Good body strength; spicy and herbal flavor, malt; it seems quite sweet now, also because the bitterness is gone. It doesn’t show signs of age; still interesting, but a bit too herbal.

2004-07-30, current vintage,
Light blond color. Strange aroma: lemonade, pipermint, herbs, flowers, honey, vanilla, incense, citrus fruits; odd.
Tastes like a strange Triple; some alcohol punch, a bit oily, honey (mead-like…).
Quite good, but not worthy… Thanks Philippe (Bov) for sharing this bottle.


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