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


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RATINGS: 897   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christian (12301) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2005
Yellow with a small white head. Aromas of sage, grass and some lemon. Sweetish flavour with some herbs and a nice warm mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (12270) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2005
Light golden ale with a thick white big bubbled head. Light malt, alcohol, aniseed, caraway and peach notes. Delightful bubbly and dry sweet malt with expanding qualities, oily and onctuous mouuthfeel. Good hops presence, with the alcohol warmth, and a honey finale.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Benzai (12162) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 15, 2011
75cl bottle at Cafe Buitenlust, Oischot. Weird smell, not really pleasing. Taste as well. Too much carbs. I think a champagne-like beer can be brewed a lot better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (11875) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 23, 2010
750mL bottle, pours hazy golden yellow with a white head. Aroma of bubblegum, Belgian yeast, and strong licorice (sort of like absinthe). Flavour of Belgian yeast, bubblegum, licorice and sweet candied sugar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bierkoning (11862) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2006
2006 version, € 12,95 Mitra Hengelo. Blonde with a slight touch of pink. Odd mix of malt and grapes in the aroma. Champagne yeast odor. Dry and light. Vinous, alcoholic and bubbly. The closest a beer can get to Champagne Brut, only less fruity and more alcoholic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11838) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2008
Bottle, bought @ brygshoppen.dk.br i[vintage 2005]/ibr i[my 600th Belgian]/ibr Pours lightly hazy bright golden with a medium, very fizzy white head that almost immediatly disappears. Fizzes along nicely afterwards with lots of bubbles creating a continuing film of foam. Impressive looks for a beer. Aroma is very fruity, lots of oranges, lemons, apples. A good deal of coriander as well. Very high carbonation, some oiliness to it. Flavour is very champagne-like, sweetnes with lots of slightly tarty fruits, apples, oranges and vanilla and coriander mixing in well. It’s very vinious as well. Truly a remarkable beer - expensive, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pinball (11790) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2010
Clear yellow, large bubbly head that disappears fast. aroma is dry, sweet malty, faint citrussy, faint yellow fruits, hint of white wine or champaigne. Flavor is dry, like sweet champaigne, yellow fruity, faint spicy, like a belgian blonde but with some hints of citrus and wine too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (11661) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 28, 2006
Pours a deep, rich gold with a tall fizzy and crackling white rocky head, mostly diminishing with no lacing noticeable. Aroma is fruity and floral perfume hop, malt (straw, biscuit), yeast (dough) and a peppery spice, alcohol notes. Spiced yeast and malt flavor, tart and bitter acidity follow, buttery and spiced honey in the middle with a drying alcohol finish. Medium bodied and fizzy-foamy, spicy palate. The beer was good, but not worth the $28 it cost me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2011
Bottle sample at the 2nd Annual Top of the Hops Charlottesville, VA beer festival, 9/10/11. Pours a clear yellow color with a thin wispy head. Aroma of big spicy notes, sweet malts, grapes and an herbal note. The taste is sweet malts, grapes, herbal and peppery notes. Full bodied.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Bov (11456) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - AUG 1, 2004
clear pale yellow colour with a giant and very foamy head, apple and acidic aroma, overcarbonated, oily and heavy, lot of alcohol and licorice, notes of cleaning product, bitter - it really doesn’t work for me

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