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


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RATINGS: 877   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (11817) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 5, 2008
750ml bottle (alko) shared by Mirjukka - thanks!
Opens with a nice pop, no gushing fortunately. Pours an almost glow-in-the-dark gold with a quite tight, but also fizzy self-supporting head - very lively. Quite sharp fruity aroma, almost cidery in places, a touch crotchy as it warms a little. Surprisingly soft palate - carbonation not excessive at all, smooth and soft. Leaves the mouth coated and sticky on swallowing, and with a lovely bitter bite. Not much alcohol for the strength. There’s a pleasant wafting of the lighter - fruity, sour, pale malt, bitter hops - aromas up the nose, but not much more. The pale malts and crotchiness are carried through in the taste too. Possibly a little sticky sweet, but no other real flaws. Not my favourite Belgian brut, but my standards are quite high.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pinball (11704) - 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11644) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (11586) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bierkoning (11526) - 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 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Benzai (11324) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (11116) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (11065) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2005
Bottled @ KØ 2005: Yellow coloured. Highly carbonated. Off white fluffy head. Citric and fresh aroma. Very intense. Spice, fruits, sweetness, acidity in the flaovur. Very complex. Alcohol is very well hidden. Incredible. The only thing that reveals the high ABV is the mild alcohol burnt on the lips in the end. I had this twice during the fastival. Good one. Really good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (11054) - San Diego, 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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Bov (10914) - 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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