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


on tap

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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (13282) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2006
Bottle. Frothy white excellent mostly lasting head. Yellow colour. Strange fruity aroma with hints of barnyard and mango. Nice powerfull flavor. A bit watery palate. Strange beer but still nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (12970) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christian (12953) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ferris (12904) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 12, 2013
Bottle - Grass, lemon, spices and yeast. Bubbly gold with a rich head. Sweet honey, light citrus, coriander and a bit booze. Wonderful, can’t believe it took me so long to try this. Light, flavourful, the champagne style bottling adds a superb look and palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2007
(750ml bottle) Pours a bubbly clear yellow body with a medium-sized egg-white head. Aroma of lemon, florals, caramel, and lime. Flavor of yeast, mild hops, light butter, and malt with some woodiness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (12711) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2011
2009 vintage bottle. It pours straw yellow, with high champagne-like carbonation and a quickly-dissipating thick fizzy white head. The nose is slightly sour white grape, hay, orange, melon, ginger and elderflower. The taste is surprisingly sweet, tonnes of melon, orange, lemon, hay, grass, bread, honey, elderflower and increasingly more ginger as it warms-up. It has a foamy mouth-feel and a champagne-like body. An interesting beer, which is a bit too sweet for me to enjoy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bierkoning (12577) - 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (12193) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DSG (12189) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 13, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2010 Re-rate 3/2/10: Bottle sample during a Beer-D Parliament meeting. Clear pale golden with lots of carbonation and a white head. Over-spicy aroma. Semi-dry flavor with fruits and a dry spicy finish. Over-carbonated mouthfeel. 4/3/6/2/11=2.6

Bottle. Clear, very sparkling, golden color with a huge but very quickly-diminishing white head. Aroma is very fruity with some apples, apricots, peaches, citrus, some yeast and spices.A slightly sweetish flavor at first with light maltiness and caramel notes. Continues drier and spicy with fruits (citrus, green apple notes) and finishes bitter with spicy hops and alcohol. Medium-bodied with lots of carbonation. Too much spiciness and alcohol flavor for me. The boozy character gets a bit more bearable as the beer warms up a bit. 7/4/6/3/12=3.2

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (12136) - 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.

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