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

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RATINGS: 835   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.


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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bdunhill (250) - Brussels, - DEC 9, 2012
This Belgian Strong Ale has a nice grainy aroma and a carbonation that gives it a champaign like appearance. The taste is syrupy on the tongue but doesn’t linger on the palate. Leaving you with a full body beer!


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gegwilson (1269) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2014
Bottle from Calais Vins. Pours straw coloured with a layer of white froth. Sweet and spicy with champagne like sparkle. Finishes dry and quite bitter. Very nice.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bozo_skeleton (523) - Grenoble, FRANCE - OCT 17, 2014
Blonde bien dorée, grosse carbonatation comme du champagne, collet imposant mais qui ne resiste pas. Aromes cereales, fleurs, fruits note caractéristiques des levures belges. En bouche c’est du champagne au saveurs de biere belge et ca fait un effet fou. Excellent !!!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
750ml bottle poured in a Karmeliet tulip. A: First of all, bottle art. Just beautiful. Looks like a champagne bottle. A labeled cork and a small book explaining the producing and fermentation processes. Pours a yellow to orange clear color. A huge bubbled and sparkling head is formed. The retention is low, however it never disappears totally, leaving a bubble thin layer and some lacings S: Very sweet in the nose, quite fruity too. Strong notes of peach l, apples, white grapes. Also strong on vanilla and Honey. Belgian yeasts and finally some malts. Reminded me her sister Karmeliet T: Follows the nose. Sweet upfront. Peach, apple, grapes. Vanilla and honey. Belgian yeasts and malts. In overall a sweet and fruity beer. Hoppy bitterness is very very mild in the end M: Creamy molasses body with a huge expected champagne carbonation. Sweet mouth sensation from the beginning til the end O: Great beer. Very tasty. Strong Belgian character. At the same time, very unique [ BA Review @ 3/17/2012 ]

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hoppybeerlover (163) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2014
Large group tasting with many commenting on the champagne comparison that I just didn’t find. Pale yellow. Served a bit warmer than the suggested severely chilled.Very effervescent like champagne with little head retention. Plenty of fruityness (some grapefruit characteristics), but with the yeast qualities of fine Belgian beer and definitely a warmth from the alcohol. Tried and tried again to see if I could place a flavor found in the finish to that of another Belgian without success. This is a truly fine beer, but I feel most will appreciate it as such rather than a champagne. That said, I enyoy it over champagne by far unless you’re going to be buying.

1.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
mjik83 (165) - - OCT 7, 2014
75cl fles gedeeld op een verjaardag Uitgeschonken in Tripel Karmeliet glas Uiterlijk: blond met stevige witte kraag Aroma en smaak: kruidig, anijs, kruidnagel Conclusie: niet mijn ding, blij dat ik het op had ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oliodnb (331) - ITALY - SEP 28, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2014 75cl bottle shared. Happy birthday to me! Pours clear light golden with a thick bubbly foamy white head. Lots of bubbles. Light sweet smell with floral and yeasty notes. Taste is also sweet with caramel and fruity notes (orange, grapes, peach). Some yeast again and light alcoholic finish. Less sparkling and sweeter than what I was expecting. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RexTalionis (2514) - FINLAND - SEP 6, 2014
Bottle. Pours golden in color with a foamy whitish head. White grapes, apple, hints of spicyness and lemony notes in aroma. Slightly tart mouthfeel. White wine, apple and pear in taste as well, but also notes of lemon and summer meadow appears later on. Sweet fruity bready notes in finish with a spicy twist in the end.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
minutemat (1751) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2014
75cl bottle from Vanuxeem, drunk in the garden. Pours clear gold with sweet yeasty aroma. Taste is super fine bubbles, honey, sweet grain & vanilla with lusciously sweet background tripel esters. Very nice indeed.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (2850) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle at Appellation. Pours light golden, nose is sugary toffee, taste is rich caramel, quite fizzy, dry, sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamestulloch (1449) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle, tasting at Appellation Wines. Slightly hazy golden body with a thin white head. Light lacing. Classic Belgian aroma of peppery spice and yeast. Flavour of lemon meringue, yeast and straw. Medium body with a frothy mouthfeel. Soft fizz. Incredibly easy drinking for its strength.


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