Brewed by ’t Gaverhopke
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Stasegem-Harelbeke, Belgium


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RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 15, 2009
A.K.A. Singing Blond. Pours a fogged in orange gold with a thin creme head. Mild sour nose. Fruit is also there. At first when I poured it I wanted to say it was apricots. But alas we have moved on to minor funk. Flavor is superb. Smooth. Mature fruit tones and sweetness. A slightly firm acidity barely appears. Minor funky. It’s all mixed and mashed together beautifully though and seems to go funky on my mouth one time and then fruity the next. Just clings to the next bit of character and you get a real smooth ride of flavor. Feel has a carbonation that bites too much at the tongue, but it isn’t enough to interfere with the flavor. Damn. This is good. I mean, really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Icedwarf (926) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2015
Bruin bier met weinig schuim. Smaak is zoet en kruidig, ietwat fruitig, abrikoos en kandij. Erg goed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcartamdg (2573) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2015
Pours a hazy, milky gold with a thick white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, earth and funk. Taste is earthy, sweet candy sugar, banana esters and toffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Franckg (654) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 7, 2015
Un beau gros gushing surprise à l’ouverture et une mousse qui ne fini plus de gonfler. Ça commence bien... Après quelques minutes de repos, on peut attaquer. Robe jaunâtre, la mousse s’atténue considérablement, ne reste que quelques millimètres bien tenaces. Autre chose désagréable: beaucoup, mais beaucoup de grumeaux en suspension. Arômes de levures, tarte aux pommes, muscade, poire, abricot séché. Très sucré et effluves de fruits fermentés. En bouche, on continue sur la ligne sucrée. Encore cette sensation de tarte aux pommes à laquelle on aurait saupoudré du sucre brun. Un peu de muscade et abricot. Des phénols de fermentation nous parviennent aux palais, rapellant le clou de girofle. Une finale trop sucrée et envahissante. J’aurais aimé que le haut taux d’alcool se manifeste un peu plus. Texture assez épaisse, un corps trop rond pour ce style de bière.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silvan7 (930) - Samarate, ITALY - JUL 23, 2015
On tap @ Zythos Treviso. ambrata, opalescente, riflessi aranciati,m schiuma beige chiaro, fine persistente. Aroma intenso, fruttato, esteri da lievito, confettura di pesca, fico, caramello. Gusto dolce amabile, poc amaro, solo nel finale, leggerissima acidità data dalla tostatura. Oleaosa, corposa, non troppo carbonata, alcolica, rotonda. Abbastanza equilibrata. Armonica

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zwiebel88 (637) - GERMANY - MAY 31, 2015
Orange, amber, leuchtend. In der Nase hefig, Candy, Kandiszucker, Alkohol. Am Gaumen Kandiszucker, elicht pappig, Cidersäure, minimal seifig, hefig, etwas dünn, leicht trocken.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3751) - Michigan, USA - MAR 14, 2015
330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 12/2014. Highly carbonated gusher upon opening. Pours murky bright orange color with a 3 finger fluffy off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, lime, orange peel, pear, apple, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, candi sugar, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and light pale malt notes; with good strength. Very bright aromas. Taste of big lemon, lime, orange peel, pear, apple, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, candi sugar, light honey, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, orange peel, pear, apple, pepper, candi sugar, light honey, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nicely dry finish. Damn nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and light pale malt flavors; with a great crisp malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and foamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong pale ale. All around great complexity and balance of bright fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and light pale malt flavors; and extremely smooth and crisp to sip on for the high ABV. With the combination of the difficult over carbonated pour and murky appearance, I was expecting this to taste old and malty; but it tasted spot on. A very enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alengrin (3686) - BELGIUM - NOV 9, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2015 Blonde ale since 2009, referring to Mrs. Vandoorne who took over the brewery the year before. Snow white, creamy head, old gold colour with orangey glow, clear with fierce sparkling. Aroma of honey, young cheese, peach, butter, pineapple, caramel, apricot; sweetish taste, subdued fruitiness, applish and somewhat honeyish, supple and soft mouthfeel, flowery hops in the finish but not enough bitter to balance out the initial sweetness as well as a glow of warming, white port-like alcohol. Also tasted as a two years vintage bottle (shared with Craftmember), in which it showed a sourish quality, not unlike unripe gooseberry and a bit lemon, not unpleasant, let’s say a ’happy infection’...

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
marcogrind (107) - Milano, ITALY - OCT 24, 2014
Gusher!!! Pale golden, white foam. Scent of yeast. Overcarbonated killing mouthfeel. Yeast again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zita (5866) - Assentoft, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2014
light sweet aroma,amber, cloudy, off white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, oily feel, bitter, long finish,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hansen (8092) - Assentoft, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2014
Light amber and unclear. Has a white head, medium duration. Aroma is heavy sweet, malty and with notes of yeast. Flavor is heavy sweet too, honey, dry cocoa in the finish.

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