Brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Ertvelde, Belgium


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RATINGS: 221   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2371) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2015
On tap at Tap and Mallet. Quite good, not great. Dark brown with faint orange highlights and a medium thick head with moderate lacing and minimal retention. Very full rich aroma of dark ripe fruit, yeast, bread dough. Palate is thick, sticky, sweet, full of plums. Alcohol well hidden. Some medicinal notes detract.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
77ships (4693) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 20, 2014
750 ml. Bottle sampled @ O.B.E.R. Kestbierfestival 2014. (Thx!) 2009 Vintage. Reddish dark brown, tanned head on the side. Nose is warming, wood, varnish, paint, oxidation / cherry,Ö Taste is bitter leaves, varnish, paint, leaves, BE yeast,.. Carbonation is way too high & I am tasting paint, varnish etc. disappointing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (14410) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Dark brown with a lively tan head. Roasted aroma, tastes of alcohol and malt. Should age well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alengrin (2813) - BELGIUM - AUG 20, 2014
Lighter winter version of the classic Gulden Draak since 2005, with a malty, yeasty and spicy (coriander) character, but less sweet than the regular; caramel and nutty malts, dryish taste with some candied fruits, bitterish finish. Basically a downtuned version of their regular Gulden Draak - and in that sense equally purposeless as e.g. Duvel Groen. Never understood why Van Steenberge came up with this in the first place. But not a bad Belgian ale, generally speaking.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewje41 (977) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Draft pour at Special Brews. Pours a dark red color. A very unique aroma full of spices which hooked me right away. Flavor is full of spices with small hints of fruit throughout. Raisins, dates, a little cherry, all backed with some pepper. I can honestly say I have never had a beer quite like this one. This beer goes full circle with sweet fruit to peppery spice, and finishes very refreshing. Gets better as it goes to. Very much impressed by this beer. Might have to look in to their other beers now. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (2049) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2014
750 ml bottle vintage 2010 tasted January 27 2014.

Pours into my Gulden Draak tulip, brown with surprisingly red highlights and a frothy tan head. Aroma of mulled spices and belgian yeast, grassy hops and cola. Cobwebby basement. Dark fruit. The flavor is only modestly sweet, again the spices, ginger and anise, plus a bit of pepper and a diet cola and pear-skin finish. Very much like a dubbel. Aggressively carbonated, additional bubbles springing to life in the mouth. This one doesnít particularly stand out from the crowd of good Belgian strong ales, but it is perfectly nice beer, comparably low alcohol, and capable of maintaining interest all the way through a 750 tonight.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
villevav (267) - FINLAND - OCT 14, 2013
Tuoksussa anista, lakritsaa. Maussa makeaa alkoholimaisuutta, lakritsia ja mausteita. Liian makea ja alkoholinen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4872) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Tap at Oasis. Stained glass brown-burgundy body. Thin steady off-white head. Creamy Belgian Brown ale, lots of fruity undercurrents...cherry, raisin, plum. Quite nice and surprisingly mellow. Deep mulled cherry and brown malt notes. Served in official glass, this is quite a treat. Candy sugar notes. Molasses, wood..very faint. Delicate, excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ration (1996) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 16, 2013
This review is exported from olutopas.info with no comment. Original rating date 19.11.2010

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WheatKing (1319) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 4, 2013
Well, I sure liked this. A lot. Maybe because itís a 2011 vintage and I donít have much experience with aged beers (Wow a year and a few months ago!). Itís a caramel Belgian bomb. That sounds disgusting, but really itís not, I mean itís rich with the phenols and esters working together to make a nice showcase for malt. Laced up. I like dark Belgian strongs, period. Really should change my "favourite style" to that but I think you really have to be itching for the Belgian tastes to really to be open to them at a particular moment, itís not an all-the-time style for me. Those Belgians! Maybe Iíve spent too much time in Holland.

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