Brewed by Van Eecke
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Poperinge-Watou, Belgium


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RATINGS: 465   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Bottle conditioned.
This dark beer has been brewed with careful attention in accordance with our age old brewing tradition. It is a flavourful beer, tasting slightly bitter-sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2014
Bottle at The Rising Sun, Berkhamsted on 26 Jul 2012. Poured a dark brown, with a big, dense white head. Aroma of prunes, raisins, pepper, cloves and Belgian yeast. Dates, apricots and fruit cake in the flavour, with some spicy notes. Finish was berries, bread and some hoppy bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjik83 (774) - - DEC 4, 2014
************************************************** + Matig Niet mijn smaak ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClaudeB04 (191) - Dudelange, LUXEMBOURG - DEC 2, 2014
Clear brown colour with a clear head. Candy, roasted malt, a nice soft finish where the 9% shine through. A very good belgian beer for these cold days

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rok1024 (1189) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - NOV 11, 2014
Clear brown appearance, medium head. Roasted malt, fruity and hoppy. Medium bitterness and sweetness, rounded, good Belgian strong ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
fellebag (1033) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle 33cl. Small white layer disappearing. Red brown dark a bit hazy color. Aroma is cherry, berries, oak, wood. Taste is sweet of sugar, rubber, wine gums.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UXO (586) - CANADA - OCT 3, 2014
Pours clear amber-brown with a fat finger of light beige head diminishing gradually to a thick cap, no lacing. Nose is brown sugar, dark fruit and cloves. Taste is moderate caramel malt sweetness and mild spice, slight sourness and hop bitter. Medium to full body and soft mouth feel with alcohol warming on a slightly tart finish. Well, that’s all right. Sure, I’ve had better priors, but I don’t think I’ve had better for the price. Really the major problem with this one is the near-complete absence of any hop character to balance out the sweetness. Not that the sweetness is overwhelming, and there is some tartness offsetting it, as well as the alcohol drying, but a little more bittering would help the overall balance. That said, being a monk might not be so bad if this were the daily drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Xebbe (112) - - OCT 1, 2014
God. Syrlig men maltig och söt. Fin blandning. Suröl och strong Ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Koelschtrinker (11736) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - SEP 11, 2014
Dunkel getreidiger Antrunk, etwas hefig, lag malzig, langweilig bis in den Nachgeschmack. 9/8/7/9//8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (2813) - BELGIUM - AUG 21, 2014
The ’massive ale’, or abt as the style is called here, in this series. Dark brown colour, light beige head; brown sugar, cinnamon, candied figues, coriander and cloves in the nose, taste a spicy sweetness, soft mouthfeel with caramelly malts and lots of alcohol in the finish even to the point where it becomes a bit wry. Not a great example of its style, but honest and enjoyable nevertheless. Also sold on 75 cl and probably harbouring a lot of ageing potential.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VertBaconStrips (2133) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 15, 2014
caramel, lighlty burnt sugar, moderate sweetness mixed with a dry spice, raisins, rum, chewy on occasion, spit inducing, faint tobacco , slightly offbeat spice, pelican beaks, owl thorax, seal knees.

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