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


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RATINGS: 483   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2006
330 ml bottle. Orange-brown beer thick yellow-tan head. Very creamy appearance with thick persistent lacing. Aroma is of fruity malts, bready notes with a touch of rye, strong yeasty notes as well. Light plumminess with some white grape sweetness. Body is a bit thin for something so big. Flavour is sweet, brown sugar, caramel, a bit of woodiness, but also some strong metallic flavour as well. Meh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
spaque99 (8) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2006 does not count
Very good strong beer, but served a bit too cold. Texture was not as thick as I expected.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (20419) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2006
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange colour with a small white head. Fruity spicy aroma. Malty fruity and bitter flavor. Malty and bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2006
33cL bottle cellared 2 years after purchasing in Gent. Brown to dark brown color with good, lacy head. The aroma is malty with hints of toffee. The flavor is very malty with plenty of yeasty goodness and extremely carbonated. Nice complexity. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 2, 2006
Colour of dark caramel with a heavy soft mocha cream head. Layered aroma of roast grain, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Flavours apple and not to sweet caramel. Soft mouth feel with a warm spice finish. There is some alcohol present but no burn or anything to indicate a 9%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2006
Dark burgundy body, creamy tannish head, softly diminishes...nice lookin’... Aroma is beautifully complex, spices, dark fruits, raisins and plums, ...a brandy-ish feel. Rich, heady stuff. Me likey. Flush feel in the mouth, big carbonation, but balanced by abundant flavor. Brisk, ticklish, and tasty. Licorice and grapes, melded melodically. A bit candyish, some toffee here, a touch of nuts, a sliver of oak. Doesn’t blow me away, but aquits itself nicely. Don’t feel the 9% yet, but I’ve said that before and rued the remark. A mellow brew, nice to relax with...ah...just my style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2006
Bottle. Nice rum raisiny coriander aroma, pours a rich opaque mahogany with a big beige head. Flavor is loggy, vinuous, stewy, venison, sweet & coriander are, unusually for this style of beer nowadays, in glorious balance. Reminds me a bit of trois pistoles and gives that a run for its money. Very nice, quite flavorfull and drinkable simultaneously, as my favorite beers are.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Diogène (1069) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 25, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2007 Bottle at Bistro l’autre oeil. Pours an amber blonde colour wtih a thin head that disapear quickly. The aroma is sweet and malty with notes of cookies with caramel and plums. Taste is pretty metallic with hints of dark fruits, alcohol and honey, with a bitter aftertaste. The flavor does not live up to the hype after smelling these appealing aromas.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUN 16, 2006
Brownish red coloured, with a large off white head, average carbonation and a soft burned malty-sweet caramel aroma. Full creamy body, Finish is strong burned and alcoholic, turning into sweet-bitter near the end.Strong beer, OK, but not really my type.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2006
darkest of the kapittel that i’ve tried, reddish brown with visible particles bouncing around in the carbonation. fruit and spice to the nose, malty on the tongue with some dry hops. alcohol well hidden, nicely done.

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