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

bottled
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common

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RATINGS: 438   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2005
Hazy dark amber colour with a big tan head. Malty and yeasty aroma with a dark fruit sweetness and a light alcohol note. Yeasty and earthy flavor with a dark fruit sweetness and an alcohol finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FrkAabenhuus (147) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2005
Dark brown with large off white head. Sweet yeasty and fruity aroma. A dry flavor with notes of caramel, malt, fruit and yeast.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
pivo (2566) - GERMANY - APR 26, 2005
Starts great: light caramel nose with molasses tones, walnut-brown color, sticky foamy head. Odde sweet malt taste, however, with a vegetable character. Gritty bitter end. Taste doesn’t match the nose and this went downhill quick in my book. Dissappointing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - APR 26, 2005
Nice orchard fruit nose. It has some berry flavors tightened up by a winey dryness. All this overlays some considerable caramel. Reminds me a lot of St. Bernardus Prior 8, but a bit more caramel and dryness. Drink at room temperature. Excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4842) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2005
Bottle: Aroma is malt, fruit, chocolate, caramel, and citrus. Pours a dark brown. Some orange hilights are noticeable when held to the light. Big off-white head with excellent retention. Very malty. Lots of caramel, fruit, light chocolate, raisin. Finish is lightly acidic. A little warming affect, but no real alcohol flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 12, 2005
Dark copper brown with a lightly-lacing, light tan head. Rich malty caramel and bready Belgian yeast aroma. Body is sweet and viscous but thins a little toward the finish. Nicely carbonated with mild complexity and balance. A decent Belgian strong.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 7, 2005
Bottle. Pours an opaque brown with an enormous tan head. Bits of ruby red when backlit. Great lacing. Big malty flavor with dark pitted fruits abundant. The commercial description does this justice. Highly carbonated. Perhaps a touch watery but not terribly so. Pepper, spicey flavors. Aroma is malty, yeasty. Quite decent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2005
bottle. Cloudy amber color with an off white head. Aroma is spicy and peppery. Taste is honey and cloves with an eartiness taste. Not too sweet and nicely carbonated. Medium bodied with some other flavors of chocolate and dried fruits.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Dark reddish/purplish brow, with an off white lasting head, rich aroma of dark fruits and port wine, flavors are sweet raisin and some chocolate, also cherry, finishes lightly bitter. Excellent

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 8, 2005
Sherry and Madeira notes with a bit of Butterscotch and molasses. Mocha and raisin notes come in at mid palate. good initial head with some retention. Good apertif or paired with desert.


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