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

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RATINGS: 489   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (3112) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2006
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours deep amber with a tan head. Aroma of toasted malts, fruit, caramel. The flavor is caramel, fruit, and carbonation. Great beer.

2.1
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
WeeHeavySD (3362) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 10, 2006
Beer 21 Summer 2006 trip in Europe. Drank on 7/2/06 bottled and drank at The Brugge Bear in Brugge, Belgium. This is a high quality beer but there was something about it that didn’t agree with me. As I was on this trip my brother he liked it and thought it was similar to Celebrator, I’d say its likely a fine beer for most, but I couldn’t drink it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2006
Very cloudy medium mahogeny color with a totally retained, creamy off white colored head. Aroma is nicely malty with notes of chocolate and nuts as well as a nice yeast aroma and a whiff of alcohol. Flavor is quite unexpectantly fruity with a bit of chocolate, also some roasted nuts. The finish is a bit of a mess with lots of spiciness. I would like to try a fresher/better cared for example as a bunch of the beers that I bought from a particular Sherman Oaks retailer showed sign of improper storage.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nagash (207) - Paris, FRANCE - AUG 21, 2006
Bottle (33 cl), bought in belgium. Rosted malt, strong alcohol taste, some caramel, fruits. Quite good, but drunk too cold.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2006
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours orange/brown with a large light tan head that lasts until the finish. Aroma of slight roasted malts, citrus, fruit, caramel, and spices. The flavor is smooth, caramel, fruit, and citrus. Good malty body, good brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 14, 2006
Dark amber colored, little beige head. Nice aroma with roastiness, spices, licorice and mild alcohol. Medium to full bodied. Alcohol in flavor is strong and dominating, crispy palated body suits here fine. Flavor has also roastiness and spices, aftertaste is warm with alcohol, spices and dryness.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoeMcPhee (9051) - 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.

3.8
   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.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (20882) - 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.

3.7
   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.


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