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


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RATINGS: 479   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Bottle. Poured a golden-copper with reddish hints. Small white head. Aroma is strong of roasted malts, some yeast and trace fruitiness. Flavor is also full of the roasted maltiness, with some fruit and yeast thrown in. Good mouthfeel. Pretty balanced. Easy drinking considering the 9% abv.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2006
Aroma is really fruity dark fruits, quite a bit of malt character too. Taste is similar yeast has a wee say a bit sweet perhaps but alround a very decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - MAY 21, 2006
Poured a reddish copper with a thin off white head and poor lacing. Aromas are faint but include grassy hops, raisins, cherries, and brown sugar. Flavors are also subtle and mimic the aromas with the exception of even more subtle fruit flavors. A slight roasted flavor is also present. A considerable hop bitterness leaves a slightly astringent finish. Also bit watery. For a belgian of this gravity I was expecting a lot more

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PorterPounder (6408) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2006
Habersham Beverage Warehouse, Savannah, Ga. - 11.2 oz bottle. Dark orange pour, slightly cloudy with a soft, pillowy white head. Aroma has hints of molasses, raisins and chocolate. Same elements found in the flavor with some brown sugar roundng it out nicely and a hint of alcohol. Good late night nightcap. Thickish mouthfeel, just the right amount of carbonation.

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