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


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RATINGS: 470   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UXO (702) - 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 (123) - - 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 (12180) - 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 (3019) - 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 (2151) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kingstoni (1684) - FINLAND - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle. Hazy deep amber color with a medium thin frothy off-white head. Mild aroma of caramel and malt. Malty taste, some sourness and bitterness.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikske79 (1285) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 9, 2014
Een lekker bier met een goede smaak aan. Geen uitschieter, maar gewoon een deftig bier

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vipinvelp (2690) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2014
Clear dark ruby brown with light brown lacing foam head. Aroma is strong beer, light caramel, bit hoppy, lots of grass. Tastes perfect, a decent beer, strong. (Velp 201408)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Franksv6 (459) - Tiel, NETHERLANDS - JUL 29, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2014 Dark beer with a small permanent head. Taste like caramel and some bitter fruit. Average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperTiti33 (744) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2014
2010. Brune. Caramel. Très levuré. Sucre candi. Épicé. Fruité. Datte. Figue. Cerise noire. Fine amertume florale. Bien ronde. Un peu madérisé. J'aime bien.

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