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


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RATINGS: 450   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (4863) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2004
Bottle: Poured a dark beer with a huge head with super great retention. Aroma is comprised of a mix of spices and roastiness. The mix of spices and roastiness is also very present in the taste and very enjoyable and is also accompanied by strong hops. Body is quite strong with good carbonation. The alcohol is extremely subtle which is a plus when you have a 9% beer. Overall, this is another great beer from a very underrated brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2004
Best before Jan. 2003.
Thick tan head on a muddy amber colored body. Heavy aroma of prunes, raisins, fruit and malt. Flavor is sweet and sour sugary with a somewhat strange spicy tone. Lots of citrus and also raisins and a little chocolate. Little harsh towards the end. A different but nice and interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 7, 2004
Brown color with a slightly fizzy medium head. Aroma of malty caramel, fruits (prunes maybe)and alcohol vapors. Very interesting flavors of dark fruits, alcohol and black liquorice. By far the best beer I’ve tasted from this brewery. Smooth, round mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jutuahol (189) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - APR 10, 2004
Sampled @ Helsinki Beer Festival 2004
Dark copper red, thick beige head. Nose is a bit fruity. Pretty full body. Flavor is fruity, a bit alcohol-like and sweet. A bit easy beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (12992) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 4, 2004
Bottled (Helsinki Beer Festival 2004)
Copper red hazy color. Nice medium steady coffee head. Aroma is typically Belgium malty. Full-bodied but otherwise plain beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 3, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2004 (Bottled) Dark brown-amber color with a large, tanned head. Very malty, syrupy, slightly hoppy and rye-pudding-like aroma. Flavor is also very malty, sweet and hoppy. Sweetness hides the ABV nicely. The full-bodied, syrupy palate is actually quite refreshing because of the foamy carbonation. A nice and full-bodied, yet quite easily drinkable strong ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6345) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2004
Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread, caramel), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with a note of honey. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2003
Expired jan 03. Amber color with a little white head. The taste is fruity and sweet, notes of caramel. Finishes quite bitter, but this might be due to the expiration date.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (8311) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2003
Smooth malty aroma of winter fruit. Purple/brown in colour. Very smooth malts with berry fruit and caramel. Nice alcohol and foams in the mouth. Decent, but lacks oomph.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2003
Nice beige head. Cloudy brown colour. Fruity (peach, raisins), little chocolate, little spice. Complex with a nice balance.

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