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


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RATINGS: 476   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - FEB 13, 2005
Nice beer with a darkamber brownish color and a fluffy beige head. Good aromaís of malts, dry raisins, marsalla wine and cake. Soft taste with a smooth caracter and nice hints of milkbread, raisins, ahorn sirup, amaretto and cookies. Faint hoppy and burned bitterness in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8666) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2005
Hazy brown body with a massive fluffy off white head. Lofs of hops in the aroma which caught me off guard, some malt as well. Flavour is like a malty dubbel with a fair helping of hoppy bitterness over top, and dry alcohol. Medium bodied, smooth. Thanks for sharing Tupalev.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2005
Poured a dark golden. Aroma was malty and fruity with notes of peaches and apples. Flavors were sweet, caramel, and doughy. Dry finish. Alcohol taste was hidden and gave a nice warming sensation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2005
The sweatiness to the aroma is stragely appealing, when matched with a little peach and honey. The appearance is ho-hum, and a little light for a prior. Body is medium, with flavor elements of ginger and maple. Finish is soft and slick. Well masked 9%.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lamas (1457) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 31, 2004
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a hazy deep red with super-thick tan head. Aroma is of green apples, yeast and a little of alcohol. Taste is malty, sweet and finishes with a stale sugary alcohol taste. High ABV is very noticeable and is the predominant aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2004 Bright ruby body with abundant carbonation and a frothy beige head. Nice, strong malty nose with aromas of cherries, toffee, leather, ethanol and fusel alcohols, and some barnyard. Similar flavors plus a combination of substantial bitterness and plastic phenols that seems to be the "house" character of this brewery. That mix of properties works better in this style than in their smaller beers. The appeal grows with this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2004
12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark hazy amber color with an ample, fluffy off-white head. Nice lacing...the appearance is definitely its best asset. Notes of citrus, malts, and wheat come out in the aroma. Tart, well-balanced flavor, but a bit watery and lacking. Overall, not very good, but not horrible.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2004
Pours a brown with a nice fluffy head. Absolutely no lace, though. Aroma is pleasantly sweet/malty. I have high hopes for this. Flavor starts out really nice malt, darker fruits and some spices, but then Iím overwhelmed by the metalic taste that seems to be a given with this brewery. Bleh. Palate is nice, other than the metalic. Itís foamy, well-carbonated, and creamy. Overall I really wanna like this, but canít do as long as the metalic taste is going on.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - NOV 24, 2004
Poured reddish brown with a medium frothy tan head. Malty aroma with hints of fruit. Taste is a little sour, reminding me of a flanders ale. Didnít seem to fit with this one. Hints of chocolate and sour fruit. Decent but not too impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (5124) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2004
Dark cherry-wood color with a tall, slightly rocky beige head. Nice rings of lace. Mild aromas of caramel, fresh cherries and light chocolate. Quite effervescent in feel. Rather brash and straightforward brew. Almonds, dark chocolate, and dark candi are there but do not seem to find harmony. Like a bad fruitcake (ok maybe not that bad), but the kind that falls apart and you eat the parts separately, and do not get the full amalgamation. So close.

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