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

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RATINGS: 514   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   IBU: 29   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2006
Beautiful brown body with a medium white head. Sour apple, malt, hops and other fruits dominate the aroma. Mollasses and malts are evident in the taste. There is a somewhat metallic tang in the ending... not sure if that was just my bottle or inherent in the beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 8, 2006
(Bottled. 03/2006) Thin, tan, unlasting head. Aromas of balsalmic vinegar. Clear. Dark ambered color. Up-front bitterness followed by rich, candi sugar flavors. Medium-bodied fit the beer quite nicely. Moderate carbonation. A tasty brew.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nejhleader (1444) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2006
this was a good brew. good body, taste, not much of an aroma. Taste was a stong ale taste, with a bit of fruit perhaps.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bourne (161) - Suwon, SOUTH KOREA - JAN 26, 2006
i liked this beer alot. Dark brown pour with a nice off white head. very fruty and with a good malt character. enough hops for my likeing.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2006
Dark red-brown with a large beige head. Sweet yeasty aroma. Quite a lot in the taste: liquorice, dark fruits, caramel sweetness and a sharp, salty bitter finish. I canít really say why it didnít work for me. Perhaps beacause itís a Monday.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JAN 13, 2006
My favorite so far of Van Eecke, nice Dark fruits, very clean on the palate, herby, not overly sweet, good brew.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2006
Thick doughy head adorns the murky russet body. Plentiful lacy tatters. Fruity (blueberries, currants, dried cherries, apricot preserves, molasses, resiney juniper), chocolate, musky, taffy, and rummy aromas. Smooth malt flavor boasts black licorice, tootsie rolls, caramel, persimmon, and a cornucopia of spices, herbs, and additional exotic fruits. Fantastic complexity! Palate is vaguely syrupy at first, then lightly tannic with tongue-numbing ethanol. Herbal, tangy, truffly, nutty, and brandy aftertaste; the only flaw is a distracting metallic edge. Nirvana!

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2006
33 cl bottle. Yeast at the bottom. Amber colour with a nice head. Aroma of yeast and spice. Sweet flavour of spice, dried fruit and notes of roasted malt. Starts up nice but have a unpleasant finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDalkoholic (2331) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Heavy amount od sediment seen in the dense looking ale. Thick foamy film that breaks down to nothing. Aroma is typical of the usual yeast and spice suspects. Carbonation has gone a bi flat but still remains under my attention. Flavor has faint notes of caramel and spicy yeast. Alcohol content is masked well, although, i still find this a boring ale.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2005
Bottled. Courtesy of Harrisoni. A dark brown beer with a pleasant tan coloured head. The aroma is quite thin although a little sweet licquorice comes through. The taste is malty with raisin fruits, but also a little spicy and medicinal. Quite complex really but Iím not sure everything actually works.


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