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

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RATINGS: 437   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12361) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 2, 2003
Murky chestnut. Aroma shows cherries, sultanas, sweet mapley malts, and hints of deeper things that whet the appetite. Smooth body allows mandarins, sultanas, candyish notes, and light maple to unfold. Sweet palate and finish get fruitcakey as they move along. Alcohol surprisingly not a factor here - it avoids the palate and warms the heart directly.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2003
Brown in color. Rich creamy head. Roasted oaktree aroma. Some juniper berry flavor.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2003
Big bold brown belgian ale in the same spirt as corsendonk christmas and the big trapist beers. Big fruit chocolate and roast aroma and flavour with a faint citrous charater combined with near perfect balance. Wonderful plum and raisin notes.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 2, 2003
Reddish copper, big creamy beige head. Spicy orange peel aroma. Winey flavor, a hint of chocolate, dark fruits and malt, the alcohol comes out a bit.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2003
Pours a cloudy brown color with a small, lingering, beige head. The aroma is musty and sweet with touches of raison and yeast. Medium body, medium carbonation. The flavor is quite complex with malty and fruity notes dominating up front with some roasted tones. The finish is long and hoppy with some bitterness and a tad bit of alcohol and roasted malts. Quite an interesting beer, and very drinkable.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (11450) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 31, 2003
Red brown with small beige head. Aroma is sweet, raisin, some alcohol. Taste has mild sweetness up front, and some raisin. Finishes metallic and lightly alcohol. Relatively smooth and creamy.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (19318) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 12, 2003
Bottled. Dark roast brown, lightly cloudy. Caramel aroma. Dry with notes of almond and dark bitter Belgian chocolate. Malty and lightly fruity, but the image of a perfect beer is broken a slightly sharp mouthfeel. A dry, smooth caramel finish with pleasant hop bitter finish still makes it if not perfect, so at least great.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stic (109) - Oostende, BELGIUM - FEB 9, 2003
Nice amber-red color. Fruity aroma of cherries. Also fruity taste (cherries), a little malty and a sour touch.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rauchbier (3598) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2003
Bottle Conditioned. Chestnut red, good rocky head and low condition. Alcoholic nose with hints of calvados and bready yeast. In the mouth it is sweet with tart apple notes that become metallic as it warms. Finish is dry with a hint of previously unadvertised roast barley bitterness. Barring the obvious initial waft of alcohol, It didnt really drink like a 9% beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
domtom (65) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 8, 2003
Amber colour with a fine head. Sweetish and pleasant. Bitter finish.


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