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

bottled
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common

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RATINGS: 468   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.


3.2
   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. Didn’t seem to fit with this one. Hints of chocolate and sour fruit. Decent but not too impressive.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonMoore (1972) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2004
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Dark brown colour with a hint of ruby. Good sized tan head. Aroma is sweet malts, dark fruits, some chocolate and spices. Taste is chocolate, bitter sweet, lighter fruits and a dryish finish. Long sweet aftertaste. Full bodied and smooth. Alcohol well hid. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2004 Sampled at In De Wildeman in Amsterdam, Holland. Ruby. Milk chocolate, toffee, butter toffee, caramel and prunes in the nose. Full bodied, round and very complex. Chocolate throughout with vanilla, berries, melon and raspberries. What makes it great though is its thick, chewy and coating feel in the mouth. Truly outstanding in every facet. I also sampled this on draft later at Erasmus in Brugge and it blew me away once again.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5489) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Bottled. Purchased at Delirium Cafe. Ruby brown body with a medium tan head. Candyish nose with sweet malts, dark fruits and light flowery notes. Tastes semi-sweet with a light hop bite and fruit notes. Body is medium with decent carbonation. Finished bittersweet with somehwat light fruity notes and some decent spiciness.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - SEP 19, 2004
33cl bottle BBD 05/06 Brillant, clear pour. Auburn hued brunette. Rocky, thick tan head. Lots of carbonation races up. Dusty powdered chocolate aroma, somewhat subdued overall, but something else is in there...wet wood? Whoa, twangy in a bad way taste...not sour, but odd, uncomfortable. Its the same as the aroma, only more pronounced...Bad water? Metal? it diminishes through the bottle, but doesn’t leave...very distracting...oxidized? My best guess is some bad water pipes letting this metal, iron taste through. Its a shame, it had potential otherwise.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2004
Malty sweet aroma, light canvas musk smell, fruity. Cloudy dark brown-amber with thin off-white lacing head. Medium-bodied with medium-light carbonation. Malty sweet start, grain, alcohol. Bitter chalky bite to finish underneath sweet alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2605) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2004
Large tan head, good retention and lotsOlace hanging around. Clear, deep brown, red hued brew. Spicey, malty nose, fruity notes. Medium body, good carbonation. Medium dry maltiness, nutty with hints of citrus and chocolate. A fairly dry finish. Tasty little critter!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
diabel (1621) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - SEP 10, 2004
Bottle Small, fizzy, light brown head, which is mostly diminishing. Black body. Nose of malts (toffee, burnt). Lightly sweet, moderately bitter, malty initial flavour. Lightly bitter finish with some sweet hints. Light to medium bodied. Soft carbonation. This is a pleasant drinking abbey ale, not that complex as others, but still very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harvey (40) - Milano, ITALY - SEP 10, 2004
Huge dark head, not very persistent. Brown coloured and torbid. Very interesting flavour and taste. Caramel and something sour. Very balanced in sweetness and sourness, with a good alcoholic and hoppy finish. Complex enough to be considered a very good beer, as for me.


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