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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 442   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (8258) - 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.

3.7
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2003
A deep, murky amber color, topped by a rather creamy tan head. Aroma rather winey, but the yeastiness comes through a bit, along with some nice herbalness. The taste has a nice fruity sweetness and a good hop bitteness on the finish that lingers well into the aftertaste. The sweetness builds as the beer gradually warms. The mouthfeel is solid, but has a somewhat "fluffy" feeling due to the fine carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (15060) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 24, 2003
Hazy amber color, giant head. Good example of the style, highlighting the caramel and a background note of liquorice.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - SEP 19, 2003
Bottled. Murky amber/ginger coloured body, with a large beige head, settling down to a consistent, fine and lasting head. Sweet honey and strawberry aroma. Initially sweet flavour that settles to reveal a good bitter structure.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12777) - 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 (3845) - 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.


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