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


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RATINGS: 467   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sten (694) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - MAY 31, 2014
Brown beer with a firm brownish head. Strange aroma, strong scent of overripe fruit, malt and sweet chocolate. Medium body. Flavour is medium sweet and chocolate. (Bottle 33cl)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alpha10 (401) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2014
2014/05/19 - Pours a cloudy dark brown colour with a thin, khaki head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is strong toffee, caramel, butterscotch, roasted malt, dark fruits, booze and mild Belgian yeast. Taste is much of the same; sweet toffee and caramel, dark fruits, mild Belgian yeast and mildly bitter roast with a sweet, boozy aftertaste. Body is thin to medium with a silky mouthfeel, smooth carbonation and a warming finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vincentvega72 (72) - - MAY 16, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2014 Bruin caramelkleurig bier met rokerig en houtig aroma. Lekkere smaken van toffee, caramel, pruimen en donker fruit. Beetje eiken, licht rokerige smaak met lekkere warme afdronk. Topbiertje.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wolfcarnival (136) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 13, 2014
Drunk 12/05/14 at beergeek, afterwork brotime with ma bro cam. new style for me. pours cloudy dark amber with thin head. rich malty aroma, smells of toffee apples and earthy dried fruit with a nice whiff of booze. taste is fruity, slightly nutty, but slight grassy hoppiness still there. a very enjoyable creamy boozy sipper. looking forward to more of this style

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (9472) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 27, 2014
Trübes rötlichbraunes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch fruchtig, röstmalzig, süß. Geschmack evenfalls röstmalzig, fruchtig, Karamell, würzig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gegwilson (1773) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2014
Bottle from Bruges. Pour ruby with a big tan head that quickly fades. Quite fruity and first with sherry notes. Some pear drop, banana and butterscotch in there too. Starts sweet and finishes bitter. Nice, but the alcohol is a bit too at the forefront for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
GoufCustom (968) - HONG KONG - APR 17, 2014

330 ml bottle bought at Belgian Bear International in Tsuen Wan.

Cloudy hazy dull amber brown colour with a thin layer of dirt-like yeast sediments; Half finger head with off-white foam with fades in 40 seconds; Moderate sticky lacing and zero carbonation; Sweet aroma of roasted malt, with strong caramel and toffee, sugar, raisins, plum, dark fruits, Whisky-like booze and Bel yeast; Strong sweet taste of roasted malt, with very strong toffee, sweet caramel, booze, raisins, assorted darks fruits, light Bel yeast, light spices, light lime, and light bitter grassy hops; Medium body, slick and quite creamy palate; Mouth Feel is thick strong Dubbel, with very sweet but not-cloying roasted malt. Very strong toffee and caramel, accompanied by raisin, dark fruits and appropriate Whisky booze. Light yeast and faint spices, This is beyond Dubbel and more like a Quad. Hmmm… Hoppiness is no nose. Light lime and moderate grassy hops in taste. Bitterness is light but distinct, not enough to counter the caramel sweetness for a sweet-bitter semi finish; Slightly dry after taste. Boozy and quite creamy to mouth.

Comments: Having bad experience with Kapittel’s Abt, this is a considerably better outing with more acceptable palate, and pretty okay dark fruits and hoppy characters. The downside being too sweet and too strong - close to annoying - toffee and caramel aroma and taste, and creaminess is rather wimpy. Not cheap, but just low-middle BSA. A cheap fix to get you through a troubled night and nothing more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ayashe (7) - - APR 15, 2014 does not count
malty beer with a bready sweetness obscured by bitterness and a bitter finish & aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Russo (1766) - Hemhofen, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - APR 11, 2014
Amber color with a nice white head. Aroma is slightly sourish with fruits notes. Flavor is sweet and spicy with again some fruits notes. Medium to high carbonated and medium body with a sweet and slightly alcohol finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EdKing (2071) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2014
Bottle from Dranken Pauwels. Colour is clear dark brown with reddish edges and a thin off white head. There’s a few floaty yeast particles in there too. Nose is rich caramel, ripe fruity esters, alcohol, malty, bread, grain husk. Taste is dark fruit esters, prune, raisin, plum, caramel, some bread, rye notes.

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