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

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RATINGS: 438   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.


TheCrowsNest's rating

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheCrowsNest (76) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Rich reddish brown with a thick beige head. Dark dried fruits and bread; caramel. Little bit of anise and toffee with a light balancing bitterness. Medium body with slick alcohol. The aroma isn’t mind blowing but classic Belgian flavors at work.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Koelschtrinker (10649) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - SEP 11, 2014
Dunkel getreidiger Antrunk, etwas hefig, lag malzig, langweilig bis in den Nachgeschmack. 9/8/7/9//8

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (1716) - BELGIUM - AUG 21, 2014
The ’massive ale’, or abt as the style is called here, in this series. Dark brown colour, light beige head; brown sugar, cinnamon, candied figues, coriander and cloves in the nose, taste a spicy sweetness, soft mouthfeel with caramelly malts and lots of alcohol in the finish even to the point where it becomes a bit wry. Not a great example of its style, but honest and enjoyable nevertheless. Also sold on 75 cl and probably harbouring a lot of ageing potential.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VertBaconStrips (2081) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 15, 2014
caramel, lighlty burnt sugar, moderate sweetness mixed with a dry spice, raisins, rum, chewy on occasion, spit inducing, faint tobacco , slightly offbeat spice, pelican beaks, owl thorax, seal knees.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kingstoni (1508) - FINLAND - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle. Hazy deep amber color with a medium thin frothy off-white head. Mild aroma of caramel and malt. Malty taste, some sourness and bitterness.

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikske79 (1242) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 9, 2014
Een lekker bier met een goede smaak aan. Geen uitschieter, maar gewoon een deftig bier

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vipinvelp (2187) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2014
Clear dark ruby brown with light brown lacing foam head. Aroma is strong beer, light caramel, bit hoppy, lots of grass. Tastes perfect, a decent beer, strong. (Velp 201408)

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Franksv6 (159) - Tiel, NETHERLANDS - JUL 29, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2014 Dark beer with a small permanent head. Taste like caramel and some bitter fruit. Average.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperTiti33 (518) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2014
2010. Brune. Caramel. Très levuré. Sucre candi. Épicé. Fruité. Datte. Figue. Cerise noire. Fine amertume florale. Bien ronde. Un peu madérisé. J'aime bien.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrewFace (783) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Draft. Dark amber, nearly brown pour with large tan head. Sweet caramel malt aroma, toffee and light hints of dark fruits. More fruit in the flavor, plum like, with notes of caramel. Some mild metallic character.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (6439) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 10, 2014
330mL bottle, pours a murky opaque dark maroon with a small white head. Aroma brings out candied sugar, caramel malts, and light Belgian yeast. Flavour is very similar, with complex notes of caramel malts, brown sugar, and Belgian yeast. One of those Belgian Strongs where everything just works really cohesively. Wonderful stuff - much better than the ratings suggest.


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