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


on tap

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RATINGS: 518   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   IBU: 29   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2010
Bottle 330ml.
Clear medium amber color with a average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to light beige head. Aroma is moderate to light light heavy malty, caramel, dark berry, raisin, plum. Flavor is light heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20091021]
Earlier Rating: 3/10/2008 Total Score: 3.6
Bottle. Clear medium amber red (copper) color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, caramel, moderate yeasty, toffee, dark berry / fruits. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. (200208)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (40865) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2008
ZBF2008: From bottle. Pours hazy brown with tiny yeast sediments floating around. Lacing tan head. Mild roasted malt aroma, light caramel note. Yeasty metallic flavour. Solid caramel flavour with a light spice note. Lingering caramel finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (34701) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2009
Bottled. A deep red beer with a brown head. The aroma has notes strong notes of fruit and malt. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, fruit, and berries. Thanks fonefan for sharing.
Earlier Rating: 11/22/2003 Total Score: 4.2
The aroma is fruity with notes of prunes. The color is amber and a fine though disappering head. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of fruit and caramel. A love this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (26202) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2005
Bottled. Clear red coloured with a beige head. Aroma of spices with notes of yeast and dried fruits. Sweet flavour of dried fruits and fruits with hoppy notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
oh6gdx (25472) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 23, 2006
Bottled. Amber colour with big beige creamy head. Aroma of raisins, malts and bananas. Flavour is metallic (strong metallic) with caramellish malty hints. Otherwise good, but the metallicness is ruining it. Aftertaste has some spices in it along with the caramellishness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2009
Bottle 33 cl. Courtesy of fonefan. Pours a clear deep amber with a beige head. Oxidied caramel aroma. Solid body, overripe fruit, metal and oxidized caramel accents. Discreetly bitter. Very rustic. 211009
Earlier Rating: 6/16/2005 Total Score: 4.2
(Bottle 33 cl) Light brown beer with a huge, beige head. Pronounced chocolate-notes and a lot of over-ripe fruit in the flavour. Almost portwineish. The hops don’t dominate but are sufficient to even out the sweetness. Very refined and excellent indeed. 061097

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (23728) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (23376) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2006
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange colour with a small white head. Fruity spicy aroma. Malty fruity and bitter flavor. Malty and bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (21680) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2008
UPDATED: APR 11, 2010 On draught at the brewery tap. Dark brown with large light brown head that lingers. Aroma of chocolate chip cookie dough. Full mouth, big malt taste with overtones of caramel and toffee. Bitter finish. Big brew, very nice, and the bottled version should improve nicely with age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (19385) - 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.

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