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

bottled
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available

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RATINGS: 504   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   IBU: 29   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


Patou's rating

3.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patou (9) - - MAR 15, 2013
330ml bottle. Aroma: notes of caramel and raisins. Not that agreable Taste: notes similar to the aroma. Rather strong in alcohol, vinous one. Rather agreable Palate: Medium body, average/lively carbonation, rather bitter and abrupt finish Overall: not my prefered beer but rather good and agreeable in overall


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
invinoveritas (61) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2016
Bottle at restaurant. Cloudy orange-brown with a rich nose - think oud, alcohol, Christmas and a leather saddle. The nose sets the tone for the taste - intense leather with lavashak, stone fruit, and some well controlled alcohol, which lends the beer a good body. This one is quite good actually.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
minutemat (3741) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2016
330ml bottle from Verheyde, Watou. Pours dark brown, good cream head. Aroma is dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel. Taste is smooth, well-balanced full flavour, perhaps not as sweet as a Belgian dubbel but in the same ball-park. Very tasty indeed.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LeWorm (44) - FRANCE - MAY 10, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2016 On tap @ la tireuse Toulouse. Robe foncée, tête légère.Nez caramel, fruits rouges. Bouche toffee, c?est très caramelisé, extrêmement riche et complexe. Palais très long et sucré.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shark_Pants (565) - AUSTRALIA - APR 8, 2016
Toffee coloured pour, relatively clear, reasonable sized beige head. Sweet aromas of caramel, plums, dates, bread. The sweetness is also reflected in the taste but with a strong hoppiness as well - burnt caramel, brown toast, plums, cola, earthy and spicy hops. Long bitter finish. Medium bodied and slick. Quite good without being outstanding.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ardeo (94) - Flémalle, BELGIUM - APR 7, 2016
Belle brune avec mousse crémeuse. Nez : fruits rouges, houblon, levures. Bouche : cerise, fruits rouges, biscuit, caramel. Belle longueur avec finale légèrement épicée. Belle brune !

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (2707) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - APR 6, 2016
33cl bottle best by July 2017 - candy and dark fruit nose. Sip adds basement aromas. Complex flavors for sure. Sweet. Earthy finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ForlornHope (357) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2016
Bottle at home. Pours red-brown in colour with a tan head that fades quickly. Aroma is rich malt, some yeast notes and spicy hop. Taste is sweet to start with some bitterness to balance. Malt driven flavours with more spice, berry fruits and peppery hop. The body is slightly thin for a beer of this strength, but very pleasant all the same.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Manslow (1018) - Warsaw, POLAND - FEB 26, 2016
Butelka 0,75l pita w domu. Kolor ciemnobrązowy, piana obfita, mocna. Aromat karmel i kasztany? łagodne, w smaku karmel i trochę wiśni, średnia goryczka. Bardzo dobre piwo, finisz z mocną goryczką.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nathanvc (181) - Brugge, BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2016
At Bruges Beer Fest. It appears dark amber to brown with a creamy head. Aroma contains caramel, fruits, raisin, some coffee and chocolate. Tastes medium sweet towards a light but dry bitter finish. Medium to high carbonation, sticky texture. A decent Abbey Ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Muggus69 (1903) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - FEB 25, 2016
330mL bottle from International Beer Collector. BB 04/04/2017 Good looking murky bronze beer holding a good-sized creamy pale tan head. Aroma of sweet biscuit, dark caramel/brown sugar, sultana, bread dough, stewed berries, prunes, and savoury cake spices. Big creamy mouthful of a beer, not shy about its weight. Carbonation somewhat likely & coarse yet cuts through some richness. Somewhat sweet upfront - biscuit, brown sugar, medium sort of candy sugar with dried fruits of sultana and figs, savoury spices of clove & nutmeg & pepper, doughy sort of finish. Booze warms things up a touch, dries it out a bit too, bitterness reasonably high for style. Very tasty, good however lacking the finesse and complexity of a truly great beer.


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