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

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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.


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maltydog (14) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2001
Rich but also very smooth. Great strong dark ale. Proof that an abbey-style beer can be just as good as the beer made at actual monasteries.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (1937) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 24, 2012
Bottle 330ml from the local taphouse. Great aromas, with malt and yeast dominating. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, butterscotch, and bread. Taste is sweet, with sour notes, and very long lasting. Palate is syrupy, and full bodied. Brown, with a frothy head.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Grzesiek79 (3292) - Radom, POLAND - FEB 11, 2012
barnyard, spruce, cereal, banana, cooked vegetables, orange, tan foam, medium sweetness, very bitter, medium sourness, salty, full body, oily feel, average carbonation, long finish, astringent,

4.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dolty (15) - SWEDEN - APR 20, 2007
Most outstanding. Oddly named, in that Pater tend to be tripels... In any event, a very fine Brune and Karmaliet. A favourite.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kerel (5) - Cassel, FRANCE - NOV 6, 2012 does not count
Rich. Great strong dark reddish beer. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, dark fruits and port wine. Sweet Tastes with sour notes. Palate is well bodied with some chocolate, port wine. With a lightly bitter finish. Excellent. One of my favourites. Especially when it’s aged.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2008
bottle from a shop in Liege. Pours brown with shades of red and almost no head, looks awesome. Smells sweet and sour, slightly spicy. Taste wonderfully sweet and bitter coming to a nice clean sweet finish that lingers on the back of the tongue. A light alcohol burn comes into play as it warms but I think it only makes it better by bringing out some dark fuity character in the backround. Complex and delicious.

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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
maltdog (619) - Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2006
Thick doughy head adorns the murky russet body. Plentiful lacy tatters. Fruity (blueberries, currants, dried cherries, apricot preserves, molasses, resiney juniper), chocolate, musky, taffy, and rummy aromas. Smooth malt flavor boasts black licorice, tootsie rolls, caramel, persimmon, and a cornucopia of spices, herbs, and additional exotic fruits. Fantastic complexity! Palate is vaguely syrupy at first, then lightly tannic with tongue-numbing ethanol. Herbal, tangy, truffly, nutty, and brandy aftertaste; the only flaw is a distracting metallic edge. Nirvana!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
esox (1096) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAR 10, 2009
Bottle @ Delirium. Dark, copper to ruby brown beer. The head is blond beige and creamy. The aroma is sweetish malty, milk chocolatey and slightly roasted. The finish has coffee, chocolate, prunes and light hoppiness. The flavor is malty, slightly fruity and medium sweet. Finishes long and delicate with coffee, chovolate and minor bitterness. The palate is almos full bodied, slick and smooth. Rich, complex and delicate.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Dark reddish/purplish brow, with an off white lasting head, rich aroma of dark fruits and port wine, flavors are sweet raisin and some chocolate, also cherry, finishes lightly bitter. Excellent


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