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


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RATINGS: 440   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Storm_Warning (79) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2012
Currently drinking while typing. After pouring you have some lovely full aromas of sweet sugary malts, brown sugar, caramel, plum, raisin, dough and yeasts. Absolutely brilliant head! Big, creamy, foamy tan coloured head which holds a great structure throughout, a deep chocolate brew sits underneath it. Tastes very nice and noteably light considering its percentage, good bready, yeast, dough, rum, raisin, brown sugars and a gentle metallic twang from the hops on the initial aftertaste which slows into a slightly dry feel with cereal in the back. Great feel in the mouth, nice carbonation and feels full but suprisingly light! Beautiful creamy head too which is fantastic. Very nice beer, I will definitely be buying again!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Davhgbrew (943) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 5, 2002
Perfect dark brown appearance. Dry, bitter palate, with a lot of carbonation on the tongue. Very dry, fruity, clean finish. Unnoticable 9% abv. Terrific complex brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jerohen (2010) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2002
Quite comparable with the pater i think, except for the excellent palate of this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (19659) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2003
Pours a cloudy brown color with a small, lingering, beige head. The aroma is musty and sweet with touches of raison and yeast. Medium body, medium carbonation. The flavor is quite complex with malty and fruity notes dominating up front with some roasted tones. The finish is long and hoppy with some bitterness and a tad bit of alcohol and roasted malts. Quite an interesting beer, and very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (4775) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2004
Bottle: Poured a dark beer with a huge head with super great retention. Aroma is comprised of a mix of spices and roastiness. The mix of spices and roastiness is also very present in the taste and very enjoyable and is also accompanied by strong hops. Body is quite strong with good carbonation. The alcohol is extremely subtle which is a plus when you have a 9% beer. Overall, this is another great beer from a very underrated brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2004 Sampled at In De Wildeman in Amsterdam, Holland. Ruby. Milk chocolate, toffee, butter toffee, caramel and prunes in the nose. Full bodied, round and very complex. Chocolate throughout with vanilla, berries, melon and raspberries. What makes it great though is its thick, chewy and coating feel in the mouth. Truly outstanding in every facet. I also sampled this on draft later at Erasmus in Brugge and it blew me away once again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HughConway (804) - Washington, USA - MAY 17, 2008
Bottle. Pours dark brown with white head. Flavour is caramel, fruit, nice. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gmonroe10 (243) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 21, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark brown,very little head. Nose is slightly sweet and with raisins, toffee, caramel, prunes- really delicious. Taste is a full bitter-sweet. Sticky and with dark Belgium chocolate, toffee, caramel, and bitterness. Very enjoyable. Medium body and i liked much better than the Pater.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gyllenbock (4864) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2009
Bottle. The color of the beer was very nice, dark red. Foam was large and white. Aroma contained some syrup, bread, dried fruit and some alcohol. The taste was even more interesting than the smell, a lot of malt, but above all a sweetness that I liked. There were also elements of raisins, alcohol, dried fruit and marzipan. Clearly an interesting and quite musty beer.

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