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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 501   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   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.


TaxiDriver's rating

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaxiDriver (1672) - Stadland, - APR 18, 2009
Bottle. Sweet smell of malt and light alcohol, bread, light caramel. A very large light brown creamy head with a long duration. The body is clear and red-brown. The taste is malty and of chocolate. The beer is creamy with normal carbonation and a medium strong body.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shark_Pants (561) - 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 (89) - 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 (2683) - 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 (337) - 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 (970) - 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 (166) - 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 (1867) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goozen (3680) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2016
Bottle 0,75ltr: Dark brown colored brew with an sweet bitter taste, hints of caramel, some chocolate and dried fruits.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rdb84 (484) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 18, 2016
Cola brown, frothy head. A: bock, cough syrup note, caramel malts, nutmeg, chestnut, cherry alcohol note. T: follows aroma, light to medium body, anise sensation in development, which is accompanied by a medium bitterness in the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vickey9 (928) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 15, 2016
Dark with a creamy head. Aroma of ripe plums, coffee, caramel, cocolate. Body is medium, carbon well, texture thick. Taste is sweet and bitter and soues. Palate mostly dominated by ripe plums and chocolate, Fong dry finish. B@H


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