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

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RATINGS: 428   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.


Martinus' rating

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Martinus (2739) - Nijmegen, - FEB 5, 2013
Dark brown colour, off-white head. Aroma of caramel, malts, alcohol and red fruits. Quite some raisins. Sweet malty flavour, raisins. Sweet finish, caramel, light attic.
Showing it’s age nicely.
(From 33cL bottle @ The Vintage Tasting during Brugs Bier Festival. 1990 vintage. Courtesy of Thierry if I’m not mistaken. Thanks for sharing!)


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (4004) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 30, 2014
Bottle at Beer Passion 2014, Antwerp. Poured a clear dark amber with a frothy light tan head and a little broken lace. The aroma is light malt. The flavour is medium to strong bitter, light sweet with a smooth malt alcohol bitter palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sten (617) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - MAY 31, 2014
Brown beer with a firm brownish head. Strange aroma, strong scent of overripe fruit, malt and sweet chocolate. Medium body. Flavour is medium sweet and chocolate. (Bottle 33cl)

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alpha10 (304) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2014
2014/05/19 - Pours a cloudy dark brown colour with a thin, khaki head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is strong toffee, caramel, butterscotch, roasted malt, dark fruits, booze and mild Belgian yeast. Taste is much of the same; sweet toffee and caramel, dark fruits, mild Belgian yeast and mildly bitter roast with a sweet, boozy aftertaste. Body is thin to medium with a silky mouthfeel, smooth carbonation and a warming finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vincentvega72 (59) - - MAY 16, 2014
Bruin caramelkleurig bier met rokerig en houtig aroma. Lekkere smaken van toffee, caramel, pruimen en donker fruit. Beetje eiken, licht rokerige smaak met lekkere warme afdronk. Topbiertje.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wolfcarnival (44) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 13, 2014
Drunk 12/05/14 at beergeek, afterwork brotime with ma bro cam. new style for me. pours cloudy dark amber with thin head. rich malty aroma, smells of toffee apples and earthy dried fruit with a nice whiff of booze. taste is fruity, slightly nutty, but slight grassy hoppiness still there. a very enjoyable creamy boozy sipper. looking forward to more of this style

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (6773) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 27, 2014
Trübes rötlichbraunes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch fruchtig, röstmalzig, süß. Geschmack evenfalls röstmalzig, fruchtig, Karamell, würzig.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gegwilson (921) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2014
Bottle from Bruges. Pour ruby with a big tan head that quickly fades. Quite fruity and first with sherry notes. Some pear drop, banana and butterscotch in there too. Starts sweet and finishes bitter. Nice, but the alcohol is a bit too at the forefront for me.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
GoufCustom (744) - HONG KONG - APR 17, 2014


330 ml bottle bought at Belgian Bear International in Tsuen Wan.

Cloudy hazy dull amber brown colour with a thin layer of dirt-like yeast sediments; Half finger head with off-white foam with fades in 40 seconds; Moderate sticky lacing and zero carbonation; Sweet aroma of roasted malt, with strong caramel and toffee, sugar, raisins, plum, dark fruits, Whisky-like booze and Bel yeast; Strong sweet taste of roasted malt, with very strong toffee, sweet caramel, booze, raisins, assorted darks fruits, light Bel yeast, light spices, light lime, and light bitter grassy hops; Medium body, slick and quite creamy palate; Mouth Feel is thick strong Dubbel, with very sweet but not-cloying roasted malt. Very strong toffee and caramel, accompanied by raisin, dark fruits and appropriate Whisky booze. Light yeast and faint spices, This is beyond Dubbel and more like a Quad. Hmmm… Hoppiness is no nose. Light lime and moderate grassy hops in taste. Bitterness is light but distinct, not enough to counter the caramel sweetness for a sweet-bitter semi finish; Slightly dry after taste. Boozy and quite creamy to mouth.

Comments: Having bad experience with Kapittel’s Abt, this is a considerably better outing with more acceptable palate, and pretty okay dark fruits and hoppy characters. The downside being too sweet and too strong - close to annoying - toffee and caramel aroma and taste, and creaminess is rather wimpy. Not cheap, but just low-middle BSA. A cheap fix to get you through a troubled night and nothing more.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ayashe (7) - - APR 15, 2014 does not count
malty beer with a bready sweetness obscured by bitterness and a bitter finish & aftertaste.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Russo (1650) - Campinas, BRAZIL - APR 11, 2014
Amber color with a nice white head. Aroma is slightly sourish with fruits notes. Flavor is sweet and spicy with again some fruits notes. Medium to high carbonated and medium body with a sweet and slightly alcohol finish.


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