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RATINGS: 224   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   IBU: 16   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Smooth malt Flavors of this Belgian-style abbey ale are complimented by traditional imported ingredients. A slightly spicy and complex flavor makes this European celebration-style beer unique and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3895) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2007
sampled at blind "Better Know a Style: Belgian Strong Ale" tasting 07. poured amber with white head. nose is yeasty, biscuit, raison, and a spice i can’t put my finger on. flavor is very nice cookie, caramel, and plum. alcohol was very well hidden an mouthfeel was nice and lively.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Slightly hazy amber/dark orange pour resulting in a miniscule and quickly dissapearing head. Looks like another substandard American attempt at a Belgian strong. Yeast and sugar dominate the aroma, along with small amounts of tropical fruits and spices. Navel oranges and caramel add some depth to the nose, but don’t save the experience. Flavor is pitiful. Tripel style copycatting is one thing; this is cloying and has a mismanaged spicy backbone in place of pleasant malts. Straw graininess is tastebud toppling. Palate is syrupy and unsatisfying. Finishes brief and dry, lingering corn, toffee and sugars remain. I love the botlle descriptions’ finale: unique and refreshing. The "unique" part is laughable. That sentiment only applies to a few unique off flavors and an inordinate use of sugar and lack of pleasing malts.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rayg1 (584) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 24, 2007
The bottle was shared with me by ross. Thanks a bunch! This beer poured a deep orange almost red color. Aroma was not that great, very sweet and boozy aroma. I can’t really pick out what exactly didn’t agree with me but the aroma was all wrong in my opinion. Taste is better but still VERY sweet and the alcohol isn’t hidden at all, this beer would be much better at 7 or 8 % ABV. I appreciate the beer and its rarity but I can’t say this one did a whole lot for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ross (2122) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 24, 2007
Bottle from Craig. Thanks. Pours out a dark orange color without much of a head at all. Smell is funky, something I cant quite place. Sugars, sweet candy, fruits, spices, alcohol all dominates the smell. The taste is sweet and spicy, with some unusual flavors. This is a unique belgian strong, but not one that I can say I enjoy all that much. There isnt a whole lot to say about this beer, its just kind of a run of the mill average belgian beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (8386) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Bottle from Capone’s. Hazy orangy deep copper pour with minimal head. Aroma of funky malt, hops, yeast, candi sugar, some fruit and spice. Tastes caramel malty, with some funky fruit notes, yeast, cobwebby esters, and some spicy notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2007
Bottle: Clear copper color with a white head. Aroma, sweet and alcoholic, some fruity notes, and some spice. Flavor, fruity, some breadiness, kinda sweet, and some alcohol was present. Solid beer though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pailhead (5443) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2007
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. The aroma is spicey and yeasty with some light apple and a touch of alcohol. It pours a transparent golden-amber with a minimal white head. The flavor starts spicey with a hint of banana. Lightly yeasty in the background. The finish has some apple notes, light alcohol, and a sort of pale lager flavor that seems out of place.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7327) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Bomber thanks to OhioDad! Poured a clear coppery-golden with about nothing going on head-wise. Nose picked up lots of syrupy lighter fruits and candi sugar.. white pepper spiciness.. and a hint of alcohol singing the nose hairs a bit. Flavor was accented by the white pepper all the way... alcohol-fueled lighter fruits and more sweet sugars in there... warm and enjoyable, albeit a little too sweet. Heavy on the palate with a hefty dose of booz as it warmed up. Thanks Scott!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2007
bomber from OhioDad, thanks Scott. pours a golden amber with a short-lived head. aroma is very yeasty with some sweetness mixed in. flavor is somewhat spicy and has notes of honey, candi sugar, malt and more yeast. while not a favorite style, this was interesting and had a richness about it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JAN 25, 2007
Pours a golden orange with no head except for a light whisp of white. The aroma has fruit, caramel, and spices. The flavor has a caramel and fruit sweetness balanced with an earthiness and light spiciness. The mouthfeel has a slight cloying texture.

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