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RATINGS: 218   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.


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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2008
Thanks to Crizay for this beer. Pours clear orange/auburn with a small off-white head, dissipating to nothing over some time. Oddly clear looking (upon first glass) considering all the haze I saw in the bottle weeks ago. Guess the yeast settled. Aroma is sweet with honey, cinnemon, marmalade, orange-cake, and liquer. Tastes sweet as well with a lot of honey, brown sugar, slight sweet potato flavor, cinnemon, gingerbread, and orange-cake. Finishes sweet and warming, flavor doesn’t really evolve into anything on the finish, it’s just a weaker version of what you just tasted. Viscous on the palate, medium-full bodied, but this glass is lacking a creamy body that a style like this needs. Perhaps the second, more yeasty glass will add some of what this lacks. Still, this beer is in dire need of a substatial finish to help counter the sweet flavors. Reminds me of The Reverend. Could be really good....


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (10998) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2015
Never had a chance to rate this, and then suddenly kihoskh had it on its shelves.. fantastic.. cloudy golden, smooth small white head. spicy aroma, malty, yeasty, yellow fruity notes as a blonde, also a strange sourish note to it, which i am looking forward to find out what the tasting source of, is.. or.. whatever.. flavor is malty, faint yellow fruity notes, sweet caramel, very velvety in the feel, tastes like way less than 10.5% abv. if blind tasted i would’ve guessed blonde or perhaps some barley wine with a belgian twist. Flavor is pretty good, and as the beer appears a lot easier to drink than it’s strength it is pretty dangerous. Normally i prefer belgian beer brewed in belgium, but this one is a pretty neat example of foreign attempts at belgian beer, it has added a twist of elegance and un-wildness, but retained most of the flavors. Good stuff from ohio

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (3338) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle pour at the source. Pours a crystal clear copper with a beige head of foam that dissipates fairly quickly. The aroma has mostly banana esters. Some woody notes come through as well, but that banana sweetness is the key here. Big body and medium carbonation. Decent stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2992) - Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2014
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but was recently released. Pours fairly crystal clear deep orange/amber color with a small foamy light khaki head with poor retention, that reduces to a ring of lacing fairly quickly. Slight spotty lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big apricot, plum, pear, apple, melon, light banana, clove, pepper, honey, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast. earthy hops, and pale malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big apricot, plum, pear, apple, melon, light banana, clove, pepper, honey, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, plum, pear, apple, melon, light banana, clove, honey, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt sweetness; with a nice malt/yeast balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian strong pale. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (7041) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2014
22 oz. bottle from Dutch’s. Nice to see this one make a comeback after so many years of not being brewed. Pours a deep, clear orange with an off-white ring for a head. Aroma of toasted and sweet and bready malts, mixed sugars, straw, nuts, leaves, and mild spice. The flavor is similar, but boozier. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a sweet, warming mouthfeel. Good strong Belgian ale. Might do well about 6-12 months from now, and I probably need to drink it a bit colder. But good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tcane7 (1669) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2014
Draft at the tasting room. Pours clean gold with thin, quickly diminishing head. Aroma is Belgian spice, fruit, caramel, candi sugar. Little too sweet finish for me.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (7651) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2014
22oz bottle, from Dutch’s. Mildly hazy orange red color. Thin ring of khaki head, quickly fades to nothing. Leaves no lace. Cool green custom Hoppin Frog bottle cap that I haven’t seen before.. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of crisp, light carbonation. Lightly dry finish. Pretty smooth and easy to sip. Alcohol is very well hidden. Nice banana, light citrus, light spice. Bit of caramel malt. Pretty well-rounded. Moderate sweet, but not too sweet, and not at all cloying. Good light to moderate bitterness, too. Alcohol works very well, here, and very easy to drink for 10.5%... Extra point for that. Pretty awesome American Belgian strong ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (7201) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 29, 2013
22oz bomber, courtesy of StFun, pours with a clear copper body that supports a thin tan head of foam. The aroma offers up smooth and muted apples and pears to go along with sweet sugary malts and a bit of candy sugar. The taste begins with the same apple and pear sweet fruit notes as well as brown sugar and prunes. It is smooth and the notes are muted and lead into a mild booziness. Easy drinking stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Naka (708) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2013
Pours a deep copper color. No much head. Very chunky (though this is probably 4 years old). Aroma is apples, alcohol and cotton candy. Flavor is a smooth caramel malt with a spicy yeast and some bright fruity notes. The alcohol in the finish punches you in the face. Rich body. A decent strong ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
davey101 (714) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 29, 2013
22 oz. bomber into a tulip glass. Guess this is from 2011? Pours a hazy burnt amber body with no real foam. Some light edging and minimal lacing. Plenty of sediment on the last pour. Smell is oxidized malts, caramel, and some spices. Taste is also of caramel, oxidation and some Belgian yeast spice. Drinkable enough, but most certainly over the hill. Medium mouth feel with nice carbonation. Feels a bit boozy but doesn’t taste like it. Probably a former shell of itself but if you enjoy oxidation this has a really pleasant level of that which works quite well off of the light spice of the Belgian yeast.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
demmbonz (615) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 22, 2012
Strong malt and booze aroma. Cloudy dark amber. Sweet and malty and very strong. Lightly carbonated.


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