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RATINGS: 216   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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5335) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Poured a hazy orange amber color with a small, white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus fruits, light spices, some banana, vanilla, and toasted dough. Taste of vanilla, honey, some pils malt, orange peel, with moderate bitterness, and some alcohol in the finish.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2602) - 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 (6490) - 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 (1663) - 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 (6368) - 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 (6881) - 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 (705) - 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 (691) - 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 (527) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 22, 2012
Strong malt and booze aroma. Cloudy dark amber. Sweet and malty and very strong. Lightly carbonated.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jandd1983 (2552) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 5, 2012
It poured a dark color with a small head. The aroma was of honey, pears, apple juice and alcohol. The taste was a little bit sweet and sticky, but very good. The alcohol was present, and not overwhelming.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (4931) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2012
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. My house. I bought it. Pours a caramel clear hue with no head. The nose and taste are also full of cooked caramel. Alcohol makes this boozy. Cinnamon spice and others. Not great and with the ABV it could have more going on.


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