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Zeven Zonden Invidia

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98
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Hugel
Brewed at Gulden Spoor

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Kortrijk, Belgium

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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.86/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Brewed at Gulden Spoor by Hugel/ZevenZonden


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Icedwarf (1217) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - AUG 21, 2016
Zwart bier met weinig bruingekleurd schuim. Smaak is krachtig, bitter, hoppig met iets van bittere chocolade, mokka, port, ietwat rozijn en pruimen. Smaak blijft lang hangen. Echt een bier om van te genieten op een regenachtig dag.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike_77 (5300) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - AUG 8, 2016
Very dark brown with thin head. Lots of dark malts in the aroma. Flavour has lots of bittersweet malts and some fruity sugars too. There’s a constant background taste of dark chocolate. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopverdju (606) - BELGIUM - JUL 6, 2016
Donkerbruin tot zwart bier met beige schuim. Geur: koffie, chocolade, zeer vineus, notenwijn. Smaak: melkchocolade, rozijnen, cranberry, fudge en een bittertje. Matige koolzuurprikkel. Afdronk: koffie macchiato, bitterig.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (15483) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2016
Bottle @ Willems Grobbendonk. Thanks Jacob for picking this up. Pours nearly black with a thick creamy beige head. Roast, Dark fruit, chocolate. A Woody touch. Charcoal. Full bodied. Tasty sipper!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wekker84 (2160) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - JUN 14, 2016
Bottle a dark brown colored beer with a white head aroma malts spicy caramel dark fruits flavor malts spicy caramel dark fruits and bitter hops

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vickey9 (999) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 27, 2016
That is a full bodied stuff. I thing stout. Texture is thick and oily, body full, carbon medium. Taste is sweet and bitter. Palate with chocolate, coffee, nuts and all other sweet like dried plums notes. Bitter aftertaste. B@H

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wixie (335) - BELGIUM - FEB 7, 2016
Black as night, large brownish head. Strong aroma of malt. Heavy body, average carbonation. Taste is sweet and bitter, stout.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boxereddy (470) - BELGIUM - FEB 4, 2016
Bijna zwart gekleurd bier met kleine beige schuimkraag. Aroma is toffee, donker fruit, zoethout, koffie en chocolade noten. Smaak is middelgrote tot zeer zoete mout, gebrande suiker, chocolade en koffie met donkere vruchten en zoethout. Mondgevoel is zwaar met zeer povere koolzuur (spijtig!). Lange afdronk neigt naar koffielikeur met bitterzoete afwerking en blijvende nasmaak. Goed werk Koen!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
kajser27 (1271) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 25, 2016
Almost black colored, small+ tan creamy head, nice lacing. Aroma is toffee, dark fruits, licorice, coffee and chocolate notes. Taste is medium to very sweet malt, burnt sugar, chocolate and coffee with dark fruits and licorice, some rather light alcohol with alcoholic warmth, medium coffee liqueur bittersweet finish and lasting aftertaste. Full bodied, soft carbonation, sticky-creamy.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dpitinga (90) - Mountain View, California, USA - JAN 10, 2016
The detes on the version of this beer I drank are as convoluted as Hieronymus Bosch’s "The Garden of Earthly Delights". Here’s what I have been able to piece together (probably somewhat erroneously) from webpages and a video chat with Koen Hugel broadcast at Schubros Brewery in San Ramon, California. Koen is a young artisanal brewer from Kortrijk, Belgium (who parenthetically shares my disdain for beer-style "accuracy"). He made a chocolate-flavored beer called Zeven Zonden Invidia (Seven Sins Envy) which was apparently inspired by Bosch’s painting and which won a gold medal at the Brussels Beer Challenge 2015. Koen’s beer is distributed in the US by Schubros. Collaborating with Koen (Koen came to San Ramon, I think), Schubros took some Zeven Zonden Invidia and aged it for a year in cabernet-sauvignon barrels. And that’s what I was lucky enough to drink on tap in Schubros’ taproom, where it was called "Tree of Life" (another reference to Bosch’s painting?). Cab and chocolate and a whole lot of Belgian body...memorable.


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