Brewed at Gulden Spoor

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Kortrijk, Belgium


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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Brewed at Gulden Spoor by Hugel/ZevenZonden

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1394) - BELGIUM - JAN 23, 2015
Pas seulement une belgian strong ale … mais un imperial stout en bonne et due forme, de 10 % abv, réalisé par Hugel au Gulden Spoor pour les Zeven Zonden. Couleur noir intense et opaque. Mousse qui forme un fin nappage beige foncé. Arômes de superbe de malt torréfié, malt à whisky, épices indiennes fines, bois de santal en arrière. 1ère bouche souple sur du café, pointe de garrigue et muscat. Arrière-bouche sur le malt torréfié, avec un peu de tourbe. 2ème au goût très plein sur du malt, houblon, fruits noirs , avec une pointe de fruits exotiques discrète. Arrière-bouche qui dégage un imperceptible quelque chose de plus … chocolaté. 3ème bouche qui est un délice pur, avec bois, fruits et arabica. Arrière-bouche longue, fine, remarquable. La longueur avance nettement sur le fût, mais léger (si l’on peut dire … vu les 10 % abv!!). Jambes purement lisses. Levure forte, terreuse, un vrai caractère. Alcool magnifique, progressif, très beau travail. Finale au superbe fondu. CONCLUSION : très grand imperial stout, bien au-delà d’une belgian strong ale … Très grand œuvre, superbe réalisation, merveilleux breuvage. Pas seulement un des sept péchés capitaux, mais un péché capiteux ...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dpitinga (101) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bammers54 (95) - Camberely, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2014
I really liked this beer, a super coffee stout, powerful, yet easy drinking, lovely complexity on taste and smell, all-round superb beer, if you like alcoholic stouts

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maley1 (1169) - Calgary, CANADA - NOV 15, 2013
Dark brown pour with small beige head. Amazing aroma of ripe fruits, bready, yeast, caramel. Taste of ripe fruits, plums, figs, raisins, blackberry caramel, toffee, molasses, bready, yeast. Lots going on in this one. Lower carbonation, full bodied, creamy mouthfeel. This is one delicious beer! Only thing wrong is it is slightly too sweet or it would have even scored higher in my books. Absolutely brilliant beer!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Icedwarf (1272) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (6181) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - NOV 9, 2013
Bottle at rusteel Pours very dark brown Smells spices Bit earthy Taste is cacao , sweet , chocolaty Cacao powder . Sweet cacao powder aftertaste . Nice !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (5751) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 13, 2013
On tap at The Olde Depot in Oakland. It pours a very dark brown/black color with a khaki head. The aroma is super fruity with plums, fig, blackberries and hard fruit candy. The flavor is divine with ultra ripe dark fruit, dates, fig, plum, blackberries, rich bread, and hard candy. Very sweet and full bodied, but with a great bready malt background that lends a lot of substance. Thick but not syrupy. Sweet yet substantial… this is the beer I imagine the monks drinking while fasting. So good! This reestablishes my faith in Belgian beers. More please.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (8104) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 9, 2013
33 cl. bottle split by 3 @ ’t Rusteel. Ruby black with a tanned head. Nose is big on sweet spices but not as heavy as the two others I tried from the series, red grapes, sugar & thick liquorish. Taste is sweet cocoa, blue + blackberries, chocolate, slight bitter chocolate, lots of berries & liquorish with some bitter herbs in the back, thick malts & solid body. Pretty interesting & solid brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike_77 (5427) - 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.

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