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Brewed by Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Ingelmunster, Belgium

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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1148) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 13, 2014
The name of the game here is coffee, in color, aroma, and taste. Think Dark Belgian, with the requisite yeast flavors therefrom, with espresso everywhere. Quite good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bierkoning (10138) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2014
Corked bottle. Dark brown color. Hints of roast, caramel and chocolate in the aroma. Malt, cacao, caramel and hopjesvla in the sweet, almost overly sweet flavor. Sticky and alcoholic.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zizzybalubba (1407) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2014
330 mL bottle from SoHo Organic Market, Elizabeth City, NC (oddly, this was bottled on June 26, 2013 yet it is a WINTER ale). Dark brown pour with a thin khaki head. Aroma of chocolate and light floral hops (so far this reminds me of a porter). The flavor features some chocolate upfront but quickly is met with some sweetness that most resembles cola, Belgian yeast, light licorice, and smoke. So it has a strong Belgian porter-esque feel I guess you could say. Not sure that I have had anything else that resembles this beer but I’m quite pleased with it.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (2631) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2014
From the bottle. Pours a reddish brown with a thick off white head. Huge coffee, caramel aroma. Smooth malt body, residual sweetness, coffee and caramel. Very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BitchPls (542) - FINLAND - DEC 31, 2013
Cola brown beer with a beige head. Very sweet aroma with sweet liquorice, plums and sherry. Sweet bread, liquorice, dark fruits and sherry in the flavor. Chocolate and coffee too. Medium body. Alcohol warmth. A nice warming beer for winter.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (3009) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Pours dark brown with tan head. Aromas of dark fruits and molasses with some spices. Fig and raisin flavors with candi sugar with Belgian yeast. Medium body with average carbonation.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrinkEmUpJones (1062) - Georgia, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Holy crap,this is one of the best beers i’ve ever tasted. I don’t understand the low ratings at all. Nose is marshmellow and espresso. Thick, brown head and lacing. Flavor is chocolate, marshmellow, espresso happiness.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2013
330 ml bottle poured into Trappist glass. Pours deep reddish-brown with a wisp of off-white head. Slightly faint aroma of coffee, toffee, and alcohol. Medium-sweet malty flavor with the coffee elements suggested by the aroma with a bit of a boozy finish. This comes off as a coffee porter instead of anything Belgian. It’s not bad, but certainly not what I was expecting. My wife says it reminds her of Pepsi Kona.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
majorchaz (24) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2013
A very interesting beer. A Belgian winter, that has both heavy coffee/chocolate aroma and flavor. Additionally it hides its higher gravity pretty well when drinking, perhaps masked by the coffee.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Migmar (248) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2013
Black with red tint, a ring of white foam along the edges. Coffee, cocoa, sugar. Heavy sweetness, light bitterness.The Donker is clearly better, this one is a lot lighter in palate. Goes bit too far in being a candy beer (and apparently artificially flavoured, too ).


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