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Brewed by La Caracole
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Falmignoul, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1092   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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ABV may vary between 9% - 10%.


2.7
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2004
Beer pours (in flute glass) a dark red-brown colored liquid with a small amount of caramel colored head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin film. Aroma is of straw, grass, slight whiskey. Flavor is of sweet toffee, strong, dark aleish tasting much better than it smells. Sampled at 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kujo9 (1092) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2004
Bottle: There were little black mold deposits on the neck of the bottle above the liquid...Nasty to say the least...Yet I still rate! Ruby brown beer with a small, short lasting light beige head! luckily, I have it in a Belgian glass w/ a small etched symbol on the bottom, or there would be no head. Oddly enough as I realize, it's a Caracole glass. On to the aroma...heavy diacetyl w/ malt and a plum and raisin aroma; light alcohol and lightly nutty vanilla. Hints of wood, but very, very light. Malty from the start and well balanced, but has a lightly astringent, woody mouthfeel. Plum and raisin malt presence as it warms w/ a light smokiness in the finish and aftertaste. Light medium m/f and moderate carbonation for a Belg. style, lightly astringent, but alcohol is well hidden. Overall not as complex as some Belgians, but not bad for having moldy deposits in the neck. I still think it might be infected from the moldy deposits and the smokey/diacetyl aromas...but then again...it's Belgian and most anything goes. I'd love to re rate with a clean bottle!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fly (1394) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - FEB 3, 2004
Fruity (cherry perhaps), rich sweet, but not overly so as it is balanced by acidity and bitterness. Murky and deep (like me, heh heh) Alcohol understated for what it is. A 750 consumed alone makes for a deep drift down in the couch cushion with nose in tulip and head floating pleasantly. very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2004
Fruit, malt and caramel aromas, hazy reddish brown colour, tiny toffee head, small lace. Starts off sourish fruit, a la gueuze, bitter like apple seeds in the middle, and a caramel after taste. Sour/sweet/tart on the tongue. Most interesting considering the style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 23, 2004
Pours a rich dark amber with a thick bone colored lacy head. Very sour aroma has some hints of Belgian yeast complexity. Body has a nice bready caramel Belgian malt sweetness to it. It hints at a floral hoppy presence, but gives way to a more tart, somewhat chocolatey, sticky finish. A nice Belgian strong with a good balance of acidity and sweetness that hides its alcohol well.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GregClow (2819) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2004
Murky red-brown appearance with a small head. Aroma of fresh red grapes, cherry & caramel. Flavour has a wine-like character, with very nice fruit and spice notes throughout, and a bit of an alcohol bite in the finish. An excellent nightcap.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2004
dark brown in color with a medium tan head; nice caramel smell; the taste is sweet plus alcohol; the alcohol dominates the finish

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (11866) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 10, 2004
Sedimented chestnut brown colour. Aroma of alcohol, spice (cinnamon) but also pungent and phenolic. Stinging alcohol palate, hint of barnyard, swirling lively fruitiness (passion fruit, cherry, rambutan). I don't know if I've been able to convey a positive impression of this beer based on what's written down, but it really is fun and highly drinkable. Certainly better than the sum of its part.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2004
I killed a 750 of this while taking online defensive driving. This beer made it easier to get through. bready yeasty aroma. Reddish brown in color, with fine beige sediment. This beer was very hoppy upon first sip when it was cool and effervescent. As it warmed, the chocolatey fruit malts came out with notes of alcohol. This beer was very easy to drink given the abv....nice!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
midejo (19) - amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2003
a frothy, brown/amber beer with light bread toffee & apple aroma. But above all the nice hoppy aroma reminds of "ne kempenaer" (van Eecke) a nice belgian beer. A definite nice sweet taste!


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