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

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RATINGS: 1225   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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ABV may vary between 9% - 10%.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BitterPoet (57) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2005
On tap at the Muddy Pig. Took a chance, and boy did it pay off. Dark grape sweetness balanced with the perfect level of tart (pear?) and dryness. Reminded me a bit of Goudenband, but I dig this more. What a thoroughly pleasant surprise! Alcohol was present, but not at all off-putting.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ukoolaid (579) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 24, 2005
Bottle. Pours a very dark chestnut/brown with quickly vanishing head. Not much lace. Aroma is strong of alcohol with yeast and dark berries. Taste is a caramel fruitiness with alcohol. Not my favorite, but interesting and highly drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAY 21, 2005
Had this on tap at Monks Cafe in Philadelphia. They called it a medium body/brown ale. With the 9.5% alcohol this one almost had hints of a barleywine to me.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2005
Bottle: Pours a hazy brownish with a hint of red. Very bubbley head that thins out but did managed to last a fair bit with modest lacing. Smells of yeast, earthy aroma. A little bit of sour fruit/orange. Taste is sour and a little nutty with an alcohol finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (11076) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2005
Yeasty medium mouthfeel. Some tart dark fruit, on sweet side, with brown sugar and nuttiness, cloves and other spice. Barnyard aroma. Alcohol presence and astringency surprising. Strong carbonation. Thanks IPFreely.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (5550) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 10, 2005
An alcoholic barleywinesque aroma. A very cloudy-grainy orange brown. Taste is similar to most Belgian Strong Ales, bubbly, lasting complex. An excellent beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2005
Dark, malty and chock full of alcohol. This is a pretty potent brew, but tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 19, 2005
(Bottled) Opaque, reddish-brown color with a smallish head. Roasted-malty aroma of rhum and raisins, coffee and alcohol, plus a quite high bitterness. Herbs and sweet licorice, raisins, coffee and alcohol in the roasty flavor. Medium-bodied, warming alcoholic palate with medium carbonation. A pleasant and quite enjoyable brew, but the alcohol is too pronounced for my taste. Like a carbonated, roasted barley wine.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2005
Brewtopia ’05. Dark amber body, foamy tan head. Sweet malty aroma, with fruits and some other scents mixed in. The alcohol was right there , I tasted and felt all 9.5 of it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2005
Sampled at Brewtopia ’05 750ml. bottle. Dark orange/light brown color with a medium sized tan head. Sweet malty aroma with some dried fruits. Flavor was mildly sweet, with lots of dark dried fruits. Finish was a bit tart and fairly dry.


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