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

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RATINGS: 1171   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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ABV may vary between 9% - 10%.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8819) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 29, 2004
From a 33 cl bottle best before 2006. Dark brown with an almost purple hue. Has a very thin head that quickly disappears leaving a faint haze on the surface. Big aroma of candi sugar, raisin, bananas and cherries. A nice hint of cloves and other warm spices. There is also another smell I can't identify that is quite chemically, but not entirely unpleasant. Taste is very fruity and is dominated by plums and cherries over a rich malty profile. There is a lot of alcohol noticable as well. The finish is long and quite chewy. Quite warming and very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DYCSoccer17 (3447) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 28, 2004
On Tap at Pizza Plant--Pours a hazy cider color with a 2 cm off white head. Aroma is VERY fruity with a tiny hint of yeastly banana. Cherries and Strawberries in the nose. Start is a little sour, which turns into a sweeter fruity taste. Tangy and acidic finish with some malts in there as well. An interesting and good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jde123 (766) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 28, 2004
My initial reaction to this beer was of pure pleasure, this quickly faded however. It seemed that the brewers were trying much too hard to make this a complex, flavorful belgian strong ale. It just got too rich, too oily, too everything. Every aspect of this selection was done to excess. Not my favorite nor my least favorite. Somewhere in the middle.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 28, 2004
Another excellent "snail beer". Complex, malty, spicy and fruity.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapFlu (4719) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 27, 2004
(33cl bottle) Pours a thin, yellow head and a cloudy, brown body. Quick dissipating head. Nose of caramel, tin and plums. Flavour is somewhat thinner than the nose; mainly a port wine, caramel and slight marshmellow. Good. Thanks to my single West Coast posse comrade, Crit!

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2004
This wasn't bad but it wasn't outstanding either. Somewhat "homebrew" like in taste which I found to be questionable. Try it yourself and see.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3450) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2004
Medium burgundy, nice looking head. Fruity and sweet aroma, definite raisin and port notes. Flavors match closely to the nose, with a good molasses oriented finish. Yeasty too. Good stuff, in the tradition of Chimay Bleu.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Bottle. A'ite, it's Friday night, it's too damn cold and rainy and shit to go out, and I've got a 750 of this all to myself. Very sexy pour, nice big head, lush mouthfeel. Strong malts, sweet, brown sugar, a touch of honey, and lightly spiced fruity accents throughout. Apples, banana, and a bit of sourness keeps things interesting toward the finish. Great stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Very sweet and flavorful. Full of cherries, cloves, nutmeg and banana. Excellent after a nice meal.

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.


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