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

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1207   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
ABV may vary between 9% - 10%.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ayumbomb (63) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 25, 2005
One of the best Belgians Iíve had this year. I really want to make a puny statement about some sort of goofy prediction of me liking this beer, but I fear itís been done many times over, and I would hate to be puny and trite. Anyway, the beer was delicious and I will probably try it out again soon.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 21, 2005
Pours a deep reddish brown color with a large and rocky slightly off-white head. Great lacing throughout. Brown sugar and molasses aroma along with fall fruit and a hint of bitterness. Brown sugar and caramelized fruit flavor with a hint of alcohol burn that reminds you that this is a heavy beer. Very faint sourness at the end. This beer does a great job of being unique to itself and not tasting like just another brune.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MmmmCheese (29) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 20, 2005
Another good Belgian strong. Also has the fizzy head that sounds like soda. This one doesnít mask the aftertaste as well as some other ones Iíve had so Iím docking it a few points. Thatís just a personal preference though to not want the Belgian strong after taste.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 11, 2005
11.2 oz bottle Pours a cloudy red-brown with 1/4 inch tan head throughout consumption. Aroma is malty sweet with sour overtones. Taste is similar. Lacks the blatant Belgian yeast flavor. Itís there, but just not super strong as with many Belgian brews. Lingering alcoholic warmth. Not bad but Iíll try something else.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - SEP 11, 2005
Mahogany colour. Thick white/yellow-ish head. Cake, red berries and sugary nose. Sweet, full bodied flavour, with hints of brown sugar. Somewhat chewy mouthfeel. Small hints of orange in finish. Chocolatey, acidic aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2005
bottle. pours dark red in color with a huge head that goes away rather quickly. has a plum and fruity smell. taste is sweet, yeasty, malty, yet rather watered down tasting. slight alcohol ting to it as well. not a bad beer, not the best, but certainly worth a try and something to order if seen. id drink this again, any day.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3846) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 8, 2005
Bottled, sampled at Delirium Cafť, GŲteborg. Dark copper colour. Almondy nose, rich malty adn clear notes from the alcohol. Flavour rich and sweet - almost cellary - with an alcohol touch. Big and malty brew.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
blanstuf (16) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2005 One of my favorite beers. Iíve had 3 bottles in the past few months and Iíve enjoyed each one... thoroughly. It has a decent smell, and an absolutely great taste. I would recommend this to anyone even if youíre not a belgian person.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1749) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2005
Pours deep amber/browm, with a tan head. Aromas are malt, brown sugar, dark fruit, and some spice. Flavors are much the same, sweet, then a dry finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (4841) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 31, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2005 BB 9/2006 11.12 oz bottle from Csbosox. Rich butter toffee, rum raisin iced cream, vanilla liqueur (though with little to no alcohol presence) in the nose. Light, well-done, elegant yeastiness is clean. Opaque ruby to tawny port wine colored body, with lighter auburn edges. Big, 2 finger head is very dense and beige colored. Well-retained with huge amounts of lacing. Flavor begins with raisins, prunes, chocolate, bananas and light rum. No alcohol. Caramel and cream as well. The finish does not go bready/astringent like so many high abv Belgian darks, nor is it alcoholic. Yeast is not overdone. A touch light on the mouthfeel, but the carbonation is low, with a slight prickly sensation, not sure if thatís the bubbles or the alcohol. Balance between sweet and dry is near perfect. Almost a perfect palate overall if not for the slight looseness. But ridiculously drinkable and hard to believe itís 9.5. Lots of fruit lingers; plums, raisins, concord grapes and then some light milk chocolate and anise. Elegant yeast with no breadiness screams that this is distinctly Belgian. . .or maybe that just means it is distinctly high quality? Iím satisfied not to debate the difference.


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