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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%.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (9280) - 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 (4755) - 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 (4677) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2005
04.16.05 Brewtopia ’05 750ml bottle. Amber/copper pour; frothy tan head. Big aromas make me think amber (like Chimay Rouge), but maybe a bit muddled. Flavors come together wonderfully with lots of raisin, prune, brown sugar. Plenty of alcohol. Better than expected.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - APR 17, 2005
A big beautiful brew. Dark cherries and plums dance with caramel and marzipan. Very good mouthfeel with good malt notes and spice. Flavors really develop over time and temp change. Good soft clean finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (13637) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 17, 2005
Bottled (BBE 2005)
Dark hazy ruby-brown color, small coffee head. Strong nose of roasted malts, cold coffee, plums and dry wood. Liquerish sweet palate, medium to full bodied. Lots of caramel, roast, yeasty, warming alcohol especially in the finish. Very nice dessert beer, a Christmas beer I would say.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - APR 13, 2005
A favorite from a very small, and very talented Belgian brewery. This is exactly what I love aobut their brewing mantra: no rules. Dark brown in color with strong notes of caramel and some dark fruit. The hops give the beer a clean finish and help to hide the 9.5% very well. Head retention is classic and form an intricate lace on the sides of the chalice. If you can find this beer do yourself a favor and pick up a few.


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