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

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RATINGS: 1108   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2004
Bottle. Interesting aroma, smelt slightly aged. Some salted licorice, mollasses, wood, smoke and peppery spice. Palate, was quite sweet, but then some peppery alcohol in the finish. caramelised candy sugar sort of flavour, some smoky notes, salty, licoricy, woody, with slight hints of sherry. I honestly feel that this beer wasn’t fresh, but thought it reasonably interesting anyway. Slightly stale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 29, 2004
Medium brown body wears a light brown decent head. Typical nightcap aroma with big coffee, earthy, smoky malt. Bitter brown chocolate hints, extremely yeasty, perhaps too much so actually, bready. Chocolate and tobacco on the tongue, nice malt for sure, but I’m not too fond of the yeast and I fear it’s what separates it from truly great dark belgian strong ales, it just doesn’t seem all too clean. Very bitter finish with leafy and coffee grains dimensions. Airy medium to full body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 25, 2004
Pours a rich deep mahogany colour with a thin lasting head. Great aromas in this one, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, huge maltiness, dark bready yeast. The flavour was full and rich it was like a cinnamon roll in a beer, good carbonation, malty and sweet. Quite tasty!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - AUG 25, 2004
Bottled. Rustic cherry red in colour, slightly murky. Sweet, smokey malt aroma. Small bit of ethanol on the back of the palate, juicy sweetness in the middle with a bitter, almost sour finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Uriel (146) - San Jose, California, USA - AUG 23, 2004
Cloudy brown ale (bottle conditioning, doncha know), with highly complex aroma. Roasted malt is the most prevalent aroma. QUite fizzy, almost like a champagne, but not as sharply bubbly.very crisp initial flavor, tapering off into a warm maltiness.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - AUG 20, 2004
Very nice looking, great head and retention. Wow, the aroma of this is amazing. I get an awesome array of fruit, grapes, yeast and caramel. Flavor is roasted malt, spice, rich sweetness withdark fruit (plums?). Basic in a sense, yet very effective. I really liked this.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2004
Poured ruby with a thin tan head that had excellent lacing...smells very complex, yeast, caramel, alcohol, raisins and some other earth fruits...tasted very thick and yeasty, earth fruits, cloves, a few other spices...another very complex brew...finished sweet and alcohol...not bad, but there are a lot of better ones out there...

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 8, 2004
Not a bad belgian strong. Not the best either. Really just a very simple example of the style. Dark...toasty...yeasty and wet...ample carbonation. G-rat

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boutip (4637) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2004
Bottle: Poured a hazy/cloudy dark brown colored beer with a below average head which lack retention. Aroma consists of a strange mix of spices (cardamome??) and some very light roastiness. The mix of spices seems to be even more present while I drink this but the roastiness seems to have disappeared. Body is above average but carbonation could be better for Belgian Ale). Alcohol can be detected in the end, which I don’t particularly enjoy. Overall, this one leave me a bit perplex because I did enjoyed the spice but the lack of roastiness and the fact that the alcohol is way too detectable leave me hanging a bit.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 4, 2004
Mahogany with an off white tannish head almost. Small lacing. Dough or yeast aromas. Alcohol, candi sugar and citrus. Some coriander followed by bitter hops and caramel. Musky flavors of dough and alcohol. Maybe some fig. Bitter hops, caramel malts and some coriander. Chewy, thick and yeasty. Finishes sweet with some bitterness and spicy alcohol. I think I liked it better than the Bückster.


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