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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%.


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 (2141) - 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 (3851) - 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 (1764) - 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 (5686) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 28, 2005
(Bottle 33 cl) Dark, reddish bronze colour with a small, off-white head - surprisingly small actually. Huge bottle sediment. Even the bottleneck is full of yeast although this has been stored upright for quite some time. Aroma of yeast and some notes of overripe fruit - plums I believe. Flavour is sweetínísour with some noble rot and notes of caramel and honey and some sweet fruit. Rather vinous with a warming alcohol. Gets better and better as it warms. 280805

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2565) - California, USA - AUG 26, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2008 In the 1550s Nostradamus predicted I would drink this. He also predicted that some brewery in Belgium would make a beer named after him. Finally, he predicted that this bottle is best before 2009. Sorry. Pours a dark reddish brown body, minimal head. Usual aroma for the style of yeast and spices, but also a strong berry aroma. Finish is the same with a hint of caramel. 9.5% is hidden here well. A little bit of burn at the end, but overall this is a powerful berry flavored Belgian. Great stuff!


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