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

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RATINGS: 1131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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ABV may vary between 9% - 10%.


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2004
Dull brown body. Deep dark honey and vanilla properties. Medium bitter finish. Quite enjoyable late in a night of Belgian beer debauchery.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 4, 2004
Tangerine sweetness, milky chocolate, banana and dough-like yeast in the aroma. Opaque, deep brown with off-white/tan head that recedes to cover. Sweet tangerine flavour up front opens for chocolate with spices coming to the fore in the finish. Medium body. Refreshing though fairly simple. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 3, 2004
A reddish color with hints of orange. Aggressive carbonation with a fluffy tan head and slippery lace. The smell is malty with fruity esters, caramel and a grassy background. The taste is malty sweet with a spicy finish and a lingering hop presence. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a complex mix of spices. IMHO: Many of the Belgian Dark Ales have a strong presence of spices and hop finish that can overwhelm the balance of tastes. This beer does a does a better job than most by expanding the spectrum of flavors and maintaining a balance.

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 wasnít 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 (6134) - 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 Iím not too fond of the yeast and I fear itís what separates it from truly great dark belgian strong ales, it just doesnít 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...


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