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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%.


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chickenflea (340) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2012
(bottle, 750ml) Tried on the recommendation of Nicolette at WoB near UCF in Orlando. Hazy, ruby amber color with a beige foamy head of medium size. Intensively nutty and toasty malty aroma with caramel, mocha beans and a Port-like alcoholic note. Sweet flavor, full-bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Toast-malty taste with caramel and chocolate flavors, as well as subtle notes of dried fruits and mocha; sweet and roasty bitter finish with a warming but non-aggressive alcohol and a slightly fruity aftertaste. Balanced and complex brew. Very enjoyable.


2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
"pours a murky brown, poured vigorously to get a good amount of head. aroma is unpleasantly coppery & lemony, with some pleasant spices hidden underneath. the flavor is more of the same (i was expecting much better based on previous ratings). nice yeasty flavor, but the astringency takes over at he finish. if i didn’t know better, i’d swear this was either the same style or the same brewer as the belgian "Scotch Silly" i had yesterday. Another disapointment."

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
eduardovl (866) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
250ml bottle served in a Duvel tulip glass. A :Pours a dark amber to brown color forming a big bubbled, fluffy and fizzy tan head that dissipates quickly leaving only few spotty lacings in the glass S: Classic Belgian Strong Dark Ale: Very sweet and fruity in the nose. Strong notes of dark fruits, like plums and raisins. Also strong notes of Belgian-like bready yeasts. Toffee, caramel malts, crystal malts. A bit spicy. Boozy in the end T: Follows the nose. Strong notes of dark fruits like plums and raisins. Strong notes of toffee, candy sugar, caramel malts, roasted malts, crystal malts. A little bit metallic taste. A light bitter hop finish M: Heavy body. Medium carbonation. Black fruits in the aftertaste O: Good drinkability. Classic Belgian Strong Dark Ale [ BA Review @ 8/17/2013 ]

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Daanminator (120) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - OCT 10, 2014
Zeer donker bier. Kleine mooie witte schuimkraag. Bouquette van gebrande mout. Smaak van gebrande mout en bittere chocolade.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
melush (852) - SPAIN - OCT 4, 2014
Borella de 33 cl, adquirida en Cerveceria Internacional. Color marron oscuro. Sabor a malta, regaliz, afrutado, ligeramente a acido y amargo.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bonkiedeaap (280) - Leerdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 4, 2014
Bottle from de Bierschuur in Poppel. The beer has a dark brown color and a nice cream colored head with a lot of bubbles. The aroma is malty, like roasted malts, clear tones of caramel, licorice and the sweetness of dark fruits. The taste is rich, warming, little piquant in the mouth with liquorice, mocha flavors, pear and toasted bread background. The finish is a little alcoholic, warming and has a nice bitterness. A very good strong ale, the best caracole has to offer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
djd07 (3699) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2014
Bottle as shown. Pours a cloudy amber with small off white head. The aroma is yeast, honey, toast. Medium mouthfeel with dark fruit, yeast, candy sugar, and toasty finish. Good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (4027) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2014
Location: Draft at Morrison’s, 9/22/14

Aroma: The nose is sweet malts, dark fruit, pepper/spice, chocolate, licorice, and some booze
Appearance: It pours a brownish-red color with a beige head and some decent lacing
Flavor: The taste is heavy sweet, fairly unbalanced, not quite cloying, but close
Palate: The body is medium-full, it has a bit of heat, and feels sticky as it coats the mouth
Overall Impression: I was pretty surprised not to have rated this one before, but hey, as Nick would say, "A tick is a tick!" This one is quite sweet overall. Some flavorful stuff. It could probably use a little balance.

1.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
Anatole (112) - BELGIUM - SEP 16, 2014
Du sucre, du sucre, plein de sucre, trop de sucre. Je n’ai meme pas terminé mon verre.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (2110) - BELGIUM - SEP 12, 2014
Strong winter warmer with thick, beige, regular, stable head and very dark burgundy colour with ruby hue, hazy. Strong aroma of chocolate, banana, pear, plum, melon, coffee, walnuts, port wine, liqueur, cinnamon, liquorice, brown sugar. Rich and full maltiness, sweet, fruity, very chocolatey with medium carbo and well-rounded, mild, coffee powder-like roasted bitterness, as well as aromatic hops in the finish and warming alcohol not becoming astringent in any way. Very tasty and beefy, typical Scotch-style Belgian Christmas ale, honest and satisfying. I liked this very much.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sfuen03 (351) - Barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 7, 2014
Medium sized, quickly diminishing off-white head. Clear dark liquid. Strong aroma of plum, banana, raisins and dark fruit. Light to medium body, very mild mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Alcohol well masked. Taste is strongly sweet, spicy, with raisins, licorice and dark fruit.


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