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

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RATINGS: 567   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dirkbreedveld (287) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 2, 2003
lovely creamy foam, from tap, golden color,dry with hints of abricots and banana in the smell, hoppy aftertaste...splendid balance

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rutabaga (1) - USA - NOV 22, 2004 does not count
Perfectly balanced hops. Pleasant note of lemon. Not nearly as sweet as other ales of this style. An outstanding offering.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
corkyrory66 (439) - BELGIUM - JUN 9, 2012
Voilà une blonde parée de tous les atours. Superbe couleur blonde dorée limpide. Milliers de bulles bien vivantes, malgré un exemplaire juste à date au 25/6. Mousse bien blanche et qui nappe très joliment le nectar. Arômes de céréales, houblon, coriandre et noisettes fraîches. Volume soyeux et fin. 1er goût sur le blé avec un zeste d’orange, la coriandre, et des fruits blancs en arrière-bouche avec une légère pointe d’anis. 2ème bouche sur le houblon qui passe en 1, avec une belle amertume fine mais bien marquée. 3ème bouche passant à l’équilibre avec un agréable voyage entre les céréales et le houblon (et vice versa comme dirait Monsieur de La Palice) avec une jolie et fine pointe d’épices. La levure est très fine et adaptée au genre. La longueur est très correcte pour une 7,5 abv. La finale ne laisse pas sur la soif, mais invite éventuellement à poursuivre !! Très belle blonde qui tient la route.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rdsanfbeerman (9) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2006 does not count
Nice definition and a good standard for a Belgian Blond Ale. A beautifully golden brew with a white puffy head. Lots of carbonation keeps the head alive with small islands of foam developing later in transition. Malty nose and a fresh initial delivery of malt flavor will transcend into fruity and spicy/hop sweetness that lingers with the bubbly character. This mouthy beer is exceptional for its lasting flavors and that ray of yeast stays on point to gently remind you, "This is really a good beer".

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
unclemattie (4034) - Georgia, USA - AUG 25, 2007
On tap @ BSP on 22 AUG 07. golden color, very nice white head. aroma of musty, golden raisins. Lots of raisins. Flavors of lemons, malts, and bananas. Alcohol is very well hidden. What a session! Happy Birthday to me!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MattyKakes (65) - Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2013
Wonderful Belgian blonde strong ale. Not too overpowering in the abv. Smooth and creamy with nice citrus melon palette. Pours beautifully.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jerohen (1962) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2002
Another fine brew from La Caracole. Very nice big head with golden colour. Strong spicy nose with a bit of orange. Very strong spicy flavors with some orange, citrus and obvious alcohol presence at only 7.2%. Smooth and sweet finish with some warming alcohol. Excellent blonde!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tderoeck (4069) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 27, 2010
26/12/2010 - 33cl bottle @ Heeren van Liedekercke, Denderleeuw (Belgium)

Clear dark yellow beer, creamy stable adhesive white head. Aroma: witbier, coriander, spices, citrus, light mals. MF: lots of carbon, medium body, soft creamy texture. Taste: full malts, citrus (witbier), hop bitter, spices. Aftertaste: somewhat fruity, hops, agrum fruits.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2005
Cloudy golen colour with a lasting head.Really good sweet aroma,(Caramel,fruity?) Great beer,hides its alcohol really well,cant fault it.Could sit and drink this all night!(Probably find the wife behind the door with the rolling pin though!!)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2005
Besides beautiful beer, Belgium can be proud of bringing into being another exceptional invention, the saxophone, courtesy of Adolphe Sax. So, I lift this glass and raise it to Bird, Lester, Coleman, Coltrane, Sonny, Ornette, "the Jug", and the other giants of the golden horn. Straw gold color, half opaque, immense head, incredible effervescence...gorgeous. Nose is mostly spice and a little sidecar of fruit, pleasurable enough for repeated sniffs...airy, angelic...lovely. Taste? I’d say "yum", but I’ve run that into the ground lately...big, juicy citric flavor matched with tingly spice (cardomom, coriander, ?) Ripe fruit, develops beyond citrus into peach,. apricot....delicious. Mouthfeel is warm, full, if finally fading, and always replete with flavor, a ciric kick, and zesty effervescence. Never tastes like 8% abv, until the end...you want another, and another, but it’ll make you feel it tomorrow! All in all, a very satisfying golden ale..


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