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Brewed by InBev Belgium
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Leuven, Belgium

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RATINGS: 703   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Strong and generous amber-coloured abbey beer.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
highlandlad (1416) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 21, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2005 Satisfying big-flavoured strong Belgian ale. Poured a bottle-brown colour with a short but lasting head. The nose is heavily alcoholic but with plenty of fruit and a hint of toast! Full-bodied and almost port-like in intensity. Ripe cherries and spices on the tongue, with hints of whisky and then a rummy bitter finish. Complex and satisfying. This has more body than the Vieille Cuvee. (Bottle)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wacher (129) - Århus C, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2005
Kraftig duft af kirsebær. Flot rødbrun farve, stort fyldigt skum. Kirsebær er også meget tydelig i smagen. Dejlig balance. Me like!

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - FEB 21, 2005
Bottled. Aroma is malty, sweet and fruity, particularly dark cherries. Caramelly, malty taste, some fruitiness and some spiciness. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2005
Pour is ruby amber with a dense at first tan head fading into a thin layer...smell is earth fruit and alcohol with a touch of yeast...taste is typical Belgian Strong...earth fruits specifically plums, a little overly sweet with a sticky alcohol finish...

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndrewGeoff (27) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2005
Reddish-amber in colour with a beige head which although small lasts quite well. Aroma of hops, spice and caramel. Slightly dry but well balanced with a spicy bite at the front of the tongue. Flavour of hops, cinnamon, dry apple cider balanced by enough malty sweetness without being cloying. A nice beer to hold in the mouth and note the changes on the way down. Glad to be back with the style I like after Orval & Rodenbach Grand Cru.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Habanero (2588) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2010 Shiny red color. Very spicy and fruity flavours of banana and citrus. Rather powerful alcohol taste. Sweet as well. Overall, very flavourfull, thick and creamy. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (10368) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2005
Shiny amber, dark head. Aroma is malty. nutty and vanilla. Nutty, malty flavor. Mild, and with the alcohol well hidden.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lululegrand (94) - gent, BELGIUM - JAN 15, 2005
Warn brown color, red shine in it. Bubbely foam. Malts in the nose, also a little sweet and touch of fruit. Malty taste, hint of caramel, light accent of dry fruit.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsniclas (5596) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JAN 15, 2005
Bottled. Redbrown with a quickly diminishing head. Sweet candy-aroma. A bit thin with some late bitterness Spicy.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2504) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2004
Pours out a really interesting color of ruby red hued brown with a rather small head. The aroma is fruity with some alcohol. The taste is sweet with some nice fruity notes and a decently masked alcohol content with a somewhat bitter finish.


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