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

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RATINGS: 672   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Strong and generous amber-coloured abbey beer.


3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lunkie (1363) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUN 18, 2004
Spiritus fruit malt aroma with clear red brown colour. Fruit malt flavour with smooth flat palate.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AAO (102) - Nśstved, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2004
Borring appearence. The aroma is fruity and very fresh. The taste is a bit borring, itīs to sweet. But a powerfull finnish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 10, 2004
Light fruits and touches of alcohol in the aroma. Clear golden brown with dense off-white head. Fruity, malty, biscuity. Alcohol somewhat apparent. Touches of chocolate and caramel. Pronounced bitterness in the finish. Smooth mouthfeel. Bottle (sampled at Mondial 2004).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Trogdor (195) - Cairns, AUSTRALIA - JUN 7, 2004
pear, honey-dew melon, mandarin with a hint of alcohol spiciness. deep amber/ruby red, creamy head, high carbonation. surprisingly refreshing, spicy alcohol, hint of dark chocolate, biscuity, cherry, lightly floral and nutty. full creamy palate with light bitterness. nice, surprisingly refreshing, finish is mouth-watering, alcohol is well disguised.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mathis (48) - KBH K, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2004
A bit boring apperence with a laim head. A fresh, sweet and fruite aroma. The flavor is dominated by sweet hops and fruits with a bitter finish. Fine beer, but a little too sweet.

1.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22, 2004
Something is very wrong - I used to like this beer???? Looks great - deep red colour, excellent head retention. This is the only thing good about this beer. Aroma is bizarre - very yeasty, ginger, lemons, HEAPS of phenols, dirt, chilli - itís quite objectionable actually. Kind of reminds me of the aroma of the Robinsonís beers from the Gold Coast. Flavour is a bit spicy with loads of alcohol, dirt and onions, and rather bitter. Really, really terrible. Surely something was wrong here - Interbrew makes boring beers, but they are rarely offensive.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
haf (529) - Gijon, SPAIN - MAY 22, 2004
Cerveza de alta graduacion, aunque no muy fuerte. Es una cerveza roja, pero de abadia ;)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CEZ (396) - Milano, ITALY - MAY 4, 2004
Deep garnet, almost brown body. Beautiful head and lace. Aroma brings you yeast, caramel, fruit (cherries) and some hops too. A bit of alcohol warmth in the taste. Sweet but dry, a slightly bitter almond finish. Not quite as complex, thick or smooth as the ťlite belgians strong ales, but still a balanced and enjoyable brew. In Italy, this one could make the "Top 10 easily accessible beers".

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
lovibond (115) - New York, USA - APR 29, 2004
Crap. A very idosyncratic element in both flavor and aroma which I canít pin down, but belongs in neither. Not bottle conditioned. Sugary sweet taste. The Norbertine monks of Dinant may have great piety, but the mass-produced beer which bears their name has no soul.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 19, 2004
Ruby brown hue with a thin off-white head, well-laced though. Aroma is very very yeasty, but of very restrained depth, sadly so. There's some kind of fruitiness in there that is hard to put words on, but I'd throw oranges and peaches. Mostly dry yeast still and it continues in mouth where it gets slightly more interesting but no big winner. The palate is peppery, fruity, dry with light notes of dust, perhaps a bit too old. Body is almost flat, thin-medium and appears unappropriate.


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