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


on tap

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RATINGS: 869   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Strong and generous amber-coloured abbey beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pyobon (1268) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 17, 2008
Bottle. Poured deep red brown with a slight off-white head. The aroma developed as the beer warmed up. Initially just malty, a toffee aroma developed and then some notes that were less pleasant (cheesy, barnyard?). Full bodied with ample, but refined, carbonation giving excellent mouthfeel. The flavour is very complex, but predominantly rich and malty. When cold the initial taste has fruity (maybe apples) hints, passing through toffee / trecale and dark malt to some bitterness in the finish. As the beer warms up more flavour is released with chocolate, cherries, plums and spicyness (cloves?). Excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
couchand (182) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Malty, caramel, herbal spicy aroma. Copper brown. Spicy, absinthe like flavor. Very little head. Alcoholic spiciness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
renffisch (890) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2008
33cl bottle with ethereal at home. aromas of raspberry and strawberry, dark reddish brown in colour with a quite decent head. Boiled red berries, roasted malt and treacle in taste. long balanced finish. decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Theis (15097) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2008
Bottle in Antwerp - shared with Mette. Clear amber - white head. High malty, caramel, vegetables, pepper, yeasty, licorice, a bit wierd.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Bottle, 26th Feb 2008. Reddish amber with an aroma of red berries and raspberries. Treacly and sticky in the mouth with a nutty malt flavour. Decent stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (13312) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 7, 2008
330ml bottle.
Rich red. small foamy head. Caramel banana and a little alcohol on the nose. Slightly sharp mouthfeel from the carbonation and alcohol, but not offensive. Fairly sweet alcholic taste with a range of accompanying flavours that go from decently roasted malt to yeast to nuttiness to sticky bitterness later. However, the alcohol is a little too prominent, if they could crank that down, I’d like it a lot more. No disaster, certainly, but I prefer their brune any day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ekstedt (6420) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 5, 2008
Bottle (33 cl) at Brussels airport. Clear copper, medium beige head. Nutty malt aroma, a bit flat, with some alcohol notes. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Dry with a light bitterness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
onlyrocknroll (379) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 28, 2008
Very attractive burgundy colour with a medium head. Underwhelmingly weak fruity malty aroma. The flavour is malty, with caramel and spiciness and alcohol. Sounds more interesting than it is though, just a little too weak in its flavour I found.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2008
Aroma is spicry and fruity. pours light brown with a red hue, with a big head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Flavor is malty and dry with some spiciness, and raisins. easying drinking mouthfeel. More hops and complexity would be nice... but by no means a bad beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 22, 2008
Lovely fruity aromas, but the taste leaves to be disired, too malty and one- dimensional-but in no way bad. Tasty and chewy brew, but in no way complex.

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