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

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RATINGS: 733   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Strong and generous amber-coloured abbey beer.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 21, 2005
Pours out to a deep reddish color topped by a lingering, finely beaded head. Typical Belgian beer aroma of dark fruits and spice plus a bit of rose smell. The flavors arent quite as heavy as I expected, again the dark fruits and spices are there, but nothing really takes over the palate. A little bit of that horse-blanket flavor near the finish. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol content is apparent, not quite as well hidden as the top Belgians.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
harrisoni (14138) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2005
Bottle. Reddish brown, some berry fruit some flral hop and yeastiness, malt fruit but ultimately not enough to keep you interested and is ultimately a bit tame

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8622) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2005
33 cl bottle. Ruby tinted, dark brown beer. Aroma is spicy and yeasty. Some heavy spice, leather, dusty, and quite fruity. Apricot, plum, and some flowery aromas. Flavour is quite sweet, but the yeasty spice and fruit keep it well balanced.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2005
Bottle. When poured this looks absolutely fantastic. Sweet but fresh aroma. Flavor holds quite a bit of alcohol. But it’s definitely a pleasant brew. It’s complex, well balanced and with a fresh note. Not as full and rounded as others.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 30, 2005
UPDATED: APR 27, 2006 A red-brown clear liquid, with a fairly large head that dwindled away to a thin layer and left a small amount of lacing. Smatterings of nuts, pears, and smoky sherry. Slightly bitter aftertaste, although a bit weak on the palate for what is otherwise a complex beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 15, 2005
Amber brown with off white head. Grassy nose with some nuttiness. Very rich and dark with nuts and molasses as primary flavors followed by a faint cherry note. Awesome!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUL 11, 2005
[bottle from peckhams] pours a red colour with a big head. nose is fruity and sweet, reminiscent of a dubbel. good body with a sweet finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 8, 2005
Bottle: Clear brown with a creamy textured greyish head. Aromas of whraty banana and cloves with dried herbs (rosemary) and spicy overtones. Some crystal sweetness. Smells thick and warm. Caramel and heady spices combine for a warming and complex experience in the mouth. Again the dried herbs emerge, filled out by a mid-palate sweetness. Nice.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nycbronchart (6) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 6, 2005 does not count
caramel, alcohol, butterscotch, red, cloudy, frothy, heavy cloying sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, full body, average carbonation, long finish,

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zathrus13 (1724) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2005
Thanks to pineypower for this bottle. Pours a deep amber/copper color, with a tan head. Aromas are sweet malt, brown sugar, with some yeast and spice, too. Flavor is spice, brown sugar, and a little bit fruity. Very nice, but a bit too sweet.


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