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Brewed by Brouwerij Wolf (formerly Lupus)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Aarschot, Belgium

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Dark brown bordeaux-coloured beer with a firm broken-white head. The aroma is pleasant, with some pear and roasted nuts. The palate is nutty, with some chocolate impressions followed by exotic fruit. This beer with strong character has a beautiful finish with some bitter hop and caramel.


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2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
seynie (140) - Tienen, - MAR 29, 2014
Looks great, nearly pitch black with a foam head that lasts. Carbonation is OK too, medium body. Taste is roast at first but then followed by cough drop and caramel. Metallic comes in and takes over the finish. Couldn’t convince me.


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sdmmb (724) - USA - JUL 13, 2014
Drunk from 75cl bottle bought at Carrefour, Brussels. Dark ale. Easily drinkable and not sweet. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
zacgillbanks (2148) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. This beer explodes out of the bottle with a huge creamy head of foam. Dark Mahogany coloured with very rich red fruit and burnt currant flavours, chocolate and coffee notes with a bitter-sweet oak and roasted finish. Excellent!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borup (5676) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2014
33 cl. bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of spice, malt, caramel, yeast, hops and fruit.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nudiebear (34) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 24, 2014
Bottle at home. Red to brown with frothy tan head. When cold the alcohol came up front, better when at a proper temperature where it tasted balanced and sweet with a hint of caramel. Slightly bitter but would not think much about that. Enjoyable Belgian ale, enhanced chili/paprika dishes well.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bonkiedeaap (244) - Leerdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 22, 2014
Bottle from the Bierschuur in Poppel. The beer has dark brown color and a nice cream colored head with a lot of bubbles. In the aroma are tones noticable of pears, nuts, coffee and a little alcohol. The taste is a little bitter by the tones of chocolate and the nuts from the aroma. Later a little sweetness is noticable from the fruits which were also noticable in the aroma. The finish is a little hoppy and bitter and a little caramel is noticable. Not complety impressed by this strong ale, but it’s an oke beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hallinghansen (1904) - Odense S, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2014
Bottle. Hazy brown body with a large light brown head. Yeast, caramel, light alcohol, dark fruit. Nice.

2.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
EdwinLitzau (320) - NETHERLANDS - APR 15, 2014
Donkerbruine kleur, weinig beige schuim. Aroma van chocolade, koffie. Smaakt goed, drinkt niet zo fijn door de koolzuur. Iets te zoet.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mothroy (73) - - APR 11, 2014
Bottle at home. Dark brown with a good white creamy head which lasts well. The aroma is light chocolate with roast coffee undertones. The flavour is similar but less pronounced.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
__Rb81 (139) - NETHERLANDS - APR 10, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours dark with an off-white head. Aroma of dark fruits and malts. Taste is sweet, malts, dark fruits, and a metallic taste that becomes more pronounced toward the end of the bottle where it becomes really unpleasant in the aftertaste. Too bad of the metallic taste, otherwise quite okay.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
corkyrory66 (527) - BELGIUM - APR 5, 2014
Bière bien habillée, avec cadrage couleur bronze de l’étiquette, et le gros chiffre 8 en bronze. Toute la capsule en bronze sur fond noir. Le titrage réel est en fait de 8,5 % abv, ce qui en fait une brune solide. Couleur roux à bordeaux très foncé magnifique. Clarté nette. Bulles moyennes très vives partout dans le verre ballon. Mousse beige moyen très épaisse et à multiples cratères : superbe. Arômes de malt caramel, whisky du grand nord est de l’Ecosse, pointe de câpres, muscade fine, myrtilles en début juillet. 1ère bouche souple sur un bel ensemble malt/café/chocolat noir, avec une épice. Arrièr-bouche maltée forte, avec du tabac brun. 2ème sur du malt, fruits un peu verts, pointe de tabac blond cette fois, marmelade de pommes vertes. 3ème bouche assez complète, mais un peu « fermée ». Arrièr-bouche maltée, longue. La longueur est sur du malt torréfié, fruits juste mûrs, pruneau jeune, puis des oignons confits, du malt brun, de l’écorce de chêne. Une amertume assez raide, mais très plaisante. La levure est fine et douce, alors qu’on la croirait plus « musclée ». L’alcool est bien efficace de le soutien de cet ensemble très ferme. La finale se développe avec une grande complexité, des malts bruns, des épices pointues. CONCLUSION : une bière assurément rude à apprécier. On dira plutôt pour connaisseur, parce que ce n’est pas une bière « facile », mais c’est une belle bière.


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