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RATINGS: 814   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
12% vol.alc. – re-fermented and bottle-conditioned Rich, dark coloured beer, with a wonderful hoppy, floral nose and well-balanced flavours, making it easy to drink

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marsiblursi (3070) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 28, 2008
(Bottle, best before 24/07/06, thanks ekstedt!) Pours dark brown with some red mahogany hints. Small sand coloured head. The aroma is rather complex with tones of heavy malt and some nice yeasty undertones. Sweet notes of caramel, syrup, some chocolate and light vanilla is all present. Sour notes of cherries and maybe some grapes. Dark fruits with prunes up front but also some hints of raisins and figs. Also some spicy notes of anise, black pepper, ginger, mint and maybe a just a touch of coriander. The flavour is dark fruity, spicy, cookie-ish, light caramelly, light chocolaty and clean yeasty. A light cherry like tart and sourness is present in the flavour as well. The mouthfeel is a bit chewy and a bit syrupy, yet soft and light silky with a strong numbing alcohol sting in the finish. The aftertaste is ending on a sweet note with a subtle fruitiness lingering. Near full bodied. In my book this is a rather nice, well made and a bit underrated Belgian Strong.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
goozen (3555) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 23, 2008
Bottle 0,25ltr: Dark brown heavy alcohol ale with a great taste of fruits, spices and its an very dangerous brew to drink, easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Pours a deep, cloudy, garnet color with a beige, average, fizzy head which lasts longer than expected, leaving a thick, frothy layer for a while an leaves minimal lace. Nose is lighter than expected with loads of sour apple, some bready yeast, ginger, cloves, and almonds; a little like gingerbread and fruit. Similar flavors with cloves, ginger bread notes from the yeast, light apple skin notes, almonds, and some candi sugar. Palate is medium, lively, watery, and a bit syrupy. Finishes with plenty of sour apple skins, mild warmth, and lots of sweet sugary notes. Lacks any malt depth as well as hop balance with a flabby palate as far as BSAís go. Didnít get any floral notes as the deScription suggests and didnít really get much of any hops to speak of, which left it quite sweet. The one saving grace was the drinkability of this 12%er, really not noticing a big alcohol presence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (10255) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2008
750ml bottle acquired in trade with jjpm74 (thanks!). Poured a deep brown color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of dark fruits (raisins and plums), spices, nutty, and chocolate. Tastes of dark fruits, chocolate, caramel, and spices. Light alcohol but overall well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2008 Pours dark red/brown with a long lasting creamy looking beige head. Aroma of cloves, gingerbread, a bit of smoke, coffee, almonds, fairly spicy and dessert-like overall. Sweet taste of cocoa, hazelnut, brown sugar, cloves, gingerbread, slight vinous flavors. Seems like thereís peat too, or something like it. Finishes pretty warming with flavors of coffee, nuts, cloves and lingering earthy bitterness. Nutty aftertaste. Highly carbonated mouthfeel is a bit prickly, but the beer is full bodied enough and the strong flavors make it seem more full. Very drinkable. 12%? Doesnít seem that high, though it is there. This is right up there with any of the classic dark Belgian Strong ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reakt (949) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2008
Bottle from Kris or Nelson Wines, canít quite remember which, Díoh!
Reddish amber with a decent off white head and a lot of sediment. Nose of malt, yeast, nuts, caramel and some earthy cocoa notes. Sweet and malty with plenty of candi sugar. The alcohol is surprisingly well hidden, although it becomes more noticeable as it warms. I really thought this was gonna be one of those over the top, excessively alcoholic Belgians but I honestly enjoyed it. Iíve had it sitting here for a while and now I almost regret that itís gone :(

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Dark brown colored pour with large head. Sweet malty, spicy, chocolatey aroma. Sweet, chocolatey, malty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2008
Bottle shared by Crosling. Poured a deep brown-amber color with a moderate beige head that eventually faded. Aroma was mostly dark fruits and sugar, didnít really get any floral tones. Sweet flavor of candy sugars and and slight fruity esters, not much else. Decent body, and no alcohol detectable. Easy to drink. Thanks Nick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2008
750 from the Michael Jackson Rare Beer Club. Delightful looking pour, dark, frothing, effervescent like a big boominí grand cru. The nose is comparable, with lots and lots of figs, currants, and some floral notes in there too. Deceptively easy drinking, given the high abv (me, I split this over two nights). Nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (7712) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2008 [1059-20080122] 250mL (w/ jerc). Mild toasted yeast aroma with a sweet malt empty alcohol grains base. Black body with a quick foamy off-white head. Boozy toasted sweet malt flavour. Medium body is thin and boozy. Interesting brew but too sweet and boozy. (7/3/7/3/13) 3.3

[1164B-20080301] Tap. Mildly roasted malt aroma is a little sweet. Dark dark brown body with a medium-lasting creamy light tan head. Fruity roasted malt flavour has a sweet finish. Medium-full body is smooth. Enjoyable. (7/4/8/4/17) 4.0
(ZBF 2008; Sint Niklaas, BE)

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