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RATINGS: 794   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
k2 (146) - USA - JUL 1, 2009
Overall one of the best strong beers I have ever had. It has a very balanced flavor with a slightly sweet finish. It packs a punch on the ABV scale but the taste does not come across as such.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bloekie (210) - BELGIUM - NOV 14, 2009
Aroma is very sweet and dark. Appearance is also extremely dark brown, the head disappears rather quickly, which is a turnoff. Both the aroma and appearance (except for the head) remind me very much of Struise Pannepot, which put up high expectations for the beer itself. Flavorwise it’s also comparable to the great Pannepot, it only has a more alcoholic taste to it, which turns it down a little. It still is a pretty damn fine beer, it’s just not a Pannepot (yet).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KyotoLefty (7575) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 6, 2010
250 ml bottle. Drink by June 2011. Super smooth, fine, tan head, just a sliver. Very dark brown beer. Fruity, hoppy aroma, with pine and citrus. Slightly reminiscent of an American Barley Wine! But is has a Belgian flair, with caramel and chocolate and raisins too. Chewy and rich. Rich, creamy, strong, huge flavor. Caramel, chocolate, hop, alcohol, raisins. Wow. Fresh fruit in there too, plus hops that are almost American. Great balance and complexity. I love it. Seems to marry the Belgian Strong ale with the Barley Wine, and to do so wonderfully.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kollinski (5) - - SEP 10, 2011 does not count
This is a real brain killer! Drink it @ Kulminator in Antwerp: VAN HET VAT !!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
vickey9 (724) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 17, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2013 A cloudy dark ale. Nose is ripe fruits, candies, malt, caramel. toffee, herbs and chocolate. Rather sweet taste with a good carbon. Full bodied. Hidden alcohol. Palate is dominated by fernet herbs and dark chocolate. B@H

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CatyChe (1) - BELGIUM - JAN 15, 2012 does not count
Very strong but sweet ale with a bitter after taste. Lovely honey aroma. Smells very fruity and sweet. Ideal for cold winter nights.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
shroud0fdoom (150) - Maryland, USA - JUN 25, 2012
Nice dark brown body with a big soapy off white head. Smells of burnt brown sugar and faint floral hops. Tastes of burnt sugar, dark vinous fruits, faint metallic, bitter hops (balance) and at 12% no alcohol taste at all. The carbonation on this one tickles your taste buds. If it wasn’t for the slight metallic taste in this brew, it would be "The One".

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
janubio (529) - SPAIN - JUN 23, 2013
330 ml. bottle. Pours an opaque brown almost black colour, with a head that fades quickly leaving a strong lace. Smells of dried fruits, figs, raisins, chocolate. Spicy and fruity. Sticky sweet palate, not much carbonation (and no needed). Taste of dried fruits, pepper, spices, chocolate. It warms your throat like brandy and leaves you asking for more, even with its 12º. Great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
minutemat (2504) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2014
330ml bottle from Vanuxeem. Pours dark with a good off-white head. Aroma is dark fruits & malts, lightly sweet. Beautifully blended and easy-drinking for a 12%er with swirling hints of caramel and fruitcake. A magnificent quad.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
willisread (836) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 11, 2015
On tap at Popeye in Tokyo. Served in a stemmed tulip. No head upon serving. Rusty amber color with strong muscat aroma. Alcohol forward beer with a thin, watery texture on the tongue. Grape flavor really jumped out after coming to room temperature. Awesome, awesome Belgian.

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