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RATINGS: 847   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2004
Very dark red/brown with a large brown head. Sweet, fruity nose with grapes, some bready malt, and yeast. Sweet flavor with grapes, chocolate, and a nice touch of bitterness at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DarkMagus (499) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 15, 2006
Bottle at Frigo in Shinjuku, Tokyo. This one was a total surprise to me... I went for this one on the recommendation of RateBeer user TimE. Poured a dark reddish-brown color, with a decent amount of foamy head that faded into a thin layer of microscopic bubbles. The aroma was fairly light (definitely decieving)...some sweetness, malts, dried fruits were detectable. Huge, rich flavors of dark dried fruits (cherries, dates, figs, raisins), sweet malts, dark candy sugar, yeast. Very dense and rich, but soft and velvety mouthfeel. Amazing. I had never heard of this before. I think that as more people rate this beer, it will prove itself as a true heavyweight of the style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
henrikb (1261) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2007
Beautiful deep clear red brown body, huge beige head; Incredible nose, deep, balanced, fresh and beautiful, it has so many beautiful aromas and they fit together so well, it is actually a lot fresher then expected; Super elegant body, incredible balanced body, huge soft carbonation, soft textured, bitter and sweet, great; Fruity hoppy, sweet caramel, great aromas in long elegant super balanced body, bitter, sweet and incredible. Why didnít I taste this beer before, it is simply amazing.

   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 itís 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, itís just not a Pannepot (yet).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KyotoLefty (9021) - 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 (999) - 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 wasnít for the slight metallic taste in this brew, it would be "The One".

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