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Brewed by Brasserie Dupont
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Tourpes-Leuze, Belgium

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RATINGS: 836   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shamelessjames (8) - California, USA - JUL 10, 2011
The first thing you’ll notice is the nose. Like it’s saison counterpart it is heavy on banana. However after it sits in the glass for a bit, the banana gives way to a brighter herbal scent. Think Thyme, basil, not sage oregano. It also is crisper than the Saison. Other’s have said it is sweet but again, compared to other Dupont varieties, I think it is much crisper and has a bite at the end. For pairing, the main thing I would say is stay away from acids, seriously. Even a light vinegar will likely conflict with that after bite. It will be great with greens and the strong banana will pick up citrus but only use the zest. It’s rich but still has a blond lightness. Cream should be good but not butter. Fish will work and you could even do grilled red meat for something almost tropical. Again, just stay away from the acids. Be careful with onions (sweet and not raw) but chilies could pair nicely. I’d be curios to see how it tastes with mushrooms although I’m not recommending. You can go a lot of different directions for cheese. I’d be careful with goat, but if it were the right type, I think this would be wonderful. Again, the banana nose, and the very bright carbonation would be wonderful with a fresh cheese but the "liquor" bite at the end, will conflict with goat cheese sour flavor if you are not careful. Stinky cheeses? Go for it. (although others might disagree) The only thing I would definitely shy away from are deep nutty cheeses. Many sheep cheese or gruyere might work but more than likely, you won’t do the beer of the cheese a favor.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
aleigator (371) - GERMANY - APR 27, 2015
Pours a clear, sun-yellow color, with a huge, stable head. Drinks very smooth, due to a well pronounced yeast foundation, with a perfect fitting carbonation, revealing a medium body. The nose exhibits qualities of an european lager, with sweeter, biscuity malts and slightly herbal hops, but amped up with a spicy yeast foundation. Grass provides a lot of character, giving the aromas an interesting turn. Tastes of dough, soft and spiced yeast, among biscuity malts. Has a lemon peel crispness giving the beer a pleasant freshness. Finishes with a decent dryness, wrapped up by clove, pepper, flowery hops and a luscious yeast foundation. A classic example of a refreshing, complex traditional Belgian beer. The yeast spiciness is well integrated, without becoming the dominant ingedient of the beer. Grass, lemon peel and biscuity malts among a slightly metallic carbonation adds an enjoyable depth.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
StoutHead (805) - DENMARK - APR 25, 2015
On tap. Pours a clear yellow color with a small white head. Grassy aroma. Taste is of malt, hops, grass, citrussy fruits, yeast, spices and sugar. Average body and carbonation. Slightly bitter and tart finish. Not bad but didn't live up to my expectations. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonotono (74) - torino, ITALY - APR 25, 2015
Colore biondo, schiuma molto abbondante. Odore fruttato, zucchero caramellato, speziato. Sapore dolce di malto, zucchero caramellato, finale amaro erbaceo che bilancia abbastanza bene le note dolci, che rimangono però predominanti. Alcool ben nascosto, si beve facilmente nonostante la gradazione.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (1897) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 23, 2015
Pours a lightly hazy golden with a medium white head that leaves super nice lacing. Nose is of sweet cereals, pepper, bubblegum and other spices. Taste is moderately sweet and carries flavors of flour, floral alcohol, fruits and pepper. Body is medium and carbonation soft. Alcohol is showing a bit too much for my taste but it is still really nice. A superior belgian strong ale for sure!

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Iznogud (1295) - CROATIA - APR 14, 2015
Bottle, 330 ml, courtesy of and shared with JFK10000. Hazy yellow with white head. Sweetish, wheat, fruit, yeast, spices. Bit alcoholic. Didn’t work for me.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DJoer (913) - NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2015
Medium white head, golden yellow colour yeast pieces in it, honey vanilla citrus yeast smell, medium to high carbonation medium bitter peppery yeasts honey herbs taste

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (16652) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 10, 2015
Keg at the hanging bat... Soft sweet yeasty fruit nose... Soft banana fruit.. Soft sweet fruits.. Juicy fruits.. Light fruits.. Light floral yeast... Easy

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (5643) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 10, 2015
Keg at the hanging bat. Pours hazy golden, nose is toffee, sugary, taste is sweet, sugary, light.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
seynie (222) - Tienen, BELGIUM - APR 5, 2015
Draught but still good carbonation. Hazy blonde with a small top. Very hoppy, some citrus. Long bitter finish

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Minderbinder (2339) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2015
Bottle 330ml. Pours hazy/cloudy blond with medium white head. Some lacing. Aroma is of bananas, bubblegum, belgian yeast. Taste is of some acidity, bananas, bitterness, bubblegum, belgian yeast. Palate: Medium body. Soft-medium carbonation. Overall: OK. Not really digging it in fact. Will re-rate.


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