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

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RATINGS: 787   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 youíll notice is the nose. Like itís 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. Otherís 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. Itís 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. Iíd be curios to see how it tastes with mushrooms although Iím not recommending. You can go a lot of different directions for cheese. Iíd 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 wonít do the beer of the cheese a favor.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawanna (2025) - GERMANY - JUL 10, 2014
0,33 l bottle caramel, barnyard, spruce, citrus, herbs, golden, hazy, frothy, white foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium sourness, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, long finish,

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vickey9 (441) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUL 7, 2014
well balanced strog ale. more hoppy, more bitter, more carbonized, more vivid with notes of chocolate. B@H

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
minutemat (1305) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2014
330ml bottle from Vanuxeem. Pours a hazy gold with foamy head and fresh floral aroma. Vibrant blond flavours, aromatic, floral, a touch of spice all impeccably blended with a teasing dry bitterness on the finish. A beautiful blond.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
miquelcrush (1172) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 18, 2014
Bona cervesa, equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, equilibrada y sabrosa.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
martjoobolut (560) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 5, 2014
0,33L bottle, BB05.2015. Pours hazy golden with white head. Thin head stays. Aroma is sour, citrus, spices, and yeast. Taste is sour, fruity, very spicy, some yeast and bitterness. Finish is fruity, sour and dry bitter. Alcohol is well hidden. Overall: very nice brew.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
manuelMTL (32) - Montrťal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2014
A very good beer. A smooth drop. It reminds me of Brussels but should be in 1 l bottles. The logo is brand.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SimonTja (221) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 30, 2014
Crisp, light, but still quite bready, a lot of belgian yeast esters; bubblegum, citrus, very dry, easy going and nice - like a better Duvel.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
raoulgreco (10) - FRANCE - MAY 20, 2014
Bright gold, with attractive head. Extremely crisp, especially so considering the alcohol content. Clean balanced finish showing a little bit of farmhouse (acidic) bite. A great complement to cheeses.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bartlebier (1481) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - MAY 19, 2014
75cl and 33cl bottles 2012-2013. Finally getting round to adding this enlightened drinkerís natural alternative to global (k)Leffe, finally a dry and aromatic, yet packing BE strong blonde that doesnít coat its unsuspecting palates in cassonade graeffe and esters. Instead it approximates fruity notes (orange peel, banana, pear, peachy wheats) from the herbal-straw sides (saison peppers, grass), staying true to its saison pedigree. Delicious and polyvalent, a go-to classic I usually prefer over other classics like Duvel or Carolus fare.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crlnts (171) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 14, 2014
Nice white head. Clear light golden. Hoppy, spicy aroma. Dry and fruity. Some barnyard. Yummy.


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