Brewed by Van Den Bossche
Style: Belgian Ale
St. Lievens-Esse/Herzele, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 236   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Bottle conditioned.
Ingredients: Water, malts, hops, yeast, candi sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2005
The beer erupted when I popped the cap, tan sudsy foam streaming down all sides of the bottle. I had to wait two minutes before I could begin a pour. Oddly, the head of this murky brown ale vanished almost immediately. The aroma is sweet caramel malts, raisins, dates, and licorice. This has a very soft, lively carbonated mouthfeel. The flavor is sweet caramel with dried fruits and pepper. There’s a bit of nutty, hoppy bitterness in the finish. I probably would’ve likes this more had I been able to drink more than 60% of the bottle’s contents.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - APR 16, 2005
(on bottle) Clear reddish-brown, witch slightly beige head. A small carameled nose and a soft malted mouth. Slightly bitter lash in finish, but still very sweet beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Munich and toasted malt notes with anise and herbal notes.Some malt bitterness with atoasty nut character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - FEB 21, 2005
Bottled. Aroma of malt, caramel and bananas with hints of pepper. Malty, sweet taste, slightly yeasty. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
diabel (1630) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - FEB 8, 2005
Bottled - At Dickies, Bruges, Belgium Small, creamy head, which lasts mostly. TWany, hazy body. The aroma is dominated by malts (toasted, burnt, nuts). Moderately bitter initial flavour, lightly bitter finish. Lightly to medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JonMoore (2019) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2004
BB 250406. Dark brown with a slim off-white head. Fruity aroma, with a touch of sourness. Moderately carbonated, medium bodied. Taste is sweet malty, with a sweet/sour finish. Decent beer. Seems a bit young to me, but still pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 11, 2004
11.2 oz bottle, best before end 2003: Pours a murky Mississippi mud colour with a medium bubbled froth that turns creamy as it settles. Soothing, sugary aroma – cane sugar, brown sugar and rock sugar candy soaked together in alcohol. The depth of the malt begins in the aroma as well with luscious raisins, plums and other dark, sweet fruits. Palate is so-so on this one -> slightly grainy, but with decent carbonation. Chocolate malt flavours with alcohol laced red grapes and chewy malts. Well developed and expansive profile of toffish and sweeter flavours dominate the finish and a light hop bitterness rounds out a very nice beer…

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2004
Mahogany body under a creamy beige head. Intense aroma of sweet malt, anise, coffee. Almost like my espresso with a shot of sambucca. Slick feel in the mouth. Syrupy. The taste is of a flavored coffee. No go for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2004
Bottle bought in Belgium. Pours dark murky brown, with a slight off white head. Aroma is malt & alcohol.. Tastes of rich, dark chocolate & coffee, it’s slightly sweet, malty and alcoholic, with prickling carbonation. Notes of dried fruits and spice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pivo (2632) - GERMANY - OCT 31, 2004
Sugar, molasses nose that is very sweet. Dark clear bown color with a spongy head. Very sweet malt with some fig and raisin. Thin and quick for the most part, though there is a pleasant lingering sweetness. Too one dimensional to give this a higher rating, but still a good brew.

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