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


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RATINGS: 257   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Bottle conditioned.
Ingredients: Water, malts, hops, yeast, candi sugar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
corkyrory66 (1426) - BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2013
Brune de 6,5 abv, comme sa consoeur la blonde. Toujours plusieurs malts, mais ceux-ci caramélisé et un rien torréfié, et du sucre de refermentation. Couleur noir complet. Opacité totale. Mousse entre beige et café crème qui tient à 1 cm, plus ou moins soyeuse. Arômes de pain d’épices, noix jeune, massepain, pointe de sureau et de réglisse. 1ère bouche souple à la belle prise entière, plutôt sur le malt torréfié, avec une pointe d’épice. Arrière-bouche un rien vague, avec une pointe de porto. 2ème bouche soyeuse, avec du café, de la prune, un peu d’artichaut et des fanes de pomme de terre. 3ème bouche de belle facture, entière avec des accents torréfiés et fumés. Arrière-bouche quasi fraîche, même à température ambiante (29,4 °c). Belle longueur constante, avec beaucoup de réglisse et un peu d’amandes grillées. Levure souple, un rien sucrée, pas mal mais pourrait mieux. Alcool bien mais un peu juste, même pour une double. Finale en ligne, sans excès mais sans faute. Conclusion : une bière intéressante, mais pas de côté direct, une bière qui laisse seulement des impressions.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (8210) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 24, 2012
33 cl. bottle @ Kulminator // dark brown with a hint of black & creamy off-white / beige head // smells like creamy sweet malts & dark fruits, brown sugar, nuts, hint of liquorish // taste is hint of caramel, creamy sweet malts, dark fruits, liquorish, caramel, sweet, brown sugar, creamy nuts, hazel, dash sweeter spices in the finish, soft bread // body is creamy with mellow carb. // the rating may not be ecstatic but I think that this is really, really good one within the style

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (4029) - Radom, POLAND - MAR 12, 2012
toast, cereal, spruce, woody, cooked vegetables, butterscotch, skunky, smoke, brown, sparkling, brown foam, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, heavily sour, umami, full body, creamy, lively, oily feel, astringent, long finish,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bov (12007) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - SEP 18, 2001
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2004 very dark brown colour, nice creamy head, strong licorice and malty aroma with coffeish notes, oily with lot of carbonation, some acidity, very long dry coffee finish - fresh and original

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2003
I don’t know why the relatively low ratings for this, it’s a damn good brown ale and not all that far below the Rochefort 8 that I just had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (3179) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2010
Served with a fine creamy off white to light tan head and lots of good lace. Very dark almost opaque walnut color. Aroma wasn’t to impressive, just good and malty. Flavor is malty, roasty, slightly tart, a hint of cocoa and excellent! Killer body and the carbonation is perfect for this beer. Tiny bit chewy. No hint of alcohol. easy finish. Really drinkable. Session

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sharkydodson (1196) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - OCT 8, 2014
caramel and fruity aroma with shades of chocolate, vanilla and licorice... rough caramel taste with notes of chocolate, dark fruits, brown sugar and spices... dry sweet and spicy aftertaste... very nice dubbel...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 3, 2004
Nice doughy, espresso, toasted aroma, some molasses and caramel; not much carbonation or lacing on mine, plenty of sedimentation; medium bodied, delicious coffee, malt, toffee, light-porterish-Belgian flavor, slightly sour and acidic; outstanding! This one deserves a higher average rating, for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikske79 (1500) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 14, 2014
Een heel lekker donker bier met een goede, volle smaak aan zoals het hoort bij een donker bier

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bornyensis (321) - BELGIUM - OCT 3, 2015
Een diep zwaar bruin bier, een goede kleur en schuimkraag. Traag drinken is de boodschap.

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