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Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Buggenhout, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1975   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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Full-bodied Belgian Specialty Ale. Amber in color with beautiful foam and slightly sweet, seductive malt character. Rich, satisfying Belgian experience.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6150) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2005
Bottle shared with tupalev. Pours a clear dark orange with a spare white head. Aroma of fruity malt, bourbon, mild sourness and some hops. Flavour is sweet and very fruity with a touch of alcohol, yeast and hops. Full bodied. I like this a lot!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (2927) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2005
Bottle, shared with and courtesy of Blankboy. Fruity, spicy, bourbon aroma. Dark orange, small head. Nice mild taste - fruit, alcohol, hops, yeast. Smooth light to medium mouthfeel. A hint of bourbon in the aftertaste. Wonderful stuff.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2006 Bottle. Placeholder, Need to re-rate on another occassion. Drank from a shared bottle at a debaucherous event. Mouthfuls of solid yeast prevented me from drinking much of it, though what I got into my mouth tasted decent, on the sharper end of the standard belgian ales.


Re-Rate 5/2005. On tap at Monks. Buttery aroma. Vinegary butter flavor. funky cider vinegar beer. No floaties. odd. bock-y. Goes pretty well with the Boon Framboise Ilja and I scored free from a patron who didn’t like it!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1223) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 2, 2005
11.2oz bottle. Served in a NB worthy glass (didn’t have to give up a shoe for it) at 49° right out of the cellar. Pours brownish-red with lots of floaties, steady carbonation, and a hzy, bubbly head. Laces and coats the glass when swirled. Strong aroma of brown sugar, raisins, spice (nutmeg?), yeast, and a herbally hops undertone. This smells pretty good. The initial taste is dark malt and dark fruit followed by an alcohol laden spiciness (black pepper) and some hotness and floury yeast. The finish is lingering fruit, both tart citrus and darker ones, and a floury yeastiness. Starts like a dubbel and ends like a tripel. This is a tasty beer and I would happily give a shoe to drink it out its crazy glass. I don’t know if I would want a glass I couldn’t rest anywhere after drinking a few of these, they do pack a bot of a punch.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2005
Poured dirty bronze, a bit hazy, with a thick, creamy, sturdy white head. Good retention and very sticky lace. Wonderful complex aroma, full of malt, fruit, figs and cherries, brown sugar, smoke, peat, earth, yeast, alcohol and floral hops. Flavors were sweet malt, caramel & toffee, dark fruit, grain, french bread, cherries, apples, lemons, yeast, alcohol, raisins and sherry. Great creamy mouthfeel, solid, slightly bitter finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PIVOMAN (15) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 27, 2005
When you see this beer come on the table, the glass is a desire for the eye, but the taste of the beer is not super. So, most of the points I gave a for the presentation

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bart (2940) - Brussels, BELGIUM - NOV 27, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2006 Average and lasting white head, dark amber, red-brown colour. arome is licht malty with some hops, herby. Palate is creamy, with a light sweet-bitter finish. Rather special beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6126) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2005 Bottle (330ml). Poured deep clear bronze with an average beige foamy lasting head, nice lacing. Nice aroma of oily roast malt, some bourbon, also fruity. Taste is woody burnt brown sugar, alcohol sharpness ... mellows out and gets progressively spicy, but a little one-note-ish. Mouthfeel creamy and syrupy. Very warming, very nice - could drink several of these on a cold evening.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HighlanderOne (1016) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2005
On tap at BXL. Poured into gorgeous glass with wooden holder - nice touch. Alcohol somewhat dominant in the aroma and flavor. Nice head which dissipates, but some lacing persists. Burnt malt flavor is a bit harsh at first, but mellows nicely as you drink. Good feel and finish. Another great Belgian ale.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MiP (13671) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2005
Draught. Dark copper colour. Big, stable, creamy head. Nice, mild carbonation and good mouthfeel. Sweetish flavour, slightly spicy. Hint of aroma hops.


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