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

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RATINGS: 1912   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2005
Rather attractive amber brown. Flavor is spicey with sweet malts and some alcohol. A descent belgian.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ashbeero (51) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 9, 2005
Clear, amber colour with a huge head formation, very long lasting off white. Aroma of fruit, sweet malts and a hint of spiciness. Very complex flavours consisting of fruits, hops and sweet malts. Kind of sweet finish with fairly light bitterness. Warming alcohol characters. The brother of Tripel Karmeliet.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2005
Pours an orangey brown with a thin, nearly non-existent head. Smells fruity , lightly bitter with just a hint of sourness. Taste surprisingly has a lot of alcohol up front, followed quickly by the big fruity flavors, plum and berry and sour apple. Lightly nutty and plenty malty. Again, lightly sour. Medium bodies brew and lightly sticky finish. Lots going on here and something just didnít quite work for me. Not very drinkable IMO. the alcohol flavor was a bit offputting and it just seemed a bit haphazard. Maybe better in Belgium?

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2005
This beer is so funny. I can never rember the flavor because I concentrate on the glass. But today it was served to me in a wineglass(!!) and I realized what a great beer this actually is. Itís fresh and malty and bitter at the same time. And it looks absolutely wonderful.. even in a wineglass!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hefevice (72) - Brisbane beer desert, AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2005
Bottle (330ml). I donít know why, but it has taken 3 goes for me to finally review this one. For some reason I could not bring myself to comment after the first two. This is no doubt a very competent brew. Beautiful hazy (I poured the yeast in) deep reddish gold with a few protein floaties marring the overall effect this time (I think I left it too long in a very cold fridge, the other two had no floaties), nice dense white head with plenty of lacing. Toasty, yeasty, subtly funky aroma, but with a slight latex finish which marked it down a little. Quick sweet caramel and honey malty start with a sudden but lingering dry middle and a warm alcohol finish with subtle but pleasant and balancing bitterness. Reasonably uncomplicated and well balanced overall. Very nice fine and full palate, accentuating the overall experience of the beer. Easy beer to like.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - JUN 1, 2005
Red/brown, white lasting head. Aroma from plums, banana and with nutty notes. Malty flavor with some alcohol and some cream. Mild and sweet finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madquacker (1026) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28, 2005
Floral aromas. A maroon colour with plenty of floaters. Very sweet and creamy on the palate. Not my cup of tea but appreciate it is a fine beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 22, 2005
From a bottle at a festival. Light amber body. The aroma was bubblegum and peanuts. The taste was peanuts and bananas. There is also a quite spicy note of nutmeg. The body is nice and slick.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 16, 2005
red color with a medium head and has tons of floaties in it. Aroma of yeast, fruits and spices. Raisin flavor and you can taste the heavier alcohol but not over powering. Leaves you with a clean aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3034) - Georgia, USA - MAY 15, 2005
The body is a dark ruby brown with an ok head. The aroma is overripe apples, a bit of bubble gum and a touch of cloves. The flavor is fairly sweet malt with more of the yeasty fruit.


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