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Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels (AB-InBev)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Buggenhout, Belgium

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RATINGS: 2314   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Full-bodied Belgian Specialty Ale. Amber in color with beautiful foam and slightly sweet, seductive malt character. Rich, satisfying Belgian experience.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Whelk (123) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2008
Bottle. Pours an orange-brown with a thin white rim. Aroma is strong vinous, fruity, yeasty. Flavor is a bit spicy, malty, fruity, with a dry alcoholic warmth.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (40453) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2008
ZBF2008: From tap. Pours clear and golden light brown with a lacing off-white head. Light spiced and caramel malty aroma. Flavour is dry caramel, light spiced. Ends with much of same, lingering malty and yeasty flavour. Nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike_77 (5427) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - MAR 8, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2014 Copper orange colour. Aroma is spicy with some fruity banana sweetness. Very complex, full flavour with a fruity, malty sweetness. Very silky, rich and warming.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HughConway (830) - Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2008
Bottle. Pours deep brown, thin white head. Nice sweet, slightly spicy aroma. Nice body, slightly sweet flavour. Fun beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - MAR 3, 2008
UPDATED: APR 6, 2008 Bottle: aroma is malty and spicy, flavor itís malty sweet, nutty, some rubber, some toasted notes, something here is a bit off, the alcohol is not hidden too well, some spices, burnt caramel, some dryness and sourness in the finish, pretty good beer.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
piscator34 (2345) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 29, 2008
Amber in colour with fairly strong carbonation and a bunch of yeast floaties. Aromas of brown sugar, earth, citrus, and a bit of something chemical. Fruity and malty flavors dominate, with notes of light caramel, apples, and spice. Coarse, spent hop bitterness on the finish. Pretty average up until the finish, which was poor.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 29, 2008
Aroma was slightly spicy with fruity and mostly malty notes. The beer poured a brownish amber with a white head that didnít stay for long accept as a couple of bubbles in the middles of the glass. Flavor was mild and malty, with some spice. It finished with some bitterness. bubbly, but not soft bodied. An alright beer.

1.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
Woodcamp (9) - Schiedam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 24, 2008 does not count
After years of favoring Belgian beers I tried this one again. Overall conclusion is that this beer can not be compared with true German or American beers. It is not a beer to simply drink away. The appearance is hazy and dull brown a bit troublesome. The flavor is one I donít fancy anymore, sweet, flat, no hops no bitterness. What happened? What I expected to be a full bodied beer became an experience of cheap watered down beer which is common of starting Dutch breweries. Please give me back the old feeling of ordering a Kwak in a Brussels cafe!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Tap @ Front Door - Pretty standard Belgian, Started off nice and clean, but by the end it was just too much. Carmelized sugar and a full bodied fruit/ginger/spice profile. Maybe I should have had this on its own and not with food, but just not exciting for a guy who is not that into most belgians to begin with.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - FEB 24, 2008
750ml bottle. big belgian head on this deep-amber poured ale. aromas are of sweet candied, juicy pears, as well as a heavy yeasty aroma that is oh so mirrored in the flavor. while it is a fruity ale, even at 8%, itís not very well masking the alcohol. itís reminiscent of a chardonnay that is turning. itís apples (and pears), and then a distinctive alcohol-finish. itís a good beer, fairly easy to drink, but itís not of ueber-high quality. solid, just not spectacular.


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