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

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common

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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scotty (1056) - SCOTLAND - SEP 30, 2005
Lovely amber colour, not much of a head tho’ Big malty nose ...nice! Likewise, the palate bursts with complex malty flavours, sweet, but not cloying, a delicious, full flavoured brew, unfortunately NOT served in the unique glass. Peckhams, Clerk St, Edinburgh...an excellent range.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2007 75 cl bottle.
Aroma: malt, honey, caramel or toffee.
Apperance: orange yellow soft, yellowish white head.
Flavour: sweet, mild, vanilla, small bitterness, some sourishness.
Palate: ordinary, foamy, fizzy, soft.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2007 Alcohol and sugary sweetness in the aroma. Light brown with a fairly thin head for the style. Medium malt character that goes sweet in the middle with some metallic tinged alcohol in the finish.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 21, 2005
Pours like a soft drink in the glass, with bubbles clinging along the inside of the tulip. The head was bubbly and frothy. Aroma is metallic and alcoholic, not very apealing at all. Huge alcohol flavours in the palate, it really dominates the beer. The rest of the flavours are metallic, with some caramel malts in there too. The finish is like that of a strong rum, with little bitterness and more alcohol burn. Fairly poor for a belgian strong in my opinion.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2005
Nice amber color, no floaties (filtered?), thin cream head. Sweet malt smell, burnt marshmallow, maybe toffee. Nice weird bitterness. It has a unique smoky taste, slightly tinny. Nice beer. Very drinkable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcscottmc (6) - USA - SEP 19, 2005 does not count
I saw this in a few bars in Belgium and decided that I HAD to try it - what was with the test-tube style glass?? It is high-gravity so after a few you are ready to do a few science experiments. Without the glass I guess it is just another Belgian ale.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
turbothy (1102) - Bonn, GERMANY - SEP 18, 2005
Pours a rich amber with a head that seems to grow in puffs over time. Sweet fruity aroma and full, sweet flavour. Quite good. The glass is a tourist trap :-)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 18, 2005
very interesting glassware. sweet with good body and well balanced. rich like an 8% beer should be, but cant taste the alcohol. nice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
agr (22) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2005
Bottle. Poured in my favorite glass, the Kwak glass. Clear copper/amber with a huge head. The taste is slightly smokey, sweet and malty with a lot of caramel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7158) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 13, 2005
Draft in Kwak glass w/ holder. Almost clear copper/amber pour with light off-white head. Some lacing as it went down. Darker fruits and caramel provided a significant amount of sweetness in the aroma and flavor... these became more pronounced as it warmed. Some alcohol and faint grapes noted as well on the finish. Almost sticky on the palate. Very good and nice presentation.


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