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

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RATINGS: 1948   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (20333) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 25, 2005
Bottled. Dark copper coloured, bubby/foamy head. Plummy fruitish aroma with caramellish hints. Halfbitter plummy fruitish flavour. Malty aftertaste and sticky palate.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 24, 2005
[bottle from beer cafe] pours an amber colour with a moderate head which doesnt last well. nose is yeasty with a little spiceyness, some caramel malts. body is decent, fairly long finish.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
szkot (100) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 21, 2005
Pours deep copper with a tan head. Nose is spicy with hints of caramel. Taste is malty, with caramel up front. Not bad, but not the smoothest beer Iíve had.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwyerpg (4566) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 16, 2005
Alcoholish in aroma. Head disappears quickly. Has tons of floaties, and it clots! Very dry for its style. No repurchase here.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 14, 2005
Suspended globs upon pouring. Red brick in color, large and lasting foam. Stale, musty yeast in the nose, with hints of barnyard, caramel, spice and red fruits. Flavor is dry and funky, sprucey and thin, with stale malts and boozy fruits, Really sweet and thin. I surely prefer the Tripel.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JUN 13, 2005
Very decent throughout. Pours orange with not much head. Taste is spicy and has hints of maltiness throughout. Gets better with every drink. Alcohol is under the surface just enough to warm the belly. Give this a try!

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!


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