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

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1922   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2005 Corked bottle. Did someone dissolve a loaf of bread in the bottle? I swear, I have seen less yeast floating around at a Mrs. Baird’s factory. Reminds me of a bowel of Kellogs Corn Flakes floating in a bowl of apple juice instead of milk. Nonetheless, the nose is a squeeze of orange, coupled with the sour offset of lemon. The head pours nice, white, and thick, and it stays around. The lace looks like hanging curtains of the same material they look so beautiful. The taste picks up where the nose leaves off, full of orange and lemon. The chunks of yeast feel weird sliding down the throat, but what the hey. Overall, a good, solid beer that I will definitely be purchasing again. Regular bottle: Don’t bother, unless you dig fermented cardboard.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - APR 14, 2005
Bread and caramel dominate the nose with a bit of leather and nuts. Caramel and dark fruits on the palate notably raisins and figs. Clean finish with some lingering toffee notes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jefcon (1363) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2007 Maple syrup opening on the taste, followed by a rich, slightly sharp dose of malt and hops. Honey is present throughout. Aromas are weaker, with honey and cheese elements. In the glass, this beer is a reddish brown. Slightly sour citric finish. There is something savory to this beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rajendra82 (947) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - APR 10, 2005
The beer was poured out of a 330 ml. bottle into a tulip keeping the yeast out for now. The body was deep copper in color with a smallish head. The color was lot darker than I anticipated for a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. The aroma was bready and sweet with some spices like ginger and cinnamon also showing up. The taste was initially sweet and alcoholic. Dried dark skinned fruits like cherries, dates, and raisins came together here along with cookie dough, but the alcohol was too prominent to allow a through melding of the elements. The initial sweetness abated significantly as the rum like alcohol took over mid palette. The aftertaste was grainy, spicy, and long drawn out. The beer felt thick and sticky on the tongue and coated the throat as it went down. Alcohol was not hidden too much, but the sweetness went together well with it. A bit more difficult to drink than other examples of the style, but worth sampling occasionally.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rballs01 (279) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2005
Pours a nice deep orange-light brown. Smells of clove and bread in the malt. Wow..a little overpowering with the alcohol. Tastes more like 11%. Warms the insides and tingles the ears. Definetly a sipping brew.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stouby (3700) - Holbæk, DENMARK - APR 2, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2006 Draught at Dulle Griet. Redbrown with a large creamy beige head. Aroma moderatkle malty (roasted, nutty, caramel), light/moderate hoppy. Flavor moderate sweet, light/moderate bitter. Medium body, soft carbonated. Bottle, in Gent. Dark golden with off-white head, almost lasting. Excellent lacings. Aroma and flavor of fruit, brown sugar and distinct of hops. Medium body, oily, soft carbonation. A very fine beer in total balance. 6-4-7-4-14/3,5.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - MAR 22, 2005
Amber color with reddish shine, medium light colored head and caramely aroma’s.Also touch of Grand-Marier, nuts, dry apricots and orange maralade. Taste is on the sweet side with good malty accents, some sweet alcohol and touches of fruit. In the afthertaste you can notice herbs, some spices and a faint bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
asheft (2484) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2005
[bottle in South Africa] Clear, brownish-orange with a bubbly head topped by a fine, rocky foam that makes nice laces on the glass wall. Aroma is sweet and worty with phenolic spiciness and banana esters--notes of kiwi and lechee fruits. Flavour is very sweet almost like it was underattenuated. The sweet flavour is balanced by a bitter bite right away that is followed by higher alcohols, tangy banana, spicy melanoidin, some more hop bitterness and then spicy cloviness. Lots of carbonation and warming with a full body.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - MAR 12, 2005
Bottle. Amber-red with small head. Pleasently malty-sweet and fruity with alcohol in the mix. Quite drinkable, though not that memorable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
highlandlad (1413) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAR 10, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2005 Rerate 24/10/05: This was the first Belgian strong ale that I fell for, but at a recent resampling it seemed sickly sweet. A sweet tooth certainly helps with this toffee-like ale, which counts white candy sugar among its ingredients. Pours a deep amber colour with a moderate head. The aroma is dominated by the three malts used in brewing and the sweet candy sugar, plus some honey and spiced fruit. It has a rounded character, defined by the malts. Sweet and toffee-like to begin, with thick honey notes and a fruity warming finish. Very easy drinking for its 8% abv. (Bottle)


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