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


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RATINGS: 2311   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
Full-bodied Belgian Specialty Ale. Amber in color with beautiful foam and slightly sweet, seductive malt character. Rich, satisfying Belgian experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jkm (235) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 2, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2008 Cloudy red/orange colour with lots of sediment. A long-lasting medium sized off-white head. Nice lacing. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Sweet malt and fruity flavours. Dry and slightly bitter finish. A very nice drop! 330ml brown bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thylacine (526) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - JAN 2, 2008
slightly cloudy dark copper colour with a dense off white head. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Rich fruity and spicy with a pleasant alcoholic warmth showing through.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2008
33 cl. bottle. Clear coppery amber pour that develops a medium , creamy light tan head that shows some nice sheets of sticky lace. Light fruity aroma over a background of toffee almost hides the alcohol. There’s also a faint earthiness and distant floral hop aroma. Light carbonation and a rich, medium body combine for a smooth mouthfeel with an unexpectedly clean character. Nice spicy bitterness vies for prominence, but the malty sweetness prevails, with the balance appropriate for style. Very nice, easy drinking, and undervalued in my opinion.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewmeisterEd (61) - USA - DEC 31, 2007
Magnificent pour into a tulip glass - effervescence like a Guinness draught of Bodingtons nitrogen pour sans nitrogen! Subsided to a mild head with moderate lacing. Color of a weak bock or mid/heavy IPA - touches of orange...smelled rather bland - a bit of citrus and hint of alcohol. Mouth-feel = a little flat sort of like the aforementioned can of Boddington’s cream ale - a bit of a disappointment in the carbonation department, but made up for in the taste - although this is an ale, it had a definite wheat beer yeast taste to it - fruity and banana like. Very minimal alcohol taste. One interesting (and minimally distracting) side note, the remainder of the head on the beer seemed to coagulate (clot) which was a bit unappetizing yet totally irrelevant to the taste. A good beer. One disclaimer though, my bottle looked totally different than what I see displayed - mine was a corked 75 cl bottle - same name but instead of the picture of some dude (like I see on this page), it has a crest - white top/red bottom) depicting a yard of beer. But, I think it’s the same thing....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Varnava (13) - CANADA - DEC 31, 2007
Gorgeous amber color with nice sized cream head. Minimal smell. Slightly bitter taste with a hint of spice, but almost sweet. Great beer, will drink again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quack-Duck (9120) - Down South, GERMANY - DEC 29, 2007
bottle. Quite sweet and malty, the alcohol is hardly detectable. A well balanced ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2007
750->tulip: Pours a large, creamy, off-wihte head that provides spare lacing, has a hazy body that is made lightly cloudy by particles and has a honey clover and raisin bit to it. The beer itself is reddish brown in color. The duration of the flavor is average, it is moderately sweet, not very acidic or bitter and lasts about average on the palate after consumption. The texture is oily, the carbonation is soft, and the finish is astringent. I used to be crazy about all the Belgian beers when I first ’met’ them, but I’ve since come off of that honeymoon and am a bit more critical nowadays. Not a bad beer, but too sweet and heavy for my taste on an average day. It does, however, get a good bit better and ’candier’ the warmer it is; I’d serve warmer than the average beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Radiant copper color with an excellant head which left a pleasant lacing. I picked up aromas of strawberry, plum, bready yeastiness, and other various fruits. Fruity flavors, hints of clove and spices, banana, and perhaps a tiny bit of floralness of hops, but just a twinge. I really enjoyed the taste, it was simply a pleasure to drink. Medium bodied with little carbonation in the mouthfeel, pretty smooth going down. Almost seemed sessionable, however, at 8% you wouldn’t last long.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hepburn82 (143) - SCOTLAND - DEC 23, 2007
mmm. strong, quite sweet. lots of caramel and floral hop. very, very drinkable, well rounded but not a complex swallow. nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lowe1983 (1517) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2007
Pours an amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is of plums, caramel malts, alcohol, and just a hint of some sweetness. Flavor is pretty much the same with a little alcohol warming on the finish. Overall it’s pretty good.

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