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


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RATINGS: 2148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JAN 21, 2007
Lucky to find this bottle at Clichyís Tavern in the Montemarte neighborhood of Paris. 11.2 oz. Served in a Kwak glass with wooden holder. Pours an orange, sunrise red with a small amount of sandy, taupe bubbles. Lots of yeast percolate in the mild carbonation. Smells of sweet caster sugar, Belgian spices, and grains. Taste is rich malt, apple, pear, esters, clove and grape. Nicely rounded palate. Sweetness tempered by the tart apple and ABV. Well made beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cchubb (74) - Minneola, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2007
750ml bottle into an (improper) stout glass. Aroma of toasted bread and roasting chestnuts with a strong coppery head. Docked points on appearance due to the large (20 or more per glass) of floaties in the glass, even after a very careful pour. But the flavor and mouthfeel are so much more than the standard belgian golden ales that I donít even care. Strong roast nuts, toasted almonds, caramel and hints of apricot and cherry pull together to give a beer that is a little different with each sip as the palate becomes accustomed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Served at cellar temp in a Kwak glass. Pours a clear copper red with a thin cap of light tan foam. A few floaties (protein clumps?) in the initial pour. Huge clumps of grey, mucky yeast in the subsequent pour. The floaties dance a bit in the carbonation, the mucky yeast sinks to the bottom and stays there. The clumps ruin an otherwise very nice appearance this time. Spotty lacing, decent head retention. Aroma of dark honey, burnt toast, and mild spice. Somewhat sweet and bready flavor, with lots of honey and toasted malt, and also some caramel. The most pronounced ‘toasted’ flavor I have ever experienced. Smooth and almost full bodied, a bit of tannin bitterness in the finish. A hint of warming alcohol kicks in half way through this 330 ml bottle. I’ve had this beer many times before, this is the first time I have experienced the floatie/mucky appearance. The last inch or so of beer will remain in the bottom of the glass with the muck. Luckily, the coolest glass in the world is perfect to catch it and keep it behind. Apart from that, I love this beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
benpickens (444) - Camarillo, California, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Pours with no head and is reddish copper with medium carbonation. Smells of apples and pears. Off dry with a bitter apple finish. Another tart belgium beer. good but donít like the sourness...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alfa (12) - Canterbury, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2007
This isnít my favourite Belgian brune but I love the glass dingus and itís still a great drink. Malty without the hoppy bite I like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
zootfinster (215) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2007
UPDATED: APR 10, 2008 Cloudy amber - medium light brown head. Malty sweet fruityness. Nice alcohol taste. Actually refreshing. this is my second go-around with this beer and I am raising my rating. I think itís pretty darn good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BelgianBeerGal (3430) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2008 Draft/bottle. This is one of my favourite Belgians outside the Trappist family. Just a fun beer to drink espcially in its patented glassware. This is one beer I would recommend trying to find and also try to get your hands on a glass & wooden holder.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmcguire1969 (161) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 30, 2006
Iím not that crazy about this one but it could be that the Belgian Strong Ales are not my cup of tea. The aroma is of toasted dates and the head is not holding. This is being enjoyed in a goblet so the aroma and taste of a Belgian should be accentuated. The first impression of the taste is dark Belgian candy sugar...very sweet. It does finish with a nice light tartness but follows with an alcohol aftertaste is subtle but noticeable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Poured from an 11oz bottle into a tulip glass. Dark amber color with all sorts of funky shit floating about. Aroma is alcoholy and peach. Flavor is abrasive and off. Overall, not good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dkoonce (911) - Peopleís Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Clear and light, with a good sized frothy head. Smells like gym socks. Medium bodied, with a creamy mouth feel.

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