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

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RATINGS: 2011   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 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 (1120) - 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 (7185) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2005
Bottled. Pours a hazel brown, with a frothy white head.. Aroma is of malts, caramel, and candy sugar, some spicy/fruity citrus. Taste is very sweet, lots of caramel and candy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (14141) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2006 Bottle . Dark orange thin white lasting head. Caramel and orange peel run through this beer. Lovely caramel with citrus/orange nose. Caramel in mouth with orange peel/hop dry finish. Good balance, nice beer with toffee but not over the top with the candy sugar. On draught at The Rake. Bit sickly with strong malt. But drinkable and odd seeing it on draught 3.5/5

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marko (4068) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 9, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2005 Drank from the Kwak glass, at Tolkienís, Zagreb ....poured a huge creamy tan head that made a great cascading effect when subsiding. That, and the odd glass drew the attention of some kids that were sitting nearby and they started taking pictures of it. Haha....hm, I digress. Iím not too sure about the colour, because it was orange in the top and red in the ball-bottom of the glass, but I guess orange is the correct choice. The nose was spicy, with hints of raisins and processed mandarines. The taste is very good, coriander/spices, sweet and sourish at the same time, some hints of lemony hops, and an odd, Belgian-style malt background Iím not sure I particulary like. It feels a bit light bodied, but the spice assault soon takes over the taste, and, well, for a belgian strong ale, itís damn refreshing when cold. I see why some donít like it, but in my opinion, itís great.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 6, 2005
Clear copper colour with thin light tan head. Strong carmel malt nose with fruit hints. Strong malt taste with lingering warming alcohol finish.


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