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


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RATINGS: 1938   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2004
This beer was alright, but too sweet. It was too high in sugar for my taste. The Westy 12 is the same deal, but better. This was pretty good though. It was worth having.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sdechert (13) - The Colony, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2004
Pours a deep amber color with very little head. Slightly hazy with a caramel/date slightly hoppy aroma. Rich, slightly sweet taste with little aftertaste. One of my top five favorite beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2004
Bottle. Very pretty red body capped with a one finger foamy head. Sweet, musty, very woody, hay, and apple notes come out. Medium bitter hops on the finish.Very nice mouthfeel. Overall very nice and enjoyable. Very earthy tasting. A beer that is complex in itís simplicity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2004
Dark amber colour with almost no head. aroma has some malt, with hints of caramel, yeast and alcohol. Flavor has a light sweetness with some yeast. Palate is a bit thin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gws57 (1274) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2004
Hasd this one in a bottle in DeKalb, Illinois. One of the finest beers Iíve had, and it was even in a bottle! Very rich, malty taste, yeasty like bread, VERY drinkable. Iíd have another if they werenít all gone!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlphaOne (142) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 8, 2004
Fair amount of chill haze, brown colouration, nice head. Aroma is fruity, Apricot, banana, spicy yeastyness, vinegar, caramel, bready yeast, butter. Rich fruity flavour, banana, very spicy, peppery alcohol, lightly oily texture, anise and buttery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Burner (78) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 6, 2004
Nice smooth, slightly bitter easy drinking ale! Served in a test tube like glass with a wooden holder! The barman made me take my left shoe off, apparently something to do with tradition!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8664) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2009 Draught - White Horse - Parsons Green London SW6. A browny red coloured beer with sweet candy sugar aroma and taste. This is typically Belgian sweetness combined with good alcohol. A nice beer which isnít all about the glass. We had it from a stemmed half-pint glass.Score 3.7
Subsequent rating also scored 3.7.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DanielBrown (3782) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2004
On tap at the White Horse, Parsons Green, London (during their Old Ale festival), with Joeh, Kook, Duff and Maeib. Red colour. Pinpoint accurate. Clean crisp, packed with wheaty flavour. Strength and concealed sweetness on the finish. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - NOV 24, 2004
33cl, no BBD...protein drop evident in bottle and pout, didní t hold its head well, but some lacing...dominant carmelly malt aroma with some sassy spicing apparent(ginger? corriander?) hints to almonds...drinks with a good body, pleasantly malty with spice highlights and subtle hopping...finishes to sweetness, but not heavy or cloying. Somewhat rich, but still easy drinking and enjoyable.

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