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

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RATINGS: 2134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Full-bodied Belgian Specialty Ale. Amber in color with beautiful foam and slightly sweet, seductive malt character. Rich, satisfying Belgian experience.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 22, 2006
Big red color with floating particles and a large creamy head. Aromas are sweet malt - toffee and caramel. Big, rich, and creamy. Good malt flavoring throughout, mostly consisting of sweet toffee and caramel. Satisfying.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sisyphus12 (99) - Belmont, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 22, 2006
Prominent citrus and cherry aroma. The appearance was unremarkable overall but the flavor was complex and a nice balance of citrus fruit with the underlying malt. An excellent beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jason (1732) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2006
Draft. No standout aroma. Reddish appearance with thin head that stays. Very sweet with hints of bananas and mango on the palate. Very smooth and complexity changes some after warming. Good!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2006
[Portland International Beer Festival – Tap] A copper colored brew with a light head. This was a great easy to drink strong Belgian brew. I was very surprised and I really liked this beer. I got some great flavors from it and liked the underlying malt flavors. This was a great beer and would serve to my friends for sure.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holdwine (1128) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2006
Lively strong ale with plenty of particles floating about. I finally got to use my Kwak glass and holder! Nice citrus/dried cherry notes. Banana as well. Just a little different and well worth the effort.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
nick76 (4314) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2006
This beer actually poured with chunks. It has the most floating particles I have ever seen. Also you can really feel them in the palate. The aroma has fruit, alcohol, caramel, rum, and vanilla. The flavor completely hides the alcohol with malt and spice. This has to be one of the biggest letdowns. The awful lumpy palate and complex taste make it hard to say whether it’s good or bad.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nightfall (1306) - Hamburg, GERMANY - JUL 10, 2006
Bottle. Cyprus @ All about Beer. Amber colored with firm white head. Malt aromas and nicely sweet taste. Very nice beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3207) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2006
Slight cloudy amber hue, with some big flakes of lees swirling around, with a shy beige head, sweet alcoholic nose, with caramelized malt, brandyish accent, hint of spiciness, toffeeish note, with a honey touch in the aroma folows through on a medium-bodied palate with a sweet earthy grainy maltiness character, with a hint of fruitiness, warming accent, toffee note, leading towards a gainy malty, warmth alcoholic finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (21261) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2006
[Bottled at East End Brewery, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong] Amber colour, firm creamy head. Toffee is obvious up front. Caranel and almond dominates this fairly soft malt driven beer. It has solid body, a light yeast character and lightly grassy finish. It’s not very complex, but really pleasant.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonboy32818 (30) - orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2006
Poured into Kwak glass at home. I had this on tap in belgium, but it transported well to Florida. Big creamy head that disappeared quickly during the pour. Beautiful amber color and a hint of bananas, my wife smelled cherries in her glass just to let you know how exact a science this is. The taste was fruity, again bananas and something else tropical. There was no hint of alcohol and the aftertaste hung around for just the write amount of time. Oh yeah there is a forum thread somewhere about the glass. No gimmick just good design.


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