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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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Full-bodied Belgian Specialty Ale. Amber in color with beautiful foam and slightly sweet, seductive malt character. Rich, satisfying Belgian experience.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hammster (187) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2007
750 ml bottle. Pours a close to clear dark pumpkin orange with a sizeable and cloudy head that’s fluffy and off-white. Aroma is generally sweet-smells like bitters (Angostura), orange, and dried fruit. Tastes like Angostura bitters smells--sweet citrus with some floral. A little bitter and dry in the finish. Very distinct flavor probably gives this strong ale a good following. I rather enjoyed it although I think some people are probably repulsed by it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (5732) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2007
This has always been available to me but for some reason I never bought it. It is good but not what I expected. Quite dry, almost like a saison. Almost. Lots of yeast and very earthy. Very little sweetness, but there is some. Wild flowers and herbs in there as well.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2007
Pours dark brown, with nice creamy white head. Complex nose with hints of malt, yeast, and dried fruit. The taste is a romantic combination of caramel, yeast and a nice mix a dried fruit, with a pinch of hops. Good, but not an elite beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mmmbeer (1389) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2007
Bottle- poured amber with large white head, nice. Aroma of malt, a little alcohol, a few hops. Hits the mouth with a good size malt body, alcohol is slightly noticeable, finish a bit underwhelming- hops are noticeable, the finish drops off sharply. Not bad, but not great either.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2007
On tap, from old notes. Almost opaque brown in color with thick tan foam. Very sweet malty aroma, lots of yeasty notes. Flavor is all about the malt, bit of a yeast twang in the finish, very thick mouthfeel, almost like jello.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2007
dark brown appearance with a creamy white head. nose is bready with sweet aftertones. flavor is sweet maltty character with a spicy alcoholic finish that provides some depth. the mouthfeel is somewhat creamy, which i feel is due to only a slight carbonation. the creaminess doesn’t detract much but doesn’t really fit the style. a nice dubble style brew, superior to the unibroue version that i recently had

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (6140) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2007
Bottle. Had this one the same night as Chimay Blue. I prefered this one. Amber in color with a toffee malt nose and a bit of spicy hops. Flavor is similar. Not too overpowering. Nice toffee, nice light bitter finish, and some yeast. Very easy to drink. Very flavorful, yet not too harsh or heavy. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2007
Bottle. Nose if malty with notes of dried fruit and floral hops. Pours an amber beer. Medium body. Nice malty taste with yeast with a good hoppy balance. Nice.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
adriancscott (16) - London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2007
Bottled: In Kwak Beaker. The aroma hits strongly as you pour this on into it’s scientifically shaped beaker. It leaves you with a nice thick head slightly off white, with a dark merkey brown/amber look to it. The first thing in the taste is its toffe like character, along with loads of yeast. It’s a great combination with loads of yeast sediment in it. Sometimes that can be quite pleasing, as you know it made of good clean pure substance. It also has a caramel-toffe tinge to it, slightly roasted. Despite it being 8 percent in the strength department, it sure doesn’t taste like it. On of my favourites..

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2007
Bottle. Pours amber with large white head into Kwak glass. Aroma is fruity / malty. Tastes of caramel / toffee. Alcohol is well hidden. One of my favourite beers.


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