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


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RATINGS: 2161   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - SEP 3, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2007 Color is light brown / orange with thick white head. Poured in an interesting Kwak glass that I’m told was shaped for very old "cup-holders" in horse-drawn carriages. The aroma is pretty spicey and pretty sugary and malty. Some nutmeg and hints of smoke. There is also a good bit of yeast in the aroma that lends some apple and perhaps bubble gum. The flavor has a load of interesting spice and fruitiness, hints of smoke, and a lot of sweetness. There is also a touch of bitterness. There is some chocolate and caramel, malt, and lots of yeast. Perhaps a hint of sherry, too. The body is heavy but lightened greatly by carbonation, and the beer finishes sweet. A very unique beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerBiker (1413) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2006
[Bottled at Bo’s house] Amber looking and yeasty appearance. Great head and a belgo flavor with more yeasty palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jerre (3019) - Waregem, BELGIUM - SEP 2, 2006
UPDATED: APR 13, 2008 Bottle, 33 cl. Copper-amber colour, with good head. Aroma fruits, malts, hops. Medium body. Taste sweet, fruity touch, caramel, malts, good hops. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
greenmanalishi (506) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2006 750ml bottle. Pours reddish amber with a medium-sized, off-white head. Malt, nut, fruity, complex taste but I agree with the reviewer who noted that the lingering sweetness "masks the depth of the beer" and there is also a slight metallic edge at times. Still, a very interesting and drinkable ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (3419) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 29, 2006
Bottle served in the Kwak glass. Limpid amber body with average carbonation and a lasting off-white foamy head. Very good and complex malty aroma with spicy and pine notes. Very well balanced malty/hoppy taste that carries some oaky hints. Ends with a good bittersweet finish. Alcohol is very well hidden. Very good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cphbeerking (154) - København K, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2006
Sweet, yet not cloying, and characterized by interesting notes of spices-to-be-named. Everything about this is classicly Belgian: full bouquet of yeast and spices, lovely boastful head, pretty dark ale colors and supremely drinkable. Something about those spice notes keeps me coming back.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
janubio (556) - SPAIN - AUG 20, 2006
Bottle, served in the Kwak glass. Pours a nice but not very creamy head, that doesn’t last much, Aroma: raisins, tropical fruits, spices, caramel. Very sweet flavor, maybe too much because it masks the depth of the beer. Mouth, licorice, tropical fruits, some hot spice that I can’t indentify, caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (11373) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2006
Lightly hazed reddish brown ale with a thick off white head. A sweet brown sugar aroma, with light orange notes, and light maraschino cherries. In mouth, a sweet malt, biscuity and maderized, with more of an orangey character. Medium bodied. 750 mL bottle from Bieropholie imports.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 14, 2006
Pours a reddish brown with a lot of big floaties. Pretty color. Strong caramel aroma. Some fruit and malt also. Started sour and ended sweet. Alcohol is slightly noticable, otherwise very, very good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2006
No Kwak glass. Somehow I’ll live. Deep, toffee color. Creamy, full head. Very heavy and quite alcoholic. Malty-sweet with lots of dark fruits. An adequate Belgian that has gained its popularity not through the complexity of taste but through the novelty of stemware.

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