Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels (AB-InBev)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Buggenhout, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 2325   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 26, 2007
Bottled. Poured amber with a dirty white head. Aroma was banana, yeast, and sweet citrus hops. Flavor was somewhat sweet with hops and banana. Very solid body. Similar to Urthel Hop It.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2007
POurs deep golden with nice notes of malt and caramel. The malt deepens on the palate with more spice and a decent sense of hops. It finishes nice and rich.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GRM (3761) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 24, 2007
Brown bottle, 33 cl, best before 31/08/08, gift from Philippe Wouters, savoured on October 24 2007; eye: copper with golden reflections, clear, nice effervescence, good creamy white head, nice lacing; nose: grain, caramel, sugar, spices; mouth: carbonation, caramelized malt, spices, light hops, finale in caramelized malt with a hint of hops that is increased due to the carbonation, creamy texture, quite carbonated, mildly sweet, lightly bitter, medium body, slick texture, slight astringency; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 33 cl, meilleure avant 31/08/08, cadeau de Philippe Wouters, savourée le 24 octobre 2007 ; œil : cuivrée avec des reflets dorés, claire, belle effervescence, bonne mousse blanche crémeuse, belle dentelle; nez : grain, caramel, sucre, épices; bouche : carbonatation, malt caramélisé, épices, léger houblon, finale en malt caramelisé avec une pointe de houblon rehaussée par la carbonatation, texture crémeuse, assez carbonatée, moyennement sucrée, légèrement amère, corps moyen, coulante, très légère astringence; en résumé : bien

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 22, 2007
Large dense off white head that dissipates rather quickly. Amber/orange color. Aroma of spice, dough and pear. Tastes malty sweet at the onset then more spice comes out in the medium finish. Not very "hot" at all, medium bodied. Has almost a brandy like quality as it warms.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (5806) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mmmbeer (1390) - 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.

   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.

   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

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