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

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RATINGS: 2006   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.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
szkot (100) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 21, 2005
Pours deep copper with a tan head. Nose is spicy with hints of caramel. Taste is malty, with caramel up front. Not bad, but not the smoothest beer I’ve had.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwyerpg (4643) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 16, 2005
Alcoholish in aroma. Head disappears quickly. Has tons of floaties, and it clots! Very dry for its style. No repurchase here.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 14, 2005
Suspended globs upon pouring. Red brick in color, large and lasting foam. Stale, musty yeast in the nose, with hints of barnyard, caramel, spice and red fruits. Flavor is dry and funky, sprucey and thin, with stale malts and boozy fruits, Really sweet and thin. I surely prefer the Tripel.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JUN 13, 2005
Very decent throughout. Pours orange with not much head. Taste is spicy and has hints of maltiness throughout. Gets better with every drink. Alcohol is under the surface just enough to warm the belly. Give this a try!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2005
Rather attractive amber brown. Flavor is spicey with sweet malts and some alcohol. A descent belgian.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ashbeero (51) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 9, 2005
Clear, amber colour with a huge head formation, very long lasting off white. Aroma of fruit, sweet malts and a hint of spiciness. Very complex flavours consisting of fruits, hops and sweet malts. Kind of sweet finish with fairly light bitterness. Warming alcohol characters. The brother of Tripel Karmeliet.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2005
Pours an orangey brown with a thin, nearly non-existent head. Smells fruity , lightly bitter with just a hint of sourness. Taste surprisingly has a lot of alcohol up front, followed quickly by the big fruity flavors, plum and berry and sour apple. Lightly nutty and plenty malty. Again, lightly sour. Medium bodies brew and lightly sticky finish. Lots going on here and something just didn’t quite work for me. Not very drinkable IMO. the alcohol flavor was a bit offputting and it just seemed a bit haphazard. Maybe better in Belgium?

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2005
This beer is so funny. I can never rember the flavor because I concentrate on the glass. But today it was served to me in a wineglass(!!) and I realized what a great beer this actually is. It’s fresh and malty and bitter at the same time. And it looks absolutely wonderful.. even in a wineglass!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hefevice (72) - Brisbane beer desert, AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2005
Bottle (330ml). I don’t know why, but it has taken 3 goes for me to finally review this one. For some reason I could not bring myself to comment after the first two. This is no doubt a very competent brew. Beautiful hazy (I poured the yeast in) deep reddish gold with a few protein floaties marring the overall effect this time (I think I left it too long in a very cold fridge, the other two had no floaties), nice dense white head with plenty of lacing. Toasty, yeasty, subtly funky aroma, but with a slight latex finish which marked it down a little. Quick sweet caramel and honey malty start with a sudden but lingering dry middle and a warm alcohol finish with subtle but pleasant and balancing bitterness. Reasonably uncomplicated and well balanced overall. Very nice fine and full palate, accentuating the overall experience of the beer. Easy beer to like.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - JUN 1, 2005
Red/brown, white lasting head. Aroma from plums, banana and with nutty notes. Malty flavor with some alcohol and some cream. Mild and sweet finish.


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