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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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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.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beachbum25 (1086) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2007
33 CL Bottle-Amber color w/a moderate head & a slight cloudy haze to it. Had a little bit of floral hops to it, some dates & figs, a little toffee, but overall I found this to be quite week, especially for a Belgian Ale. Didn’t overwelm me with that classic Belgian aroma & sweetness; I certainly did not find it to be a "Rich, satisfying Belgian experence." Weak, watery finish w/o much of a Malt presence. Alcohol was well hidden though.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 6, 2007
pours amber with a slight haze. Fruity malty aroma. with mouthfeel following suit. alcohol is well masked with the hoppy kick on the finish

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chicagobears (449) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2007
Pours a carbonated amber with a creamy head into Kwak glass. Nice aroma of fruit esters. The taste is malty with fig, dried dates, toffee and brown sugar. The right amount of carbonation, alcohol, and hops to offset the sweetness. This is better than I remember.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 1, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2007 Tap @ House of Brews, NYC. Pours a deep reddish-amber color with a lacy white head. Aroma is caramel and malt with a small hop and yeast characteristic. Taste is caramel with yeast characteristics, dissolving into a beautiful mix of malt and dark fruit. A very smooth Belgian ale, with barely detectable alcohol content. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EHSRanders (2006) - Tjele, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2007
Bottle. Clear amber colour with large creamy white mostly lasting head. Fruity aroma. Sweet flavor with notes of caramel.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - SEP 27, 2007
Pours a reddish copper. Full flavored malt, ripe fruit and figs - like "Rochefort 5 1/2".....Great beer and thoroughly delicious!!!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (5855) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 19, 2007
750 ml bottle. Pours deep copper with a dense, yet sudsy, tan had that has very good lacing. The aroma has lots of fruit (berries, apricot and banana mix) and yeast that has a buttermilk biscuit aspect. Medium / full smooth body with a good amount of sharp cascading carbonation. The taste starts outs out with lots of earthy yeast, very unhidden abv and light fruit. The finish has even more abv. Luckily as it warms the alcohol subsides and lush caramel comes into the picture and is much more enjoyable. Overall this is a very good beer that definitely needs to be warmed up considerably to be truly enjoyed for what it is.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2007
Pours a clear amber with a fairly small, but persistant, creamy, off-white head leaving lots of tight lace. Nose is fruity and complex; roasted almonds, toffee, whisps of alcohol, fig, date, cinnamon, and hints of apples. Flavor is less fruity but equally as rich and complex; toffee, caramelled apple, almond, date, a wood character, and some pie crust notes. Palate is medium-full, somewhat chewy, round, and moderate carbonation. Finishes fairly short, still mostly sweet with only enough bitterness (from the wood notes) to keep from being cloying, notes of caramelled apple, date, and toffee. This one had all the characteristics of what a strong Belgian should be, rich malt notes, fruity accents, and a round palate. Solid in every aspect.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (14073) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 16, 2007
33 cL bottle. Aroma of caramel malt. Orangey amber color with fine bubbles, and an off-white head that laced a little. Medium body with mild, almost creamy, carbonation. There is instant heat, a light touch of darker fruits, and moderate caramel sweetness. It’s beautiful, but not so complex as many.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2007
Pours a clouded amber brown with a tan head. Nose is orange peels and chalky almost. Flavor is severely impacted with alcohol tones. It is the first thing I get. On following tastings, it is not there so much, but it definitely hits you on the tail end too, lingering in the back of your mouth. Feel is standard. Low carbonation. Drinkable, sure. But with this style, there are so many better choices out there I think. The excess of alcohol on the flavor just kills the whole experience I think.


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