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


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RATINGS: 2048   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 18, 2005
very interesting glassware. sweet with good body and well balanced. rich like an 8% beer should be, but cant taste the alcohol. nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
agr (22) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2005
Bottle. Poured in my favorite glass, the Kwak glass. Clear copper/amber with a huge head. The taste is slightly smokey, sweet and malty with a lot of caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7224) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 13, 2005
Draft in Kwak glass w/ holder. Almost clear copper/amber pour with light off-white head. Some lacing as it went down. Darker fruits and caramel provided a significant amount of sweetness in the aroma and flavor... these became more pronounced as it warmed. Some alcohol and faint grapes noted as well on the finish. Almost sticky on the palate. Very good and nice presentation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2005
Bottled. Pours a hazel brown, with a frothy white head.. Aroma is of malts, caramel, and candy sugar, some spicy/fruity citrus. Taste is very sweet, lots of caramel and candy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (14345) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2006 Bottle . Dark orange thin white lasting head. Caramel and orange peel run through this beer. Lovely caramel with citrus/orange nose. Caramel in mouth with orange peel/hop dry finish. Good balance, nice beer with toffee but not over the top with the candy sugar. On draught at The Rake. Bit sickly with strong malt. But drinkable and odd seeing it on draught 3.5/5

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marko (4108) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 9, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2005 Drank from the Kwak glass, at Tolkienís, Zagreb ....poured a huge creamy tan head that made a great cascading effect when subsiding. That, and the odd glass drew the attention of some kids that were sitting nearby and they started taking pictures of it. Haha....hm, I digress. Iím not too sure about the colour, because it was orange in the top and red in the ball-bottom of the glass, but I guess orange is the correct choice. The nose was spicy, with hints of raisins and processed mandarines. The taste is very good, coriander/spices, sweet and sourish at the same time, some hints of lemony hops, and an odd, Belgian-style malt background Iím not sure I particulary like. It feels a bit light bodied, but the spice assault soon takes over the taste, and, well, for a belgian strong ale, itís damn refreshing when cold. I see why some donít like it, but in my opinion, itís great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 6, 2005
Clear copper colour with thin light tan head. Strong carmel malt nose with fruit hints. Strong malt taste with lingering warming alcohol finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
braudimusprime (75) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Thin, sweet Belgian really has nothing going for it. Lacks the complexity of comparable Belgian brews, and all the nifty glassware in the world wonít change that.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 3, 2005
I will have to rerate this because the brew accidentally got partially frozen and I donít want to rate a bad sample.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2007 Strange beer which changes nicely as it warms. Initial lychi aroma and near blode taste, changes to a sort of sweet carbonated dubbel as it warms. Great find and one to have again. Rerate, sweet and bready with no real balance or fruit character.

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