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

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RATINGS: 1908   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crazyvin (1896) - New York, USA - MAY 29, 2004
light brown with a thin tan head which was gone quickly. A fruity/malty aroma some floral hops too. Flavor was sweet and malty not much of a hop bite, hops where all floral.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bsour (78) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Light brown with some orange tint. No head at all. Banana aroma combines with lots of malt. Too much carbonation and malt. It finishes with a nice floral taste. Too bad you have to go through the rest to get to the aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - MAY 18, 2004
Pours a dark amber, decent sized white head for 8% ABV, nice fine lacing. Sweetness and fruit in the aroma. Very sweet, with a nicely done alcohol finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2004
Pours clear darker copper with a medium off white head. Good retention. Interesting aroma, mainly sweet malt (toffee) but theres another fruity aroma dominant too. Brilliant smooth full body. Lovely sweet malt flavours, along with a bit of alcohol too. Spice and apple there too. Very interesting beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3160) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2004
Poured clear copper with a medium light tan head that quickly disappeared. One thing I found curious about this beer was the strong alcohol flavor- rare for a Belgian ale of only 8% ABV. Otherwise the flavor was not very complex, with apple peel and vinous notes leading to a somewhat drier, crackery finish. Aroma was also of apple peel. Almost reminiscent of an alcoholic apple cider, this just isnít a very complex beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - MAY 11, 2004
I first tasted this beer on a field botany voyage to the panhandle of Florida. After a hot day of tromping through pine flatwoods and boggy seeps seeking botanical wonders, this beer was popped open and split four ways. It was pure heaven. I failed to rate it then, so I picked up another. It just isnít the same. There is a nice amber tinge in color and a foamy head. Toffee and caramel blended with brown sugar and a raspberry aftertaste and nose. Apple peel at first, fading to sweet maltyness. Overall, light on flavor and too sweet to balance with the subtle earthy notes. The moral of the story is that in the thick brush of Floridaís wilds, a hard day of botanizing and the company of good friends over a fire has a way of making any beer a thousand times better. With the exception of Frankís Coorís Light.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2004 I donít think this was bottle conditioned, althought It certainly could have done with that. Goes down pretty easy but the alcohol was pretty noticable. Good, but not up there with other Belgians. I think I may buy this again, considering that there is a boxset with that interesting glass avaliable in a local supermarket.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 2, 2004
330 ml bottle, from Glenville Beverage, Scotia NY. Bright, clear ruby color, medium lasting nearly white head. Soft, spicy coriander-orange nose isnít nearly strong enough to make a mark. On the tongue, though, the quality of the beverage is felt. Hugely malty, thick, with warming caramel, alcohol and hints of cherry-orange...just a touch of rich apple cake at the finish. Buttery, sweet yet acerbic, this is a treat, simple and sophisticated at the same swallow. Yum.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2004
The aroma is very mildly spicy, with some of the expected coriander and prunes. No head on the beer after only a minute or so. It smells much sweeter than it tastes. The flavor is actually a little ashy and dryish, although not completely. The mouthfeel is a bit too carbonated.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (4748) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2004
Somewhat of a unique belgian experience - if I were given this beer and didn't know what it was, I would guess it was an American-made belgian - I don't know what it is about it, but it just seems like one, not that that's a bad thing - burnt copper in color, not head but high carbonation - aroma of candy, vitamins and yeast, but it works - the flavor is strikingly like DFH Raison D'Etre - in fact, I might mistake it for that beer - same sweetness, same spice, some mouthfeel - strange - this one has more of a candy-ish character to it though - this is some enjoyable stuff, but I can get the Raison a lot cheeper, so I think I'll stick with that.


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