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

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RATINGS: 1864   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11191) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2003
(750ml) Hazy copper with small tan head. Aroma is rich, molasses, caramel, chocolate, plum. Taste is sweet, malty, caramel, raisin/plum, floral. Finish is lightly herbal bitter and alcohol warming. Creamy full body.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - AUG 21, 2003
Nice amber color. Very yeasty and sweet. Lacked good flavor components. I found this beer to be bland.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2004 Beer looks a weird colour in the thin, tall glass, but it maintains the carbonation nicely and had reasonable head retention. Lots of interesting aromas - toffee, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, creaming soda, caramel and alcohol. Flavour is somewhat bland (at least for a Belgian) with a mild bitterness and warming alcoholic dryness. It's OK, but there's a lot better. RR: Had it again and found it thin, tomatoey and overly alcoholic. Pretty sweet too. The more I drink this the less I like it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thedm (4889) - Fort Wayne, USA - AUG 17, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2003 This brew poured a small head of mostly diminishing light brown bubbles and a cloudy light brown body. It had a alcohol malt aroma and a strong alcohol malty roasted caramel sweet flavor. Its initial alcohol tingle smoothens in its finish yet burns as it goes down more so as it warms up. If you dont like the strong alcohol flavored brews, this one is not well hidden and may not be for you.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hotstuff (3954) - Indiana, USA - AUG 14, 2003
One of my favorite styles of beer! A small tan creamy sized head with fine-medium sized bubbles that quickly diminished.The body was carbonated with a dense appearance.The hue was amber and the nose consisted of alcohol, sweet and fruity.There was not much lacing with this beer.The flavor was definitely that of alcohol and it was somewhat bitter tasting.The mouthfeel was tingly on my tongue, fairly smooth and medium bodied.This one was a bit difficult to get down due to the alcohol taste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Betty (235) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2003
Had a few swigs of this at some party in Newtown from some guy's bottle who'd taken an E and smoked some wicked Js and was sick of his B(eer). It is really really malty and rounded with some rye I reckon. It was pretty flat, but I dunno where the bottle'd been so don't hold me to that. The alcohol was pretty mild contrary to what all you wimps have said below. I like it.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2003
Amber, huge head on mine (not a great pour on my part) that eventually settled. Noticable alcoholy, bit of sediment in the bottle (may have been my bad pour again) Dry finish. Worth trying. The glass is cool, the beer average.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2003
Wow, this was just a avery specific and to the point Belgian. The flavors are very straight and to the point, bananas, clove and bubblegum, with some slightly sweet toffee and bready yeasty tastes, but nothing too complex or compelling. I enjoyed it and it went well with my dinner.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 3, 2003
Aroma is very rich in banana and clove with a very yeasty, bready background. A very strong bubblegum aroma too, almost the most pronounced of all I've had. Flavor is all banana and bubblegum. Palate is moist and tangy. Overall it's full of very specific flavors and not too many complexities.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rickgordon (3841) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2005 Bottled. Ruby color. Fruity, somewhat smokey nose. Malty, fizzy, frutiy in flavour with clear alchohol presence.


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