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


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RATINGS: 2260   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
Full-bodied Belgian Specialty Ale. Amber in color with beautiful foam and slightly sweet, seductive malt character. Rich, satisfying Belgian experience.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 6, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2007 From a bottle @ BJís in Arcadia, CA, following an Orval. Served in a small tulip glass. Beautiful fine-bubbled head, excellent lacing ot of the gate. Aroma seems metallic with a fruity undertone. ??? Slightly cloudy apricot color. Sharp start, hint of metal again. Bready. Fruity-bready. A little malty sweetness. Medium bodied. Finishes with a twangy bitterness mixed with residual sweetness. Not so sure about this bottle looking at other descriptions. Coded best before 16EH. Remind self to rerate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maria (10205) - Thisted, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2007
November 2005. I had decided to save this bottle until I got the Kwak glass, but I couldnít wait... 33 cl bottle and the beer is clear and nice amber with a red hue and the head is huge and nice. The aroma has notes of fruit, spice and sweetness. The flavour is sweet, but itís nicely balanced of a nice hoppy bitterness. It has notes of fruit (slightly perfumed), caramel and spice. Itís a surprisingly refreshing beer, that in spite of itís 8 % seems light but yet full-bodied. Itís really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
doubelknv3 (1076) - Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2009 Nice floral, fruity, yeast, and mild caramel aroma. Reddish-Amber with nice lasting head. Orange, fruit, yeast, and alcohol flavours. Balanced, relaxes into a smooth - light hops finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (4071) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 1, 2007
Bottle at BJs Bakersfield; Copper with a small off-white head; Nose of apple, caramel, and spices; flavor of caramel malt, roastiness, and spices. different but good!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
almopina (87) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 31, 2007
Deep ruby color with a great foamy head with good lacing and good retention. Very well carbonated. Smells of grass and yeast. On the tongue, alcohol esters warm up the mouth. Incredible taste of cherries, caramel, syrup, and that belgium yeasts. Very nice lasting aftertaste. 8% alcohol very well hidden. A great great sweet beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OllieBBommel (1405) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 30, 2007
Brownish head, redcopper color, caramel nose, hops, bitter sweet taste, soft finish, full body. But be aware of the 8%. A long time member of my top-10 of beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2007
(Bottle) Pours a deep copper color with a small off-white head. Sweet caramel in the aroma. Some carmel in the taste as well, but much more complex than that. Some spice in there as well, with sour fruits in the aftertaste. Rich palate makes this one so enjoyable. Alcohol is well hidden beneath everything else that is happening here. I was skeptical about this beer at first, but I am now a fan!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MatKool (64) - CANADA - JAN 26, 2007
Pours a cloudy rust color with a thick beige head. Peaty smelling aroma with a creamy palate and smooth finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2007
bottle @ Cafe Gollum, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Amber brown in color poured into Kwak glass with unique wooden holder. Both caramel sweet & flandersish sour & bitter. Well balanced

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2007
Shamefully not quaffed from a glass trombone. And Iíve got several. Wanted some beer with my froth. Clear red pour, a hint of vegetable and smoky, nutty malt in the nose. Possibly pears or cinnamon. Surprisingly sourish, woody, and warmingly boozy.Oozes alcohol and creamy nuttiness, but a touch of bitterness in the finish.

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