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

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RATINGS: 1912   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2004
Bottle pours a clear red amber with a small off white head and leopard like lace. The aroma is malty, yeasty, slightly funky, and spicy. The flavor is malty, sweet, slightly roasty, slightly yeasty, and a touch of funk. The palate is fairly rich. Overall, pretty good. I did not have the glass and holder, so I drank out of my Duvel.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BIGC (29) - USA - FEB 19, 2004
This beer will make you go kwak, kwak. I enjoyed this one in it's traditional wooden handle flute style glass. although the aroma wasn't impressive, the appearance awed me. it's thick head complimented it's clear brown color. Flavors of malts and caramel came out. A good balance of hops and a light sweet finish. probably, one of the best everyday beer due to it's 8% alcohol and filtered style. A good one to start with if your experimenting with Belgians.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 17, 2004
Tastes of banana, figs, apple, cloves and bread. Sweet without overdoing it, very smooth and enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - FEB 12, 2004
750 ml. dark green champagne bottle. Best before date on back label is of 01/01/2007. Still fairly fresh then. Poured out a deep caramel color. Almost brown, but not quite. Clarity is excellent. Aromas are of caramel malts, candi sugars, slight roasted malts, and yeasty bread. Slightly herbal and earthy aromas as well. Thinnish tan colored head faded quickly back to a thin lacing on top of the beer itself. Tastes of roasted grain, toasted bread, strong maltiness, and slight alcohol, although it is well hidden for 8% ABV. Hops make a quick appearance, and hurriedly make an exit. Sweet on the tongue, but not cloying. A decent Belgian by any standard.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 11, 2004
Draft-Sean Bolan's(Bel Air)Nice honey orange in good light,otherwise amber.Nice head/lace.A bit sweet and pleasantly sour.Smooth malty and dry.Gets tastier as it warms.Good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 3, 2004
On tap. Clear amber/ruby with good sized white head. Aroma is sweet and malty, with hints of sour cirtus. Taste is nice and malty, but is too sweet for my taste. There is a little bit of sour to balance, but it doesn't quite do it for me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 26, 2004
Amber color with ruby tones. Aroma is a mix of tarty citrus and malt. Taste is lightly citrusy, appley and tart nicely balanced by a malty presence. Finishes dry and lightly sweet. Very nice beer, different than anything else I have had.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2004
(Bottle – best before 1/1/07) Clear sparkling copper body topped by a creamy tan head. The head dissipates rather quickly but it is clinging onto the sides of the glass for its dear life. The aroma is a bit atypical for a Belgian; there is some caramel-like sweetness and a bit of paper. Lurking behind those aromas are dark fruit and yeast aromas that are typically associated with the style. The flavor is straight up caramel malt. The flavor really disappoints. There is a real lack of complexity with this beer. There are some citrus hop flavors and a mild amount of bitterness but it does not come together very well. The body is fairly dry and the finish is quite quick except for a lingering paper flavor that I can not really describe well. Overall a disappointment.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 17, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2004 Very nice, clear, deep amber color. No head -just a little soapy bubbles. Hoppy, sour, spicy and yeasty, port-wineous and slightly alcoholic aroma. The flavor is quite sweet, malty and soft, with banana, spices and toffee. Oily and slicky, spicy and slightly alcoholic finish. Quite full-bodied palate with almost no carbonation - quite like Sahti but more wineous and slicky, and not as thick. Hides the alcohol better than the aroma suggests. A very well made and pleasant strong ale.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WitchKing (7) - FRANCE - JAN 16, 2004 does not count
This one is really nice. Nothing grand but it is very refreshing while having an amazing color and aroma. It tastes sweet and somewhat like caramel, yet it is not too sweet like some Rasberry Kriek would be.Thanks to the great glass which MUST be used to drink it, you feel yourself looking at some kind of chemist's potion. A very good choice to have a nice time.


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