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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2300   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
benclarkiii (73) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 2, 2007
Poured nicely into a custom glass which was a little weird. The glass had its own wooden holder. Great flavor and very well balanced. Nice finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cgarvieuk (21097) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 2, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2012 02/2007 ...Ruby colour with an odd aroma, malty bitter with long linger and odd after taste. 1.4

bottle at home ... ruby ... small tan head ... protien bits floating ... sweet toffee ... berry fruits ... sweet fruits ... soft berry ... quite bananana ... 2.9

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
paco (576) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - APR 1, 2007
Sweet malty candy nose. Spice and toffee follow. Red, small head. moderate lacing left. Flavors, caramel, sugary floral hops. spice. a bit too sugary sweet for me. Full body, warm, well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LinusStick (3223) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2007
Aroma of caramel and alcohol. Pour was a dark brown with a huge four finger puffy head. The taste was dark fruit, caramel and malt. The constant battle between alcohol burn and sweetness was interesting. Not very well balanced but good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (6299) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2007
UPDATED: APR 1, 2007 I uncorked this monster 75cl bottle with a glimmer in my eye. This poured dark copper with poofy and big (but airy) head. Brown sugar and sweet alcohol are the primary characteristics of the aroma. The flavor, on the other hand, is heavily titled to the caramel ... very sweet, almost candied. (#2766, 3/31/2007)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gnoff (9552) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2009 First rating
33 cl bottle from Systembolaget
Clear copper color, lasting tan head. Acidic, caramell and light fruity scent. Vinous and sweet, spicy and yeast, also alcohol taste. Medium body, rather high co2. Medium bitterness. Sweet and chocolate aftertaste.

Bottle at a blind tasting, on August 30, 2009
Clear copper color, off-white head. Spicy, alcohol, sweet scent. Hoppy, spicy, sweet, phenolic taste. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2548) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2007
yep fruity and malty alright. nice bready body like banana creampie. apricot or guava maybe both. the candy rind. you can notice the alcohol burn. though it’s not bad. not my type but real good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
garthicus (2906) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 27, 2007
I enjoyed this some years ago in Belgium and recently stumbled across it in my local off licence, complete with glass and wooden stand. Poured a nice sized head which shrunk quick enough, had a mild aroma with hints of fruit. Drank it rather quickly and enjoyed to the end

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mazfln (116) - Florianópolis, BRAZIL - MAR 22, 2007
Bottled. Poured in the original glass with wood suport. As I poured this beer in the glass, a strong aroma of dark dried fruits and caramel surprised all of us. The color was clear brown/red with a nice head (cortesy of the shape of the glass). It has a nice malt flavour, with dried grapes and plums, caramel, dark sugar and nuts, and in the end, the caracteristic citric flavour that I atribute to the belgian yeast strains. It has a warm alcohol presence, maybe some liqueur like Frangelico. The flavour had a nice persistence and I waited a little before drinking other beer, so I didn’t lose these nice flavours. I really liked it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
emerica56 (600) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 21, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2008 The appearance is clear amber with a thin off white head. The nose is floral with grapefruit hops and some lemon. The initial flavor was bitter with a sweet caramel finish along the sides of your mouth. Overall it is great beer with a good look and the right amount of flavor and carbonation.

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