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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 12, 2005
Once again, thanks to gputty. Clear as a bell brown, not much head. Sweet malty nose and flavor. It’s OK, but not great. Just not much going on here.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 3/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2005
750 ml brown bottle available from Armanetti’s. 8% ABV. Label states that best before 1/1/08 and bottled opened on 10/30/05, way before the expiration date. Slight cloudy (definite chill haze) red amber beer having an average white diminishing head. Sweet malt toffee aroma. Soft carbonation. Medium bodied with creamy texture that starts with sharp, sweet malt flavor with hints of spice, fruity ester and some bitterness. A surprising definite off-flavor of plastic adhesive bandage (phenol). A brewing defect? Finishes somewhat dry with lingering bandage flavor. I’m somewhat surprised with the off-flavor since this is a well-known beer but the medicinal-like flavor made this beer almost undrinkable. Perhaps I had a bad bottle but the bottle looked fine to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2005
Slightly hazy, red-orange pour. Fizzy, weak head dissipates quickly. Attractive aromas of malt, yeast, caramel and ripe apple/pear. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and fizzy, but is quickly overcome by a burst of well-rounded and upfront flavors of sweet fruit, lightly toasted malt, caramel candy, spices and faint vanilla. Alcohol definitely makes a play here, but in a pleasant, flavor- accentuating way. Not a world class Belgian, but pretty solid. Kinda surprised at the many low ratings. Worth a visit for sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (23480) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2005
Bottled. Clear orange coloured with an off white head. Sweet aroma with notes of spices, fruits and marzipan. Sweet flavour of spices with notes of fruits and alcohol. Interesting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 17, 2005
Draught at the Federal in Durham, NC. Served in a 1/5-yard glass in a wooden holder. Caramel color, slightly turbid. Caramel aroma and flavor with vanilla and alcohol undertones coming out in the flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2005
Served in the kwakj glass. Nice and rich. Sweet and a bit peppery. Malt character dominates. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2005
Pours clear red with a large white head that leaves some decent lacing. Aroma of candy sugars, malts, and a little leather. Also slightly floral. Very sweet flavor, with some alcohol and a hint of a metallic unpleasantness in the aftertaste. Surprisingly good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2005
On draft at the Federal in Durham, NC and served in a Kwak glass (with the wooden stand). Amber color with a decent white head. Sugary and malty aroma with a hint of spice. Very sweet malty beer with spices and caramel candy flavors. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - OCT 10, 2005
(Draught) Medium amber, smallish head. Malt aroma. Malty flavor with yeast and spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scotty (1088) - SCOTLAND - SEP 30, 2005
Lovely amber colour, not much of a head tho’ Big malty nose ...nice! Likewise, the palate bursts with complex malty flavours, sweet, but not cloying, a delicious, full flavoured brew, unfortunately NOT served in the unique glass. Peckhams, Clerk St, Edinburgh...an excellent range.

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