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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2161   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ghawener (1533) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - DEC 16, 2005
Bottle: Red orange colour, small head, aroma of coffee and chocolate. Taste is bittersweet with a nice malt presence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Fine off-white head, unclear orange body with sediments. Malty and chocolaty aroma with plenty of spices and bisquit. Sweet and a bit alcoholic in the flavor, caramel and spices with a hoppy finish. Sharp, tasty and warming. Thanks Jens!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Yard (45) - Senoia, Georgia, USA - DEC 14, 2005
Amber to light brown in color. Small off white head with good steady lacing. Nice malty aroma. Malty in flavor and on palate. Good Belgian.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NoiZe (2323) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - DEC 13, 2005
Dark orange red colour. Nice strong ale taste. Not too complicated, but enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Dry cheesy yeast with some slight sweet notes and a taste with a kind of flatness throughout. Medium head with bubbly consistancy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2699) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2005
11.2oz bottle. Pours a copper-caramel color with a fair amount of floaties, moderate sized off-white pillowy head. Aroma of toffee and caramel malts, with some slight sour notes, some slight spiciness--probably from the yeast. nice and spicy, alcohol, sweet, witha small bitter finish. Pretty good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6651) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2005
Bottle shared with tupalev. Pours a clear dark orange with a spare white head. Aroma of fruity malt, bourbon, mild sourness and some hops. Flavour is sweet and very fruity with a touch of alcohol, yeast and hops. Full bodied. I like this a lot!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2005
Bottle, shared with and courtesy of Blankboy. Fruity, spicy, bourbon aroma. Dark orange, small head. Nice mild taste - fruit, alcohol, hops, yeast. Smooth light to medium mouthfeel. A hint of bourbon in the aftertaste. Wonderful stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2006 Bottle. Placeholder, Need to re-rate on another occassion. Drank from a shared bottle at a debaucherous event. Mouthfuls of solid yeast prevented me from drinking much of it, though what I got into my mouth tasted decent, on the sharper end of the standard belgian ales.

Re-Rate 5/2005. On tap at Monks. Buttery aroma. Vinegary butter flavor. funky cider vinegar beer. No floaties. odd. bock-y. Goes pretty well with the Boon Framboise Ilja and I scored free from a patron who didnít like it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 2, 2005
11.2oz bottle. Served in a NB worthy glass (didnít have to give up a shoe for it) at 49į right out of the cellar. Pours brownish-red with lots of floaties, steady carbonation, and a hzy, bubbly head. Laces and coats the glass when swirled. Strong aroma of brown sugar, raisins, spice (nutmeg?), yeast, and a herbally hops undertone. This smells pretty good. The initial taste is dark malt and dark fruit followed by an alcohol laden spiciness (black pepper) and some hotness and floury yeast. The finish is lingering fruit, both tart citrus and darker ones, and a floury yeastiness. Starts like a dubbel and ends like a tripel. This is a tasty beer and I would happily give a shoe to drink it out its crazy glass. I donít know if I would want a glass I couldnít rest anywhere after drinking a few of these, they do pack a bot of a punch.

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