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


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RATINGS: 2005   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2004
On draft at Monk’s. Clear ruby brew, no head, little lace. To taste a bit boozy, strong port flavor. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2007 Rerate, 23/10/2007. Deep copper to brown hue, very clear, with a largish, off-white, frothy head...no lacing. The aroma is quite strong--sweet and fruity. Initial impressions are of caramel, treacle and blueberries. Underneath one can find dessert sherry, dates...Dr. Pepper? Hop tones of basil, white pepper, lavender. Less sweetness in the flavour than expected, starting with some caramel but completely overshadowed by intense, berry-like acidity. The finish is a bit herbal, as would be expected, but the acidity is still intense, almost with a tannic quality to it. Finishes very dry, alcoholic with lingering notes of lingonberry and maple wood. A hint of smokiness appears with significant warmth. Blueberry aftertaste begins to mount. Medium-full bodied with a slick texture and vigorous carbonation. Definitely an odd one, with plenty of diverse flavours. They’re not really working in harmony for me though, lots of clashing between the sweetness and blueberry acidity, the alcohol singe, the vague smokiness.33cl bottle, Leffe goblet, bbe 18/09/09.

33 cL bottle, tulip glass. Caramel, toffee, nutty malt (H); grass hops (L); raisin, plum, peach, brown sugar aromas. Red orange body with a foamy, off-white head that reminds me of a homebrew that’s not done fermenting. Moderately sweet flavor becomes a moderately sweet, lightly bitter finish. Medium-full body, oily/slick texture, soft carbonation, light alcohol. The bottom line is: everything about this beer screams of a homebrew that isn’t ready to be drunk yet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2004
Huge rocky long lasting head. Amber color. Sweet aroma with hint of spice. Good body with candy sugar sweetnees and a spicy finish. Alcohol shows lightly at the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mongkut4 (132) - Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2004
Not as smooth as its sister Deus, but more flavorful. Unfortunately I prefer the flavor of Deus as I’m not much for the flowery Belgian characteristic. Flavor is slightly sweet, with floral notes and a balance of hops and malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2004
How can I not rate this a top for appearance in its own glass? Now, do I smell aniseed? Strange taste, licorice mixed in malt and hops? Edgy, fun.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (6769) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 13, 2004
Pours nicely in a Kwak "foot of ale" glass. The beer is a dark amber color, with a gorgeous frothy head and a caramel aroma. There is a slightly bitter syrupy flavor that grows fuller and sweeter as the beer warms. After the first couple sips, there is slight alcohol aftertaste. This is a better than average Belgian ale that is fun to drink in its own glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2009 Original Rating, August 11, 2004: Lovely amber or brown color. No head. Aroma is very malty and sweet. Lots of malt in the taste along with some yeast and bread character. Tasty, but not over over the top. 7/4/7/3/15 Re-rating, August 21, 2009: Copper, amberish color with a medium head. Bready aroma, along with some sweet malt. Sweet, yet spicy malt and yeast body. Lots of white pepper. Really interesting since none of the spice is alluded to in the aroma. Tries to finish dry with an above average carbonation, but is still sweet. Really nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2004
Amber Coloring. Good Head. Some Malt. Sweet. Smooth for Alcohol Rating. Pretty Straightforward Beer, But for What it Is, Not Bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2004
Pours amber with a thick head...smells yeasty and malty and a tad sweet...tastes a little sweet, but watery with a dry malty finish...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 6, 2004
Pours a translucent amber with a full whipped head. The yeast they used is very low flocculating. Aromas of buiscuit malt and some, but little candi sugar. Flavor is sweet but the palate is thin. No hops whatsoever. Very one-dimensional. Alcohol is well hidden.

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