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

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RATINGS: 2286   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Full-bodied Belgian Specialty Ale. Amber in color with beautiful foam and slightly sweet, seductive malt character. Rich, satisfying Belgian experience.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mansquito (5096) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2006
As far as I am concerned, the most interesting thing about this beer was the delightful glass in which it was served. Frankly, this is one of my least favourite of the strong Beligian beers. I drank it really slowly... has a rich palate though with a lot of flavour. Nice red color (I actually have a photo of the beer), but the taste was a bittersweet with too much alcohol in it and it does not even have that much alcohol.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kopestes (164) - Braine l’Alleud, BELGIUM - OCT 24, 2006
Bottle in original glass. Stunning clear red-amber color. Fruity nose, sweet with hint of bitterness. Very nice beer. Highly recommended.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
flemmingwillum (1184) - Nysted, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2006
Nice aroma with caramel and a lot of malts. This beer has great, sturdy, and creamy body. Obvious caramel-flavor with a little sourrish hints, and some alcohol which by the way isn’t that obvious for a 8% ABV. The aftertaste is dominated by the malts and has a perfect bitter finish.

Maybe this beer is a little simple - is has not the most complex flavor, and not the most powerful aroma - but alltogether it makes a nice beer.

1.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
tennisjoel (1334) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2007 Bottle. Dark red similar coloring to many IIPA’s. Peach, apricot, and artificial sugar aroma. Taste is cloying and sweet. Not the same as many true belgian ales. More similar to an american belgian such as goose island, albeit worse because of the artificial sugar flavor. Almost a drain pour. One of the few disaapointing true belgian beers I’ve tried. I will not be purchasing this again.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - OCT 17, 2006
Sweet, Perfumey and slightly spicey. Lots of sediment in the bottle so pour carefully. Prickly carbonation with a dried fruit aftertaste. Slightly watered down and lacking in body. Nice bottle and presentation but dont judge this book by its cover its an average Ale.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3037) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2006
Pours amber with a tan, sinking head. Aroma is very perfumy, sweet, flowery and woody. The flavor is somewhat perfumy and oakey. The maltyness gives it a toffeeish sweet touch, and there’s also a spicy cinnamon aspect. Different, but not all together impressive.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
strings (377) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 8, 2006
Bottle in Tallin. Really quite good. Dominated by the rich fruity aromas, with the alcohol coming in a close second.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (3901) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2006
Bottle: Served in Kwaks elegant, original glass. Pours with a huge off-white head. The body is hazy and pale amber. Yeast, banana, fruit and caramel in the aroma. Very pleasant sweet/ sour flavour with citrus and light malt. Medium to full bodied. The finish i slightly bitter/ sour with alcohol bite. Enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Grovlam (4205) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2006 Wow, this was a great experience. What an appearance with notes of bred, hops, caramel, maybe burned caramel. The Aroma was strong, full body with notes of caramel, some burned notes and liquorice, maybe even banana. Flavour was sweet and ever so slightly bitter. Hopy and sweet round mild finish. What a great beer this is.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonjon (22) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 30, 2006
From a bottle. Pours orange with a white head. Belgian yeast and sugars in the aroma. Banana tones. Nice light malt flavors with sour yeast notes on the aftertaste.


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