Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels (AB-InBev)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2312   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - NOV 21, 2006
330 ml. bottle – color of amber , clear – nice white head , lingering - nose of jasmine , sweet fruitiness , caramel , cherries , sulfur, and alcohol – taste of sweet fruit , floral , caramel , malts , tar , red cherries , and raisins – low carbonation , slightly tart– aftertaste caramel , malts , cereal , slight alcohol

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dragonfly1 (500) - Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2006
11/18/06- 13 oz. on draft at the Hop Leaf, Chicago. Overall, I also agree this was a "nice" beer. But, it was pretty straightforward- not very complex. I may have to try this one again, since other than the unique glass, I didn’t find this one to be too special. Lots of other more interesting Belgians out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2006
nice red color. rich aroma of honey and malt and fruit. smooth palate very sweet but not cloying nice and malty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2006
Robe orangée claire surmontée d’une mousse beige crémeuse qui persiste. Arômes de cerises âpres. Saveurs de vieilles cerises, d’autolyse de levure et de caramel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tramp55555 (61) - Lisbon, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2006
An excellent beer. Get some! This beer is among the top 50 in the world. Strong but smooth. It has everything you drink beer for.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
SDalkoholic (2339) - Linda Vista, California, USA - NOV 5, 2006
Aroma has gone a little old and stale but still retians a spice and yeast factor to it. The appearance is bronze with huge clumps of floaties. I mean the entire beer is full of them. Flavor has staretd to fall apart and only gives off a old sweet stale malt with sugar sweetness. Little to no spice and yeast flavoring left behind. Beer is just to old.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mansquito (5340) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
tennisjoel (1363) - 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.

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