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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2302   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quevillon (2876) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 15, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2007 Bu à Bières et Compagnies de St-Denis. Pas de tête, pas de mousse, O.K. Pas gazeuse non plus, c’es-tu mauvais? Non pour cette bière. Arome caramelisé, goût sucré et pas trop fort. Le restau n’avais pas le verre qui allait avec, grrrr!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - FEB 13, 2006
Admittedly I was initially drawn to this thing because of the miniature yard of ale thing that it’s served in. Light brown with a nice head, not too huge. Very very sweet, far too sweet for me to drink too many of these. Bit like drinking syrup. Finish is far too overpowered by sweetness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ClarkVV (5704) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 6, 2006
2005 bottle from Downtown Liquors, 750mL, consumed on 2/3/06. Typcial bottle conditioned poor yields large amounts of rocky, off-white head, tons of vigorous carbonation and a lightly hazed dark copper body with very faint raspberry tresses. The nose shows of strong maltiness, plenty of caramelized sugars, fat brown sugar sweetness, no hops and a dry yeast that seems very stale and blanding (old, dried out dough). Almost thought I smelled DMS, but I’m not positive. The flavor dumps malt down your throat. Sweet, fat, cloying malt sugars. Almost no complexity in my bottle. It seemingly goes from a dusty, dry yeastiness, with too much carbonation even, to thick brown sugar and caramel. Odd sharpness on the end is almost veggie-like in nature; just a dry, plant-like bitterness. Tastes carbonic as well, I suppose you might say (seltzer water) and gets watery on the very end. Some alcohol sharpness on the end, as well as some light green apples. The carbonation is way too expansive, too harsh and the texture is not as comforting as it should be for all of the sweetness. Not sure what went wrong here (or if something did go wrong), but I poured out the bottle after the first glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - FEB 3, 2006
Light brown colour, huge beige head (maybe because of the strange glass?). Caramel malty aroma, flavour of wood, alcohol, fruity hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2006
pour a cloudy ambe color with a huge light tan head that hangs around till the finish. aromas of spices, citrusy fruit, and sweet malts. flavor is lightly carbonated, a sweet floraly flavor, citrusy fruit, not bad, good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
schuimkroaat (427) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JAN 28, 2006
33 cl bottle, ’bbe’ April 07. Clear dark amber to reddish with a small, creamy beige head. Sweet and estery in the nose with some candy sugar and lots of fruit, notably quince, banana and nuts. A sweetish and fruity taste with again a touch of walnuts about it and slightly peppery hops. Smooth, flowing body with a nice, prickling carbonation. Very refreshing and drinkable for its strength.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2006
Delicious, Served in a black 25 oz bottle. This belgian brew pours a dark amber, the head is a thin lace of tan that sticks to the glass. The smell is orange peels, vanilla, and honey. As I let this beer warm up a little from the fridge more flavors and aromas began to come out. The taste of this beer is smoothe and creamy. It tastes of honey, fruit (banana and grapes), it is sweet but not overwhelming. I definatly recommend this beer. It would pair well with a grilled steak to contrast some of the fruity flavors, as well as a bananas foster to help bring out some of the banana and caramel flavors in the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (12027) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2006
A nice beer, A very big, steady brownish head. A very powerful taste, slightly alcoholic, but not a problem. A spicy finish with a strong caramel presence

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lilith (242) - Santiago, CHILE - JAN 21, 2006
Creamy-beige head that dissappears quickly but leaves a good lacing. Sweet aroma with caramel, yeast and bread touches. Dark orange and sparkling color and a medium body. The alcohol presence is very smooth

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Resortboy (1) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 17, 2006 does not count
Burnt copper with a creamy, but quickly disappearing head. Aroma of caramel with fruit undertones. Medium body. Overall easy drinking with a smooth finish.

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