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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2268   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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2005 Bottle (330ml). Poured deep clear bronze with an average beige foamy lasting head, nice lacing. Nice aroma of oily roast malt, some bourbon, also fruity. Taste is woody burnt brown sugar, alcohol sharpness ... mellows out and gets progressively spicy, but a little one-note-ish. Mouthfeel creamy and syrupy. Very warming, very nice - could drink several of these on a cold evening.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HighlanderOne (1172) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2005
On tap at BXL. Poured into gorgeous glass with wooden holder - nice touch. Alcohol somewhat dominant in the aroma and flavor. Nice head which dissipates, but some lacing persists. Burnt malt flavor is a bit harsh at first, but mellows nicely as you drink. Good feel and finish. Another great Belgian ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MiP (15106) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2005
Draught. Dark copper colour. Big, stable, creamy head. Nice, mild carbonation and good mouthfeel. Sweetish flavour, slightly spicy. Hint of aroma hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Clear brassy red with lots of carbonation and thick cream colored head. Average lacing. the aroma is spicey and fruity with a light alcohol. I don’t know if you can smell activity but I think I do. It smells sharp. Tangy and spicey. the initial tang kick smooths out and a malt intertwines with pepper and leather flavors. A bit of the alcohol comes through later mixed with full carmel malts.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 12, 2005
Once again, thanks to gputty. Clear as a bell brown, not much head. Sweet malty nose and flavor. It’s OK, but not great. Just not much going on here.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 3/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2005
750 ml brown bottle available from Armanetti’s. 8% ABV. Label states that best before 1/1/08 and bottled opened on 10/30/05, way before the expiration date. Slight cloudy (definite chill haze) red amber beer having an average white diminishing head. Sweet malt toffee aroma. Soft carbonation. Medium bodied with creamy texture that starts with sharp, sweet malt flavor with hints of spice, fruity ester and some bitterness. A surprising definite off-flavor of plastic adhesive bandage (phenol). A brewing defect? Finishes somewhat dry with lingering bandage flavor. I’m somewhat surprised with the off-flavor since this is a well-known beer but the medicinal-like flavor made this beer almost undrinkable. Perhaps I had a bad bottle but the bottle looked fine to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2005
Slightly hazy, red-orange pour. Fizzy, weak head dissipates quickly. Attractive aromas of malt, yeast, caramel and ripe apple/pear. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and fizzy, but is quickly overcome by a burst of well-rounded and upfront flavors of sweet fruit, lightly toasted malt, caramel candy, spices and faint vanilla. Alcohol definitely makes a play here, but in a pleasant, flavor- accentuating way. Not a world class Belgian, but pretty solid. Kinda surprised at the many low ratings. Worth a visit for sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (25587) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2005
Bottled. Clear orange coloured with an off white head. Sweet aroma with notes of spices, fruits and marzipan. Sweet flavour of spices with notes of fruits and alcohol. Interesting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 17, 2005
Draught at the Federal in Durham, NC. Served in a 1/5-yard glass in a wooden holder. Caramel color, slightly turbid. Caramel aroma and flavor with vanilla and alcohol undertones coming out in the flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2005
Served in the kwakj glass. Nice and rich. Sweet and a bit peppery. Malt character dominates. Very nice.

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