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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2255   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2005
On tap at "Den Tatoverede Enke", Copenhagen - obviously in a Kwak-glass. Nice looking beer with a sweet touch of caramel. This is balanced by a classic Belgian hoppiness. Not as fruity as I would like though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 11, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2006 As Eric Cartman says, "sweeeeeeet". Pours a medium head over a toffee brown liquid. I tried this at about the recommended temp (5-6 deg.), and could barely detect any aroma. Had a few sips and then left it sitting around until it was about 10 deg. For me, I think this was the optimum temp. I felt like just sitting there and sniffing at it all night when I finally detected the sweet malty aromas. The flavour is decidedly sweet, as I mentioned before, and also has some bitterness in the finish. Not so much of an aftertatste, but maybe that was because I had barely put the glass down before Iíd pick it up again. I really like this beer. Re-rate: Not as good this time around, but Iíll leave rating as is. Re-re-rate: I think my first sample of this was an anomally for two reasons - one of my first of the style and it was probably a good batch. Havenít had that much success with it of late some Iím going to have to drop it a couple of points.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2469) - California, USA - JUL 9, 2005
UPDATED: APR 7, 2006 Gotta love the glass...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nicholai (100) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 5, 2005
Bottled. For such a common beer, this was a real pleasure to drink. It is rosy, almost tea colored in the glass with a range of sediment sizes. Rather thin head, but not so much that it detracts from the appearance. The smell is surprisingly fresh for an 8% beer, with lemon, citrus, alfalfa, wheat, and some light caramel tones. the taste is very sweet with a bitter lingering taste. Bracing spices, oak, caramel, and some christmas spices abound. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vanvenlo (1652) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2005
19 Nov 2005 - Nice spicy fruit aroma. Excellent head, nice lacing, clear orange red brown colour. Sweet complex fruit, spiritous flavour. Sweet well balanced, thickish mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bmxutos (161) - Lisboa, PORTUGAL - JUL 2, 2005
Bottle, 33cl. I was expecting a lot more from this one. Itís a good beer but something in the flavour was not right.... Pours a red/brown colour with a small beige head that disappeared a little too fast (next time iíll try to drink it in her special glass). Aroma of fruits and spices. The flavour is strong and very complex also very dry. I can sense the malt, spices and the alcohol. However, thereís also something like burnt wood in the flavour that isnít good. Not very smooth and not the best belgian beer around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sofajoern (146) - DENMARK - JUN 27, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2005 Fantastic - esp. if enjoyed from the excellent and rather unusual glass. Lots of complexity, maltyness, and a really nice mellow aftertaste. Oh yes - almost bananalike aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (24330) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 25, 2005
Bottled. Dark copper coloured, bubby/foamy head. Plummy fruitish aroma with caramellish hints. Halfbitter plummy fruitish flavour. Malty aftertaste and sticky palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GarethYoung (1110) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 24, 2005
[bottle from beer cafe] pours an amber colour with a moderate head which doesnt last well. nose is yeasty with a little spiceyness, some caramel malts. body is decent, fairly long finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
szkot (100) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 21, 2005
Pours deep copper with a tan head. Nose is spicy with hints of caramel. Taste is malty, with caramel up front. Not bad, but not the smoothest beer Iíve had.

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