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

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RATINGS: 2148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 11, 2004
Draft-Sean Bolan's(Bel Air)Nice honey orange in good light,otherwise amber.Nice head/lace.A bit sweet and pleasantly sour.Smooth malty and dry.Gets tastier as it warms.Good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 3, 2004
On tap. Clear amber/ruby with good sized white head. Aroma is sweet and malty, with hints of sour cirtus. Taste is nice and malty, but is too sweet for my taste. There is a little bit of sour to balance, but it doesn't quite do it for me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 26, 2004
Amber color with ruby tones. Aroma is a mix of tarty citrus and malt. Taste is lightly citrusy, appley and tart nicely balanced by a malty presence. Finishes dry and lightly sweet. Very nice beer, different than anything else I have had.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2004
(Bottle – best before 1/1/07) Clear sparkling copper body topped by a creamy tan head. The head dissipates rather quickly but it is clinging onto the sides of the glass for its dear life. The aroma is a bit atypical for a Belgian; there is some caramel-like sweetness and a bit of paper. Lurking behind those aromas are dark fruit and yeast aromas that are typically associated with the style. The flavor is straight up caramel malt. The flavor really disappoints. There is a real lack of complexity with this beer. There are some citrus hop flavors and a mild amount of bitterness but it does not come together very well. The body is fairly dry and the finish is quite quick except for a lingering paper flavor that I can not really describe well. Overall a disappointment.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sayravai (4691) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 17, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2004 Very nice, clear, deep amber color. No head -just a little soapy bubbles. Hoppy, sour, spicy and yeasty, port-wineous and slightly alcoholic aroma. The flavor is quite sweet, malty and soft, with banana, spices and toffee. Oily and slicky, spicy and slightly alcoholic finish. Quite full-bodied palate with almost no carbonation - quite like Sahti but more wineous and slicky, and not as thick. Hides the alcohol better than the aroma suggests. A very well made and pleasant strong ale.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WitchKing (7) - FRANCE - JAN 16, 2004 does not count
This one is really nice. Nothing grand but it is very refreshing while having an amazing color and aroma. It tastes sweet and somewhat like caramel, yet it is not too sweet like some Rasberry Kriek would be.Thanks to the great glass which MUST be used to drink it, you feel yourself looking at some kind of chemist's potion. A very good choice to have a nice time.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2004
I like this Belgian strong because it seems to be more smooth on the palate. The texture is silky and the flavors lean more towards tha sweet side, toffee and caramel. Seems like there is a good malt back bone. The alcohol adds a great warming in the finish. A great brew I must have again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluevegie (3067) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2004
Murky muddy amber/bronze colour with a light brown head that was short lived. Hints of caramel in the taste as well as lime and butterscotch. Sourness on the finish but overall a good beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dobb1392 (36) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 3, 2004
Out of most of the Belgian ales I had in the country, I felt I could never go wrong with this one. Poured into its unique glass (not sure what its called, but has a round bottom and top connected by a thin stem. Very interesting to drink from). dark amber color with a small tan head. Soft and sweet taste. Classic Belgian ale.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10801) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2003
Bottled: Amber coloured. Not much head. Yeast, malt, spices and alcahol in the nose. Sweet, malty and spicy flavour. Has a sweetish aftertaste. Served in the prober glassware, this is a funny beer. Like it.


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