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


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RATINGS: 2287   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALLOVATE (2859) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 9, 2005
Tasted from the bottle at the Belgian beer café, Perth. Laid a deposit down for it’s Coachman glass and was asked if I would like to take part in it’s own ritual of drinking, whereby one must take off his/her left shoe and balance on the right foot until the drink is finished. This ensures extra care is taken whilst drinking it, and the safe return of the glass to the barman. I love an Ale with a story to it, especially one a century old, but had to decline as I couldn’t see me balancing on one foot for any amount of time. Pours a hazy chestnut-amber with a lot of loose yeast floating about. The off-white head forms and shoots up the flute of the glass, before dissipating to a ½" and webbing a thick lace. Sweet aroma, lightly roasted coffee, toasted malt, toffee, vanilla and peppery spices. Nose follows through into the mouth, with the sweet malt balancing it’s unusual fruity esters. Limes, table grapes and lemon zest, intermingle with the coffee beans, burnt caramelised sugars, milk chocolate and spicy cinnamon sides of it’s smooth palate. Medium-light bodied and light spritzy carbonation, it has a vanilla creaminess to it as it warms, though, it remains quite dry, and a lightly warming, sweet malty swallow. I don’t know if it was the glass, the story or the beer itself, but it did hit the right spot. A lovely brew!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lululegrand (94) - gent, BELGIUM - MAY 8, 2005
Red-amber color, off white head. Nutty and cognac aroma’s, also, cramel and spices. Taste is medium sweet with a fine spicyness and a touch of sweet chesnut. A stong ale with a malty taste in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MoritzF (9286) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - MAY 3, 2005
(bottle) Clear ruby-red colour with a medium creamy white head with nice lace. Aroma of yeast and malts with fruity (plums) and spicy elements. Medium sweet flavour, alcohol is present, but not disturbing. A very tasty brew with notes of liquorice and slight sweet maltiness at the beginning and a vinous lasting finish. Very complex but in the same way well-balanced. A smooth and creamy strong Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
flemdawg (558) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2005
Amber body with a foamy off white head that left minimal lacing. Bready aroma with fruits(bananas) carmel, yeast and rasins too. Bready yeast flavors with bananas and some sweet malts as well. A bit tingly int the mouth with a smooth feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
walleye (1092) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 28, 2005
finally brought this one out of the cellar after a 11/2 years from the corked bottle, poured a hazy copper with a light tan head. aroma. sweet fruits ,honey, malts, caramel some bread a nice mild yeast , and a hint of raisins, had a hard time taking my nose away from this one. flavor apples, orange, honey, citrus, caramels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2005 Corked bottle. Did someone dissolve a loaf of bread in the bottle? I swear, I have seen less yeast floating around at a Mrs. Baird’s factory. Reminds me of a bowel of Kellogs Corn Flakes floating in a bowl of apple juice instead of milk. Nonetheless, the nose is a squeeze of orange, coupled with the sour offset of lemon. The head pours nice, white, and thick, and it stays around. The lace looks like hanging curtains of the same material they look so beautiful. The taste picks up where the nose leaves off, full of orange and lemon. The chunks of yeast feel weird sliding down the throat, but what the hey. Overall, a good, solid beer that I will definitely be purchasing again. Regular bottle: Don’t bother, unless you dig fermented cardboard.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - APR 14, 2005
Bread and caramel dominate the nose with a bit of leather and nuts. Caramel and dark fruits on the palate notably raisins and figs. Clean finish with some lingering toffee notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jefcon (1612) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2007 Maple syrup opening on the taste, followed by a rich, slightly sharp dose of malt and hops. Honey is present throughout. Aromas are weaker, with honey and cheese elements. In the glass, this beer is a reddish brown. Slightly sour citric finish. There is something savory to this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rajendra82 (1035) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - APR 10, 2005
The beer was poured out of a 330 ml. bottle into a tulip keeping the yeast out for now. The body was deep copper in color with a smallish head. The color was lot darker than I anticipated for a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. The aroma was bready and sweet with some spices like ginger and cinnamon also showing up. The taste was initially sweet and alcoholic. Dried dark skinned fruits like cherries, dates, and raisins came together here along with cookie dough, but the alcohol was too prominent to allow a through melding of the elements. The initial sweetness abated significantly as the rum like alcohol took over mid palette. The aftertaste was grainy, spicy, and long drawn out. The beer felt thick and sticky on the tongue and coated the throat as it went down. Alcohol was not hidden too much, but the sweetness went together well with it. A bit more difficult to drink than other examples of the style, but worth sampling occasionally.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rballs01 (282) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2005
Pours a nice deep orange-light brown. Smells of clove and bread in the malt. Wow..a little overpowering with the alcohol. Tastes more like 11%. Warms the insides and tingles the ears. Definetly a sipping brew.

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