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

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RATINGS: 1918   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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Full-bodied Belgian Specialty Ale. Amber in color with beautiful foam and slightly sweet, seductive malt character. Rich, satisfying Belgian experience.


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3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fatehunter (1179) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - SEP 22, 2012
Poured into a chalice. Dark brown but almost clear with almost no head. Smells like whole wheat bread and nothing else. Strong bread and yeast taste, which is fine. Alcohol taste comes in strong too. Smooth, medium body, low carbonation. An enjoyable drink.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GBZ59 (1094) - BARCELONA (Catalonia), SPAIN - JUL 21, 2014
Botella de 330ml servida en su característico vaso Yard con peana de madera. Color ámbar profundo y brillante con tintes rubí a contraluz y apariencia algo velada. Espuma beige, corona tupida con bastante buena retención. Aromas de fruta madura, uvas, pasas, canela, especias, azúcar, maltas tostadas y alcohol – notas de acetona de uñas. Al primer sorbo es dulce, picante, especiada y cálida. Cuerpo medi-pleno y carbonatación moderada a moderadamente alta. Sensación en boca densa y reseca. Los sabores afrutados – melocotón y albaricoque maduro-, de caramelo y herbales quedan equilibrados por un bajo amargor. Final dulce y retroguato afrutado con recuerdos de almendra amarga. Una cerveza deliciosa y bien equilibrada. 330ml bottle served in its own unfooted Yard glass. Brigh deep amber color & ruby tints to the light. Chill haze appearance. Beige froth creates a close crown & shows fairly good retention. Ripe fruit, grape, raisin, cinnamon, spiced, sugar, toasted malt & alcoholic – solvent-like hues- aromas Sweet, spicy, spiced & warm at first sip. Medium to full body. Moderate to moderately high carbonation. Dense & dried mouthfeel. Fruity –peach & ripe apricot-, candy & herbal flavors join low bitterness – just to keep it the balance-. Sweet finish. Long fruity aftertaste with sour almonds memories. Well balanced & flavorful beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
generallee08 (601) - New York, USA - JUL 20, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2014 Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 8.4% abv.Appearance: This is a very hazy beer with a brownish tan color and a quick fading off white head. A quick swirl is needed to keep some foam on top. Lacing is minimal and very slick. Smell: Right up front there is a big raisin like fruity sweetness. This is backed up by bready yeast and malt notes.Taste / Palate: Now on the tongue the bready Belgian yeast notes hop out first. Dark fruit, raisins, plums and apples move in with sweet maltiness. In the middle there is an attempt by the hops to come out and play but the yeast notes and malt notes and now some sweet boozy notes hold out and finish strong. The body feels smooth with lots of fine carbonation. Just right for a big Belgian Ale.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
s_hartshorne (1069) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle bier huis ossett. Amber colour slight head. Aroma is fruity caramel yeast taste is same great malts some sweetness hides abv well, nicely balanced. Nice body and mouthfeel prickly carbonation. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mircoas (66) - ITALY - JUL 18, 2014
33 cl in bottiglia, trovata in supermercato. Ambrata davvero buona. Scende che è un piacere.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rolfstrijbos (3) - - JUL 16, 2014 does not count
Pittig kruidig ambergekleurd bier met stevige roomwitte schuimkraag en een iet wat scherpe afdronk

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Danev76 (222) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 15, 2014
Very strong fruity aroma. Brown cloudy colour with poor head. Nice fruity flavor with little aftertaste. Light body with no carbonation.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cernjoh (104) - Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Poured from bottle into a snifter. Aroma of bananas and yeast. Appearance is a clear golden amber with a 1 finger light tan head that dissipates quickly. Taste is semi sweet malt and banana. Some booze as well. Palate is very smooth. Overall an excellent beer. Cheers.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fitwitchik (250) - USA - JUL 11, 2014
Poured from a bomber into a snifter brown amber with a thin light beige head; Aroma of brown sugar malted booze. Flavor is excellent spiced rich in figs & coriander. Thinking malted dark fruits with a touch of barnyard funk. Blended beautifully.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
venom666 (309) - Alicante, SPAIN - JUL 11, 2014
Dark amber color with white short-lasting head. Bready and yeasty aroma, with malts and toasted candy. Although it is a 8,4% alcohol, taste is not alcoholic whatsoever, with some fruity and malty notes, with some spices. Aftertaste has a slighty hoppy note.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strife21 (117) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Pours dark copper with thick tan head. Smell is sour, yeasty and funky. Taste is malty, notes of bread, yeast and fruit. Medium body, light carbonation.


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