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

bottled
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common

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RATINGS: 1956   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Full-bodied Belgian Specialty Ale. Amber in color with beautiful foam and slightly sweet, seductive malt character. Rich, satisfying Belgian experience.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
illkarate (115) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - OCT 11, 2008
Pours a clear orange, with a decent, but quickly dissipating head. This is almost cloyingly sweet, very malty, flavors of hard candy, caramel, maybe a touch of dark fruit. This is a decent beer, but for a strong ale, I would like to see a bit more balance.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RPillsbury (115) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2009
An earthy beer with barley and mushrooms as main flavours. A bit too sweet and overly boozey.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kuzo (115) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2009
Poured from a bottle in to a tulip glass. Amber-red in color with large head. Lots of lacing and bubbles. Good head retention. Smell is sweet and malty. Banana and bubblegum. Tastes very malty on the front with banana and possibly raisin. Molasses on the finish. This was an enjoyable beer but doesn’t compete against other Belgians. Not what I expected for being classified as a Belgian Strong Ale butI enjoyed this one. 10Sep2009

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
milo91hd (115) - Lecce, ITALY - SEP 3, 2014
Bottiglia. Colore ambrato carico con una schiuma cremosa fine e persistente. L’aroma richiama malto e spezie mentre al palato attacco in maniera dolce con caramello e frutta, finisce invece con un bel amaro caldo per niente fastidioso. Corpo medio con carbonazione bassa. Peccato non averla bevuta nel suo bicchiere caratteristico.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jhagmar (114) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2008
Bottle at The Bishop’s Arms, Järntorget, Göteborg, Sweden. Amber with a good, white head. Yeasty caramel to the nose. Sweet taste. Smooth mouthfeel.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
jainsv (113) - USA - DEC 9, 2006
Deep golden/amber color. Heavy malty aroma. Taste is also a bit too malty, with a slight fruit flavor.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Catadobe (112) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2002
Found this beer to be alot like the Leffe Blonde, had a distinct hint of citrus rind in the after taste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
japi (112) - Kisvárda, HUNGARY - DEC 1, 2012
A dark-amber coloured beer with a foamy, off-white head. Aroma: earthy, tropical fruity like banana. Sweet taste, with notes of caramel,banana. Light carbonation. Very good beer!

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Anatole (112) - BELGIUM - FEB 6, 2014
Gout typiquement belge. Fruité, sucré, facile à boire. Pas vraiment original en gout. L’unique intérêt de la bière réside dans le verre. Bof.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2003
As a big fan of this style, I was excited to finally get this one in our state and bought one to try. While I didn't have the famous glass, I had one similar. My impressions were mixed; I maight tend to believe that I got an "aged" bottle after reading these other reviews. It just didn't seem as complex as some of the other Belgians and had almost no head, with almost a sour taste. That being said, it was pretty good, although not my favorite of the style.


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