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

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RATINGS: 2300   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2002
Fruity, spicy nose, maybe bananas or pineapple, with not a whole lot of head in the glass (yes THE glass). It tastes typical to me, along the lines of some of Unibroue’s brews, which I like very much. This was a bit sweeter than some, and it did warm going down due to the 8 percent ABV. It became much more flavorful as it warmed. I didn’t like it cold, straight from the fridge. It’s a little thick and syrupy for me, but overall a nice Belgian. I will try it again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Betty (236) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2003
Had a few swigs of this at some party in Newtown from some guy's bottle who'd taken an E and smoked some wicked Js and was sick of his B(eer). It is really really malty and rounded with some rye I reckon. It was pretty flat, but I dunno where the bottle'd been so don't hold me to that. The alcohol was pretty mild contrary to what all you wimps have said below. I like it.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WilleLW (236) - Lund, SWEDEN - OCT 17, 2011
I just love that glass. Copper colour with a big head. Some sweetness in the smell, some caramel. Little ester smell, maybe banana. Sweet round taste, some bitterness. Possibly syrup and yeast in the taste. Some soft taste that could be banana. Due to the shape of the glass the first part the beer was rather smooth, but in the end there was a little too much carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrohia (236) - Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2012
Chappy's. Dayton. Bottle. If you like head, man is this the beer for you. Head lovers, rejoice! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermaris (236) - LATVIA - NOV 2, 2015
Dark but transparent. Light cap. Sweet malt aroma. Balanced taste wiyh no overwhelming elements. A bit bitter and sharp aftertaste

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
hamilton_w (235) - - JUL 5, 2016
Caramel aroma. Medium head, clear ruby. Sweet, yeasty in the finish, alcohol notes, very light bitter. Medium body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
detroitsteel (235) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2007
750ml bottle. Treacle coloured body, honey and malt combined with alcohol in the nose. Smooth palate, flavours of demeiera sugar with rum, honey, malt and currents. Long sweet and alcohol finish. Loads better than I expected, the gimmicky glass puts me off ordering in bars.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jkm (235) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 2, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2008 Cloudy red/orange colour with lots of sediment. A long-lasting medium sized off-white head. Nice lacing. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Sweet malt and fruity flavours. Dry and slightly bitter finish. A very nice drop! 330ml brown bottle.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gusgus (235) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2009
Bottle. Light amber with pale white head. Malty aroma. Very aromatic malt, probably from large percentage of munich malt. Some spicy phenolics of vanilla complemented by apples. Slight cidery, apple flavor with toasted and biscuity malt. Not much caramel. Pronounced sugary cider feeling from use of high percentage candy sugar. Nice, but with a somewhat cheap feeling to it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2006
Light amber gold body with a small white head. Aroma of peaches and yeast. Flavor was nice, if not terribly complex. I tasted peaches, green grapes, and yeast. Very drinkable, but not in the class of the great Belgian Stong Ales.


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