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

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RATINGS: 1973   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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6258) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2011 750mL bottle. Head is average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, nuts/shells, cookie), lightly hoppy (herbs, flowers), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of apple skin and sherry. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Rather ordinary and dull.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
rauchbier (3616) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2002
Needs more hops. Toffee malt and alcohol dominate the body. Above average belgian ale but not stunning by any means.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - APR 28, 2002
Disregard this rating because I am not a fan of the style. It reminded me a lot of Ommegang Hennipin with that Golden Belgian taste of spicy bananas.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bierkoning (10379) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUL 2, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2011 Malty aroma, prunes and a hint of roasted malt. Sweet malty taste with caramel, apple and prunes. Bit of an alcohol burn. Slightly bitter and fruity finish. A bit sticky. The beer tastes o.k., but doesn’t stand out in any way. Another bottle, tasted in 2010 confirms this rating.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
haukur (1309) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - APR 12, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2014 re-rate pending

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2004
This beer was alright, but too sweet. It was too high in sugar for my taste. The Westy 12 is the same deal, but better. This was pretty good though. It was worth having.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2005
Amber colour. Creamy off-white head.Some yeast in nose and citrus. Thin and watery. Rather sour in taste. Slightly touch of alcoholtaste.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 24, 2005
Cork, sour apricot and cocoa in the nose. Little clouds of particulates in a fairly clear, amber body with decent tan head that recedes to cover. Apricot, lemon, peach, some earthy, musty, woody cobwebs in the flavour to balance the overall candy sweetness. Fairly strong effervescence with medium body that finished quite dry and well-attenuated, but little clouds of protein/yeast are distracting if not quite disconcerting. Bottle (Bieropholie - Jun. 2004).

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - JUN 1, 2005
Red/brown, white lasting head. Aroma from plums, banana and with nutty notes. Malty flavor with some alcohol and some cream. Mild and sweet finish.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2007 Alcohol and sugary sweetness in the aroma. Light brown with a fairly thin head for the style. Medium malt character that goes sweet in the middle with some metallic tinged alcohol in the finish.


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