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

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RATINGS: 1865   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KajII (774) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2011
Bottle. The pour was a sparkling clear light to medium brown with a large (3-4 finger) off white frothy head that was mostly diminishing and produced poor lacing. The aroma was very sweet and hoppy with a sweet bread malt, a nice floral hop and a sweet earthy yeast and had notes of caramel, dried dark fruit (raisons and plums) and a strong alcohol presence. The taste was right off the bat, sweet, malty and a tad acidic with a strong caramel note. The flavor then progressed to be a little acetic with a nice dose of dried fruit with the end having a rather strong alcohol flavor that was left lingering for a nice duration after the swallow. Mouthfeel was somewhere between light and medium in body with a dice dry texture and a prickly carbonation. Overall a nice bold tasting Ale with some really nice malt characteristics that you can only get from a really decent Belgian brew.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (1392) - South Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2014
330ml bottle served in a Belgian snifter. Pours clear, red-brown with a generous sized tan head that soon reduces to a thin and irregular coat. Nonetheless, the glass is nicely sheeted when tipped. Aroma: dark fruits with a trace of very ripe banana. Lightly spicy. Flavor: dark fruits with a trace of very ripe bananas and cherries. Faintly spicy. Feel: a strong point. medium+ but soft carbonation. Medium-full body. Dry and light at mid-taste. O: a fine Belgian ale but bettered by a good number of competitors.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
aldemirfilho (6) - - APR 23, 2014 does not count
A copper-colored beer that has a caramel-sweetness taste and aroma. It's a delicious beer worth trying, and buying again - but drinking it too often might get cloying.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mcbertola (103) - BRAZIL - APR 21, 2014
Cerveja de coloração avermelhada. Espuma cor de creme e densa. Aroma frutado, várias frutas, pêssegos, uva e licor. Sabor frutado, com notas de frutas passas, damasco, caramelos. O aroma e o melhor que tem nessa cerveja, apesar do sabor bem marcante. Excelente. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gorkogrlo (98) - Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 21, 2014
Bottle, 0.33l. Copper color,suprisingly average head. Clear. Aroma: some grass, dates, raisins, caramel. In flavor. Full body. More on sweet side. In flavor date, honey notes. Overall: very good beer. Probably, my favorite brewery.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bursprak (302) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 20, 2014
Shared bottles from Systembolaget. Pours dark brownish/amber with a frothy head. Nose is sweet with ripe bananas, honey and figs. Taste is sweet as well, candybananas, cloves, raisins and dark syrup.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
L_inconnu (25) - SWITZERLAND - APR 20, 2014
Un classique qui se doit d’apparaître (au moins de temps à autre) à la pression dans tout bar à bière qui se respecte. On peut lui reprocher de "tabasser" (8.4, c’est des trucs à mal finir si on est pas habitué ^^), mais c’est bien une des seules choses, à vrai dire ^^

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marstonlad (334) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 19, 2014
A color of reddish amber with a very little head. Aruma has plenty of caramel and syrup with some ripe and dried fruitiness - gives a very sweet impression, overall. Taste is very sweet initially but not cloyingly and there is some balancing bitterness in the finish. Ripe fruitiness and caramel maltiness dominate the taste. The palate is medium bodied and texture a bit sticky. Alcohol does not appear. Sweetness is not very subtle but the drinkability is seductively easy, as the palate is not as full bodied as in some Belgians. Well, this is certainly sweet, but fortunately some balancing notes appear too.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JanVah (50) - SWEDEN - APR 18, 2014
Flaska från systemet. Bärnstensfärgad vätska. Luktar honung. Smakar sm en blommig sommaräng.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leini (606) - SWEDEN - APR 15, 2014
Served in classic manner at a lical bar. Hazy bright amber body with a medium white head. Sweet malts, fruit, yeast.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (1998) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 15, 2014
Bottle sampled at Classic City Brew Fest 2014. Pours a copper color with moderate off-white head. Aroma is malty sweetness and Belgian fruity esters. Taste is more towards the malt, alcohol well hidden. Solid beer.


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