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

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RATINGS: 2126   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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DenisLD (87) - Montreal, Quebec, - FEB 5, 2011
330ml bottle poured into a tulip glass...

Aroma - The aroma is quite robust, dominated by fruit notes and hints of caramel. Yeasty and bready. Not the most intense smell in the world but still good.

Appearance - The body is cloudy and has a nice ruby colour to it. The head is of a light caramel kind of colour. Pretty good head retention and lacing.

Taste - Starts out very fruity, with hints of red grape, apple, plum, and even strawberry. This beer is very sweet (perhaps even pushing the sweetness limit a little). The sweetness is enhanced by a caramel-like maltiness, which lingers for quite some time. Some bitter hoppiness is also present. The finish is sweet and bready, with hints of butterscotch. Very tasty, though a bit too sweet! Definitely different from an average Belgian Strong ale.

Palate - Medium-bodied, a little syrupy. At first there is a pretty high level of carbonation, which then decreases and allows the beer to be a little smoother. The alcohol content gives out a warming sensation but does not get in the way of taste all that much.

The drinkability is not that high, even for a Belgian ale. The alcohol hints and the intense sweetness make this beer a sipper at max.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
funcut (396) - SIBENIK, CROATIA - JUL 6, 2015
dosta dobra piva ..mozda i jedna od boljih ..jaka piva odlicnog okusa ...za uzivanje ..

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kostass123 (1) - Athens, GREECE - JUL 4, 2015 does not count
Simply one of the very best beers I’ve ever tasted! I don’t know what else to say. I couldn’t help but write something about it here and gave it the highest score possible!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dervock (595) - Emu plains, AUSTRALIA - JUL 4, 2015
Bottle - pours Amber witha clingy white head. Aroma is sugary, bubblegum, some spice. taste is sweet up front with a dry finish, bit of spice and alcohol initially, burnt sugar and then the lingering finish. Creamy palate.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cousin_Larry (592) - - JUL 3, 2015
Man does Cafe Hollander know how to pick beer. Pours transparent brown - head dusappears ans no lacing. Flavor is sugar, corn, hint of plum. Aroma hard to detect.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SeniorZozo (215) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUL 1, 2015
Pours amber color with red hint and medium head. Fresh fruit aroma. Strong malty, sweet and spicy taste. No bitterness at all. Strong sweet aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sudomorph (893) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2015
330ml bottle. Best before 31.07.16. Pours a slightly hazy caramel/copper with a one finger, khaki head that thins to a thick film. Carbonation streaming from the center of the glass. Aroma has deep notes of candy sugar, bubblegum, spice, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, slight citrus, and a touch of pepper. Taste is balanced but a touch sweet. Dark sugar, caramel, bubblegum, slight pepper and clove, and a warm, slightly alcohol ending. Medium-full body with a medium-high carbonation. A touch of syrup in the mouth but still clean with a bone dry finish. Overall really nice. In the same realm as Maudite. I like :)

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gurthnar (2935) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 26, 2015
Tap at RJ. Clear deep amber-brown colour, quickly disappearing head. Aroma trippely, green apples, spicy. Taste very sweet, unbalanced, apples present, lightly spicy, alcohol burn. Not bad, but does not suit me well, poorly drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Achel (141) - GREECE - JUN 25, 2015
An amber beer with a great head. The aroma is sweet with notes of caramel and yeast as well as nuts. The flavor is sweet with notes of wood, nuts, fruits, and plums, leading to a sweet smooth caramel end.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kajser27 (252) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JUN 24, 2015
Amber to copper/reddish colored with small to medium off white head. Sweet candy sugar, bit fruity bubblegum, spices and Belgian yeast aroma. Taste moderate to strong sweet caramel, brown sugar, candy, fruity, some spices, some yeast, some light bitterness. Medium+ bodied, moderate carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grisza77 (74) - Poznań, POLAND - JUN 23, 2015
Klarowne, bursztynowe piwo o średnio obfitej pianie zdobiącej szkło, która redukuje się do cienkiego pierścienia przy brzegu szkła. Aromat owocowy typowo belgijski, głównie wyczuwalna gruszka. W smaku także przyjemna typowo belgijska owocowość. Goryczka średnia, owocowo-alkoholowa. Ogólnie bardzo dobre piwo, godny reprezentant stylu.


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