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

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RATINGS: 1857   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.


DenisLD's rating

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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leini (589) - 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 (1974) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Desverger (1282) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 15, 2014
Bottle from BarleyWine, CPH - dark amber pour with a off-white head. Sweet malty and yeasty, caramel, toffee, dark fruity, light spicy. Pleasant enough.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (5386) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 14, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig süß, fruchtig, würzig. Geschmack röstmalzig, hefig, fruchtig, dunkle reife Früchte, Karamell.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oliodnb (129) - ITALY - APR 11, 2014
Rich amber color, off white head. Sweet smell of malts with some red fruits, caramel and spices, big malty taste, noticeable liquor-like alcoholic feeling. Some light orange in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pumpmaster (1090) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2014
330ml bottle purchased at El Corte Ingles Madrid, Spain for 2.85euro Very good!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rotaldinho (22) - Paris, FRANCE - APR 10, 2014
His nose has a slight smell of banana (but none with the power of Orval) and citrus while appearing quite malty and slightly spicy. One has the impression to feel a Christmas beer. The soft and sweet mouth (adding sugar candy) is very malty and alcoholic marked by a discreet presence. The final (or rather the apotheosis for a beer of this quality) combines pleasantly bitter orange flavors and spices.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EdwinLitzau (230) - NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2014
Lichtbruine kleur, bijna geen schuim. Aroma van caramel, beetje als wijn. Smaak is perfect in balans, beetje zoet, beetje bitter. Erg lekker.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crlnts (59) - SWITZERLAND - APR 7, 2014
Off-white head, clear and amber. Spicy alcohol smell. Tastes sweet, caramel, wood, peppery and of alcohol. Yeasty finish. Yea.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dynamiteninja (1389) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2014
Bottle. Medium off white head. Rusty body. Crystal clear. Visible carbonation. Nose is wheat, spice, sweet malt, raspberry jam, soap suds, oak. Tangy with a little sourness. The taste is the key with this beer. Palate is kind of sweet and watery. Dry finish. A gradual warming of the body. For the price, and this site’s rating, bit of a let down, but still decent.


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