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

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RATINGS: 1991   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.


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
ssipu22 (1) - Milán, ITALY - NOV 23, 2014 does not count
Cerveza de fuerte sabor tipica belga. Me gusto mucho. un dulce aroma. verdaderamente Muy recomendable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Syfher (80) - Brussels, BELGIUM - NOV 19, 2014
Bottle of 33cl, in a Kwak glass. Well, it’s really a rich experience. But it’s not one of the best bière Belge for sure. We’re in front of a nice blond/amber beer, with a deep colour and taste. The aroma is nice, stay long in mouth. Pretty nice head tho ! Drink it !

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rouhlas (274) - GREECE - NOV 17, 2014
From tap at the Beerstore, Thessaloniki. Clear amber color with off white head. Malty, caramel aroma and light spicy-smoked. Sweet and light biter taste, caramel, fruity and grainy. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sugram (38) - Tartu, ESTONIA - NOV 11, 2014
From bottel to Pauwel Kwak’s special glass.Clear amber with a white head. Aroma caramel, malt. Taste is caramel, a litle bit alcohol. Light carbonation. Bit too sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Diabobale (225) - ITALY - NOV 11, 2014
una strong belgian ale abbastanza strutturata. di colore ramato con una schiuma quasi cremosa, bei sentori tostati e floreali, malti caramellati

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lbianchi66 (14) - FRANCE - NOV 9, 2014
Arômes maltés bien présents : caramel, pain et biscuit. Une belle robe ambrée, presque couleur cuivre. La mousse est bien formée et tient assez bien. Goût plutôt doux et très agréable. Si elle n’était pas à 8,5°, j’en boirais des litres !

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
gueuze (400) - - NOV 9, 2014
Alkoholischer und karamelliger Geruch. Im Geschmack dann restsüß. Echt nicht mein Fall, viel zu unrund.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zlotta (72) - Bonn, GERMANY - NOV 7, 2014
0,33 l bottle. Clear amber colour with some ugly flocs (BB 13/5/15). Off-white, creamy, quickly fading head. Aroma of candy sugar, plum, honey and caramel. Taste adds some alcohol which gets more intense when the beer warms up. Medium body, average carbonation, warming mouthfeel. Overall a decent beer that lives up to my expectations. Maybe the alcoholic taste is a bit too strong.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Teran (7) - Belgrade, SERBIA - NOV 7, 2014 does not count
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2014 Tulip glass, in Belgrade. Short beige head, rich citrus, cherry also strong, light caramel. Nice amber color. Translucent and bright, best carbonating. Classic beer luxury for everyday use and never start to be boring.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
rayaron (298) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - NOV 7, 2014
Bottle 750ml. Clear light copper with huge beige head. Sweet malty aroma, nutty, caramel, dulce de leche, fruity (banana, pear), a bit floral. Very sweet caramel flavor, sugary, fruity (cherry, banana), yeasty, a bit spicy, quite alcoholic. Light carbonation, medium to full-bodied.


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