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

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RATINGS: 2025   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kampfar (4) - Münster, GERMANY - JAN 30, 2015 does not count
[From tap served in special glassware] Delicious strong amber coloured beer. Rich mouthtaste with a medium after taste. Strong malty taste with some hops making it a tasteful beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kolo269 (8) - aulnay sous bois, FRANCE - JAN 29, 2015 does not count
piekny ciemno bursztynowy kolor,klarowne,zapach lekko owocowy,czuc slod i jakby jablka,smak bardzo wyrazisty,wytrawny,lekka goryczka w tle, czuc przebijajacy sie alkochol gdzies w oddali

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (925) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 24, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2015 Amber (bright) with a dusting of tan head that fades quickly to a thin ring, then nothing. Aroma is spicy/phenolic yeast notes coupled with a light grain sweetness (like malt extract). Some fusel alcohol with a light touch of raisin. Flavor is bready, semi-sweet, touch of higher alcohol and baker’s yeast. Light-to-medium-light oily-syrupy body, soft-light carbonation, little burn. A nice concept, but lacking good head retention and has way too much fusel alcohol to be enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kustie (237) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 24, 2015
Bottle. Amber almost red color with small silky head. Aroma has vanilla, yeast, tropical fruits and caramel. Taste is medium sweet with some bitter and salty elements. Flavors of caramel, nuts, yeast and some tropical fruits. Straightforward but nice one.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MarkoNm (923) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - JAN 24, 2015
Pours a clear amber color, topped with a frothy white head. Malty aroma with some nice notes of caramel. Not much there, mild a bit yeasty, but pleasant. Sweet and malty, some caramel with ok bitterness. A touch of alcohol but not too unpleasant. Not bad for not favourite style.

2.8
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hamirubi (50) - BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2015
Een tegenvaller qua aroma - doet slechts denken aan kelder. Met een amber, oranje aroma, helder-wazige gladheid en jammer genoeg minimaal wit schuim. De smaak valt beter mee: medium zoet, licht bitter. Het palet: lichte body, dunne textuur, gemiddeld koolzuur, abrupte afdronk.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Florya (454) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 20, 2015
How: Bottle Appearance: Bronze, medium white head. Aroma: dried fruits, banana, light citrus, floral. Palate: Medium body, average carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omanson (19) - - JAN 17, 2015
Biere qui trouve un parfait équilibre entre alcool et arômes. On y trouve du caramel et du sucre de canne ainsi que des zestes d’agrumes amères type orange. Une belle robe dorée.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (4136) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 16, 2015
Keg at the Vintage. Pours clear copper brown, nose is yeasty, fruity, taste is chewy toffee, fruity.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
adamnowek (342) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 13, 2015
Clear brown with a creamy head. Served in the iconic glass with the wooden base. Nice and smooth malty taste with bits of caramel and honey to keep you going.


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