JanEric (1016) - Meppel, - NOV 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden coloured, with a thick dense white head. Aroma is sweetish, with peaches, herbs, a bit of sweat sox. Fresh taste, citrus, spices, herbs, long bitter finish. Alcohol well hidden, only at the end is shows up a little.G ood taste.
cmc619 (418) - California, USA - OCT 25, 2014
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tried a few times, finally rating it. Nice pour into Duvel glass. Biggish head with a cool bright orange color. Moderate strength of aroma with, actually, some Scotch / meaty notes to it. Interesting, but gets weirder / sourer as it warms. Big and syrupy as you’d expect; alcohol is hitting hard, maybe a bit under it’s volume, but still present. Second sip: this is big time boozy. Nice sweet caramel breadiness comes through in the finish though. Another good Halloween beer candidate.
MunBro (404) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Wow this is amazing. Tons of yeast, bread, grain, cereal flavours along with a lot of subtle spices and a nice alcohol heat. Supremely balanced.
didierlewallon (106) - ponferrada, SPAIN - OCT 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Es una cerveza especial Belga muy fuerte, 10.5% de alcohol, de alta fermentación y con segunda fermentación en botella.
Tiene un color ambarina y algo turbia, con espuma abundante y unas grande variedad de aromas sorprendentes, recordando diferentes tipos de malteado y hierbas.
Sabor a alcohol, especias y frutal tropicales.
Cerveza muy agradable, realmente muy buena.
eduardovl (868) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle served in a Duvel tulip glass.
A: Pours a cloudy dark orange color with a lot of tiny particles floating inside. Forms a big thin bubbled and creamy light yellow head which is aloso soapy and molasses. Huge retention (never disappears completely) leaving tons of soapy lingering lacings in the glass
S: Strong sweet caramel malts in the nose. Candi sugar, dark dry fruits and caramel. Strong lemony and grassy hops profile. Very bready and earthy Belgian style yeasts. Alcohol notes in the end
T: Sweet malty upfront. Strong notes of caramel malts, candi sugar and toffee. Notes of dry raisins and plums. A bit of bubblegum sensation. Grassy and lemony hops bitterness. Consistent bitterness. Good bitterness balance. Belgian style bready yeasts
M: Heavy, creamy and molasses body. High density beer. Bready, fruity and bitter aftertaste
O: Good drinkablility despite of the ABV. Pleasant and well done Belgian Strong Ale. Classic
[ BA Review @ 3/14/2014 ]
fitwitchik (352) - USA - OCT 13, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a bottle into a flute glass cloudy golden orange with a freaking huge head.
Aroma is beautiful tropical fruits bready funk.
Flavor is sweet like honey to the lips. Pineapple. Hops is hugely balanced here. Bready malts.
This was my first Belgium brew I ever consumed years back. Remember thinking this sh*t is amazing. Still feel this way. But this time I didn’t drink a bomber all by myself.
outlawskies (962) - - OCT 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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Darkmagus82 (1731) - - OCT 10, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transfer from BA review on 2-9-14-
Poured from bottle into a chalice glass
Appearance – The beer pours a reddish amber color with a thick just off white head of two finger height. The head sticks around with it seemingly never going to fade. Eventually the head does begin fading however, leaving a nice level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is big and bready with lots of yeasty and spice smells. The spice are the classic Belgian spices with coriander and clove as well as a little bit of pepper. Along with these aromas are some fruit smells of orange and pear as well as a grassy and hay-like hop aroma.
Taste – The taste of the beer begins big sweet and bready flavor with some light hop right from the start. The sweetness comes from a nice blend of citrus flavors and some caramel. The hops that begins the flavor are almost entirely of a grapefruit nature with flavors of a grassy hop and a bit of dank earthy hops joining the flavor as the taste advances. Along with these flavors there is an ever present and rather strong yeasty taste. While the yeast is constant throughout the taste, the spice and sweet flavors that accompany the yeast are not. At first a banana taste is present upfront with it fading and giving way to spice flavors of clove and coriander as the taste advances to the end. Some toasted malt flavors and some grain, along with a bit of a warming boozy taste come to the tongue during the flavor profile as well and with all the flavor transitions that occur throughout the taste, one is left with a nice bready, moderately fruity, sweet, and lightly hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the average to slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is composed of tons of tiny little champagne like bubbles. Both are fantastic for the style and the big flavors of the brew and make for a good sipping beer.
Overall – A very pleasant and tasty Belgian strong. It’s a classic for a reason as it has a nice blend of Belgian strong with just enough hop to keep it lively.
daje (2556) - NORWAY - OCT 6, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Belgisch Bierproeflokaal De Zotte, Amsterdam, september 25th 2014. Hazy light amber body with a nice huge white head. Aroma of clove, herbs, toffee. Taste is fruity with caramel, light peppery, banana. Quite sweet, with a sugary caramel and hop finish.
Alengrin (2122) - BELGIUM - SEP 28, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Popular Belgian barley wine with amber colour and a yeasty and fruity character, some honeyish malt sweetness, spicy yeastiness, grassy hops and warming, ’jenever’-like alcohol in the finish, badly hidden. Okay but typically Van Steenberge, lacking the elegance I expect from this style.
Cuso (4768) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 25, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Hazy orange brown color with small white head. Sweet malt, honey, candy, Belgian yeast, cofiander. Sweet malt, candies, fruit syrup, honey.