Brewed by De Proefbrouwerij
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Lochristi - Hijfte, Belgium


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RATINGS: 250   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 6, 2008
Bottled at Monks Café, Stockholm. Pours out in an almost cloudy brownish amber colour with a low creamy white foam. Fruity and yeasty aroma of almond paste, figs, raisins, cookies and berries. Really full-bodied with notes of figs, pepper, almond paste, dried oranges, brown sugar and cherry-skins. Long warming fruity and bit peppery finish of Seville oranges, figs, brown sugar, cayenne, raisins and mouth-frying alcohol. Tasty sipper for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (36036) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2008
Bottle. Clear medium amber color with a average, frothy - creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy malty, roasted, caramel, light to moderate hoppy and yeasty, brown sugar, light alcohol. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. (250108)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MiP (13798) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2008
Bottle, 9.5%. Very malty aroma, dark malts, vinous, alcohol, dust, and a little dried fruit. Hazy red chestnut colour. Small, creamy tan head. The flavour is quite powerful, sweet dark malts, some yeast, hint of metal. Nicely warming aftertaste though slightly rough finish. OK balanced. High carbonation. Quite good, but not perfect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DruncanVeasey (7316) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2007
UPDATED: APR 8, 2010 This is a good one. Loads of liquorice and richly cakey sugar in the nose, with a spoonful of Baltic brine for good measure. Dark ruby blanketed with yellow. Big, smooth and narcotic. Head going nowhere. Thick like milk. Chewy, with seasonally appropriate boozy dark fruit, sticky fig and dusty cinnamon. Blood and liquorice. Chocolate silkiness, Twiglets, toffee. A note I can’t quite pinpoint belonging to Kasteel and Abbaye Des Rocs Brune. Brandy, cloves and more liquorice in there. Complex, enticingly mellow sipper ideal for fireside quaffing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29849) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2007
Bottled. A deep red beer with a huge orange head. The aroma is sweet and very fruity, peaches, mango, and more, combined with notes of berries, yeast, alcohol, prunes, and some caramel. The flavor is very sweet with strong notes of fruit and berries, peaches, cowberries, mango, and more, as well as a spicy note including coriander, cloves, and hints of cinnamon, but also with notes of alcohol, yeast, dusty hops, and wood, leading to a dry woody and spicy finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgiskOlklub (921) - Viby J, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2007
33 cl. bottle. Red/brown ale with a big white creamy head. Aroma of malt, raisins, plums and fruit. The flavor is well balanced between malty sweetness and a hoppy finish with an alcoholic touch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 17, 2007
Dark brown body with red hues, large & lasting head. Fruity and sweet aroma, simple and a bit metallic. Dark fruit in the taste, with caramel and nutmeg. Maple syrup, vanilla. Short finish with a nice malt-bitterness, but also some metallic notes again. Simple, and flawed/quirky, but very characterful and pretty enjoyable!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (6296) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2007
(Bottle, Stockholm Beer Festival, 29 Sep 2007) Dark reddish brown colour with big, firm, beige head. Fruity nose with dark fruit and dried apricots. Malty, fruity taste with notes of dried fruit and a spicy finish. Balanced sweetness. Superb balance in this velvety, soft, malty ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jerre (2723) - Waregem, BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2007
Bottle, 33 cl. (bought @ Willems) Red brown color with white head. Aroma malts, sweet and strong. Medium bodied. Tatse more spices, roasted malts, alcoholic touch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3242) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2009 33cl stubi bottle from Aarschot. Very pleasant beer but I thought its sweetness masked some of the other characteristics. Very good, just short of great.

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