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


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RATINGS: 262   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (10090) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 10, 2008
330ml bottle (Bier Circus, Brussels)
Turbid brown. healthy tight head. Rich malty aroma. Burnt rubber and warming liquorice. Full body. Straight from the beer sampo!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Bottle. Pours a lovely red amber colour with a long-lasting thick cream-coloured foamy head. Looks smashing. Good aroma that brings to mind cake icing and fruit pastilles, with a dusty hint. The basis of the flavour is a rich fruitcake, malty flavour - all dried fruit and winter spices - with cinnamon and clove tinges. There is alcoholic warmth but it is not overdone. The palate is smooth and the taste lingers in the corners of your mouth. An enjoyable beer - I wish it came in bigger bottles!

   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 (37673) - 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 (14007) - 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 (7424) - 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 (29988) - 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 (948) - 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 (6767) - 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.

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