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Brewed by Haacht
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Boortmeerbeek, Belgium

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RATINGS: 183   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Contracted beer for a French distributor. Now brewed at Haacht. Previously brewed at Roman, Huyghe and SBA (Annoeullin).


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ogivlado (5723) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 3, 2012
Canned 500ml. -from local kiosk near Moulin Rouge, Paris. Birthday gift to Maja...hahaha... Yellow/golden coloured, medium sized white head, touch of alcohol in the nose. Sweet malty, light fruity and pretty strong alcohol notes (but pleasant). Maybe a bit too sweet but all in all quite good pig.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pivnizub (8870) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - OCT 14, 2012
Bottle: Pale golden to golden, smaller white head with a little lace, bisquity-malty nose, some hops, some fruits underneath; moderate bitter-sweet flavour, medium bodied; slightly lingering fruity-malty finish. Quite strong, quite monotonous…

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stevoj (2166) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 28, 2012
Clear and golden, and lightly carbonated. Flavor of licorice, toffee and caramel. Aroma same. Sweetish brew with oily mouthfeel. A different breed here....

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (16719) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2012
Bottle. Pours a yellow color with a white head. Has a sweetish malty spicy yeasty aroma. Sweetish malty spicy yeasty flavor. Has a sweetish malty spicy yeasty finish.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Countbeer (4429) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2012
Can: I thought this can had the famous pink elephant on it when I looked at the can the first time, but this can has a lovely pink pig on the cover, holding a mug of beer against a blue background, some malts here and there and the name of the beer in a flag styled way mentioned under the pig. This all on a silver/mirror looking can. Ok, this can go both ways, good or bad, here we go: There’s this big vast white head which seems to be disappearing, or better, slowly changing into a rocky airy light stick lacing. The beer is very clear and clean with a bright yellow color. The nose is pretty decent, better than expected (most likely because I have had many shit canned beers the last days), did I save best for last? There’s a lot of finetuned grains: some corn, wheat, malts, spelt, hops, soap and very light hop earthy flower in it. Some light smellable bitters and some light ueasty fruit that has a slight touch of something light glue ish. The taste is kind of the same maybe a bit less better than the smell, because there seems to be a more stronger bitter and spicy tone with some sharper tending grains and a stingy soapy hop effect. You feel where I am going, the balance is not truely there. Also there are some hints of fruit, yellow apple, ripe apricot, yeast, light glue, cream and light vanilla, light soapy and cleanest (but in a modest way - how they do it, I am not sure...) sharper grains  but also some grainy sweetness rapidly overpowered by a stingy bitterness, which are all to be discovered on ones tongue. The aftertaste is not strong and excists of some grains, hoppy grass, cream, light alcoholic yeast, just a tiny bit and some really slight notes of red and yellow fruit like: just the slightest hints of strawberry, peach, cherry, apricot and banana. The carbonation is gently in the middle to lightly soft, the mouthfeel is quite spicy, the body is medium powered an the texture is pretty creamy. And what do you think, it’s not good but it’s not bad either. So it’s truely in the middle. A mediocre strong blond beer. At least this is the highlight of my canned beers lately... (not including the Surly beers, Heady Topper and Coconut Porter). Ah well you need these beers to enjoy the good ones even more. Cheers!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2012
Bottle. This pours a golden color with a big fluffy white head. Lots of lacing left on the glass. The aroma has grass and straw notes, with some herbs, and fruity esters in there too. The Belgian yeast component does eventually show in the scent. A bit sweet going down; candy notes, Belgian yeast, and fruity esters. The alcohol is nicely hidden; there’s just a slight sting to this. Straw and hay are both welcomed additions to the flavor to keep the sweetnes in check and help make this pretty easy drinking. Nothing too special here but overall a solid brew.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Travlr (11900) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Sample courtesy of Mitch, thank you sir! Pale yellow color. Aroma of straw. Taste is thin and lager like.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (35066) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2012

Bottle 330ml. @ PBF2012.

Clear medium orange yellow colour with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, white head. Aroma is light to moderate malty, moderate yeasty, spicy, fruity, coriander. Flavour is moderate sweet and light bitter with a long duration, yeasty, spicy, fruity, coriander. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120728]

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonusWagner (1391) - Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Nose has some light apple, a bit of spices. This is more pronounced on the palate, which is white wine like in its crisp dryness and only minor sweet pear and apple notes accentuated by pepper. Overall, a lighter drinking beer than the style or ABV would imply; I kind of think my score undersells the beer a bit, but its just not robust enough to merit higher marks.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Translucent gold with a sudsy white head. Medium-full body with medium-high carbonation.

Aroma: pale malt, bright but mild sourness, toffee sweetness, pears, musty basement.

Taste: sweet pale malt, bright tart peary yeast esters, stoney minerality, spicey yeast notes and phenols, slightly oxidized bittering hops.


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