Brewed by Brouwerij Roman
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Oudenaarde, Belgium


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RATINGS: 336   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Alengrin (3132) - BELGIUM - NOV 7, 2014
Time for a re-rating of this Duvel epigone. Pours a deep golden blonde, hazy, with little visible fizz, under a creamy, thick, sticky, egg-white head consisting of smallish bubbles and showing quite remarkable retention. Aroma of raw cauliflower, very obvious iron, green apple, powder sugar, soap, peach, some sulphuric lightstruck effect (cat pee) quickly fading away as usual (fortunately), vermouth, wet hay, calvados, freshly cut grass. Taste starts with a vivid, somewhat estery fruitiness in a very subdued way, green apple and green plums, then more sourish, grainy, minerally, metallic, even a bit harsh, hard to pour down. The metallic feel lasts till deep into the finish, where the weary graininess is accompanied by a grassy and leafy, kind of dull hop bitterness and clear ’jenever’-like alcohol with warming, but also somewhat astringent effect, though admittedly it’s the malt sweetness you’ll remember as its last taste. It is no secret this beer began its existence darker (much more orange-coloured), yeastier and sweeter, and if you ask me, they had better kept it that way, I liked this a lot more ten years ago. This current version is just another insult to the Duvel standard, I’m afraid, like Riva’s Lucifer or Alken-Maes’ Judas. Instead of trying to compete with the real thing, Roman had better gone its own way with this. Pity!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
nickel (612) - - OCT 16, 2014
Ordinary beer. Extremely weak aroma of grain (as for Belgian beer I mean). Taste of malt and grain. Bitter aftertaste

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
adamnowek (607) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2014
There’s probably other beers within this style that have more alcohol, but this one just seems the most boozy. Has all of the trademarks of the style but just isn’t memorable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Neorej80 (329) - - SEP 2, 2014
White head, high carbonation. Stong malty, herbs and bitter flavour. Not so special, but definatly good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikske79 (1302) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 16, 2014
Een bier met een goede smaak aan dat toch vlot wegdrinkt. Veel gaan dit goed vinden

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borresteijn (5318) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 10, 2014
33cl Bottle from Gall&Gall. Clear golden colour, white head. Aroma of fruits, esters, light floral, malts. Flavour is medium sweet, malty, cooked apples, fruits, some yeast, light metallic bitter finish. Medium-bodied. Nice enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (6876) - Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Bottle from old backlog notes 07. Pours a hazy pale yellow golden color with a large fluffy white head. The aroma and flavor have straw, yeast, biscuits, mild spices, light fruit, some floral notes, nothing really popped.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
minutemat (2397) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2014
33cl bottle from Vanuxeem. Bought due to being given the bar mat a few months ago and always been curious what it was like. Well.. it’s a fairly standard blond Belgian beer. Moderate sweetness, moderate carbonation, quite a mild flavour for the ABV, the yeast taking a back step to its drinkability. Would have again but wouldn’t go out of my way for it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
77ships (5248) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 7, 2014
Thx! 33 cl. bottle sampled @ Gollem. Golden, huge creamy white head. Smell is muted but sweet, white sugar with hay and light alcohol. Taste is sweet, boozy, white sugar, esters, white bread, touch hay. High carbonation. A very bland Belgian blond with a reasonable amount alcohol & that is it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MarcoDL (2830) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 4, 2014
Ordinary Belgian blond beer. Good to taste once and forget it right away. Nothing more.

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