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Brewed by Brasserie St-Feuillien / Friart
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Le Roeulx, Belgium

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RATINGS: 254   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
corkyrory66 (816) - BELGIUM - AUG 17, 2013
Bière de Pâques pour le pèlerin de Fosses (comprendra qui pourra …). En fait brassée pour les pays nordiques, où le grand froid de l’hiver doit durer jusqu’à Pâques !!! Cette bière est en effet assez typée bière d’hiver pour plusieurs raisons que nous allons voir. Le niveau d’alcool est modeste (7,5 % abv) mais très correct pour le bébé, tel qu’il nous est présenté par la brasserie Friart. Couleur roux foncé magnifique. Clarté nette. Bulles plutôt fines pas nombreuses mais constantes. Mousse beige très crémeuse, stable à 1 cm. Arômes d’épices en 1, muscade, malt caramel, candi brun, pointe de cerise noire et cire de meuble. 1ère bouche ample sur les céréales et les épices, à la texture vraiment veloutée. Dominante de pain d’épices. Arrière-bouche pleine. 2ème bouche toujours avec ce côté exotique (qui correspond aux bières d’hiver), entre le candi et le sirop d’érable. 3ème bouche avec une pointe d’anis étoilé et de Ricard …. Arrière-bouche de fruits mûrs, miel, crème de marrons. La longueur présente une superbe texture veloutée constamment. La dominante se maintient sur l’anis au départ, puis avec l’oxygénation de la bouteille (si on prend une petite après-midi pour la déguster....) on trouve beaucoup plus d’équilibre. On arrive à un niveau superbe de saveurs et de densité (propres aux bonnes bières d’hiver, mais vous voyez qu’il n’est pas déplaisant de les déguster en plein mois d’août, même très chaud (33,9 °C pointé à l’ombre à 18 heures …). Levure sombre, forte, bien structurée, parfaitement adaptée. Alcool qui constitue un bon support aux propos du pèlerin …. Finale qui fait découvrir encore de nouvelles saveurs bien pleines et très équilibrées. Conclusion : une bière de niveau supérieur incontestablement, qui gagne beaucoup à être oxygénée fortement (et peut-être vieillie... je le saurai plus tard...). Elle perd un accessit par son côté exagérément anisé en 3ème bouche et en début de longueur, mais elle se remet dans un parfait chemin (du pèlerin) en finale. Merci St Feuillen....

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Camons (7053) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2013
Bottle @ Home. Pours amber with a creamy white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, yeast, licorice, brown sugar, spice. Flavor is malt, yeast, caramel, spice, licorice. Medium body, lively carbonation. 140310

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cunningham (5261) - Halden, NORWAY - JUL 11, 2013

Appearance: I do not know if I have ever seen such a good looking beer as this one! Clear (or hazy with bottom sediments) deep orange brownish (or orange red amber – difficult to describe) color with a fine white head that leaves a fine lacing. Well probably it had a little cognac look a like color.
Aroma: Caramel malty, some yeast and a bit spicy.
Palate: Medium + body. Mild round sweetness, and a moderate bitterness. Average to soft carbonation.
Taste: A bit sweet malty, mild fruity, yeast and some spices. Well hidden alcohol.
Overall impression: A fine and very well balanced Belgian strong ale. Fresh and tasty. You just want more. And god damn good looking as well!
Personal stats: Bottle from Vinmonopolet Nettorder, Norway.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Foffern (1384) - Bodø, NORWAY - JUL 9, 2013
Bottle shared with ClubGonzo. Has a clear orange amber colour, with a light beige medium head. There is a lot of anise in the aroma along with other spices, a little hay and caramel, and Belgian yeast in the background. The taste is similar with the addition of citrus, hops and more Belgian yeast. Mouth feel is smooth and rich, with a light to medium bitterness. The beer is complex enough and has a nice balance and is sweet and spicy.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClubGonzo (4520) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 1, 2013
Bottle, shared with Foffern. Clear amber body with a medium creamy off-white head. Aroma is star anis, sugary raisins, candi sugar, hints of caramel and syrup. Sweet, but barely acceptable. Taste is bitter herbal star anis tones up front, then licorice, candi sugars and hints of caramel. Despite the sweet flavors, it somehow retains a certain balance; perhaps due to the spice additions. Medium body and carbonation. Nice, but only if you’re a fan of anise flavors in beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
daje (2611) - NORWAY - JUL 1, 2013
Bottle from Vinmonopolet, june 16th 2013. Hazy dark orange body, small white head. Light aroma of spicy yeast, peach, caramel. Taste is quite tropical fruity, with plums, yeast and pepper. Nice hoppy finish, with a bitter and sweet aftertaste.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dEnk (4162) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 27, 2013
Bottle @ home. Aroma is fruity and spicy hops, some malty notes in the back. Flavour is mild hop bitterness, herbal notes, some liquorice and old malt. Seems old.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Andy_ (887) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 18, 2013
Orange and hazy beer. Makes a big head but it disappears quickly. Aromas of pears, anise and Belgian yeast. A bit too sugary sweet and could use more bitter hops.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsga (6517) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 2, 2013
Huge lasting deep offwhite head. Clear amber body with strong carbonation. Fruity herbal licorice aroma with coriander notes. Dryish dense earthy herbal licorice taste with spicy coriander notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Dryish aftertaste is like the main taste, maybe a bit more metal. Decent, but a bit dense and harsh. (0.33l bottle, wine monopoly.)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrHangover (3060) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 26, 2013
Bottle. Pours a brown beer with a nice, almost creamy white head on top. Aroma is spicey with some mild, fruity yeasty notes. Flavor is quite rich and full. Malty sweet with a typical yeasty tart finish. Well carbonated, decent mouthfeel but a sort finish. Quite a surprise!


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