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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Oostvleteren, Belgium

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RATINGS: 331   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Collaboration brew with Stillwater Artisanal Ales (USA). Crowned last week with a golden Award for Best newcomer in the world 2011.

This Belgian Strong Ale was married to a still young but powerful style, the Black IPA. You’ll discover a smooth chocolate like strong ale together with the high & bitter hop schedule of an IPA, and you get a great result...


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (8173) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2011
33 cl bottle thanks to ekstedt! He got it from Cracked Kettle. BB 01/02/2016. Sampeld on April 16, 2011
Dark reddish brown to black color, smallish brown head. Sweet, licorice, lactic, alcohol, almond paste scent. Light acidic, spicy, alcohol, lactic taste. Salty aftertaste. Noticable alcohol. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
God stuff for sipping, but it would take some time to finish a bottle on my own.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernesto987 (4398) - Arizona, USA - APR 16, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2015 Had on tap at the armsby abbey stoutfest, black saison, has the sage and herbal flavors that stillwater does so well, with the sweet licorice of a belgian stout, one of my favorite all time beers

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (8244) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 14, 2011
Medium, very dense & fine, irregular and stable beige head over deep-brown beer. Alcohol, fusels, liquorice, whisky, spiced fruit - as clove-studded oranges - and a touch of lactic acid. Stout, burnt flavours, very light acidity and roasted barley. Less alcohol to taste than the nose suggested, but the warming backthroat feel tells enough. Mint, basil, sour cream in the finish. Very well-bodied & smooth. Generally speaking classical, but I’m in two minds about the mintflavour at the end.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bragesnak (5395) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 14, 2011
Fairbar, Aarhus, DK. Tap, 110411. Black with beige head. Aroma of roasted barley. Flavor with chocolate and alcohol presence with spices.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenrikSoegaard (11205) - Randers, DENMARK - APR 13, 2011
Draught. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Black colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter flavor. Prune and oher dark fruits present. Long nice moderate bitter finish. Oily palate!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (12814) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 10, 2011
Very dark reddish brown with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, dried fruit, roasted malt and spicy - cinnamon. Flavor is very sweet and light bitter. Sweet finish with some alcohol. 070411

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (16654) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 10, 2011
bottle at jans ... black ... bubbly tan head ... sweet rich juicy cherry fruits ...light spice nose .... dark rich malts ... soft roast spice ... cinamon and cloves ... juicy toffee malts ... quite nice

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (14423) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 9, 2011
Bottle @ Kioskh. Pours dark brown with a creamy white head. Malty and fruity aroma. Spices, herbs, caramel and orange. Full bodied.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
nimbleprop (5494) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 7, 2011
33cl bottle pours a watery, translucent black with a spitty, white head. Nose is all herbs, spearmint, licorice, chocolate, lots of yeasty esters. Flavor has chocolate, herbs, yeast, minty. Full bodied, herbal, minty finish. Weird all around.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (14436) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 7, 2011
Tap @ Fairbar. Nice head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are rich spices, caramel, orange, nuts, malt and hops.


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