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

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RATINGS: 311   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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...


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2011 Chocolate and molasses nose with lots of licorice and anise. Taste is moderately sweet, chalky dark chocolate, licorice and vanilla.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holy (833) - GERMANY - MAR 25, 2011
@ACBF 2011. Nice high notes in the aroma. Very sweet sip with definite rye throughout. I like this more everytime I try it...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2011
Bottle at the Saturday night hotel tasting after EBF. Pours a murky deep brown with a thin beige head. Big musky roast, sweet musk and yeast . Licorice, toast, roast, chocolate and roast. Funky, big and slightly medicinal roast. Long musk, roast and chocolate.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dEnk (3682) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 24, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2011 Bottle @ home. Aroma is red fruit, smoky roasted malt, some buttery chocolate and caramel. Flavour is loads and loads of chocolate and coffee roasty goodness. Definitely the closest to actual chocolate beer I’ve ever tasted. Perfectly covered by a subtle and smooth yet quite strong hop bitterness. Finish sweeps between all flavours for quite a while. Awesome blend of bitter and sweet. Good good stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (3564) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 22, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2011 bottle@home: very dark brown, going to black, tanned head that doesn’t last long, smells strong & sweet with dark fruits, roasted malt, caramel & whiff of alcohol, smell follows the nose, medium sweet with cinnamon, ripe (almost overripe) dark fruits (raisins & grapes,…), roasted malt, liquorish, chocolate, black bread with a bitter aftertaste & some almost porto like qualities, minor taste, the body is medium which is surprising but very nice, overall a very interesting & good beer, bottle mentions briefly a black IPA & BSDA but this feels a cross between a quad & porter to me, only lighter than you would expect such a combination to be

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5355) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 22, 2011
33cl, new exclusive brew Anno 2011, from De Hopduvel Gent, complex brew, spicy and sweet, yet not too heavy, balanced, cloudy, good head, good brew

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (7257) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2011
Bottle from Dranken Geers, Oostakker, Gent, Belgie, 18-03-11 consumed 21.03.11 Pours dark brown bit murky. Loz got loads of liqourice straight away and so did I. Soft in the mouth, smooth, warmth from alcohol, some chocolate, there is a hoppiness but this is drowned out a bit by the chocolate and liquorice. Nice beer. A7 A3 T7 P4 Ov14 3.5

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kappldav123 (4705) - GERMANY - MAR 20, 2011
On tap at ACBF 2011. Dark black, nice head. Malty-fruity aroma. Starts heavy malty, modest sourish. Soft maltiness. Finish with some sweet notes, fruity, reminds a bit of chewing gum. Interesting!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (14312) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2011
3rd March 2011
Bottle shared at ACBS courtesy of the Thornbridge guys I think! Cheers! Opaque dark brown beer. Residual pale tan head. Light semi dry palate. Sweetish dark malt base. Strong minty hops - almost medicinal. Sweet fruit to the fore before the dry finish, some spice as well. Very interesting. Looking forward to trying again after it has aged a few months.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (10755) - DENMARK - MAR 17, 2011
Tap @ MikkellerBar. Dark brown with tiny beige head. Flavour is malts, sweet, yeast, dark fruit, hops and bitter.


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