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

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common

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RATINGS: 311   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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...


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlackerMads (1419) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle. Black with a small khaki head. Aroma is flowers (yarrow, tansy), fruit, sweet grain and a bit vinous. Some liqourice and chocolate too. Taste is medium+ sweet, medum body, oily/creamy texture, lively carbonation. Finish is long and flowery/spicy.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 19, 2013
A - Dark black, bit of brown around the edges, finger of frothy khaki colored head. Fades fairly slowly. S - Roasted milk chocolate malts and caramel malts, grapefruit, orange, citrus, and light pine hops, rye, wheat, Belgian yeast, spices, light booze. T - Roasted milk chocolate malts, caramel malts, grapefruit, orange, pine hops, bitterness, spicy rye, wheat, Belgian yeast, spices, hint of coffee, light booze. M - Medium-full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a roasted, bitter, dry, warming finish. D - Really nicely balanced and complex.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2416) - Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2013
330 ml bottle into tulip glass, lot 01/01/2011. Pours cloudy fairly pitch black color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense dark khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, chocolate, roasted malt, light char, brown sugar, cinnamon, clove, pepper, herbal, earth, and yeast spiciness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity; very unique. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, raisin, prune, caramel, toast, coffee, brown sugar, pepper, clove, herbal, earth, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, raisin, prune, caramel, toast, coffee, brown sugar, clove, pepper, earth, herbal, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance and complexity; with a nice malt/spiciness balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian dark ale. Nicely complex with unique flavor and nice balance; and very smooth to sip on. I enjoyed this quite a bit.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (10201) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 6, 2013
Bottle. Black colour with a beige head. Aroma is alcohol, malt, coffee, roasted malt, raisin. Flavour is sweet, alcohol, malt, raisin, coffee, sugar, hop, chocolate. Bitter finish. Full body. Nice beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (2006) - New York, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Tap at Blind Tiger VSK night. Great llok dark pour with creamy khaki head. Nose of dark fruits and licorice. tastes of roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, anise, berries, earth, herbal, grass, and espresso. medium bodied with lingering finish. yum

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reynolds314 (2228) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Very nice beer. Pours a near black opaque dark brown color with nice tan head. Aroma is roast, chocolate, leather, earthy malts, and spices. Taste is very much Belgian stout-esque with solid roastyness and a rich creamy mouthfeel. Great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukaduke (1998) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Pours a deep dark umber color witha big four finger eggshell foam that hangs out and sticks like a champ. Aromas are roasted chocolate malts, dark fruits; plum, raisin, fig....little bit of herbalness too licorice,mint, clove. Complex palate... wow roasty toasty malts with earthy spice. Loads and loads of flavors bombard the palate, but still it remains balanced and smooth. Cedar, chocolate, pine very rustic and woodsy. Wow I had this a year ago but it was during a ate night camping session... so glad I found another bottle to revisit !

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wolfbass (882) - Firenze, ITALY - OCT 19, 2012
Sinceramente non mi è dispiaciuta, ma non mi ha appagato del tutto. Al naso frutta e anice, mentre in bocca ancora anice protagonista insieme alla liquirizia.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TET (1548) - FINLAND - OCT 12, 2012
A black beer with a beautiful, brown and medium head. Aroma is interesting and complex, dark fruits, lots of fresh anise and mints, some roastiness and hint of liquirice and strawberries. Taste is roasted, some liquirice, anise and mints, but they are not so strong as in the aroma, but anyway, they dominates the taste, some yeast and dark fruits in the aftertaste. Medium+ bodied, a fresh to drink despite of strenght. A very interesting, refreshning mints, enjoyable, but not totally balanced.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geokkjer (5538) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 5, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with beige head. Aroma of alcohol, malt, coffee, roasted malt and raisins. Flavor is sweet and malty with some caramel, coffee and alcohol. Medium to full body, average carbonation.


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