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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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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...


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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ddemmingjr (689) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2012
Bottle: pours dark chocolate brown, subtle tan head that settles to a ring. Nose is dark fruits, earth malts, cherries. Medium bodied with robust roasted malts, bourbon, cherries, dough on the palate. Slightly sweet then followed with heavy booze spiciness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
666ale (49) - Edimburg, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2014
From 33cl. Dark brown black, beige foam. Chocolate notes, licorice, dark malts, dried fruits, toffee. Good!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3018) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2014
From a 33 cl bottle at ChurchKey DC. Pours black with a tan head. Cola nose and wintergreen. Flavors same with some hints of chocolate. Medium bodied, high carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maverick34 (2161) - New York, USA - APR 24, 2014
UPDATED: APR 25, 2014 Bottled. Very dark por, beige head and sone laceinbg. Roasted malt and blackberry licorice aroma. Taste is cherries, berries, herbs and chocolate. Not great balance. Was unable to finish - the berries/licorice was too cloying.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Koelschtrinker (9999) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAR 24, 2014
Malzig würziger, deutlich oxidierter Antrunk. Dunkel getreidig, minimaler verblasster Hopen. Süß, fast etwas zuckrig, Vergoren fruchtig, passend trocken. Weiche Moccanoten, zu keinerzeit auch nur annähernd alkoholisch. Ein sehr eigenes Bier, das, obwohl noch nicht sehr alt und viel Alkohol, möglicherweise seine besten Tage schon hinter sich hat. 7/10/10/8/6/10

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Idiosynkrasie (3585) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAR 9, 2014
330ml bottle. Quasi black colour with a red glow, average to huge, firm, frothy to creamy, fairly lasting, moderately lacing, ochre-beige head. Sweet-ish fruity, hoppy aroma has notes of red fruit jelly (Rote Grütze), blueberry, bramble, woodruff highlights. Taste is fruity hoppy, notes of blueberry and bramble, additionally woodruff and peppermint. Very well hidden alcohol, seemingly light; can’t detect any chocolate.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ednolb (17) - BELGIUM - FEB 2, 2014
Dark brown with a brownish head. Aroma: licorice, sweet, ... Taste: Chocolate, roasted malt, mocha

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratto (16) - - JAN 24, 2014
Aroma: Strong, not very pleasant. Taste: Hints of menthol. Creamy. Smooth chocolately finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brandman (2056) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 2, 2014
Black body, light brown head. Aroma has chocolate, wine, dark fruits, medicinal hops. Woody and bourbon like notes. Sweet chocolate mocca flavour. Balanced aftertaste. Cinnamon. Velvety smooth and full.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Trappist1 (420) - Diest, BELGIUM - DEC 6, 2013
Dark, black with a thick brown head. Nose: soapy, coffee, malt, slightly roasted. Soapy part kills the beer. Taste: tobback, roasted, coffee, than something washy, soapy in the taste too (spices, mint??). Finish is bitter, but with a sweet touch, very alcoholic. This beer is a day job to get through. but too much, too strong for me.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markextrae (878) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 13, 2013
from bottle. dark dark brown colour with a creamy tan head. poured with a lot! of yeast. nice to see that the hop smell is gone. lot of sweet toffee, caramel, chocolate, figgs, some sweet raisins, better to leave the last bits in the bottle.


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