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

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RATINGS: 315   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (3223) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2011
Pours a orangish red/brown. Aromas of spice, coriander, yeast, and alcohol. Flavor has an alcohol taste to it, mixed with a nice smokey dark fruit. Also has strong hints of spice.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gam (3210) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2014
Block like beige head dark pour mild carbonation aromas boozy rich malt fruits yeast doughy spice flavours caramel toffee doughy cinnamon tawny port dark chocolate fudge raisin plums figs brown sugar a bitter sweet goodness lovely on the palate the finish best aftertastes port doughy note rich malts spice fruits rousing ale to drink

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aleigator (197) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - AUG 13, 2014
Almost black color, soon vanishing head. Aromas of herbs, roasted malts, overripe fruits and chocolate. Chewy grains against smooth cream, bitter, grassy hops against sweet, roasted, malts and chocolate - this beer is all about contradiction and still tastes very good. Sweet notes define my first impression, chocolate, cane sugar and caramel, balanced by burned, earthy malts. Then, due to a hot alcoholic sting, a complex bitterness rises up. Ripe fruits and alcohol soaked spices melt together with an elegant hop bittness, while a soft roasted, stout-like impression, rye, is backing down the sharpness. Finishes with a gentle dryness, which goes along with ripe, syrupy notes.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cunningham (4426) - Halden, NORWAY - AUG 1, 2014
Lovely dense beige head on top of heavy black body. Smooooth nice aroma. Coffee, some dark sugar, chocolate and some oak. Fine thick body but probably a bit to much carbonation. Made it a bit “fizzy”. I like this beers a bit soft carbonated. Complex and lovely flavor. Caramel and toffee coming up. Mild coffee and some chocolate. Dangerously well hidden alcohol. This one is extreme easy drinkable. Really pleasant and tasty stuff.
[Bottle from a trade with markextrae]

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mjik83 (101) - - JUL 28, 2014
33cl flesje via Être Gourmet Alcoholpercentage van 10% Uitgeschonken in Grimbergen glas Uiterlijk: zwart met luchtige crèmekleurige kraag Aroma en smaak: koffie, bitter, chocolade, noot, aards, frisje, drop Conclusie: Geen typische stout, maar wel lekker. Leuke samenwerking tussen Europese en Amerikaanse brouwerijen. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
666ale (54) - 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 (3142) - 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 (2208) - 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 (10000) - 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 (3700) - 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


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