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


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RATINGS: 372   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Bottle conditioned.
Ingredients: Barley malt, hops, cane sugar, yeast and spices. Aged in port barrels

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
diabel (1680) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - MAR 21, 2015
Amber body. Off-white creamy head. Aroma of alcohol (unpleasant), grapes, caramel. Moderately sweet, moderately bitter. Very complex and warming mouthfeel. Well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marduk (6436) - Reval, ESTONIA - MAR 21, 2015
330ml bottle (thanks martjoobolut). Clear amber color. Medium size, white head, stays. Caramel, malty, alcohol, raisins in aroma. Sweet, malty, bit of dead yeast, candy cane, straw, woody in taste. Sweet plums in aftertaste. Damn it’s sweet. Carbonation is bit too high too. Boozy brew!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (14149) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 20, 2015
330ml bottle - shared by martjoobolut - thanks!
Softish sweet aroma, some gentle marzipan, a little bit of rubber and plastic. Orange, tight head. More wine than port influenced to me in the taste. Sweetish, candisugar clear. Thinned by the barrel ageing, but I prefer the heavier original for a relaxing sipper. Finish has a gentle bitter hopping, which is possibly the best bit about it. This is not a fireside sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
suurjuust (2914) - ESTONIA - MAR 20, 2015
Copper orange beer, off-white head. Nose is sugary, vinous notes, malt, fruit, caramel, wood. Flavor is a smooth mix of fruit, caramel, malt. Pretty boozy finish, caramel. Port is felt rather than tasted. Nice. Shared by martjoobolut, thanks!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fletchfighters (1410) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 20, 2015
330 ML bottle Dark orange amber color. Off white head, falls to a thick collar. Good retention though. Nose is soft oak, port, orange peel, white grape, and candied sugar. Taste is candied sugar, banana, clove, orange peel, caramel, bubble gum, grape. Well integrated. Medium bodied, light carbonation, slightly coying in the end. Just flashes of port and barrel. Great beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (5840) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 18, 2015
Aroma is grapes/dark fruit, malts and a hint of sweetness. The flavor is malts, grapes/dark fruit, fruit and a medium sweet/very slightly cloying finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cagou007 (1049) - FRANCE - MAR 17, 2015
Pours hazy brown with thin white head. Nose is sweet and fruity. Aromas are toasted malts, caramel, dark fruits, hazelnut. Medium carbonation, full body. Sweet and fruity finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jandd1983 (3867) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - MAR 10, 2015
It poured an amber color with a white head. The aroma was of candied sugar some dried fruits and a hint of orange peel. The taste was similar to the aroma with booze, caramel and some woodiness. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (3577) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2015 March 7, 2015. Bottle at home, vintage 2013.
Hazy amber with a medium sized frothy white head. Aroma is sweet sugary, pear, peach, alcohol, some caramel and port. Taste is sweet malty, plums, peach, light bitter and some vinous and dried fruit notes in the finish. Medium bodied, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewhemia (210) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2015
Really nice strong belgian ale. Dark amber color with thick white head. A really nice and complex suttle aroma of dough and banana among many other things. Yummy taste with plenty of sweetness but a great deal of bitterness and sourness to ballance it out. Lots of taste.

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