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Brewed by Brouwerij t IJ
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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RATINGS: 437   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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An amber, craft beer with generous amounts of hops and alcohol. This copper-gold beer is a real heavyweight and a must for beer lovers. The liberal quantities of malt and bitter hops create a complex, full flavour. It starts as slightly sweet with malty aromas of chocolate, fruit and grain, while the bitter hops stand out nicely in the aftertaste. A feast for the connoisseur!

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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 11, 2004
Light orange gold color, slightly cloudy. Big sized white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and sweet, banana and cloves. Nice lacing. A medium bodied Belgian Strong Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet, lots of banana and clove esters. Nice bright yeasts. Smooth taste. Lots of all those flavors that you would expect in a Belgian ale; pepper, banana, orange, peaches etc. Nice solid beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2004
This beer poured a fairly clear golden color with a thoroughly massive white head which was half soapy and half creamy and absolutely refused to die. The carbonation level in this beer was utterly unbelievable, yet it died down incredibly when I actually sipped it. The aroma is nice and yeasty as to be expected. No real surprises here aside from the heavy citrus and orange peel. Other than that the standard lemon, banana, yeasty freshness and grapefruitness that weve all come to love from belgian strong ales. The flavor begins as a dry fruity, banana meld but leads into a nice, more mellow citrus, apricot and grapefruit amalgamation by the time this beer warms. A little spices come into play later in the beer in both the nose and finish, but there were nice. Mildly dry lemon and fruity ester finish with a hint of alcoholic warming as well...but I mean only when it warms can it be found. Well rounded beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - NOV 24, 2004
Dark amber, lively head formation. Sweet apple, cidery aroma, woody. Puckering sour apple palate, tart fruity finish. Lanbicish in its tart acidity. Not what I was expecting from my last beer of the night.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
kujo9 (1092) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2004
Fairly clear light amber w/a huge white pillowy head of foam. Light grainy malt & sugary sweetness, toasty, yeasty, oaky wood. Dried apricot fruitiness turns to candied dates as it warms. Very slight hints of buttery diacetyl & pepper from the yeast. Well balanced w/ just a bit of diacetyl at first, them malty sweet as it warms. Bitterness into the finish, but very low. Sugary sweet flavor w/a low fruitiness which is surprising given the nose. Light bready yeast & spicy hop in the aftertaste. Highly carbonated, very smooth, fuller med. body, alc. barely noticeable. This was a damn fine beer! Nice complexities for a lighter colored beer!!!! Props to Brooklynboy for this one!!

1.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2004
Sheezus,this has more floaters in it then the Gulf of Mexico during the Cuban Flotilla.Has a wild fruit nose with a little sourness.Taste like I am chewing on a book of matches.Must be a bad bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - OCT 24, 2004
Bottled, at the Lowlander, London.
Soft, milk chocolate brown coloured body, slightly hazy with a full bold head. Sumptuous aroma. Sharp but not astringent, lovely tart malt flavours.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2004
A woody taste dominates, with an alcoholic finish. OK but not one that I would purchase a second time.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
TChrome (1399) - Bedford, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2004
Murky chesnut colored ale with a well retained dark off white colored head. Aroma is wet wood, a dash of vinegar, light malt, and a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is wonderful, velvety but not too thick. Flavor is a little hoppy with nice peppery finish. Enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2004
Lactic, creaminess licking herbal, piney, Spalty hop canines...A lasting resinous bitterness dislodges some pale fruit which succeed in aptly diversifying the palette of flavors...A very capable nip of the tastebuds...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 15, 2004
Thick molasses-like malt aroma with mild, spicy, flowery hops. Copper coloured with tall white head that recedes slowly to a dense cover. Spicy, herbal hop flavour beneath chewey maltiness. Notes of tropical fruit. Bitterness comes to the fore in the long, dry finish. Smooth and thick in the mouth. Gentle alcohol warming. Low carbonation suits this perfectly. Luxury on the tongue. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere at Spuyten Duyvil (Brooklyn, New York).


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