Formerly brewed at Brouwerij De Regenboog
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Assebroek-Brugge, Belgium


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RATINGS: 287   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Belgian Winter Ale brewed with spices (coriander and grain of paradise) ABV 11-12%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgBeerGeek (1299) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - NOV 25, 2010
head: bubbly , creamy white
colour: dark amber brown
smell: yeast , alcohol, malts, sweet, spices
taste: bitter start, sweet candy malt, grassy note, anis, spicey, strong dry end, grassy after

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drowland (6155) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - NOV 9, 2010
11/10/11. 11.2oz bottle. Thick, cloudy, brown/red pour with tons of sediment, all under a thick off-white head that lasts with a centimeter. Huge metallic Belgian yeast aroma with sour caramel and candi sugar. Generally sweet, sugary flavor with a huge bitter Belgian yeast character mixed with sour mix, chocolate, and meat. Meh.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 9, 2010
Dark reddish brown pour with a small white head. Lots of cardboard and vinous booze in the nose with faint ethanol and burnt bread notes. The flavor holds stale bready caramel with more cardboard and unbalanced booze. Palate is medium to full with low carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5699) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2010
Tallahassee, Fl - New Leaf Markt, 11.2 oz bottle. Dark brown, thick, sediment floating about, sticky off-white head.Sweet, malty aroma with some fruity accents, hint of dates. Flavor is full bodied with some toffee notes, some fruity notes that resemble pineapple. Some odd earthy dirt notes in the background and some booziness permeates. Mouthfeel is a tad artificial. Overall, slighlty muddled and confused.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4368) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2010
Appearance-wise, this beer is a mess. The label is terrible, and the beer is extremely muddy brown. The aroma is nice -- a robust Belgian dark yeasty thing. An interesting stout/roasted nut/dubbel flavor. Lots of roast, toasted pumpkin seeds and roast peanuts, some grassiness, some horehound herb. A stinging bitter finish. Very biotic, pretty good. Potent. Market Square Liquors, Timberlane.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2010
11.2 oz bottle @ redlight redlight. Apples, coriander, and caramel on the nose. Pours a dark muddy amber with a huge, thick white head. Smooth malts with caramel flavors, with sweet spicy notes, coriander and white pepper with a floral malty flavor, bread with mild funk, mildew with hints of bubblegum, sweet and funky. Great winter/Christmas beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2010
In short: A toasted, fruity, yeasty Belgian brown ale with a vinous character. Surprisingly easy to drink. Good stuff.
How: Bottle 330ml. Consumed moderately fresh, 1.5 year before expiration date
The look: Ugly murky brown body, a lot of particles, medium beige head with medium retention
In long: Nose is yeasty and nutty and light fruity notes. Taste is quite surprising. From the nose I didn’t expect something vinous. Sour grapes notes, other fruits of all kinds (dark fruits, fruit salad, etc.), some toasted nuts and almonds, construction wood, lots of yeast. Alcohol is very well hidden, is that thing really 11%?. Sweetness level only feels moderate. Typical full and lively Belgian body and carbonation. Good beer. This is my favorite t Smisje so far. I would like to tell my beer-geek friends about this one but with a name like that I’m afraid I’d spit on them again. And this time unintentionally.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7869) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 4, 2010
Bottle listed as 12%. Pours with a hazy golden body and a huge off-white head. Aroma of pear, soot, alcohol, raisins and plums. Fruity, pear, a bit cloying. Flavors of soot, tobacco, earth, dirt, leather, alcohol. Strong smoky aftertaste. Alcohol. Tastes throughout like the aftertaste of smoking a cigarette. Root vegetables. Alcohol. Lively bubbles. Not drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2010
This one is bottled in a green glass stubby with a red bottlecap. Very festive! It’s a luminous reddish-copper with a thinnish ivory head. Smells of lightly fruity malt with significant floral, noble hops aromas. Faint spice. Huge fruity sweetness, ripe cherries and black currant, hints of pear with a distinct coriander flavor underneath. Very sweet with a touch of alcohol flavor in the finish. It says it’s an 11% ABV beer but you’d never know it. I would’ve guessed it was a beer that was 2/3 that strong. Sticky sweet finish and spicy aftertaste. Delicious beer and very drinkable! I’d get it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonkeyBra (3519) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2010
Bottle thanks to JMFG. Aroma is yeasty, candy sugar, bread, light fruity twang. Some spice, some orange peel, some sour cherry. Flavor is light sour cherry, light citrus, belgian sugar. Nice mouthfeel with lots of carbonation, finish is slightly boozy. Pretty cool beer, definitely nice to try. Thanks Jay.

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