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Brewed by Van Den Bossche
Style: Belgian Ale
St. Lievens-Esse/Herzele, Belgium

bottled
common

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unknown

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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed since the beginning of last century, when the near-complete staff of the brewery went to see the circus of Buffalo Bill, leaving the boiling brewing kettle to the care of the youngest employee. This boy let the beer roast and caramelise on the bottom of the kettle, but after trying, everybody actually liked the "spoiled" beer, which became the brewery’s staple diet. This Belgian version is a lot weaker than the stout exported to the USA.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (11132) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2008
Bottle @ Yespr tasting.
[thank you, BelJohansen]
Pours brown amber with a medium frothy off white head. Okay lacing. Aroma is sweet, caramel and light liqourice. Fine mouthfeel, low carbonation. Flavour is sweetly malty, a bit sharpish with liqourice, caramel and chocolate.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2008
[Session @ yespr] Brown with huge head. Sweet and vinious aroma with roasted malt, overripe fruits, tofee and chocolate. Sweet and fruity flavor with roasted malt and yeasty notes.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (30766) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2008
33 cL bottle, thanks to BelJohansen. pours hazy orange to brown with a huge lasting off-white head. Light spiced caramel malt aroma. Flavour is mellow yeasty and light roasted malt aroma. Flavour is sweet into the finish, light spiced finish. Nice.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (9191) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 7, 2008
275ml bottle (One Pint Pub, Helsinki, Belgian Beer Week 2008)
Dark brown, ruby glints, healthy tight beige head. Cocoa powder and liquorice aroma, a little creamy. Taste has similar profile, but also a burn that’s not alcohol, not chilli, and on the whole not bad, but definitely quite spikey. The general direction is towards burntness, and the astringent character does build. Still a fairly tasty brew.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniele (5219) - ITALY - JAN 10, 2008
scura buona schiouma persistente non molto intensa ma piacevole ben armonica non troppo tostata non impegnativa ma gustosa

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
auderale (605) - Minot, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Dark brown colored pour with medium sized head. Sweet coffee aroma with a roasted, malty finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (34434) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2007
Bottle. Clear medium amber color with a medium size particles, a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, cola, roasted, caramel, mocca, some notes of old malt / wood, moderate hoppy, pine, moderate yeasty. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. (091207)

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiulijn (14350) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 9, 2007
5.7%ABV
Dark mahogany color; persistent thin head. The aroma is a bit vinous, but also smells like rotten grapes. The flavor is smooth, with some sweetness, and just a touch of woody complexity, not enough, no fruitness nor sourness. Not my kind.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (6164) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2007
Bottle. Very dark brown with a thick, but short lived, off-white head. There was plenty of carbonation to start but this died away quickly. Aroma of caramel & dark fruits with roasted notes. Flavour started sweet before an earthy, dry finish with warming alcohol. Unusual and enjoyable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - JUN 18, 2007
25 cl bottle: Pours a very dark ruby with chestnut edges. Modest cappucino head. This beers exudes brown sugar, fudge, toffee, and chocolate. Very sweet on the nose. Slight green apple note in the back. Taste is slightly less sweet than the smell leads you to believe. Medium to light bodied. Flavors of prunes and rich malt. Toasty notes that play well with the lively carbonation. Many flavors reminiscent of the bigger bolder belgians but without the head-ache. Worth a try and I am sure I will come back for a visit.


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