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

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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (14338) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2009
Draft at Delirium Cafe, Brussels. Pitch black with a small creamy head. Nose is butter, slight roast and chocolate. Dry and a bit ashy. Medium and smooth palate. Quite nice.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoritzF (8676) - Bochum, GERMANY - MAY 21, 2009
(25cl bottle, 5.7% abv on the front- and 6.5% abv on the back-label !) Hazy, dark brown coloured hue with yeast-flakes and a big light-beige foamy head. Quite strong roasty malty nose with caramel, licorice and sourish fruity notes. Moderately roasty bitter flavour with a mild malty sweetness giving balance, medium bodied with a soft carbonation. Roasty malt-character with a light sourish fruity presence, rounded up with caramel, licorice and notes of chocolate; pretty dry and roasty bitter finish with a noticeable level of alcohol (21.V.09).

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
mike_77 (3653) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - APR 25, 2009
Dark, treacly colour. Aroma has a little roasted malt sweetness. Texture very thin and watery. Quite sweet flavour with a hint of clove.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jonas (6002) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - APR 16, 2009
Bottle, thank you very much pivnizub! Light sour nut, wood and chocolate aroma. Dark brown with a claret shine, low creamy brown head. Lightbodied, a bit hollow mouthfeel. Starts out wooden, chocolate, orangepeel, some metallic hops. Cherries retronasal. Fresh, but I really lack some chewyness to give the flavours substance.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivnizub (9162) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - MAR 10, 2009
Bottle: Deep chestnut-ambercoloured, small foamy off-white layer; delicate sourish-fruity nose, supported by roasted barley and a tinge of brown sugar; moderate to robust sweetish-sourish flavour, medium bodied; roasted malt and a little trace of yeast in the sourish-fruity finish. Tasty brew, presumably a hybrid of a sweet Sout and a flemish Sour Ale............

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bontus (666) - Flanders, BELGIUM - MAR 4, 2009
Bottle @ Amber pub, Ghent. Pours a dark brown beer. Little nose. Aroma mildy roasted malts and caramel. Spritzy mouthfeel. Low complexity on watery body.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bonfunck (149) - Waasmunster, BELGIUM - MAR 3, 2009
33cl bottle in den Amber, ghent dark brown beer. no complex tastes are special flavours, simple brew

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (4979) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2009
Deep dark brown coloured body with a fast-dying tan head. Bunches of bubbles rise from the bottom and sides, but are tough to see wih the opacity. Aroma of fresh malt, hops, sugar, yeast and a good amount of chocolate. Medium-bodied; Very effervescent; Strong assertive roasted malt with a candy-like sweetness following soon afterwards. Aftertaste shows more sweetness, chocolate, light pit fruits, yeast and a bit of malt coming forward. Overall, a pretty good and very sweet beer for the style. I was impressed with this one and I was glad I bought it! I sampled this 25 cL bottle purchased from Beer Mania in Bruxelles, Belgium on 17-November-2008, sampled at home in Washington on 04-February-2009.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (7423) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2008
Deep ruby leaning towards black with a chunky beige head. Sweet roasted barley,liquorice, plum, hint of Germanic hop,faintly peppery coriander aroma unless I’m mistaken. Obviously a Belgian stout. Sweet, stone fruity, yeasty. Dab of clove. Lovely vanilla malty afters with hazelnut and noble hop touches. Bitterness liquoriced, not roasted. Looks stouty, drinks like a spiced dubbel or dunkel. Tasty, unstouty stout.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 22, 2008
25cl, from De Hopduvel Gent, easy to drink, not complex, hazy, good head, simpel brew


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