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


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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (33333) - 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)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 9, 2007
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (5924) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (9077) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 15, 2007
from belgianshop.com; 5,7% - hazy dark brown with a reddish hue and an elusive beige head; strong bready aroma with notes of pear and milk chocolate; fairly sweet, medium to full-bodied and with a robust effervescence; residual sugars in the finish along with notes of prune and bread

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 2, 2007
(Bottle, BB 27/06/08, 6.5% abv Belgium release) Pours a brown body with a small off-white head. Aroma of dark fruit, brett, and earthiness. Flavor of dark fruit and malt with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SHIG (3454) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAR 4, 2007
Bottle: Poured a dark brown with thick creamy head. Smell was sweet and taffy/caramel. The taste was very sweet malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 Bottle form Uto. This beer has a smart appearance, sort of regal. Not exactly what you expect from a bottle with Buffalo Bill on the label. Burnt mohogany in colour with a creamy mocha head. Spotty lacing. Nose of roasted malts, toffee, caramel, maple syrup, banana and coffee with a hint of berries. Taste to match with the addition of brown sugar. Sweet and spicy. Not too much, not too little.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bart (2941) - Brussels, BELGIUM - SEP 20, 2006
Brown reby red coloured with a small and diminishing off-white head. Roasted malty aroma, very fruity with some yeasty and herby notes. Full palate. Finish is sweet-bitter, light roasted, with a rather short ending. Very drinkable, but this is no stout.

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