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


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RATINGS: 167   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndySnow (6812) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2015
How: Bottle.
Where: From Belgoklubben.
Appearance: Dark amber colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Citrus, yeast, malt, fruit, some alcohol.
Body: Medium body, quite lively carbonation.
Flavour: Malt, sugar, caramel, fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjansen1310 (132) - Soest, NETHERLANDS - FEB 27, 2015
From a 0,33 cl bottle. Colour is dark brown with a creamy head. Taste is sweet, caramel, dark fruit. Nice easy to drink beer. Misses a bit excitement.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tricksta_p (3617) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2015
Aroma of dark malt, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits, hint of coffee, raisins. Flavour is sweet with a candy sweet finish. Okay, but too sweet for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (4594) - BELGIUM - JAN 13, 2015
Classic sweet stout with a long history, named after Buffalo Bill when he came to town in Sint-Lievens-Esse more than a century ago. Nowadays effectively labelled ’stout’ but till recently, this was a kind of Flemish sweet stout, an old-fashioned style nobody drinks anymore, in disguise. Bronze beer with medium, light beige head; caramelly maltiness, candi syrup sweetness, some fruity esters, biscuit, light and thin body, smooth, lightly bitterish finish; a bit straightforward but this is perfectly acceptable for this particular style; simple, but tasty and ’honest’. A flashback into Belgian brewing history, like many old regional beers from old family brewers that are still kept alive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (9403) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle from Kiya. Nose is choclate, umami, light roast, yeasty fruitiness, Belgian spice. Dark brown with orange, high, fine head. Sweet and roasty, good balance, dark chocoalte, light spice. Rqther light body, but wellbalanced. Stronger one is better for suree, but still decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JefVerstraete (2950) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle from De Hopduvel, @ home. Dark brown colour, creamy beige foam. Medium carbonation. Aroma of light roasted malts, coffee and brown sugar. Bit sweet, light bitter finish. Ok.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Geokkjer (7346) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, some yeast. red apples and fruitiness. Flavor is sweet and fruity with some malt, yeast and caramel. Medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Meilby (10970) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle 330ml @ Geokkjer
Pours clear dark reddish brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel and yeast. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a long caramel finish. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sharkydodson (1196) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - DEC 5, 2014
the aroma is caramel with hints of fruits and brown sugar... the taste is caramel with shades of dark fruits, licorice, toffee and passionfruit... sweet, a little bit fruity and dry aftertaste...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
olsvammel (6207) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2014
Sample at Örebro Öl & Whisky 2014. Malty smell with some caramel. Similar taste. Deep malty beer. Was marketed as a stout but I would think its more of a bruin. Nice beer though.

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