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


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RATINGS: 151   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dEnk (4180) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 4, 2014
Bottle @ tasting. Aroma is herbal hops, some yeast, faint roast and liquorice. Flavour is mild, faint roast, faint hops, faint malt sweetness. Some wine like red fruity notes in the finish. Nice balance but overall boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Peter_L (1051) - SWEDEN - APR 4, 2014
Flaska från Belgoklubben. Mörkt rubinbrun med högt skum. Dofter av bär, karamellkola och lite metall. Lite oväntad smak där gammalt dammigt bibliotek dyker upp i associationerna. Torr komplex smak. Liten besvikelse i munkänsla och kort eftersmak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
McWorta (839) - LUXEMBOURG - FEB 27, 2014
UPDATED: APR 26, 2015 Dark brown ruby red mahagony coloured beer with a light tan small head. Noses light, of creme brule, caramel, soya, seaweed and a soft coffee note. On the palate a light fizz makes way to a soft light slick texture with a medium to full body. The finish lasts mediumly long and leaves a dry pleasant soft chocolatey-coffee-camomille note on the palate. Nice beer!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Swaroga (1663) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 2, 2014
33cl butelka. OCZY : ma ciemno-brązowy kolor i jasno-beżową piane. NOS : zapach karmelu, kwiatów, trochę miód, orzechy włoskie, winogrona i gruszka. USTA : przyzwoicie gazowane o oleistej konsystencji i średniej gęstości. Piwo jest średnio słodkie o smaku ciemnego chleba i cukru. Staje się kwaskowate o smaku śliwek i innych gotowanych owoców. Staje się gorzkie, jakby przypalone. Posmak ma wytrawny i gorzki. Tak jakby popielniczka. ODCZUCIA : mało bogate piwo. Można by powiedzieć orzeźwiające bo nieźle gazowane ale trudno coś ciekawego na temat tego piwa powiedzieć. OCENA : smak : 3/10 pijalność : 6/10

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kraddel (4498) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - NOV 28, 2013
Pours dark brown . Good foam Smell is a bit sweet Too much carbo Realy , realy weak taste . I can onley taste a small hint of metallicness ... The hell ? This has no taste at all ...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andriesradu (567) - ROMANIA - NOV 26, 2013
33cl bottle. Pours dark redish/brown to black with a big but fast diminishing head. Aroma is that of chocolate, light coffee,caramel,burned sugar, sweet,very nice. Flavor is sweet, burned sugar,light winy, good aftertaste. Really good belgian ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (2769) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2013
.33L bottle, best by stamped 22 Feb. 2014, served in a Belgian snifter. Pours clear, even with a bit of sediment at the bottom added to the pour. Dark red-brown body is topped by a small tan head. Fine aroma, and nearly as fine flavor, feature dark fruits (dried plums, figs, dates), a trace of spicy hops, and a solid dark-roasted malt base. Feel: medium body with overly harsh/coarse carbonation. O: worth seeking out as a relatively inexpensive Belgian dark.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thanatosti (1095) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2013
33 cl. bottle with Niek @ Robert’s Pub, Veenendaal. Dark brown with a beige head. Caramel aroma. Caramel taste with lightly roasted malts. Dangerously drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MichaelAwesome (5356) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - OCT 22, 2013
Endlich mal ein belgisches, das zu überzeugen weiß. Leicht hopfig mit Karamellnoten und dazu mild im Abschluss. Eine positive Überraschung.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
McTapps (5363) - Ruhrcity, GERMANY - OCT 22, 2013
Bottle from Pivnizub - thank you a lot! The beer pours out in a dark brown colour with creamy low head and medium to smooth body. Nice aroma of malt and straw. Taste of caramel, malt, ripe hops, dark bread, nuts and honey. Grassy hints. Smooth and easy drinkable with some light and fresh finish. Enjoyed it.

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