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


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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andriesradu (607) - 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 (3229) - 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 (1215) - 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 (5920) - 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 (5934) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (8980) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2013
Bottle. Very dark red and brown with an off white foam. Aromas are cola with dark treacle and funky, fruity yeast. Earthy with floral, herbal notes and red wine. Flavours are fruity berries with marzipan and cola. Hints of banana with raisins and lemon. Woody with molasses and a spicy finish. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MarcoDL (3088) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2013
Nice Belgian beer. Has the typical sweetness, but with a nice caramelised bitter edge.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
derBreslauer (142) - Wroclaw, POLAND - SEP 7, 2013
Almost black body, mahogany/cherry color against light. Nice beige head. Also nice malty aroma, with caramel and herbal dominant notes. Dry. Noticeable roasted malt and cognac aroma in background. Taste is good, starts with swetness but evolving to dry and bitter finish. Cognac, caramel and herbal notes are dominant. Quite high carbonation. [Bottle]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (5900) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 12, 2013
33 cl. bottle @ home. Procured from Willems. BBF 08/11/2014. Blackish, very dark mahogany brown, little beige head. Smell is sweet, cocoa and chocolate milk powder, herbs and roots, light roast, chicory coffee, light liquorish,… Taste is bitter herbs, liquorish, leaves, sweet chicory coffee, cocoa and chocolate milk, light roots, hazelnuts, touch dark fruits, light caramel, light bark, sweet,… Higher carbonation. Really surprised, way nicer and better than I expected. Way better than their stout. Excellent brew. A nice regular stout made be an ordinary Belgian brewery? Well I be damned.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgajdaczewa (1033) - Katowice, POLAND - AUG 1, 2013
Zaskoczyła mnie tak słaba ocenia tego piwa. Spróbujcie jeszcze raz. Jest palony słód, jest karmel, są śliwki, suszone owoce, dym i popiół... Wszystko jest. Chaos, ale jakże przyjemny! Jedyną wadą (!?) tego piwa może być to, że jest absolutnie nieokiełznane.

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