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

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RATINGS: 134   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.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 22, 2010
Dark brown pour with a rocky ecru head. Tangy, lightly acidic aroma; swimming pool and dark fruit jam. Flavor is rather thin - caramel, light leather, light dates. Not great.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (4882) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 7, 2010
Pours a clear darkbrown to ruby beer, a fine white to beige head. A very sweet and fruity smell. Hint of caramel and coffee. A pleasant mouthfeeling, just enough carbon to counter the sweetness. Tastes a little sweet, brown sugar, that changes to sour with hints of chocolate, coffee and cherries. A sweetsour aftertaste, again with a note of cherries in it. There’s a sweetness to it, but it’s not a sweet beer. Very well balanced.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2010
First up, a lower alcohol version of Buffalo from Brouwerij Van Den Bossche. It pours pitch black with a dense and creamy tan head. Smells of fruity dark malt, sweet and with a hint of some metallic aromas. Sweet in the mouth with just a hint of roastiness. Lovely balance that I wasn’t expecting. Mocha and hint of dark chocolate. Underpinnings of ripe dark fruit. Medium-bodied with a sweet finish and a uncharacteristically clean finish. Very flavorful but smooth and drinkable. A good start!

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bhensonb (11260) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 16, 2010
Bottle. Pours cola color with a low off-white head. Aroma of dark roasted caramel. Medium body with fizzy carbonation. Flavor is a bit overroasted caramel. Heading for porter almost. Flavor seems a bit citric. It’s not sweet to me. Finishes rather dark, but not extremely dry. Leaves dark roasted malt taste behind.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (12341) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 19, 2010
At Zythos Beer Festival 2010. Bright maroon color, large amount of lacing. Aroma of burnt espresso. Taste starts sweet, the progresses to Starbucks and bitter cocoa. Nice enough.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (8510) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Tasting at ZBF. Pours a deep clear amber with good retention on the head but no lacing. Sweet barbecue aroma with light smoke, sweet cherries. Taste is syrupy sweet with something I can’t place that is a bit weird (old tar ?) plus some molasses.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigMomma (223) - Leuven, BELGIUM - MAR 8, 2010
UPDATED: APR 19, 2011 Tasting at ZBF. Black color with a white head. Aroma has some impressive notes of smoked malts. The taste is malty with some hops and a nice light bitterness. Good brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Embrouille (2829) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 7, 2009
Bottled 25cl. Courtesy of pivnizub. Very nice aroma of wood, berries, plum, brown sugar, cocoa powder, menthol and cherry. Sweet taste which is woody, sour. Nice combination of sourness and sweetness. Good head retention and lacework. Menthol sneaking in. Reminiscence of cherry and chocolate powder in the finish. A good beer. Thanks a lot pivnizub!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wim (2827) - Weelde, BELGIUM - NOV 29, 2009
dark brown coloured body with a off white head a spicy malty fruity coffee aroma a spicy malty fruity caramel coffee sweet taste with a spicy sweet bitter finish

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wyzzywyz22 (1973) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2009
Bottle, Carringtons, Chorlton. Poured dark brown with a small biege head. Aroma was dark fruit, malt and chocolate. Quite lively mouthfeel. Interesting flavour that was gently sweet with some roastiness and chocolate again. Some bitterness there in a pleasingly balanced and tasty beer.


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