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

bottled
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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wyzzywyz22 (1877) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Quack-Duck (7517) - Down South, GERMANY - OCT 31, 2009
bottle, mit Dank an MoritzF! Deep brown colour with some floaties, small beige head. Fruity-chocolatey nose. Full-bodied, intensively malty flavours with hints of chocolate, raisins and berries. Well-balanced. Lingering finish, on the malty side.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (12648) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2009
25cl bottle from Dranken Geers. Clear deep ruby, thin tan head. Slightly malty sourness on the aroma. It’s a bit like a fruity brune. Some ok fruit, some drinkability, some fruitiness. Bit of sourness, which comes from the plum and dark cherry like fruit. It’s pretty decent if not quite at the level of repeat buying

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
diabel (1590) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - SEP 2, 2009
Ruby, brown to black body with an off-white (tad brown), creamy head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, malts, liquor and also a bit sourish. Moderately bitter, lightly sour flavour. Very nice and interesting.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2009
Bottle from utobeer had at home. Aroma is Sharp tart prunes, vinous, notes of candy sugar, some sharp apple crumble in there too. Taste is acidic brown ale malt, peppery carbonation, fairly thin compaired to the arom, but decent stuff all the same.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - JUL 15, 2009
Draught at Delirium Café, Brussels. Deep brown coloured with a nice lacing off white head. Roasted aroma with notes of chocolate, nuts and vitamin pills. Flavours of dark chocolate, sweet malt, coffee and toffee.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Christian (10778) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2009
Dark brown with a lasting off-white head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate and fruit. Slightly earthy note. Sweet, grainy malt flavour with caramel and chocolate notes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (13390) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2009
Draft at Delirium Cafe, Brussels. Pitch black with a small creamy head. Nose is butter, slight roast and chocolate. Dry and a bit ashy. Medium and smooth palate. Quite nice.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoritzF (8250) - Bochum, GERMANY - MAY 21, 2009
(25cl bottle, 5.7% abv on the front- and 6.5% abv on the back-label !) Hazy, dark brown coloured hue with yeast-flakes and a big light-beige foamy head. Quite strong roasty malty nose with caramel, licorice and sourish fruity notes. Moderately roasty bitter flavour with a mild malty sweetness giving balance, medium bodied with a soft carbonation. Roasty malt-character with a light sourish fruity presence, rounded up with caramel, licorice and notes of chocolate; pretty dry and roasty bitter finish with a noticeable level of alcohol (21.V.09).

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
mike_77 (2714) - NETHERLANDS - APR 25, 2009
Dark, treacly colour. Aroma has a little roasted malt sweetness. Texture very thin and watery. Quite sweet flavour with a hint of clove.


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