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


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RATINGS: 162   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DCLawyer (2313) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Draft->short tumbler. Pours dark amber with faint offwhite head. Aroma: caramel malt, spices, dark fruit, yeast. Taste is sweet with spices, yeast, fruit. Subpar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
erickok (4626) - Leuven, BELGIUM - MAY 14, 2013
Dark amber body, pillowy nice stable beige head. Fruity aroma with freash yeast, red berries, classic hops, caramel malts, a very decently made brew. Light yet flavourful taste, starts medium bitter and ends m=with a pronouned yet never cloying fruity sweetness. Only the aftertaste is a bit, well, dusty or cheesy or something. Drinks easy enough. Good brew, bit like the Belgian ’Scotch Ale’ style. (33cl bottle from Bierparadijs, labelled Buffala Anno 1907 Ale))

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - APR 26, 2013
Bottle: dark brown with red highlights and a large off-whiye head. Aroma is caramel and malt with a hint of cocoa powder. Flavor is sweet with toffee, a pinch of cocoa, and some mild yeasty spice. Palate is rather thin in the mouth with high carbonation and a candy sweetness throughout. Decent Belgian ale, but many more flavorsome choice out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Dark fruit aromas. Pours dark amber. A little thin. Light caramel notes with fruit, hints of floral flavors but it’s just missing something.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Montana, USA - OCT 9, 2012
Bottle pours a hazy orange/brown with a big off white head. Scent is caramel and spices. Taste is roasty and yeasty with a spicy finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sic1314 (4776) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - OCT 1, 2012
Zythos 2008. Poured dark amber with an off white head. Aroma is banana and chocolate malt. Medium body, flavour is milk chocolate malt. mild coffee and dry roast malt. Aftertaste is medium bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
flip_soeperman (880) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 9, 2012
cereal, grass, dough, black, hazy, frothy, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, thin feel, average carbonation,

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Caytinator (1005) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 6, 2012
33cL bottle. Almost blak color, stable nice big head, good appearance. Light aroma, surprisingly light taste, decent mouthfeel, strong coffee in the aftertaste. Not as much flavor as I’d like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackHaddock (5387) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2012
27th May 2012: bottle at ‘Willow Springs’, an American Way Station in Belgium (don’t ask!). Dark amber/brown body with a full head of off-white bubbles that tried to stay the distance and almost managed too. Roasted and toasted malts giving off a chocolate type aroma and taste, dark and bitter chocolate actually, surprisingly dry and un-sweet for the aroma and look it gives. Went well with my ‘Chilli Beans’, so I had another.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (16286) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2012
Tap at DHL during Paul’s pre-wedding weekend. Pours brown with a soft, beige foam head. Dark sugar, caramel and toast aroma. Medium sweet flavor, nicely balanced with some dark fruits, currants, toffee and candi sugar. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Toasty sugar finish, lightly sticky sweet with more dark candi sugar and also some mild licorice. Very nice beer. Has some intriguing characteristics.

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