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


on tap

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RATINGS: 167   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sic1314 (4775) - 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 (6384) - 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 (18719) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Grzesiek79 (4032) - Radom, POLAND - MAR 12, 2012
spruce, chocolate, coffee, basement aromas, herbs, rotten eggs, smoke, ginger, skunky, butterscotch, brown, sparkling, brown foam, medium sweetness, very bitter, heavily sour, umami, full body, creamy, oily feel, flat, long finish, bitter,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2011
Pours a nice dark reddish amber color. Aromas of fruit, and some other hints, maybe some spices, maybe caramel. Flavor is a bittersweet, malty, and a hint of hops with a nice bittersweet finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hansen (8436) - Assentoft, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2011
Dark amber coloured and clear. Has a frothy head, medium duration, off-white coloured. Sweet aroma, yeasty, cheese, faint roasted. Sweet flavor, moderate bitter finish. Creamy texture.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zita (6136) - Assentoft, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2011
sweet grass aroma,brown, hazy, off white foam, medium sweetness, light body, oily feel, soft carbonation, watery finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (13282) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2011
Bottle. Frothy off-white good mostly lasting head. DArk red-amber colour. Moderate malty and hoppy and yeasty aroma. Moderate bitter nice flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate. nice.

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