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

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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (4735) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2009
Deep dark brown coloured body with a fast-dying tan head. Bunches of bubbles rise from the bottom and sides, but are tough to see wih the opacity. Aroma of fresh malt, hops, sugar, yeast and a good amount of chocolate. Medium-bodied; Very effervescent; Strong assertive roasted malt with a candy-like sweetness following soon afterwards. Aftertaste shows more sweetness, chocolate, light pit fruits, yeast and a bit of malt coming forward. Overall, a pretty good and very sweet beer for the style. I was impressed with this one and I was glad I bought it! I sampled this 25 cL bottle purchased from Beer Mania in Bruxelles, Belgium on 17-November-2008, sampled at home in Washington on 04-February-2009.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (7191) - NUNEATON, Top 18, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2008
Deep ruby leaning towards black with a chunky beige head. Sweet roasted barley,liquorice, plum, hint of Germanic hop,faintly peppery coriander aroma unless I’m mistaken. Obviously a Belgian stout. Sweet, stone fruity, yeasty. Dab of clove. Lovely vanilla malty afters with hazelnut and noble hop touches. Bitterness liquoriced, not roasted. Looks stouty, drinks like a spiced dubbel or dunkel. Tasty, unstouty stout.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BoBoChamp (5443) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 22, 2008
25cl, from De Hopduvel Gent, easy to drink, not complex, hazy, good head, simpel brew

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 28, 2008
Brown cloudy colour. Pale brown large head. Soft taste. No distinguished hops.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (13558) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 15, 2008
Bottle, 25cl at the Belgian Embassy in Oslo. It has a dark brown, almost clear pour, with a nice beige head. Chocolate, roasted malt, caramel and dried fruits fills the nose when sniffing it. The flavor has chocolate, roast, malt, fresh and dried fruits as well as a little bitterness. Full body, and a long, sweet caramel finish. Yet another nice one from van den Bossche. (080410)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beer4000 (4476) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 4, 2008
750 ml bottle. Dark brown body with a firm beige head. Aroma is sweet, mild roasted malt, caramel and fruity. Flavor is sweet, slightly roasted malt, caramel, brown sugar and dry fruit. Long sweet finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OleR (4802) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 19, 2008
Bottle. Hazy dark brown, Lightly tanned head. Sweet aroma of caramelish malts and fruits. Pleasant fruitiness in the flavor, toasted malts and a port-like note, Mildly hopped. Medium body, Smooth texture. Fruity acidity and malts in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jerre (2672) - Waregem, BELGIUM - MAR 29, 2008
Bottle, 25 cl. Dark brown with a beige head. Aroma s mild roast malts, dark fruits, yeasts. Medium body. Taste mild roasts and fruitiness. Dry soft sweetness finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (9101) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 24, 2008
From belgian shop. Amber color. Decent sized light head. Sweet malty aromas and flavors. Nice yeast in this one without a doubt. Hops barely exist in fisnish. Good full body in mouh. Good brew.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2008
Bottle. Clear amber colour with a huge head. Aroma of sweet fruit, malt and hints of toffee. Flavour of sweet malt, berries and caramel.


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