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

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RATINGS: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (5054) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Grzesiek79 (3294) - 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,

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgajdaczewa (572) - Katowice, POLAND - AUG 1, 2013
Zaskoczyła mnie tak słaba ocenia tego piwa. Spróbujcie jeszcze raz. Jest palony słód, jest karmel, są śliwki, suszone owoce, dym i popiół... Wszystko jest. Chaos, ale jakże przyjemny! Jedyną wadą (!?) tego piwa może być to, że jest absolutnie nieokiełznane.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
diabel (1608) - 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.

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!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (4216) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 12, 2013
33 cl. bottle @ home. Procured from Willems. BBF 08/11/2014. Blackish, very dark mahogany brown, little beige head. Smell is sweet, cocoa and chocolate milk powder, herbs and roots, light roast, chicory coffee, light liquorish,… Taste is bitter herbs, liquorish, leaves, sweet chicory coffee, cocoa and chocolate milk, light roots, hazelnuts, touch dark fruits, light caramel, light bark, sweet,… Higher carbonation. Really surprised, way nicer and better than I expected. Way better than their stout. Excellent brew. A nice regular stout made be an ordinary Belgian brewery? Well I be damned.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andriesradu (513) - ROMANIA - NOV 26, 2013
33cl bottle. Pours dark redish/brown to black with a big but fast diminishing head. Aroma is that of chocolate, light coffee,caramel,burned sugar, sweet,very nice. Flavor is sweet, burned sugar,light winy, good aftertaste. Really good belgian ale.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirkbreedveld (288) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 10, 2004
beer with great commercial potential, for instance against Leffe dubbel. This dark colored beer, has little nose but is very full bodied with roasted malts and soft tannine-style bitters in the aftertaste. It's sweetesh aroma is inviting not overpowering.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2004
Bottled. A stoutish aroma with some milkiness like a sweet stout. The beer is very dark, almost black and has a good off-white head. A bit of a herbal taste with more clean, sweet stout notes. Very tasty and drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - SEP 19, 2005
Bottled. Very nice surpise. Aroma of vanilla, pear and licorice. Dark brown color, small beige head, good lace. Light sweet, vanilla, pear and licorice in the flavor as well, smooth. Not complex but great drinkable beer.


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