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

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RATINGS: 202   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (15163) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 14, 2009
Bottle (gussher) at home ... golden yellow ... huge huge short lived white head ... salty yeasty fruit nose ... sweet fruits ... little toffee ... little bready .. little spice.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
imdownthepub (10625) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2009
On tap at The Delirium Cafe, Brussels. Amber with fizzed white head. Sweet and carbonated beer, absolutely nothing like an ESB. Poor stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (10538) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 18, 2009
Bottle. Blonde, pours a huge head. Citrusaroma. Sharp citrus flavor, but also malty. The alcohol is well hidden. The hops really reveal themselves in the aftertaste. Well balanced, delicious beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (17520) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2009
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden color with a longlasting white head. Has a sweetish malty slightly bitter aroma. Sweetish malty spicy yeasty bitter flavor. Has a sweetish malty spicy bitter finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (31769) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2009
From tap at DHVL Gardenparty and Beerfestival. Pours dark yellow with a small white head. Aroma is Dry and slight bitter with a light metalillic note. Bitter and dry malty flavoured too, light liqourice note. Bitter and dry malty finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
diabel (1609) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - SEP 2, 2009
Clear blond body. Slightly off-white, rocky head. Great looks. Aroma of fresh (german) hops, citrus, bit caramel malts, grapefruit. Quite subtle aroma but nice. Moderately bitter, lightly sweet flavour with a sharp bitterness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nekronos (3646) - Xalapa, MEXICO - AUG 24, 2009
I think I was doing something bad, I should not asked for a bitter in Belgium I mean it was good but it’s not my favourite style anyway.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (15210) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 8, 2009
The bottle was leaking in the suitcase; I’m surprised to see how lively it is still; it pours a hazy deep blond color with a huge and persistent head, too much carbonation. Aroma of old hop, paper, dusty, sewage. Good body strength, strong bitter toffee flavor; the toffee, as it happens sometimes, turns into some light sweet liquorice in the end. Warming alcohol. A Belgian Strong Ale more bitter than usual. Not bad.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thebeertourist (4901) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 31, 2009
Bottle from De Biertempel, Brussels. Clear golden with a medium head. Fruity, spicy and peppery. Alcohol. Decent Belgian craftmanship.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - JUL 17, 2009
Bottle at the Poechenellekelder, Brussels. Pours clear golden coloured with a dense lasting and lacing egg white head. Aromas of grass, pepper, fruit and spicy yeast. Crisp and dry flavour with notes of fruit, yeast and bitter hops. A decent brew.


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