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

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RATINGS: 186   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
tcane7 (1657) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2013
Bottle - best by 18/05/13 (so I probably should not have drank this). Didn’t have the gusher experience many have complained about but tons of foam on the pour. Pours and hazy gold with an insane amount of hop particles floating around. I don’t see anyone mentioning this so maybe an anomaly but I’ve never seen anything like this. About 4 fingers of beige head and protruding, abundant, seafoam lace. Notes of honey, grain, apple juice, booze. Medium body, assertive carbonation, light bitterness but slightly astringent. I’d like to say I should re-rate a fresh bottle but I’m probably going to pass on trying this again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Douberd (2072) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2013
Bottle 330 ml at home, into a tulip glass. ABV 8% Nice label. Pours a crystal clear ale, golden orange in colour, sort of pale and faded. Huge white head, thick, with soapy texture, with its first part collapsing all at once at some point and the second part having a very good retention. Heavy and irregular lacing forms around the glass. Aroma has a light fruit sourness, with lots of yeast in it. A bit weird but addictive. Taste has the same funky character, but it doesn’t last for long, since a bitterness reaching quite high levels kicks in and stays there for a long, long time. Flavours of lemon as in lemon pie present, along with yeast. The alcohol very well hidden, no sign of it, at least on the taste. Medium thin body, good carbonation and high dryness on the palate. Overall very good, pleasant surprise.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EddyBeer1 (840) - Brussels, BELGIUM - OCT 17, 2013
Ambrée voilée, effervescence légère de visu, moyenne mais assez gazeuse au palais, col blanc nuageux, jolie dentelle. Maltée mais pas trop, légèrement fruitée, houblons bien présents qui donnent une amertume de pamplemousse (écorce comprise) ainsi que 2-3 notes d’épices.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Quack-Duck (7774) - Down South, GERMANY - OCT 13, 2013
bottle. Clear golden yellow, mid-sized head. Malty, slightly hoppy. Nothing exceptional, but quite ok.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2332) - California, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Nearly clear golden amber color, moderate head, decent lace/retention. Aroma is spicy with notes of yeast, coriander, lighter fruits, straw. Medium bodied, moderate bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (7976) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2013
Bottle. Hazy gold with a large rocky foam. Aromas are yeasty with lemon and toffee and biscuit malts. Key lime pie with some barnyard notes. Flavours are bitter, tart lemon with yeast and dry biscuit. Peppery with warming alcohol and more resinous lemon on the finish. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kraddel (2786) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - OCT 11, 2013
bottle at bierhuyske pours clear blonde good white head bit hops in the smell taste is indeed bitter ( and sharp ) . not realy floral or aromatic, but i do get the hoppy aspect in the bitterness. good carbo . perhaps could use more aromatic aspects to go along with the bitterness, but than the name would obviously be rediculous . so hey, its good for what its suposed to be .

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
glennmastrange (2220) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Bottle. Moderate grain for the malt, herbs and faint grapefruit for the hops, light basement for the yeast, with green apple and wood in the background. Head is small, frothy, white with a spot or two of lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is hazy light amber. Flavor starts moderately to heavily acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is light to medium, dry with a fizzy carbonation and a dry finish. Kind of bland overall, but plenty of bitterness in this Belgian String Ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Russo (1650) - Campinas, BRAZIL - SEP 24, 2013
Hazy golden color with a nice white head, good lacing. Aroma is sweet, malty and hoppy. Flavour is hoppy. Low carbonation and medium body with a long bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trappist1 (425) - Diest, BELGIUM - SEP 13, 2013
Giet in met een wel erg grote schuimkraag, helder blond van kleur. Sparkelend.(iets teveel?) Gist in de neus, fruitige toets. Drinkt, zoals de naam suggereert, bitter weg. Zacht van afdronk, smaak vooral van voor in de mond. Goeie combinatie van bitterheid met fruitige toets. Mooie balans.


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