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


on tap

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RATINGS: 203   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
abemorsten (2900) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - APR 5, 2014
small bottle kindly shared by Sigmund. Hazy golden body. White film. Honey and papery notes on the nose. Grows in the mouth. Sweet and papery almonds.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnar (5659) - Sandnes, NORWAY - APR 5, 2014
Shared bottle at local tasting. Pours cloudy golden with a tiny white head. Aroma is light sweet, stone fruits. Taste is light sweet with a decent dry herbal finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
McWorta (660) - LUXEMBOURG - MAR 7, 2014
Golden colour with a pillowy white head which fades after a while. Good coherent lacings. On the nose aromas of grass, floral, herbs, tiny hints of basement aromas and some hints of sugarcane develop. At first tiny fizz hits your palate which develops some watery-slick texture. A small sweet note appears which is overwhelmed by a wave of bittereness from the back of your palate. Pretty complex. The finish is lasting medium long.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PriorL (1989) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 15, 2014
TAP at ’Rock Circus’ Gent. APPEARANCE: clear blond beer, nice stable white head. NOSE: grains, fruity, little hoppy. TASTE: grains, fruity, bitter, decent in general and pleasant to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike_77 (3378) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - JAN 27, 2014
Dark golden colour. Fresh, citrus aroma. Flavour has lemony, sharp freshness then a sweeter, sugar edge. Finish is pleasantly dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mmahut (1100) - CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 31, 2013
Pours in orange body with medium foam. Aroma is spicy citrys, acidy. Taste is sweet body with low bitterness. Balance is average. Body is light with high carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
psilosophy (512) - vitry en artois, FRANCE - DEC 26, 2013
Bouteille de 33cl. Couleur dorée, mousse abondante de tenue moyenne. Des arômes fruités, du houblons et une touche de bonbons/sucre Candy. Peut être un poil trop sucrée à mon goût, finale décevante. Carbonnation moyenne. Trouvée à Vanuxeem - Ploegstaert.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
tcane7 (1668) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Douberd (2585) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EddyBeer1 (925) - 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.

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