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Van Den Bossche Buffalo Belgian Stout

Brewed by Van Den Bossche
Style: Imperial Stout
St. Lievens-Esse/Herzele, Belgium
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 418   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Top fermented beer. Refermented in the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mainuh_man (124) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2014
0.33L bottle. Pours black with a fluffy tan head. Aromas of coffee, alcohol, bready malt, some acid (balsamic vinegar). Sweet malt up front, not very complex, and not much in the middle. Finishes fairly dry, with some more hints of the sourness, mild roasted malt and herby hop, with warm alcohol in the chest. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and mild, yet sharp carbonation. Overall, a pleasant-enough beer with some nice aromas and mouthfeel, but nothing really standing out flavor-wise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (1716) - BELGIUM - AUG 8, 2014
Strong version of the classic Buffalo, originally only intended for export on 75 cl. Yellowish beige, dense head, colour a very opaque brown, bordering on black but not the jet black I would expect from a big stout. Aroma of liquorice, coffee, almond, milk chocolate, candied dates, cane sugar, biscuit, aniseed, blue grapes; taste malty, soft with a powdery and somewhat oily mouthfeel, dark fruits, sweet, perhaps even a tad syrupy, nice spicy notes adding complexity and finishing in a kind of friendly roasted bitterness with herbal hops and warming alcohol. Very well balanced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
mikske79 (1242) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 6, 2014
Ik ben sowieso geen fan van stout-bieren, en dit is geen uitzondering. Ik vond het niets voor mij

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MelvinKalksma (12) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - AUG 1, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2014 Rule 1: there is no aroma. It is quite odd, it just smells like nothing. Taste is super nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (5410) - Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle from backlog notes. Pours a dark brown color with reddish highlights and a medium sized off white head with good retention. The aroma and flavor had roasted malts, chocolate, some tart dark fruit character, spicy yeast, candy sugar with a splash of vanilla, medium body, the tart/soured character is very distracting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lele (110) - Padova, ITALY - JUL 19, 2014
Particolarissima imperial stout, differente da altre dello stile. Se uno vuole sentire il tostato e il caffè tipico delle stout, può rimanere deluso. E’ invece una birra tendente al dolce. Il colore è mogano scuro e la schiuma fitta e persistente, leggermente marrone. Al naso si percepisce un lievissimo affumicato, ma più ancora del maltato. In bocca per me è stato un capolavoro di classe e di equilibrio. Il corpo è tra il medio e lo strutturato e l’alcol è ben nascosto: si beve quindi bene. Sentori fruttati e maltati, ma anche accenni vinosi molto gradevoli, di Porto. Solo nella parte finale della bevuta si può avvertire il tostato, ma sempre molto leggero. Una birra di gran classe e mai stucchevole: si beve facilmente e offre grandi emozioni.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
VastActiv (2826) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUL 18, 2014
Bottle at home, Helsinki. Originally rated 04072012. Colour is dark brown with slightly brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Grain, caramel, sweetness, some coffee and malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Icedwarf (325) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - JUN 27, 2014
Donker bruin bier met weinig schuim. Smaak is licht zoet en rokig, bitter en droog. Blijft redelijk lang hangen.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thanatosti (906) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2014
33 cl. bottle @ home, bought @ Hogerdijk, Culemborg. Dark brown with a tan head. Caramel aroma with minimal roasted malts. Taste is sweet and aftertaste also sweet. Overall too sweet and not enough roasted malts to be a good stout in my opinion.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (2283) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 6, 2014
Bottle at James’s. Pours black, sugary and sweet, dry roast, like a milk stout.

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