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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 425   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Top fermented beer. Refermented in the bottle.


3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MelvinKalksma (18) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (5587) - 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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lele (128) - 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.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
VastActiv (2945) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Icedwarf (347) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thanatosti (932) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (2864) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 6, 2014
Bottle at James’s. Pours black, sugary and sweet, dry roast, like a milk stout.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OllieBBommel (1110) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 29, 2014
Draught@Lobbes Amersfoort. Head: milkcoffee coloured, shrinking. Colour: ruby brown. Aroma: vague roasted malt, fruity. Taste: bitter-sweet, chocolate, coffee. Palate: smooth, somewhat watery, bitter-sweet finish. moderate CO2. Overall: nice.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (640) - BELGIUM - MAY 26, 2014
Un stout belgicain sur fond de rodéo américain qui présente un niveau respectable de 9 % abv … Superbe étiquette de rodéo sur cadre noir … (de Saumur!). Couleur noire d’une opacité quasi totale. (Superbe comme la robe d’un pur sang). Mousse beige foncé de style expresso, bien crémeuse. Arômes de fruits des bois, bois de cassis, malt chocolat, houblon de belle ligne. 1ère bouche très soyeuse, avec une très belle entrée sur le malt et le chocolat noir pas trop amer, et une pointe de cerises noires confites. Arrière-bouche bien pleine et complexe, sans aucune agressivité. 2ème bouche à la superbe harmonie malt/houblon/chocolat, avec une infime pointe de café léger mais vraiment classe. 3ème bouche à la texture en soie de Chine, sur un remarquable ensemble qui s’affine encore. Arrière-bouche tout en nuances. La longueur développe tous ces thèmes, dans une fluidité extraordinaire. La levure est idéale pour le genre, entre le caractère et la finesse. L’alcool fait montre d’une sagesse à toute épreuve (dont le rodéo), et soutient remarquablement tout l’édifice. La finale est strictement divine (c’est exceptionnel pour un cow-boy …). CONCLUSION : cette bière est un concerto très beau, qui se développe lentement (du genre du concerto pour groupe et orchestre de Deep Purple). Ce n’est pas du tout un rodéo sautillant et bondissant (mais encore une fois, le logo est superbe). Une bière à susurrer (à l’oreille d’un cheval) ...

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DJoer (726) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 11, 2014
Medium brown mokka head, black coloured with a slight red hint, malty soft chocolat, sweet malty medium carbo low bitter watery coffee taste not what i hoped


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