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

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 458   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Top fermented beer. Refermented in the bottle.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marduk (4073) - Reval, ESTONIA - JAN 16, 2015
330ml bottle. Clear brown color. Medium size, thick beige head, stays. Belgian yeast, somewhat fruity, faint alcohol, slightly metallic notes in aroma. Caramel, Belgian yeast, alcohol, faint roast, liquid chocolate ice-cream in taste. Noticeable alcohol in aftertaste. I’m not sure what it tries to be.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sic1314 (4776) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 8, 2015
Poured a reddish brown with a tan head. Aroma of roast malt and sweet berries. Medium body, flavour as the aroma, reasonably bitter. Not an Impy by any standard.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kauge (760) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 7, 2015
Bottle from Wine of Galilee in Tallinn. Dark brown with a big-bubbled creamy head. Good retention and lacing. Nose... sweet dark dried fruits, roasted malts, caramel, Belgian yeast, vinegar and spiciness, rather like cinnamon. Taste is dark dried fruits like dates, roasty and moderately caramelly sweet, also a bitterness joining in the finish, combining with dry roastiness and a chocolaty sweetness. Smooth on the palate with very thin carbonation, body on the minus side of mediumish. A strange hybrid of a brew - I was disappointed at first but later on it grew on me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
martjoobolut (1708) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 30, 2014
Bottle (from Wines of Galilee), BB 21.05.16. Pours dark brown with tan head. The head stays. Aroma is sweet, fruits, malt, some roast. Flavor is sweet, fruits, malt, caramel, some sourness. Overall: ok brew.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
suurjuust (1882) - ESTONIA - DEC 16, 2014
Brown beer, tan head. Nose is roast, spice, malt, soy sauce. Flavor is fruit, dark malt, figs, slight sweetness, mild licorice. Oily mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable for an istout. Shared by martjoobolut, thanks!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sharkydodson (667) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - DEC 5, 2014
the aroma is caramel and fruity with hints of chocolate and vanilla... the taste is caramel with notes of chocolate, cherry, toffee and some spices... sweet and dry aftertaste... it’s rather funny to see Belgian imperial stout, that looks like dubbel or quadrupel...

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gizmo_ber (189) - Steinwenden, GERMANY - DEC 5, 2014
A sweet maltyness contrasted by a sharp bitterness. Aroma is slight, nothing special but not a bad stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ambro206 (273) - ITALY - DEC 4, 2014
Ammetto che da una belgian stout non mi sono mai aspettato grandi cose, fissato sulla mentalità della stout del mondo anglosassone, ma Van Den Bossche non smette di stupirmi. Dopo il fortunato assaggio della versione Grand Cru al festival Zythos 2014 l’ho finalmente ritrovata in Italia. La birra si presenta perfetta nel bicchiere con un bel cappello di schiuma caffelatte. Al naso si riconoscono subito odori di caffè e liquerizia. Al palato la sensazione è piena con leggero amaro e deciso alcool, seppur non fastidioso, a bilanciare la maltazione importante. Carbonazione superiore a quella delle cugine d’oltremanica ma mai fuori posto. Finale infinito con note tendenti leggermente all’amaro.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhammaren (1386) - FINLAND - NOV 25, 2014
.33l bottle from Belgian Beer Factory Pours brown with low tan head. Aroma is malts, Belgian yeast, dark fruits, marzipan. Flavor is dark malts, dark fruits, syrup, alcohol, coffee notes and burned malts. Some bread. Interesting.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markoijelena (1233) - Belgrade, SERBIA - NOV 23, 2014
Draft 0.33l at Dulle Griet Ghent Belgium.Pour it dark color with small white head.Taste and aroma of roasted malt, roasted coffee and in the middle Belgian yeast.Interesting stout.


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