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


on tap

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RATINGS: 454   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Top fermented beer. Refermented in the bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
suurjuust (1556) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sharkydodson (500) - 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...

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ambro206 (238) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhammaren (1281) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markoijelena (983) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hanoi (558) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2014
Nose is underwhelming, sweet, Belgian yeast, slight lactose, lots of almond / marzipan, cola. Taste lacks depth, brown sugar, vanilla, cola, slight lactose and almond in the lightly spiced finish, The beer lacks depth. Mouthfeel is thin The beer seems more like a spiced West Indian stout than an Imperial, and it’s not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DutchMark (230) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2014
Nice, well balanced, easy drinkable, no aparent flaws. But somehow it does not do it for me. Color is dark brown with a small off white head. Carbonation is low but enough. Flavor is malt sweetness, spices, some coffee, dades and a soapy element. Nice bitter hops in the sticky long aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mjik83 (826) - - OCT 28, 2014
33cl flesje bij De Gouverneur, Maastricht Alcoholpercentage van 9% Uitgeschonken in Adelardus glas Uiterlijk: donkerbruin met mooie crèmelaag, minder zwart als verwacht Aroma en smaak: noten, lichte koffie, zuurtje Conclusie: valt tegen deze stout, geen lekkere smaakcombinaties zoals bij een goede stout ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fashawn (353) - Montesarchio, ITALY - OCT 8, 2014
Splendida birra marrone scura con una schiuma caramello, non troppo duratura ma compatta, che accompagna la bevuta. Odore di toffee, miele di castagno, caramello e orzo tostato. Il torrefatto arriva anche in bocca così come il sapore dolce di caramello. Liquirizia, un po’ d’orzo. Ma il finale è secco dopo l’imbocco dolce, con un retrogusto di liquirizia che piace. Buonissima bevuta. Una delle mie stout preferite.

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