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


on tap

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RATINGS: 456   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Top fermented beer. Refermented in the bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kauge (697) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
martjoobolut (1578) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
suurjuust (1805) - 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 (631) - 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 (272) - 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 (1332) - 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 (1136) - 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 (609) - 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 (252) - 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.

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