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


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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (573) - 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) ...

   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joekinty (263) - rockledge, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2009
I love this beer it makes me dance like a queer vogue like madonna. rave like a retard.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jus10 (4) - BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2013 does not count
One of my favorite beers! higley recommended. (Zythos beer festival ’12)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
peermac (58) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 30, 2011
En søt belgisk stout. Tydelig preg av belgisk gjær, litt rart for en stout... Men et nydelig øl.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3198) - Radom, POLAND - MAY 14, 2013
Dobry i tresciwy do tego bardzo bardzo aromatyczny. Winiakowy aromat i posmak. Kolor rubinowo-brazowy. Wielka piana i długo sie trzyma nad pokalem. Zbyt jednak mocne wysycenie ze piana sie wylewa przy srednio szybkim nalewaniu.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAY 13, 2007
I can see this beer getting a bit misplaced. I am used to the American heavy stouts, so the expectation of a stout is that it will be heavy. This is from Belgium, and that has to be taken into account. It is not a heavy beer. It is rather light like a Belgian beer, but is a stout flavour. It almost doesn’t make sense, but given the context, this is an amazing beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 11, 2007
I couldn’t really believe what was happening when I drank this. The Belgian touch makes even a stout come out thinner than water, but with all the power of the US version. This particular brew is rife with overripe fruitiness, and an odd almost anisene darkness. The alcohol content gives it an almost vaporous quality which equates the experience to drinking the darkest meade you’ve ever had. A treat indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2008
This is one of my favorite Belgians, I’ve had it many times and it never dissapoints. Although it’s marketed as a stout I think this is more of a dark Brune. Dark cadi sugar and burnt carmel with a solid amount of bitterness. Very good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
esox (1057) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAR 3, 2009
0,75 l bottle @ Poechenellekeder, Brussels. Very dark ruby to copper beer with a huge, blond beige head. Texture of the head is incredible: tick, firm and creamy. The aroma is full of dark fruits and dried, sugary dates. The malts roasted to medium level. Some licorice in the finish. The flavor is sweetish and fruity at first but turst to quite bitter and dryish in the finish. Syrupy sweetness of the malts and ashy finish are well balanced. The palate is full bodied, smooth and a bit sticky. Breat beer.

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