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


on tap

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RATINGS: 487   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Top fermented beer. Refermented in the bottle.

BBB63's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 9, 2007
Corked bottle and served in my NB worthy glass: Pours a deep cola brown with a fading fizzy beige head and some lace. The aroma has notes of anise and pepper, plum, toasty pumpernickel bread, herbal, dusty yeast esters, a classic Belgian sour/funk woody nose. Actually once I got used to it, it was quite nice!

The taste profile is a bit more simple with anise and peppery textures over a layer of sweet chocolate and nutty malts. These are supported by lactic twang and a herbal wildflower quality. The finish is slightly dry and woody with some smoke out and about.

The mouth feel is lively but reserved, thin to medium-bodied and the alcohol is VERY WELL HIDDEN. Shiz until I just looked I would have never guess anything close to the 9% listed. If you like Jolly Pumpkin stout then you should give this one a spin around the dance floor. This one really grew on me, got better as it warmed. But buyer beware....this is not your normal stout!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Deu (948) - Nantes, FRANCE - OCT 16, 2016
Bottle in anvers. Black colour with a small white head. Medium to full body, medium to light carbonation. More of a Belgian bruin. Overall ok

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ruigo (2383) - PORTUGAL - OCT 6, 2016
33cl bottle. Dark brown with nice tan head. Good retention. Light roasted malts, nuts and licorice in the aroma. Fizzy carbonation and medium body. Taste is light sweet with coffee notes. Dry astrigent finish. Overall, unbalanced beer with too much carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
redders1974 (1002) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2016
Dark brown small off white head. More Belgian strong ale than stout slight tarte note plums and damson nothing wrong with it but misdescribed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
andniz (187) - POLAND - SEP 26, 2016
Aroma mostly of bread, caramel, a bit of nuts and spiciness Verylight color for a stout, it was not even deep brown Rather sweet, pretty watery for an imperial stout, very lightly roasted not a bad beer, but definitely not a stout

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopverdju (709) - BELGIUM - JUL 30, 2016
Donkerbruin met ecru/crèmekleurig schuim. Geur: alcoholisch en precies wat oxidatie (nochtans redelijk jong), gestoofde zoete appels, rozijnen. Smaak: peperkoek, koffie verkeerd, peren. Romig mondgevoel. Medium koolzuurprikkel. Afdronk: licht bitter, noten. Dit bier doet eerder denken aan een quadrupel dan aan een Imperial stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KoNrRiI (1229) - Århus, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2016

0.33 bottle.
Black color with a small, coffee-colored head leaving some lacing. Aroma of caramel, butter, dough, and vanilla. Taste is made up of coffee, malts, and some dark cake - it is sweet yet very delicate for a stout, I would not even classify it as an Imperial Stout. A medium body, a somewhat creamy texture, and a soft carbonation. Finish is medium long, very malty, and a tad too alcoholic. Overall the beer is mediocre and not particularly stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
onceblind (7472) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2016
Not super dark black, almost like a schwarzbier, with a light tan head that evaporates a little fast, leaving no head at all. Nice chocolate-ish aroma and a faint licorice and biscuity nose. Smooth and Belgian ish flavor with some dark malt, no smokiness or roast, some smooth chocolate undertones, a faint Belgian yeast fruitiness, and some plum.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zilverenmaan (19) - Schoten, BELGIUM - JUL 1, 2016
Aangenaam aroma: voornamelijk vanille. Smaak eveneens voornamelijk vanille, daarnaast beetje zoetig, beetje zurig, slechts een hint van geroosterde mout. Bitterre afdronk ontbreekt. Mondgevoel olie-achtig, weinig koolzuur. Al bij al geen kwaad bier maar weinig uitgesproken of complex van smaak.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rikstar (2302) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 25, 2016
0,33l fles bij wapen van Wogmeer. Blijft altijd spannend anls men in België stout bier gaat brouwen. Deze is wel te drinken met wat koffie en melkchocolade, echter verfijnd kan je het niet noemen, daarvoor iets te dun en mat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClaudeB04 (348) - Dudelange, LUXEMBOURG - JUN 17, 2016
Dark brown large beige head. Taste is sour, malty sweetness with a short bitter finish . Disappointing

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