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


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RATINGS: 440   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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 (6200) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bosbouw (1435) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2015
Donkere chocolade bruine kleur met een volle kraag. Ruikt zoetig, drop, en nog iets. Smaakt zoetig, laurier, drop. Raar biertje.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bierridder_S (81) - BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2015
16/01/2015 @home 33cl bottle from Bierhalle Deconinck. Dark brown with small beige head. Aroma : Sweet, caramel, dark fruits, roasted malts. Taste : sweetness, caramel, roasted malts, fruits and a bit bitterness in the end. All very mild & gentle

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marduk (3089) - Tallinn, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sic1314 (3880) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kauge (410) - 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 (1039) - 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 (1292) - 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 (366) - 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 (187) - 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 (164) - 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.

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