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


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RATINGS: 400   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Top fermented beer. Refermented in the bottle.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (5741) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
zacgillbanks (1847) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2014
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. This is a very dark brown beer with sweet red fruity rich flavours, spicy creamy notes and slight chocolate and a nutty finish. Certainly more a dubbel than a stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markschiedon (96) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 17, 2014
Drinking from a 33 cl bottle. First a surprisingly sweet, soapy aroma. After that caramel, peanut butter, nuts, flowers. The clear, dark red beer has a large brown head that quickly disappears. In the taste liquorice, espresso, dark chocolate. High carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (3563) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 16, 2014
Bottle at Rootz at the Harbour. Poured a hazy dark brown with a frothy light tan head. The aroma is malt molasses wild yeast sour. The flavour is medium bitter light sweet with a rich malt yeast alcohol liqourice chocolate palate. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. Packed with flavours. I could drink this all day!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorgeLee (1067) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2014
Tap in Little Delirium Brussels. A chocolatey beer, reddish brown rather than black. Warming booze, sweetish, not really roasty or bitter. I guess a pleasant strong dubbel, though not outstanding. Not always sure these Belgians can be trusted with their foreign beer styles...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lonick (781) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 6, 2014
Bottle @All My Vinyl Tasting, Edinburgh. Pours dark brown with a very thin head. More like a milk stout than a ’stout’. I liked the Belgium nose to it but the rest of it did not match up.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (5386) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 5, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein schwarzes Bier mit schöner bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, Schokolade, dunkle Früchte. Geschmack sehr röstmalzig, angenehm fruchtig, schokoladig, eridig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
allmyvinyl (2166) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours clear dark brown, little head. Light spicy nose, some dark sugars. Sugar comes through more on the taste. Sweet finish. OK.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maakun (321) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 17, 2014
Black with light beige head. Sweet malts, lots of red fruits, light yeast and spices, roasted notes. Medium bodied, light carbonation. Taste is mainly sweet with light tart touch and light bitter in the finish. More Belgian than stout. Like it though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
EddyBeer1 (760) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 6, 2014
Brune foncée légèrement rougeâtre, effervescence faible, pas de mousse. Malts caramels un rien toastés, trop sucrée, manque de corps, un rien fruitée. C’est un stout, ça???

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vipinvelp (1885) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - FEB 2, 2014
Dark ruby, almost black, with light brown lacing foam head. Light aroma, little caramel what I would not expect. Tastes sweet to, not like a srout. (Velp 201402)

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