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

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RATINGS: 428   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Top fermented beer. Refermented in the bottle.


BBB63's rating

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6122) - 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!


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hanoi (440) - Bedfordshire, 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DutchMark (183) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mjik83 (222) - - OCT 28, 2014
33cl flesje bij De Gouverneur, Maastricht Alcoholpercentage van 9% Uitgeschonken in Adelardus glas Uiterlijk: donkerbruin met mooie crèmelaag, minder zwart als verwacht Aroma en smaak: noten, lichte koffie, zuurtje Conclusie: valt tegen deze stout, geen lekkere smaakcombinaties zoals bij een goede stout ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fashawn (168) - Montesarchio, ITALY - OCT 8, 2014
Splendida birra marrone scura con una schiuma caramello, non troppo duratura ma compatta, che accompagna la bevuta. Odore di toffee, miele di castagno, caramello e orzo tostato. Il torrefatto arriva anche in bocca cosě come il sapore dolce di caramello. Liquirizia, un po’ d’orzo. Ma il finale č secco dopo l’imbocco dolce, con un retrogusto di liquirizia che piace. Buonissima bevuta. Una delle mie stout preferite.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trappist1 (537) - Diest, BELGIUM - OCT 1, 2014
Dark brown color with brown head. Nose: roasted malts and chocolate, small perfume. Taste: very much chocolate, bit of mocha, gentle roasted malts, butterscotch, some fruity hints. . Bit creamy, soft body. Dry in the finish, some bitterness but does not beat you with a stick. Overall the finish is good, and can appreciate the beer. Only, the 9% seems a bit too much for what it is. It ain’t a traditional stout, it ain’t an imperial one. But still, I’m enjoying it. Thanks Joris for the bottle.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dnicolaescu (885) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - SEP 30, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2014 BOTTLE 33 CL. Look: clear dark ruby-brown almost black, yeast flakes, big beige creamy head. Aroma: starts with harsh sulphury notes that goes away after a while, some stale vinegary wine, sweet prunes, dates, a bit soapy, a touch of black malts. Taste: starts with some alcoholic spice, but the sweetness takes over as the beer warms up. Quite sweet, dark sugar, some sweet dried fruit (dates, prunes), light bitterness builds on in the finish but never really balances the sweetness out. Decent.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
radzik5555 (409) - Gdynia, POLAND - SEP 29, 2014
Butelka 0.33L
Wygląd: Czarne. Średnia kremowa piana, opada szybko ale ładnie znaczy przy tym szkło.
Aromat: Lekko kwaśny, belgijski, lekko dziki. Nut stoutowych nie czuć. Ogólnie mało intensywny aromat. Lekko winny, guma balonowa, dojrzałe śliwki.
Smak: Słodkie, brązowy cukier, karmel, chleb, alkohol, lekko ziołowe.
Odczucie: Wysokie nasycenie CO2, faktura kremowa, ciało niskie+
Całość: Zbyt słodkie i nie przypomina stoutu, raczej dubbel.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
"as a stout, this beer is a rather expensive joke, let alone as an imperial. had more in common with a pepsi in look, feel, and even flavor. light malts, a touch of roast, lots of fruit, and butterscotch and yeast. not a horrible beer, classified as a belgian ale. still average, though. but to pay 9.99 for this "stout" kinda pisses me off :)"

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (1364) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 24, 2014
Black with a good beige head. Aroma is prunes, figs, hint of anise, blackcurrant, roasted grains. Medium bodied, lightly sweet on the palate with a somewhat fruity finish. Taste is prunes , anise, blackcurrant, fig, caramel, raisin.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
dutchbeerpages (1652) - Wilnis, NETHERLANDS - SEP 19, 2014
Not a lot of aroma so the rating is a little lower. Great palate and the flavors are refined but nice. Raisins, vanilla, some iron/water. Very soft. Bottle at t Bierhuys in Woerden.


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