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Vondel Flemish Brown Ale

 (RETIRED)
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90
80
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Formerly brewed at Riva Brouwerij (Moortgat)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Dentergem, Belgium

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RATINGS: 290   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Dark, rich, strong, Flemmish brown ale.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaxiDriver (1472) - Stadland, GERMANY - FEB 13, 2011
Bottle. The aroma of malt, wine and grapes, some Sherry. The large pale beige foamy head has a long duration, the body is nearly black. The taste is a nice balance between a light sourness and malt with a long duration, the finish is mild. The body is medium strong, creamy and fizzy with a lot of carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (14304) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2011
17th February 2008
Dark sweet beer. Coca cola like with a sour malt undertone. Frothy dry finish with a nice carbonated snap.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Metalchopz (2198) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 30, 2010
Comes in a 4-pack with a best before date written on the cap, OCT2010. Pours a crazy off-white foamy head that has pretty good retention and leaves also foamy lacing. Colour is dark raspberry red with vivid carbonation. No sourness in the nose, just strong alcohol and some grain malt. Maybe some light cherries, but still not pleasant enough. Lots of red apples, like MacIntosh, in the taste with slight burn in the finish. Some raisins in aroma and flavours. An average brew, but will try back in a few years, as I have two more to cellar. For now, to strong for nothing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Plovmand (6302) - Helsinge, DENMARK - APR 11, 2010
Bottle shared by Nnudd. Dark brown body with a big light tan head. Lots of ripe fruit, caramel and some spicy yeast. Caramel, prune, raisin, molasses and light spicy flavour.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (3225) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2010
Pours a nice dark reddish amber color. Aromas of fruit, and some other hints, maybe some spices, maybe caramel. Flavor is a bittersweet, malty, and a hint of hops with a nice bittersweet finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Bottle at the Relentless Thirst Tasting on 08/29/2009. Clear brown body with floaties and a small off-white head. Sweet caramel and molasses aroma./ Sweet caramel, molasses, fruit, and rum soaked fruit flavor. Medium body with moderately high carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Bottle at the Relentless Thirst Gathering in Richmond, VA, 8.29.09. I think brewno from Cap Ale brought this one. Pours a reddish brown color with a slight haze and tiny floaties. Medium head with fair head retention and lacing. Aroma is earthy, musty and funky with caramel and leafy vegetal notes. Taste is caramel, light musty funk and a vegetal note. Very smooth and very enjoyable. Medium bodied.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jthg (84) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Amazing beer. I was in a bar in Brugge when the bar tender realized that I really enjoyed beer. On the way out, we passed me this bottle - free of charge. What a delight! Aroma is of rasins. Beer is sweet and smotth - probably a bit of vanilla - but not enough to taste. The beer ends easy with a hint of alcohol finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
garthicus (2655) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 28, 2009
Thanks to HogTownHarry. Not sure of the vintage but the best before is 2010. Appearance: Brown/red with a medium off white head, a little visible carbonation. Aroma: Floral, sweet with dark fruit, malt, caramel and metal. Flavour: Chewy caramel with nuts, dark fruit, metal again, alcohol. It has a pleasant hop-caramel finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
grandgenie (259) - gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 23, 2009
Sortie de mon cellier et dégusté avec Viak dans un verre de Westmalle. Apparence d’un brun ambré très foncé avec de fine particules marquant le verre et une mousse géante. Arômes de sucre à la crême, alcool ( vodka ) très présente, caramel et sucre brun. Goût semblable à une ( gulden draak ), miel, caramel, sucre brun, malt, levure et un peu de sel. Équilibre , sensation crémeuse et une bonne amertume. Très surpris et en toute plénitude.


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