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Vondel Flemish Brown Ale

Formerly brewed at Riva Brouwerij (Duvel-Moortgat)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Dentergem, Belgium


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RATINGS: 295   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Dark, rich, strong, Flemmish brown ale.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jerohen (2169) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2012 Fairly aged (8 years) sample: Dark-brown colored, small head. Malty nose, liquorice, port, very nice. Very complex flavor, Initially sweet, later on bitter with a sour touch, long-lasting dry finish. Almost like a British barley wine. At this age, absolutely phenomenal. Fresh: Excellent dark-brown appearance. Nice malty aroma, but not very strong. Full and malty taste, a bit Rochefort-like. Smooth finish. A very good one! Rating reflects aged sample.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JonMoore (2062) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2005
Clear dark brown with a slim head. Very nice aroma; malt, dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar and more. Taste is not a let down; similar elements. Full bodied, great mouthfeel, well hid alcohol apart from some late warming. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Snoro (306) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 3, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2007 Excellente bière. Elle ressemble à la Trois-Pistole, Elle a beaucoup de gout! Mmm Une brune comme je l’aime.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Unibrois (9) - Chambly (home of Unibroue), Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2006 does not count
Very good fruity dark brown beer. The smell is almost perfect and the after taste is nothing exept fruit.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2002
A very nice thick brown ale. The caramel flavors really helped to put this one over for me. Another excellent Belgian

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
opiate (199) - Sandy, Utah, USA - DEC 16, 2000
I really, really, really liked this stuff. It’s much like a dopplebock. Dark, rich, and just oozes dried fruit and caramel in the aroma. A very rich, very strong, very good ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2004
750 ml, with a cork that read 2001. Orange brown color, tan head. Spicey ginger, camel and candi sugar aroma. Flavor is malty, fruity, spicy and reminds me of wasabe. Might go well with sashimi. Hoppy finish with some alcohol warmth. I like this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 16, 2002
raisons, yummy raisons. Puh, it tastes like Fresno. an upper nasal delight. yeah. they make more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2003
It doesn't say anything about flemish brown ales anywhere on my bottle. It is not a good example if that is the true name. That being said, it Vondel is a wonderful beer, rich in belgian character in the spirt of Chimay Grand Cru. It has dark brown coloration and has a moderately high carbonation, leaving a thick cream - off white head that lacks resistance and dissipates before the goblet is half empty. The aroma eminates with prunes, rasins, caramel and belgian fuitiness. It has a fairly malty profile and it is somewhat clean. The bittering hops are not discernable but a good balance is achieved. On the palate, it is a little thin, slighly spritzy but for a belgian, quite silky. Notes of alcohol are present both in the flavour profile and in the aroma, especially as Vondel warms up. Overall it is quite reminscent of some much higher rated examples such as Chimay Grand Cru (bleu) and to a lesser extent Trois Pistoles, which makes the low present overall rating of 3.51 very suspect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2003
Dark and cloudy ruby color with a big head. Aroma of fruit until the head disapates and then more of a sweet candy aroma. Flavor is sweet, fruity(apples), toffee, caramel, and a little alcohol. Finish is a little bitter and acidic.

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