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Brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Ertvelde, Belgium

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RATINGS: 241   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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Enjoy this bottle conditioned blond triple living ale. Its pleasant hoppyness is masterly balanced with a soft round and joyous sweetness, enveloped in a radiating glow.

It will put a spell on you!

Witches' Brew


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2008
Spicy notes of cider, ginger and pepper greet my nose as I pour this into my 25cl tulip glass. The beer pours with a frothy, initially three-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head; the head leaves lots of lacing on the sides of my glass as it very slowly subsides. The beer is a nice copper hue as it sits on my desk but shows a clear, bright gold color when held up to the light. Other aromas of melon, star-fruit, herbal grass, sweet clove, white pepper, something a bit like spicy oak and a flinty, almost metallic white grape skin note. This has a very complex nose to it, a bit warm, perhaps even hot from some higher alcohols, but still interesting enough that I can let it slide that this is not the most integrated of aromas.

Wow, this is very well carbonated; despite resting in my glass for the last 15 minutes, my first sip of this just seems to vaporize into a sea of foam. After a quick de-gassing the beer stills has an ample, peppery, fizzy carbonation that really helps to cut through the viscous body that this beer has. Sweet, though not overly so, with flavors of honey-like grain, some ripe melon notes and a touch of not-quite perfectly ripe pear. Quite spicy too, the ample carbonation certainly accentuates this, but there are also notes of clove, a ginger bite, some hot alcohol all of which contribute to a slight tongue numbing character. A base, toasty / cracker-like, malt character that I like to find in these types of beers is not much noticeable here. A touch of hop bitterness in the finish mixes with some of the spicy notes that are noticeable.

As the beer warms up I realize that much of the perceived sweetness is actually contributed by the fruity esters and the higher alcohols. This does actually achieve the lightness in body that I like to see in strong beers of this type. Warming up also softens the overall impact of this beer, taming the heat from the alcohols in the finish and allowing a creamy, smooth finish to become more noticeable. An interesting beer, this is actually pretty tasty & I find that I am enjoying this more than I expected.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2008
hazed golden blonde color with a lasting foamy whitish head and lots of lacing. big yeasty aroma, golden raisins, spice and alcohol burn. the flavor is quite similar along with some cooked lemon skin and grassy dryness. dry, spicy yeasty finish. the palate is a bit sweet so some age would help? medium body with a foamy texture and soft mouth feel...

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5186) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 14, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2008 The bottle says "Golden Ale", so I had something like Duvel in mind when I poured it. But its definately in the triple category. Orange, with a fluffy head. A lot of fruiy, yeasty smells and flavors, but maybe a bit too hot - it kinda turns into cough medicine. Certainly smells better than it tastes.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUN 13, 2008
750, I believe this is what this was, a bottle at Real Ale, the end of the bottle given to me by Dr. Bill. Pours gold with a bright white ring. Nose was sweet and awesome. Taste is sweet and nice, and overall decent.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
elcig (37) - Oliver Springs, Tennessee, USA - JUN 5, 2008
From a 750ml bottle. Pretty nice aroma of malt, spice and a bit of sweet fruit. Pours a nice golden color with an intense head that lasts and lasts with incredible lacing. Flavor isn’t quite as intense as I was hoping for, not bland but seems to be lacking a little something. Flavor is nice with touches of raisin and spicy fruit, just a bit of a bite at the finish. Overall a nice Tripel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 24, 2008
bottle from La Bodega. Golden with a foamy white head. Sweet fruity aroma. Semi sweet taste, straw, and a mildly dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2008
Bottle. Pours a clear golden with a large fluffy white head that lasts leaving good lacing. Aroma of bubblegum, yeast spice, citrus, and sweet malt. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with tingly carbonation, mild bitterness, and well hidden alcohol. Finishes dry and lightly spicy. A very good Tripel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Guinness4Duff (515) - Tallahassee (and Poconos, PA), Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Poured with an unusually large head, blonde in color. Good flavor with a strong fruit presence. My friend found it in the same New Leaf Market in Tallahasse as the first review.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4234) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2007
The aroma is hoppy, malty, fruity, and yeasty. The appearance is golden with a nice sized head that leaves some lacing. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. This is a good example of a Belgian.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palidor19 (2966) - Brandon, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2007
golden blond beer with strong alcohol taste. malts seem medium body and mild lingering hop presence. gives off a powerful flavor.


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