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


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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
A complex, dark, fruity, chocolatey brew. First version from De Proef in Lochristi, near Ghent. Current version care of Van Steenberge.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 17, 2006
(Bottled@Waagstuk) Deep red with a large, lasting and lacy, tanned head. Caramely-roasty aroma with sweetish malt and a hint of alcohol. Slightly acidic and alcoholic flavor. Sweet and roasted-malty. Blackcurrant marmalade! Sweet-syrupy, low-carbonated, medium to full-bodied palate. A full, but quite sweet and slightly alcoholic brew. Warming and barley-wineous.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 11, 2006
Had it at Waagstuk, Antwerp. Dark brown to black colour, large off-white head. Sweet malty aroma, Full body and a sweet-scotchlike taste. Light bitter and burned finish. some alcoholic hints. A very good one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
harrisoni (17146) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2006
Bottle at t’Waagstak in Antwerp. First beer of the day in this excellent bar in the corner of a square in Antwerp. Very dark reddish brown colour with thick beige head. Intense bruin aroma, some dark fruit. Blackberry/currants, dark choc and dark cherry. More dark fruit in mouth leading to a dry finish. Big on fruits, but enough malt structure to carry it off. I really like this

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2005
Bottle at GBBF, August 2005. I’m afraid my notes weren’t too extensive on this one and I’m not sure why because it was quite early in the day. "Dark brownish red. Fruity and chocolatey. Lots of esters. I like it". Not only is it rather too succinct, its almost exactly the same as the commercial description. Oh well. I did like it though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 6, 2005
Very fruity, bitter orange aroma with underlying biscuity malts. Translucent copper-brown with low, off-white head that leaves a lasting cover. Big fruitiness with biscuity malt character, fair offsetting bitterness and light notes of alcohol in the finish. Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Sampled at GBBF 2005.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2005
Bottle (GBBF): Fruity estery aroma. Caramel colour. Medium bodied warming feel. Peppery flavour with some choco notes. Nice

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hunsell (403) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 7, 2005
@ Waagstuk Sourish, almost sweaty nose. Pretty sweet beer, dark malts, chocolate, burning alcoholic-finish. Unbalanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11360) - Søborg, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2005
Bottled @ GBBF 2005: Amber coloured. Hazy. LIght brown head. Fruit, berries and malts in the aroma. Flavour of alcohol, liqourice, malt and chocolate. Is a little thin bodied. Ends on a light sour and grapish note.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
diabel (1680) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JUL 20, 2005
Bottle at Waagstuk, Antwerp, Belgium Fizzy, light brown head, but fully diminishing. Good lace. Murky, amber body. Nose of malts (grain). Lightly sweet, lightly bitter initial flavour. Moderately sweet, moderately bitter finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (9379) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUN 23, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2006 First version brewed at De Proef: 7/4/7/3/15 Brewed for the "Stadswaag" in Antwerpen, a nice square (now with lots of pubs) which was once the target of a bomb, dropped by a Zeppelin. Nearly black, but with red-brown shine. Very ample, yellow-brown head. Nose of roasted walnuts, coffee, celery. Sourish taste from the roasted barley, nearly vegetable-fruity. Roasted malt/barley, very few restsugars. Restrained bitterness. Retronasal quite some liquorice. Medium-bodied, strange, as the beer gives a strong stout impression. Slight burning sensation; long roasted aftertaste. A remarkable beer, but it ages fast. A younger sample would have Guinness, Rochefort and even Westvleteren notes. This, slightly older, ventures into Flemish brown territory. Guinness Foreign Extra Stout the Belgian way?
Second version by Van Steenberge (notes as above) Amber to cardinal red; huge yellowish-amber, dense head, very stable. Sweet vinous nose, fruity, "Mon Chéri" bonbons, portwine, some faraway, sweet malts. Sweet, vinous taste with a distinct roasted tang. Figs’ flavour, some hidden chocolate hints. Extremely thick, viscous beer, creamy, velvety MF, alcohol obvious. Much sweeter than the Proef version. I would be tempted to say "less complex", but in truth, the complexity is on another level. A more sweet one, sadly.

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