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


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RATINGS: 53   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
harrisoni (17288) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (9137) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2007 33cl bottle, vintage unknown, probably fresh
Consumed at Afspanning ’t Waagstuk, Antwerp, May 2006

Dark ruby and burgundy brown colored body, tall tan head with heavy lacing. Rich scented nose of dates, cherries, nuts, some light smoke, some scotch and some rye. Smooth and "throaty", with a small bit of alcohol noticed. Very good beer, fit the rainy morning very well. Had this with a spinach soup and coffee lunch at the cafe.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2006
Aroma: carmel, red grape skins, hops
Appearance: golden brown, off-white head, lacing
Flavor: yeasty biscuits, carmel malts, alcohol, red grape skins--not overwhelming
Palate: smooth and silky, yeasty biscuit/lactic aftertaste
Overall: like a light quad

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (9601) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2006
Bottle, Waagstuck, Antwerp, Belgium, 06-10-06. Dark brown in colour with an off white creamy head. Some caramel, nuts and fruits detected in the aroma, taste was quite rich and fairly smooth some powerful dark rich fruitiness detected as was a hint of chocolate amongst the pleasant maltiness. Really enjoyed this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oberabcbbsok (691) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - APR 27, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2007 I have tasted both versions. I find the version of ’De Proef’ better. It is still an excellent beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (34376) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2007
Bottled. A dark brown beer with a medium dark tan head. The aroma is very sweet and very complex with notes of fruit, prunes, chocolate, wood, balsamico, and spices. The flavor is very sweet and again very complex with notes of caramel, dark fruits, leaning towards being over ripe, combines with notes of prunes, chocolate, yeast, wood, and spices, before the alcohol comes along and dominated for a while before a dry slightly bitter alcohol, fruity, and quite spicy finish sets in. The alcohol leaves a slight burn in the throat. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (8120) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 2, 2011
bottle@Waagstuk: bit sweet with a deep, full dark malt taste which is followed by ripe dark fruits (emphasis on figs) which blossoms with a slight dark chocolate finish, hint of toffee, worth getting if you are in ‘t Waagstuk which is the only place where you can get this if I am not mistaken, if you look only at the black of the drawing on the bottle from a distance, it kind of looks like an eel

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2007
A Sim rate (bottle from Waagstuk). Liquorice and red grapes in the aroma. Flavour is very complex with raisins, grapes, red wine and more liquorice. Finish is long and satisfying. Dark, ruby red appearance with decent head and lacing. Heftiest beer I have had so far this weekend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2007
(Bottle 33 cl) Clear, orangey brown with a gigantic, dense and retentive, beige head - shaving foam style. Vinous aroma with lots of dried fruit and port notes. Distinct, full body with lots of raisin notes and roasted malts. A very warming alcohol in the finish. 020507

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 14, 2007
Bottle at ’t Waagstuk. Hazy dark amber with a creamy off-white head. Plum jam, cocoa, vanilla, banana and sweet worty malts in the aroma. Very nice and complex. Full, almost sticky body showing a more one-dimensional scotch/plum/vanilla flavour. Some chocolate and alcohol start to come though in the finish... and also the flavour as it warms. I almost prefer it a bit more chilled than you’d normally want a strong ale. Great stuff anyway.

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