Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium


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RATINGS: 591   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
Aging in oak barrels for 6 months gives this beer an uncommon smoothness and richness.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnicolaescu (2269) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - MAR 8, 2016
BOTTLE 75 CL. Clear bright amber, small head. Both aroma and the taste have mild acetic notes, oxidized wine and enough malts to balance. A bit of alcohol just spices the things up. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maersk (211) - MOLDOVA - MAR 6, 2016
Rich bronze colour. Murky. Thin head. Smells sour with vinegar, young wine. Very nice sweet taste. No alcohol for 13 abv. Beer tickles the tongue with almost no carbonation. Some acidity in sourness in aftertaste, which is less aggressive than the one in aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mesjasz (1232) - Lodz, POLAND - JAN 6, 2016
UPDATED: APR 19, 2016 750ml bottle, tasted two years ago. This beer is great, very complex, oaky, vineous. Good to have bottle for ageing.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bawelt (687) - Lyon, FRANCE - DEC 31, 2015
Un top de top. Juste incroyable de complexit et d?quilibre.Le nez est un parfait quilibre entre le caramel, la cannelle, la pomme, la poire, la pche. Un peu d?alcool qui peut masquer le tout en dbut de dgustation, laisser arer un bon quart d?heure.La bouche a un corps trs puissant. Les armes sont moins dissociables qu?au nez, on sent normment les fruits jaunes, la cannelle est en soutien bien plus loin derrire. Le caramel arrondi trs agrablement le tout et la rend trs buvable.Bmol : finalement peu de longueur. L?alcool ayant la part belle, le tout s?vapore trs vite. La note finale reste sur les fruits jaunes dominante pomme/poire, le tout sur un sacr fond de vrai bon caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trolleo (1424) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 13, 2015
Cloudy dark amber color, lots of crumbs and floaters, small off-white head. Alcohol blow at first, than sugar, oak barrel, biscuit. Little bit of wine-like sourness, wine barrel, oak, coconut and scotch. Full body, soft carbonation. Comlex and beautifully balanced. //thanks to Alen

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2015
2008 vintage. Ive been storing this one for four years and decides Xmas Eve was as good a time as any to finally open it. Pours a very cloudy, dark golden amber color with dark orange edges and a two finger white foam head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Vinous aroma with a strong barrel presence thats nicely integrated into the elements of the base beer. Strong toasted oak character along with vanilla, rye whiskey and calvados brandy notes. Pretty complex and similar to an oak aged barley wine with hints of leathery malt, toffee, caramel and dark fruits. Some spicy rye and apple lingering underneath the barrel notes as well as hints of plum, raisin and fig. Very nice! Medium bodied with surprising amount of carbonation considering its age and high ABV. As in the aroma, it feels more like a barrel aged old ale/barley wine. Complex barrel character with combination of virgin oak, whiskey and brandy barrel flavors. Toasted and slightly toothpick-y with dry oak, spicy rye whisky, and apple and brandy notes. Zesty spice compliments the spicy rye notes before being countered by sweet and earthy malts, bready yeast and dark fruit sweetness. Strong barrel presence but it doesnt overpower the base with hints of toffee, caramel apple, fig, plum, currants and dark cherries. Theres a decent amount of alcohol sweetness and some warmth in the finish but the 13% ABV is pretty well masked. Complex and flavorful but definitely a sipper.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
markextrae (4153) - Alingss, SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2015
small sample at the bottleshop. together with the other barrel version. poured a hazy dark amber colour with a few bubbles on top. nose of rotten fruits, burned caramel, tart. and sour grapes. beglian spiced yeast. malty. and wet cardboard. wine notes. unbalanced with again that strong alcoholic finish. bleh

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1618) - BELGIUM - OCT 31, 2015
A vnement exceptionnel, bire exceptionnelle Pour mon 1000 me rating, je voulais une clbration digne de ce grand moment. Bien sr, jai dj dgust cette bire, je connais sa valeur dexception, ce nest donc pas la premire, et ce ne sera certainement pas la dernire!!! Bouteille srigraphie classe de 75 cl, avec bouchon de lige qualit diam, et mdaille dore. Couleur ambre roux, avec un lger voile. Bulles fines et lentes. Mousse beige crmeuse. Armes de bois de ft, raisins de vendanges tardives, figues, dattes, pointe de miel. 1re bouche souple veloute, limpression vineuse extrme. Arrire-bouche riche de mille nuances. 2me avec des tannins superbes, et de la vendange tardive merveilleuse. Arrire-bouche longue et complexe. 3me o le velout de la texture accompagne les saveurs extraordinaires. Arrire-bouche dun impact norme. De la classe, de la super classe, de lextra classe!! Longueur qui est un Everest de la bire, en passant par les sommets des Andes Jambes huileuses, fines. Levure magnifique. Alcool qui est un pur modle de ce quune bire peut faire, un cas dcole pour les amateurs de quadruple. Il ne sagit pas bien sr dun accompagnement des saveurs, mais dune direction nergique comme le ferait un super coach, avec un dosage des capacits de chacun (ici je te pousse la levure, ici je te pousse le malt, ici je te pousse le houblon ), et bien sr de lharmonie de lensemble avec la classe dun chef dorchestre de niveau mondial. Finale divine. CONCLUSION: une bire qui est un plus quune rvlation, un petit miracle (ou un grand miracle, selon votre degr de croyance ). Cette bire ne peut tre classe dans un chiffrement sur 10, et a fortiori sur 5 lamricaine , cest un peu comme les cols du tour de France classs hors catgorie Donc, puisque nous devons nous frotter avec les 5 de Ratebeer, nous dirons que cette bire vaut 3 fois un 5, ou pour parler plus simplement un 555 sur 100, rejoignant ainsi par exemple la Westmalle triple (ce qui est, nous lavouerons sans problme, une rfrence ultime ).

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
Marduk (6765) - Reval, ESTONIA - OCT 2, 2015
750ml bottle (thanks martjoobolut). Murky brown color. Small size, white head, stays. Sour, acidic, apples, prunes in aroma. Prunes, sweetish, twiggy, minerals, apples, malty in taste. Papery sour aftertaste. So messy.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
FatPhil (14896) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 30, 2015
750ml bottle (300e of overpriced beer tasting) - thanks martjoobolut!
Rubbery aroma, some apple, in fact cider. Harsh palate. Have I thrown up in my mouth, as this is so acidic, and really unpleasant. Some wininess, sharp and harsh. Not wine - champagne, and very harsh and acidic. A style I pretty much detest.

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