Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium


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RATINGS: 592   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2006
From Bottle, poured at the 2006 Pizza Port 12 Hour Belgian Beer Party. Tan, rusty orange colored pour with a thin, white ring of head. Plenty of yeast churns the drink into a cloudy sandstorm of organic aroma. Spiced falltime apple cider, orange-spiced tea, and a hint of floral rose petals. The flavors are as overpowering as the aroma is delicate and fragile. My tongue is beaten into an irreversible submission by a spicy, tingling bombardment of thyme, sage, rosemary bark, and smoky tobacco. Very unique and complex, but the oak tones are a bit too roasty and overpowering for my palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2006
Hazy, rustic orange with a thick, foamy layer tiny, cream-colored bubbles. A wonderful, solipsistic aroma. Vanilla, coconut, white grapes, oak, caramel, mango, brown sugar, straw, warm alcohol, apples, oranges, pineapple, dry cereals and some light lemongrass. The body is quite full, as expected, and the carbonation is active but soft on the tongue. Once in the mouth, the beer is viscous, sweet and quite obviously barrel aged. The warm alcohol and intense sweetness is probably a little too much for my taste. There are many strengths to this beer: the complex malt layers, the deft, crafty yeast elements and the additional depths from the barrel-aging. However, the barrel may have too much impact, the alcohol is excessive or too warm, and the sweetness becomes cloying at times. I like it, but Im slightly disappointed. If only they kept it around 7% and threw in some Brett... Nah, I suppose *some* beers should be fermented without Brett. Thanks Martin!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2006
Sampled March 2006
Pours a lightly hazy, full amber (as in the substance) color. It is very well carbonated and initially forms a three-finger thick tan colored head that is fairly large bubbled. The aroma is rich and fruity with notes of concentrated pear, tart sweet apple, and green raisins as well as some straight malty caramel notes. After a couple sniffs of the aroma the oak begins to become quite noticeable; notes of buttery oak, tannic wood, and even a bit of something that reminds me of musty wood. As is my tendency, I prefer the up front fruit notes more than the oak, the oak is not too bad here (even adds to the complexity), but it comes to dominate a bit more than I would like.

The taste is sweet, yet not overly so, and has a fruitiness that reminds me of sweet, fragrant, slightly concentrated apples with a touch of tartness. The carbonation adds a bit of a bite, though it is quite tame considering the heft and full mouthfeel that this beers body has. The oak is here as well, it is most noticeable towards the end, but is noticeable as a buttery note, with perhaps a hint of vanillin, up front. The oak becomes woody, tannic and a bit astringent as one moves to the long finish. The tannic astringency is played up a bit by the alcohol that is found in the finish as well.

Well I have gotten this far (perhaps a quarter of a bottle) and I am already asking myself if I want to finish a bottle of this. It is certainly not the alcohol that has gotten to me, it is the oak, which isnt even all that overbearing in this beer compared to many oaked beers. Oak is just such a dominating presence, I really prefer a light touch with it. Perhaps the beer will become a bit more balanced as it warms up.

As the beer warms up it becomes a bit more creamy, perhaps a touch sweeter as well, and in fact the oak does seem to be a touch muted. I think that it also helps if you drink this beer very slowly, or to be more exact a long time between sips; this seems to keep the oak notes down. It is almost as if my palate gets more and more sensitive to the oak notes (especially the harsh astringent notes) as I take subsequent sips of this beer. Warming this beer is definitely the way to go, it really subdues the oak character and makes this much more drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Alcohol has unquestionable alcohol flavor. Incredibly compleity. A very dry beer. But, in light of all the strength, everything ties in well together and makes for one hell of a beer. Sometimes i worry when i pay so much for beer, but this one works out. I actually recorked for tomorrow night, cause this beer will kick you in the ass.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - MAR 1, 2006
(on bottle) So Salholdt thought we should spilt a bottle of something, thanx mate. Hazy blonde color, huge white head. Very woody and canesugarish aroma. taste was very alcoholic and too sweet at that time of the party. Had and wide palate of dried fruits and vanilla spicyness, but I really dident get over the high sugar content.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JPDIPSO (6042) - Wauwatosa, USA - FEB 27, 2006
A rather hearty cork extraction. A small amount a foam great the top of the bottle and only sets there waiting to be called. A lightly hazed copper color with a tall head that dissipates slightly but still is has a full finger of tan bubbles above the liquid. Pale malt, light oak, and chardonnay are in the aroma. The scent of this one could easily be 5% as it is 13%. Full dry brew that does show a hint of burn in the back of the throat. Light oak malt just oozes through this one. A mild salty caramel and some raisin and starfruit,as well as some dark cherries and spice seem to float about. As I reach the end of my rating career. This easily transcends itself into my top fifty. Carefree, yet powerful; graceful, yet bold; what more do we want in a brew. Ok paying near $10,verses the the near $40 price would be nice, but there comes a time when one must realize there is more to life.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dongster (15) - DeKalb, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2006
Beautiful looking beer with a wonderfully complex aroma. Pours dark with good legs (we had it in a snifter). Quite tasty with dark body and a slightly sharp finish for what the aging would suggest. Id buy it again for about $20, not the $40 they charge.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2006
Cloudy deep amber with a nice foamy off white head. malty and carmel sweet aroma, notes of alcohol and perfume. Malty and sweet flavor, light toffee notes without ever getting cloying. Alcohol and perfume notes in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Bottle. Aroma of apple,caramel and some spice. Poured a hazen golden with a nice foamy head. Flavor was good more apple than anything a tinge of caramel not much to note from the barrel aging. I suspect it may have been better to cellar this as the alcohol made this hotter than it had to be. Palate was good and the finish was relatively clean. Overall, good, however the price really wasnt justified. Oh well,live and learn

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bobaidan (530) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - JAN 6, 2006
Aroma is similar to many triples with a hint of spice and alcohol. Pours a cloudy amber with a head full of the tiniest bubbles. Fllavors include spice and a woddy taste. All of which is slightly overpowered by the alcohol flavors. A nice warmth from the alcohol as you drink it. Leaves a pleasant yeasty/ malty taste on the tongue. A good beer for sure, but I dont think its worth the $40.00 a bottle price.

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