Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium


on tap

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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Thanks to Dan & Joelle (Dewbrewer) for sharing this one. It pours a slightly hazy orange with a thin head and some lacing. The nose is of vanilla, wood and malt. The flavor is the same with a lot of wood and vanilla with some malt but no hops to speak of. . It could be more balance in this one but it is still a great beer. It almost wine like. Get some if you can.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2005
250 mL brown bottle purchased from Home Service Beer Beverage Discount Center, Glenview, NY. ABV 12%. Clear golden yellow strong Belgium ale having an average white head with good lacing. Soft carbonation. Sweet fruity malt aromas. Medium bodied that starts dry with tiny sweet malt and toffee accents and finishes dry with slight lingering bitterness. Definite alcoholic warmth. Similar to Duvel but richer in flavor. This is a very good dry Belgium ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Big thanks to Jeffin7 for the bottle! Murky but still bright orange body topped by a creamy off-white head that laces like crazy. The aroma is huge vanilla, oak, alcohol, spices, and sugary sweetness. The flavor is really quite nice. Oak mixed with salt dripping with toffee and some warming alcohol. Not at all cloying ot overly syrupy. At 13% alcohol can get in the way, but here it just adds depth and pleasure. I could drink gallons of this stuff. Excellent example of a barrel-aged beer. One of the best, IMO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (6105) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Bottle at Aaron and Kathys Holiday/YeHa Party on 12-3-05. Courtesy of me. Murky gold color with a small white head. Nose is bourbon with lots of alcohol. Vanilla, wood, butterscotch and rum-soaked fruits help round out the aroma. Taste is big alcohol notes, dark fruits, melon, candy sugar, sweet malts, honey butter, caramel, light flowery notes, and light brown sugar. Leaning towards being thin bodied but has a nice alcohol warmth and mild carbonation. Finishes with more alcohol, light brown sugar, oak, vanilla, sweet malts, bourbon notes and dark fruitiness. A bit unbalanced at times, but still tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Pours amber with a medium light colored head. Aroma is of whiskey, grape, wood, raisins, and plum. Flavor is of a nice mix of toasty caramely malt, dark fruit, and some alcohol. Nice fluffy palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Super hazy caramel color, thin white fizzy head. Hey...who poured a shot of Woodford Reserve into my glass?! Nose was straight up bourbon and buttered wood, vanilla, and soft fruity tones. You better like the taste of bourbon too. Maybe toss in some dark fruit tones, some fuzzy fruit, hints of brown sugar, and a light hop bitterness for good measure. Did I mention bourbon? Luckily, none of the above offends me, but totally not what I expected from the high ratings here. Medium bodied, yet a tad thin, moderate carbonation, boozy finish. Thanks to the_beer_god for sharing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Bottle: Thanks to the_beer_god Mike for bringing this gem. Pours to a cloudy amber with a yellow-beige head. Tiny particles are visable floating around when held to the light. Aroma is fruit, bourbon, light butter, molasses, oak barrel. Taste is heavy bourbon, grains, alcohol, grapes, and sugary sweet. Light-medium body, low carbonation, finishes sweet and alcoholic. I was really very excited to this great beer, but was completely let down by a mediocre beer with way too much alochol and bourbon notes. Definitely not the billed refined Belgian ale its supposed to be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hunsell (403) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2005
Thanks to Tim (Diabel) for ordering this at the Kerstbierfestival in Essen, Belgium! Cloudy brown-orange coloured beer with a white soapy head. Cognac-like nose, pretty sweet and notes of wood. Very alcoholic taste, not only at the end, but from the start. otes of wood, vanilla, almond. Very, very fizzy, ruins the whole palate. Im sure this is a nice after-dinner-drink, but it is not totally my thing. Actually, I was quite disappointed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jasonp (1577) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2005
Sampled at Argo and Kathys 05 Holiday Gathering courtesy of The_Beer_God. Pours copper with suspended particles and a white head. Heavenly aroma of oak, dark and light fruits and an alcohol zing. Flavor has notes of cherry, oak, toffee/caramel and bourbon. Pleasantly sweet with ample bittering hops on the back end. Very warming alcohol presence which doesnt detract. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A great sippin beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Bottle. Nose-buttered popcorn, sugar, molasses. Taste-rich, spicy, toffee, alcohol, vanilla, oaky, almost a brett character to it. This tastes very similar to Cambridge Benevolence, which IMO is a fantastic beer. This was an excellent sipper. One of the best beers I have had in a long, long time.

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