Brewed by Deca Services
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Woesten-Vleteren, Belgium


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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Ipso Facto is a top-fermented, bottle conditioned and unpasteurized Dutch abbey ale. It is named after an abbot of the Carthusian Order, whose title was Ipso Facto (it is a fact). This ancient and traditional Dutch Abbey ale is at its best when served from 54-58°F in the Brouwerij De Drie Kruizen glass.

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jason (1836) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2006
2003 bottle. This was not what I expected. Very sweet aroma. Appearance is very dull with a thin head that disolves right away. Bland orange look. Flavor is odd, tasteful and too bitter at the same time. Altough I did sip it rather fast. 10.5 % is well hidden. Not my fav belgian.

PorterPounder (8500) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Marcello’s Wine Market, Baton Rouge, La. - 11.2 oz bottle. Pours a dark ruby red with a thin, tight off-white head beady head. Strong aroma of pipe tobacco, dates and brandy. Flavor has some hints of prunes, bittersweet chocolate, pipe tobacco and some ripening vegetable notes. Hint of booziness in the back end. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style and considering the heavy flavor. Decent.

SoLan (1551) - Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2005
2003. Cloudy and chunky dark brown. Different browns layering and mixing-looks like brown jupiter in a glass. Ugly in a good way. Small tan head doesn’t stay too long. Malt, candi sugar, dark dried fruits, yeast, alcohol-smells good. Some old must also. Same flavors, thick and chewy, mouthfilling flavor. Roasty. Chocoffee near the finish. Nice warming alcohol in the finish. Aftertaste matching the flavors. Drinks very easy considering what it is. Not much carbonation. Very good, complex brew.

beerguy101 (5361) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 28, 2005
330ml bottle. Dark brown color. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is raisins, caramel, plums and sweet. A medium bodied Belgian Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet, lots of raisin, plum and fig flavors. A touch of alcohol oiliness is apparent at 10.5 alcohol. A touch sweet and fairly smooth tasting beer. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet

pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2005
Bottle from a case discovered by Steve out in Chestnut Hill. Case and bottle quite beat up, but the brew inside was unharmed. Clear caramel color, mellow malty and a hint of spice-hops. Alcohol exceptionally well hidden.

Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JUL 10, 2005
IPSO FACTO!!!! THANK YOU BRANDON! (WunderBier that is!) Pours a hazy brown, no head Aroma of Barleywine, aged malt, and hops. Flavor is Belgian, with a thick flavor of cinnamon and malt. I sense this might be aged, like Mr Facto himself!

Papsoe (25055) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2005
(Bottle 33 cl) Greyish, murky brown - like the Schelde on a stormy day? Loads of impurities - rather disgusting appearance actually. Some burned notes, some chocolate, some malt - but everything overpowered by the hoppy finish. Somehow I expected more complexity for a strong beer like this. 030198

fly (1487) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2005
Yeasty, fruity and hints of sourness in aroma. Murky earthen brown. Crazy that I don’t detect alcohol in this while I just peeked to see that the person that gave it to me seemed to find ONLY that. It was over a year ago that he gave it to me, so who knows what may have taken place in the interim. Dry, vinous and while sweet, it seems buried (unlike yet another’s assertion that it’s near cloying). Exquisitely simple in conveying an earthy sweetness balanced by a bitterness with tannic overtones. very enjoyable. Thanks Aaron

wunderbier (1435) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 27, 2005
33 cL bottle, snifter. Murk brown body and an average-sized, frothy, off-white head that’s quickly diminishing. Big biscuit and toasted bread malt aroma. Carmel to a less degree. Some very powerful sweetness dominates all of those (invert syrup, treacle?) Butter cookies, almonds, figs, smoke and alcohol swim in the mix. Interesting, but "WHOA" sweet smelling at first (it’d be an 8/9 aroma for me w/o all the sweetness). Heavily sweet, lightly acidic front shifts to a moderate-heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter finish. The smokiness turns to roasted coffee in the flavor but otherwise it’s what I expected. Heavy body, sticky texture, average carbonation, medium alcohol. The bottom line is: The sweetness is just a bit ’hostile’ here and doesn’t have any acidity or bitterness to balance it. The alcohol doesn’t really help either. I can respect how some have rated this highly, but it doesn’t quite work for me.

skortila (6047) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - NOV 18, 2004
Fruity, malty and alcoholic nose. Quite clear (bit hazy), orange-brown coloured with a lasting, off-white head. Taste is sweet, malty (caramel), some yeast and fruit. Quite alcoholic finish. Not too great.

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