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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BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 9, 2003
Thanks DM for the bottle: Murky brown hue with almost no head or lace. Quite an ugly brew. Aroma hinted of plum, raisin, apple, spice, roasted malt, earthy yeast, alcohol, and wood. The taste was indeed fruity and spicy with a noticeable woody dryness and a punch of alcohol (but not overpowering). Reminds me of one those alcoholic plum cakes I had in Europe. An interesting brew with a big kick. A sipping beer for sure.

hotstuff (5257) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 8, 2003
This was definitely a sipping beer at 10.5%ABV as thedm said "this is indeed a powerful brew with a punch".It poured a small sized tan head that consisted of fine-medium bubbles that was mostly diminishing.The body was carbonated and opaque with a dark brown hue.The nose was that of alcohol and some malt.The flavor was a bit sour and bitter that left a lingering aftertaste.The mouthfeel was tingly, bubbly, smooth and a bit on the watery side.It was a medium bodied beer that had a fair amount of lacing.

thedm (6319) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 7, 2003
This brew poured a small head of fine to large sized mostly lasting light brown colored bubbles that left behind a fair lacing and a softly carbonated very hazy semi-opaque dark brown colored body. The aroma is of strong dark malt mixed with a mild alcohol. The mouthfell is smooth with a noticeable alcohol content to it. The flavor a medium alcohol with molasses and dark malts. A very interesting brew that caused me to think that I should be happy that this one came in such a small bottle because if it was a big bottle it would get me pretty wasted on it. This is indeed a powerful brew with a punch.

TheBeerGod (6261) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2003 First, let me start this by saying I cracked open the bottle and there was a TON of crud caked onto the cap and right inside the neck. It seemed that the bottle had been, at one time, stored upside down. I normally like all of the sediment and floaties in a beer, but this looked very unappetizing. I swirled the rest from the bottom and poured it into the glass. It looked like a clouded glass of Coke. Small tan head. The nose is alcohol, molasses, some caramel and malt. Perhaps also a hint of licorice and fruit. It smells fine, and I'm glad because I was initially worried it could be spoiled. The taste is a little of a letdown considering how full it smelled. Dark chocolate, sour fruit - this has some tartness, alcohol but it doesn't seem thick on the tongue. Very delicate tongue and almost verging on watery. Finishes with a sweetness but I was a little disappointed with it. Perhaps I'll get another bottle and re-rate.

lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - OCT 5, 2003
nice sweet scent and a maple essence, way too many yeast floaters for me, very nice, rich and complex, nice bitterness that balances it all out and hides the 10.2 alc%

bierkoning (13674) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - SEP 17, 2003
At least two years old. Orange brown color, almost no head. Plum, raisin and orange aroma. Loads of alcohol in the flavor. Raisin, apple and pineapple. A bit dusty, hoppy aftertaste. Nice beer, but certainly not perfect.

Oakes (18756) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2003
Dark muddy brown. Aroma is slightly smokey, treacly, with raisins, plums and earthy malt depth. Smooth, earthy, figgy palate. Hints of silken Belgian chocolate. Very tasty stuff.

Volgon (2761) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 1, 2003
RateBeer Summer 2003: Murky brown color, malty complex spice in the aroma with a bit a light fruit. Ends a tad sourish. Smooth mouthfeel. An excellent brew that I need to try again.

Racegoer (355) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - JUN 19, 2003
Deep ruby brown dark ale. aroma is that of raisins, bananas, bread dough and firm yeast. Smooth and rich molasses, brown sugar,figs, the finish is longer than an Alaskan winter's night, nice mouthfeel.Alcohol kicks in with after taste and is extremely warming, I would say this is right down Guslers' Alley .Rich vinious malts make me think this would age well and be a superb Holiday Ale, I saw several bottles sitting on my local beer store shelves & I doubt they will still be there after my next trip in, Recommended !

beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2003
Good Belgian ale. Spicy, malty, and citrus flavors. Smooth, creamy, and warming finish. ABV well hidden.

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