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 54-58F in the Brouwerij De Drie Kruizen glass.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - MAY 31, 2003
raisin aroma, choclate brown color with incredible amounts of sediment resembling brown sugar, some smokiness along with candylike ripe fruits and alcohol, kind of a watered down finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 6, 2003
Bready malt and grapefruit aroma. Pours a cloudy well-carbonated amber. Body is sweet and syrupy with a good yeast profile. This hides its alcohol pretty well. A respectable Belgian strong ale, especially since it's not from Belgium.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2003
This one pours a dark, murky brown color with a small, mostly diminishing, tan colored head. The aroma is rich with fruits, brown sugar, molasses, malts, and alcohol. It has full body with light carbonation and is very smooth on the palate. The flavor is richly malty with a lot of yeast and alcohol notes. The finish is long, yeasty, mildly fruity with a touch of alcohol and sugar. Somewhat cloying, this one is thick, yeasty, and alcoholic, and I like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
booyaatribe (450) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2003
Sweet, bready, roasty. Like a loaf of sweet nut bread or something. Kind of like a cross between a Belgian ale and Sam Smith's Nut Brown.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2003
Pours sludgy brown in texture and color. Very little head and plenty of sediment are present. The aroma is malty sweet with bread, raisin, apple, caramel, fig and red wine. The mouthfeel is very heavy and thick and with a bit of grainy or chalky notes. The flavors were rather complex, but not really what I want in a BSA. It is very dominate in the bread/dough area with some alcohol in the finish and odd flavors emerge. Not something I'm likely to have again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAR 3, 2003
Yeasty aroma with fruit, notes of lambic like wildness. Sweet mild berry flavor, woody, with licorice and a very mild cheesiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 27, 2003
I don't know if they changed the recipe but this one tasted like a strong stout.Had a caramel coffee aroma as well as flavor which softened to dark fruits and bread dough.Hoppy warming alcohol at the finish.Maybe drinking it colder is the key.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
argo0 (14012) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 27, 2003
Dark cola with small tan head. Aroma is alcohol of some type of fuel, and to a lesser extent, raisin and bubblegum. Taste is alcohol laden, and in this instance that's not a good thing. Also detect some plum and some spiciness. Astringent alcohol burn on the back of this one. Guess I'm alone on this, but I disliked this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jazz88 (2675) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 11, 2003
Bottle. Very dark brown with a diminished tan head. Very malty in both the flavor and aroma with a bitter bite on the palate. Earthy, understated, caramel, and a touch of grape. Not what I expected. This beer is thick and a little chalky.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2004 This is some heavy stuff. Very thick and almost overpowering in its winey, grapey, plummy flavor, probably port-like but I'm not really a port drinker. However, I did not find it to be overly tasting of alcohol. Definitely not the beer for a hot summer afternoon. UPDATE: When you find yourself still thinking of a beer that you drank 4 days ago, it must be better than your first rating. I really liked this a lot, so I am improving the rating from my initial 4.0. Too bad I have to go to Florida to get it.

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