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Brewed by Brouwerij De Ranke
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Dottignies, Belgium

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RATINGS: 689   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Unfiltered.
Ingredients: Water; Barley malt; Hops; Candi-sugar; Yeast.
The heaviest ale on our menu with a very rich taste, coming from the six different kinds of malt we use. These malts also give it that rich, dark, nearly black colour. The royal doses of Challenger and Saaz hops bring the typical balance between sweet and bitter.

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3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 16, 2013
You can tell as soon as you smell this brew that it is going to be a very interesting experience. Aromas of toasted malt, yeast, caramel, and some dried fruits. Very complex mouth feel too. The balance on this beer is perfect not too sweet but not overly bitter. Just a really complex beer. Rich and robust.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (4701) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Tasted in 2010 (backlog). Brown in color with an average beige head. Aroma is of malt, caramel, toast and notes of roasted malts. Taste is of roasted malts, caramel and toast.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrunoLGD (6) - 1000 Bruxelles, BELGIUM - MAR 12, 2013 does not count
Surprenante pour une bire belge. Couleur trs sombre, do son nom, bien videmment. Superbe amertume. Des armes de caramel

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WheatKing (1329) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - MAR 8, 2013
I think this is the first "Belgian Stout" Ive had and the style makes sense to me, a Belgian dark with roasted malt. The dark fruit here was really intense, the viscosity was a bit less than youd expect from a 9% stout, I guess more like a dubbel, the finish was roast. Nice, but not as good as I was expecting.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GBZ59 (1217) - BARCELONA (Catalonia), SPAIN - MAR 5, 2013
Botella de 330ml. Copa Tulipa de La Chouffe. Saboreada en feb13. Color mbar muy oscuro con tintes rub profundo a contraluz. Espuma beige y copiosos anillos de encaje. El perfil aromtico presenta levadura Belga, caramelos, maltas tostadas y caramelizadas, trazos de alcohol y melazas. Higos secos y especias, notas herbales ans y comino-, matices terrosos y de heno. Entrada de malta tostada con notas herbales. Cuerpo medio/intenso y carbonatacin suave/moderada. El amargor presente en el intermedio queda aligerado por toques de ciruelas pasas y caf dulce. Gentil astringencia. Final seco y amargo y leve calorcillo en el retrogusto. Vale la pena probarla!!! 330ml Bottle. La Chouffe Tulip glass. Enjoyed on feb13. Very dark amber in color, deep ruby to the light. Beige crown & copious lacing rings. Aroma profile shows Belgian yeast, candies, caramel & toasted malts, hints of alcohol & molasses, figs & spices, herbal notes anise & cumin-, earthy hues & hay. Toasted malts with herbal notes at first sip. Medium to full body. Soft to moderate carbonation. Bitterness in the middle lightened by plum & sweet coffee hues. Gentle astringency. Dry bitter finish & slightly heat on the aftertaste. Worth to try!!

3.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavidWoodruff (496) - Windsor, California, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Very dark brown with a substantial beige head. No significant aromatics, even after it warmed a bit - just the faintest hint of dark fruit. The flavor was noticeably that of a plumb pudding. Overall a decent abbey dubbel - a stout it is not.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (3927) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 3, 2013
Green bottle, 75 cl, wrapped in paper, best before 02 2107, via Importations Prives Biropholie (merci Hugues!), savoured on March 3 2013; eye: dark brown with a caramel hue, hazy, no effervescence, voluminous beige head that turns into a tiny sheet, light lacing; nose: Belgian yeast, roasted barley, hops, toffee, slight chocolate, slight alcohol; mouth: roasted barley, caramel, hops, light chocolate, light alcohol, bitter finale with presence of roasted barley, quite bitter, slightly sweet, lightly oily texture; overall: fine FRANAIS Bouteille verte, 75 cl, emballe dans du papier, meilleure avant 02 2017, via Importations Prives Biropholie (merci Hughes!), savoure le 3 mars 2013; il : brun fonc avec des reflets caramel, voile, pas deffervescence, mousse beige abondante qui se transforme en une petite couverture, lgre dentelle; nez : levure belge, orge torrfie, houblon, toffee, trs lger chocolat, lger alcool; bouche : orge torrfie, caramel, houblon, lger chocolat, lger alcool, finale en amertume avec prsence dorge torrfie, corps moyen-cors, carbonatation moyennement, pas mal amre, trs lgrement sucre, texture lgrement huileuse; en rsum : bien

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
culchiem (3797) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 1, 2013
Tasting at hopfen and malz. Hazy orange brown with a large head. Aroma is yeast and slightly acidic. Flavour is wheaty, fizzy with some warm alco notes. Strong fruity finish

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (9863) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 25, 2013
75 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20090730.
Pours dark copper color with a medium sized head. Aroma of ripe fruits, lemon, spice notes, some grass and caramel malts, faint yeast too. Flavor of caramel, malts, ripe fruits, spices, some wooden notes and yeast. Very nice.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2013
11.2oz bottle. Big foamy khaki head. Decent lace. Lightly roasty aroma. Milk chocolate. Mostly sweet taste. Big body. Smooth, lighter carbonation. Kind of cloyingly sweet for me. Light on the roast in the flavor. Ok, but not my type of stout.


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