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

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RATINGS: 178   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bright red dark beer with a spicy aroma of cookies, gingerbread and caramel. Also fruity; ripe apples, red fruit, dried fruit, and a little acidity. High fermentation with secondary fermentation in the bottle, unfiltered, not pasteurized.

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4.5
corkyrory66 (1928) - BELGIUM - APR 8, 2014
Bière d’une brasserie de tradition dans un genre de tradition. La bonne vieille double. Comme le dit le brasseur, une «dark old strong ». En fait de strong, elle titre à 8 % abv, ce qui est le minimum syndical pour une strong... Couleur brun foncé, roux en transparence. Apparence avec un peu de matière en suspension, à cause du gaz important au décapsulage. Mon exemplaire est jeune, date limite en mars 2017... Bulles moyennes à fines partout. Mousse beige qui nappe. Arômes de pain complet, croute de pain, malt chocolat, pointe fine de cassis. 1ère bouche souple avec une belle prise sur le malt et du houblon, levure aussi, candi brun et cassonade (présente dans la recette, mais pas dominante). Arrière-bouche bien complète, maltée, agréable. 2ème sur du pain 7 céréales, pâtes cuites, levure. 3ème à la texture soyeuse, et beaucoup de malt, pointe de whisky. Arrière-bouche assez complexe, et aussi très chaude. La longueur commence en fanfare, avec un très beau malt, pointe de whisky tourbé, des fruits mûrs, un peu de cassis, tarte au riz de quelques jours. L’alcool donne l’impression d’un peu plus que son titre : je suis donc d’accord avec le brasseur pour dire qu’il s’agit bien d’une strong ale. La levure est d’une ligne très correcte, structurée, très bien pour une dark old. La finale ne se laisse pas dompter aussi facilement, elle nous apprend encore ce que peut être un équilibre malt/houblon/levure. CONCLUSION : rien ne vaut les vieilles recettes des brasseurs de tradition, qui s’appuient sur des choses empiriques acquises et qui démontrent que la Belgique est bien le pays de la bière. De la saveur, du savoir et des traditions.

4.4
CaptainTilven (191) - Nancy, FRANCE - JAN 23, 2015
Mahogany colour, red reflections. Abundant foam, fine and creamy, but not persistent. Smell of honey, coffee, chocolate, malt, bread, whisky, ripe fruit - very nice, actually. Sweet, round taste; bitterness at last, on the palate; candi sugar, dried fruit.

4.3
Valdeir (15) - - NOV 28, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2014 Cerveja equilibrada, forte, mas com paladar suave. Escura com pouco amargor, não muito doce. Vale beber.

4.2
omhper (24977) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 15, 2002
Nut brown, hazy. Fruity and sweet, warming, nutty and complex. I really like this pumped up belgian version of alt.

4.2
kraddel (7870) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 18, 2012
is this the same as ’vleteren’ cause i cant find that one. maybe the label changed? anyway, if not, i’m sorry for posting this wrong; this is for vleteren, by deca ( woesten- veleteren) wich i drank from a 33 cl bottle, brought to me by a friend. i’ve heard it was the ’ white label’ of pannepot. the smell certainly is not. wich i like, cause the smell is the onley ’ bad ’ thing of a pannepot in my opinion. the taste is more like it. i understand they make a conection but this is way more easy, commercialized, less tasqte and specialty,... but definatly very good ! i’m gonna buy myself some of these :)

4.2
SimonMerlevede (11) - - JAN 9, 2014
Great beer! pretty similar to St Bernardus 8° but really enjoyable at a cold christmas night :-)

4
sayravai (4710) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 7, 2005
(Bottled) Muddy darkish brown with a medium, beige and creamy head. Slightly sour and wineous aroma with toffee, plums, pepper, tobacco, leather, some alcohol and tannic hints. Sweet-caramely, very malty flavor with rye-pudding and a dryish, roasted and slightly alcoholic finish. Quite full-bodied, warming palate with slightly too strong and fizzy carbonation. A very enjoyable and balanced, imperial stout -like brew for sipping it down slowly. A very pleasant surprise, and quite unbelgian!

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BelgianBeerGal (4039) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2007
25cL bottle. No it’s not the famous Westy from up the street but I thought this was a great beer, especially for the price. I would recommend trying this beer. Best place to buy is the drive-through beer barn in Woesten.

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diabel (1706) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - AUG 31, 2007
Bottle at Kulminator, Antwerp, Belgium
Deep brown body with an off-white head. Excellent lace. Nicely balanced aroma of malts, spices - a good complexity. Moderately sweet, lightly bitter flavour which is also very nicely balanced.

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gary07734 (500) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2010
Mid brown translucent pour with a little froth. Taste is sweet malt, belgian yeast caramel, very fruity banana/strawberry finish with good hops. Very good, flavourful ale.


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