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%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BelgianBeerGal (4020) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2007
25cL bottle. No its 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hamirubi (584) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - MAY 12, 2017
33cl bottle at home (12 V 2017), labeled as Vleteren Alt, dark old strong ale. This beer not really is an Altbier; rather a sweet, reddish strong Belgian brew. This one is - I admit - somewhat overly sugared. But nonetheless, I find this hazy red brown, with orange glow beer (almost bronze, even) one of the better beers amongst the Belgian strong ales range. The collar is not long lasting, but has a firm vividness and lovely white to beige colour. The appearance is quite appealing, and the nose has some great features. The sweetness is accompanied by an almost fruits-and-herbs hoppyness which is quite rare within the style. The flavours have keen notes of caramel, raisins and some milk chocolate. The mouthfeel has a soft and very pleasing carbonation, with only a mild alcoholic warming in the background. The lovely hops make up for quite a quencher, never dull and with a broad range of tastes. The palate goes from caramel and slight toffee dashes over old bread and rye grains to a faint brandy constituent - Im not kidding, really - and almost coffee residue aspects. Spices make a perfect contribution. The sugar-bitter balance ranges from a sweet and powerful onset to a dry and tasteful finish. This 8.0% ABV strong ale has an ardent "Belgian" character but a surprising palpation. This high fermentation ale, unfiltered and unpasteurized, is a beautiful and well balanced brew from Deca Services. Pretty, pretty, pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rubin77 (1875) - Brussels / Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 9, 2017
F: medium size, tan, average retention. C: dark brown, hazy and totally opaque. A: malty, chocolate, red apples peels, dates, brown sugar, molasses, yeast. T: chocolate malty, dark fruits, caramel, yeasty, toffee, dark bread, medium to full body, medium carbonation, very nice, enjoyed, 33cl bottle as Vleteren Dark Old Strong Ale from Prik & Tik Dranken Marlou.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iznogud (3698) - CROATIA - NOV 24, 2016
Bottle, 330 ml from Beergium. Shared with JFK10000 and Josip. Pours unclear brown with tan head. Malty, caramel, some yeasty fruity notes, brown sugar. Sweet. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kermis (12689) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2016
Bottle shared. Dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of overripe dark fruits, caramel, toffee and yeast. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. [05-09-2016]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Blueshawk (465) - Bad Bellingen, GERMANY - SEP 3, 2016
- brauntrbe Farbe mit leichter Schaumbildung - Aromen nach Honig, Karamell, Drrobst, Holzt und einer gut erkennbaren Sure - die Carbonisierung ist mir eine Spur zu moussierend - der Antrunk berrascht erst einmal mit einer hohen Suerlichkeit - danach kommt die Fasslagerung verbunden mit der Weinnote dominant auf - der Abgang erscheint dann leider etwas unausgewogen Fazit: Im Ganzen ein interessantes, aber auch leicht unausgewogenes Bier

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fkoolen (1153) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2016
Bottle at home. Murky amber, big and stable beige creamy head. Roasted malty dried fruits, brown sugar, caramel, honey, herbal, light liquorice. Finish lingers a bit. Good body, medium-high carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rikstar (2563) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 9, 2016
0,33l fles bij wapen van Wogmeer 3 jaar extra rijping hebben het bier niet veel goed gedaan ben ik bang geef het daarom voordeel de twijfel. Roodbruin met een crme kraag. zoetig met caramel verder beetje dun.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Moravius (1265) - Beijing, CHINA - APR 23, 2016
Flasche ("Vleteren Dark Old Strong Ale", 33 cl) vom Bierzwerg. - Rotbraun, trb; fester Schaum. - Nase appetitlich ssauer mit Karamel und milder Zitrone, abgerundet durch obergrige Hefe. - Antrunk warm dunkelmalzig mit einem milden Schu fruchtiger Sure: Pflaume, herbe Zitronenschale, Bitterschokolade; eingebettet in runde Malzse. Mild rezent, fr ein Starkbier fast leicht. Im weiteren Verlauf setzt holzige Herbe ein, die in einen fast schroffen Abgang mndet. Etwas penetrante muffig-harte Noten (oxidiert?) im Nachtrunk. - Schne dunkle Malzigkeit, aufgelockert durch zart stechende Sure und abgerundet durch krftige Herbe. Wre ohne den muffigen Nachtrunk noch besser.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ALLOVATE (2992) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 8, 2016
Into a chalice at cellar temperature. A little mist from the proteins in suspension once the yeast goes in. A Tawny, ruddy chestnut with a compact and tight off white sheen atop. Head holds and laces a fine Belgian lace. Bread pudding nose with hints of spicy brandy, sultanas, dried orange peel, prunes and treacle. Quite light on the palate. Well attenuated and lean. Plenty of booze, sherry, rust and blood with an almost taste to the finish. Bready and yeasty with hints of plum, sultana and dates. Slightly tannic and astringent on the swallow as it goes. Becomes harder to drink, which I found odd. Not a very demanding or complex strong but it does have that oxidised old ale character that gives it a little charm - if that was they were going for!? (33cL, BBE 10/17, Intl Beer Shop, Leederville)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kingstoni (2048) - FINLAND - MAR 19, 2016
Bottle. Hazy dark reddish copper color with a medium thick foamy off-white head. Aroma of berries, yeast and wheat. Medium bitter taste with some sourness. Medium body.

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