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


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RATINGS: 182   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Parket (586) - Bruges, - MAY 18, 2012
bottle, dark amber/brown beer with foamy white head. Smell: some roasted malts, industrial, strange .. , Taste: roasted malts, some yeasts, grainy. Easy one, not bad, but also nothing ’special’.

Mariox (333) - Warsaw, POLAND - OCT 14, 2017
Backlog, przeciętny belgian strong ale. W aromacie czuć drożdzowe nuty. W smaku już niezbyt treściwie.

Piepenhenrich (1226) - Steinbach, GERMANY - OCT 7, 2017
From bottle. Transfer of an earlier rating without text recorded, rating only.

Ysok02 (1826) - Mons, BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2017
Robe brune, mousse peu persistante. Nez sur le malt épicé, les épices, un coté torréfié. Bouche à l’attaque ample et épicée, bulle amère, ampleur moyenne, finale abrupte. Pas mon style.

nathanvc (694) - Brugge, BELGIUM - AUG 14, 2017
Bottle from a Carrefour in Bruges. Pours hazy brown with a red hue and a foamy, off-white head. The aroma contains roasted malt, caramel, yeast, hops, herbs, perhaps some zest and orange peel. It tastes medium sweet and light to medium bitter; faint sour hints and a herbal, hoppy finish. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Good balance, rather easy but enjoyable late night drinker.

JoeinDahlem (1597) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUL 11, 2017
First had one of these about a decade ago, back when Moeder Lambic in Saint-Gilles still had hundreds of bottles from across the country. It’s nice to revisit it. Pours a lovely dark chestnut brown, light beige foam not so resilient, lace not so sticky. Mellow aroma of stewed fruits, treacle, touch of vanilla, but none of that is really leaping out of the snifter. I have to dig for it. Leans sweet but not cloying, somewhat balanced by a light acidic tang and mild, earthy bitterness, clingy, somewhat resinous bittersweet aftertaste lingers long with a pleasant touch of alcohol warmth. It drinks far easier than its strength.

Vignale (3997) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2017
Flaska från belgiuminabox. Mahognybrun vätska, medelhögt beige skum. Doft av torkad frukt och mjuk pepparkaka. Smak av söta röda äpplen, torkad aprikos och fikon, skånska pepparkakor. Bra balans känns inte tung, söt eller stark utan lättdrucken och med stora smaker. Riktigt gott.

Hamirubi (595) - 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 - I’m 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.

Rubin77 (2574) - 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.

Iznogud (4312) - 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.

kermis (14553) - 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]

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