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Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels (AB-InBev)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Buggenhout, Belgium

bottled
common

on tap
unknown

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 935   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
First brewed at Bosteels, transfered to the Champagne region of France were it is treated much like a champagne with the bottles inverted and the yeast expunged and bottle recorked.

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3.2
Scopey (14730) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2011
2009 vintage bottle. It pours straw yellow, with high champagne-like carbonation and a quickly-dissipating thick fizzy white head. The nose is slightly sour white grape, hay, orange, melon, ginger and elderflower. The taste is surprisingly sweet, tonnes of melon, orange, lemon, hay, grass, bread, honey, elderflower and increasingly more ginger as it warms-up. It has a foamy mouth-feel and a champagne-like body. An interesting beer, which is a bit too sweet for me to enjoy.

3.2
djd07 (14517) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle as shown thanks to Rainer. Pours a clear gold with thick frothy white head leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is yeast and fruit. Thin mouthfeel with light yeast and dry fruit. Toasting this to 2014!

3.8
Tmoney99 (14486) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2008
Bottle from River’s Bend. Poured clear amber color with a large frothy head that lasted with excellent lacing. Complex fizzy citrus and yeasty aroma. Medium body with a sparkling texture. Medium to heavy sweet yeasty flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration with a small alcohol burn. This is a very pleasing nice occasion beer.

3.4
HenrikSoegaard (14176) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2006
Bottle. Frothy white excellent mostly lasting head. Yellow colour. Strange fruity aroma with hints of barnyard and mango. Nice powerfull flavor. A bit watery palate. Strange beer but still nice.

3.9
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 13, 2003
Clear golden body with large, soft white head that lingers. Aroma is sweet and peach, faint citrus. Taste is sweet, honey, fruity. The alcohol is noticeable but as a sidenote, never overwhelms. Medium palate. There is some similarity to champagne, but tastewise, the similarity to mead is much greater.

4.1
Lubiere (13911) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2005
Light golden ale with a thick white big bubbled head. Light malt, alcohol, aniseed, caraway and peach notes. Delightful bubbly and dry sweet malt with expanding qualities, oily and onctuous mouuthfeel. Good hops presence, with the alcohol warmth, and a honey finale.

3.8
Drake (13737) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 10, 2011
Bottle sample at the 2nd Annual Top of the Hops Charlottesville, VA beer festival, 9/10/11. Pours a clear yellow color with a thin wispy head. Aroma of big spicy notes, sweet malts, grapes and an herbal note. The taste is sweet malts, grapes, herbal and peppery notes. Full bodied.

4.1
Christian (13670) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2005
Yellow with a small white head. Aromas of sage, grass and some lemon. Sweetish flavour with some herbs and a nice warm mouthfeel.

3.8
kermis (13473) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to Deanso. Pours clear pale golden with a white head and Champaigne bubbles. Aroma of belgian yeast, herbs, coriander, weeds, sweet malt and toffee. Flavour is over moderate sweet and light moderate bitter. Medium bodied with Champaigne like carbonation.

3.7
Stuu666 (13399) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle at Appellation. Pours light golden, nose is sugary toffee, taste is rich caramel, quite fizzy, dry, sweet.


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