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


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RATINGS: 927   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (14012) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (14009) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DSG (13906) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 13, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2010 Re-rate 3/2/10: Bottle sample during a Beer-D Parliament meeting. Clear pale golden with lots of carbonation and a white head. Over-spicy aroma. Semi-dry flavor with fruits and a dry spicy finish. Over-carbonated mouthfeel. 4/3/6/2/11=2.6

Bottle. Clear, very sparkling, golden color with a huge but very quickly-diminishing white head. Aroma is very fruity with some apples, apricots, peaches, citrus, some yeast and spices.A slightly sweetish flavor at first with light maltiness and caramel notes. Continues drier and spicy with fruits (citrus, green apple notes) and finishes bitter with spicy hops and alcohol. Medium-bodied with lots of carbonation. Too much spiciness and alcohol flavor for me. The boozy character gets a bit more bearable as the beer warms up a bit. 7/4/6/3/12=3.2

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (13812) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (13666) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (13548) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christian (13339) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (13301) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bierkoning (13055) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2006
2006 version, 12,95 Mitra Hengelo. Blonde with a slight touch of pink. Odd mix of malt and grapes in the aroma. Champagne yeast odor. Dry and light. Vinous, alcoholic and bubbly. The closest a beer can get to Champagne Brut, only less fruity and more alcoholic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (13015) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2007
(750ml bottle) Pours a bubbly clear yellow body with a medium-sized egg-white head. Aroma of lemon, florals, caramel, and lime. Flavor of yeast, mild hops, light butter, and malt with some woodiness in the finish.

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