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

bottled
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on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 924   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, - FEB 23, 2008
Drank in a flute (champagne glass). Clear golden poor with a thick head. Aromas of bananas, ginger, pear, passion fruite, and mangos. Very effervecent, creamy and great balanced mouthfeel. Definite champagne texture. Nice dry finish. Alcohol hits the gums right off the bat. Added flavors of kiwi and sarasin honey.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
L_Lovecraft (484) - - MAR 26, 2017
Floral and fruity notes, pear, very sweet with hints of alcohol, golden with a good and quite persistant white head, medium body, fizzy, strong floral and a bit grassy notes...good, now i want to try malheur; obviously the main problem with this beer is the temperature, very cold or too sweet and a bit too alcoholic.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bobson (98) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAR 25, 2017
Bottle @ home. Looks nice golden, small white head with strong carbonation. Smell gives malts, citrus fruit and something sweet that reminds of honey. Tastes malty and like citrus fruit, somewhat sweet with an acidic finish. Strong carbonation but still a very soft mouth feel. Overall, extremely solid beer Id happily drink again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PeatyPete (1003) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 24, 2017
Clear golden color with no head. Good carbonation. Aroma fruity and yeasty. Taste banana, yeast and sweet fruit like grapes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cristobal37 (947) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 15, 2017
Bottle bb 6/2017. Loads of carbonation, but head dissipates eventually. Aroma is sweet with a little dryness. Sweet marzipan, malts, almonds, with some dry snap. Not unlike champagne, but there is a sweetness to it which is unique among other belgian beers. Really cool! Thanks again Lajos!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kapusil (1320) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 15, 2017
0.75l bottle shared with Cristobal37. Clear golden body with a huge white head. The aroma is really similar to a champagne. It has notes of pears, yeast and hay. Taste of bread, sugar syrup, hay and pears. Very nice beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cokemonkey11 (746) - - JAN 8, 2017
Big bottle with a champagne Cork. Pours medium golden amber with a thick foam that subsides. Scent is Belgian ale but distinct with medium sour notes. Very fruity and sweet but not overpowering. Interesting. Finish is soft. When tasting in champagne style it becomes more resinous and ale but still drinkable. Great experience.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jelledebont (119) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2016
Perfecte drank met oud en nieuw voor iemand als ik die niet zo van champagne houdt.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cerbier (756) - - DEC 28, 2016
0,75l Flasche. Goldenes trben Bier mit einer tollen Schaumkrone. Leicht fruchtiger, spritziger Geruch. Schmeckt nach Vanille, Honig, Koriander, Circus... Sehr gut abgeschmeckt, Champagner lsst gren!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Korcz (2409) - Warsaw, POLAND - DEC 3, 2016
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GoufCustom (1874) - HONG KONG - OCT 29, 2016


750ml cork bottle with mini-booklet, opened with very loud "pop" bought at Good Stuff in Yuen Long.

Looks: Clear golden colour; Explosive two and a half finger head with soapy white foam lasts for 2 minutes; Very good sticky lacing with very fizzy carbonation.

Aroma: Very Fragrant and sweet Pils malt, with strong perfume, honey, caramel, lemon, plums, dark fruits, sparkling wine, strong floral, icing sugar, strong herbs, bread, strong wine yeast and grass. Nice!

Taste: Close to strong sweet Pils malt, with strong alcohol, liquorices, strong honey, fair dark fruits, floral, glucose, strong herbs, strong wine yeast, lemon, quite strong bitter hops and grass.

Body: Full body. Quite dry, thin and slick palate.

Mouth Feel: Very good Pils maltyness in a solid background. Thin and dry-ish, more bubbly than creamy. Strong booze, plums and strong herbs hit at the same time, but taste fairly harmonic with strong floral. Very Belgian and winey yeasty with strong lemon to round. Strong but quite nice!

Booze and Sweetness: the 11.5% alcohol is explicit, but blends well with strong herbs, honey and plum esters. Sweetness is glucose-like, strong but not cloying. Good!

Hoppiness: Strong floral, lemon, strong herbs and grass in nose and taste; Bitterness is quite strong for an abrupt, mid to high astringent sweet-bitter finish.

After Taste: Fairly dry. Sweet, boozy and herbal bitter to mouth.

Comments: As the reputed Champagne beer, I had high expectation and its a mixbag good looks and bubbly winey, but the aroma and taste is somehow sweeter, naked boozyness and oddly too herbal. Its enjoyable to share casually with friends, but given the price tag and how it was made, it should be more than this. Still worth a try for the curiosity!


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