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


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RATINGS: 921   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hotstuff (5031) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 15, 2003
First of all, in my opinion, this brew is way overpriced to say the least because I do not feel it is all that great of a brew. It poured a large white invigorating foamy head and there was not that much lacing on the sides of my glass. The aroma was a combination of being spicy, fruity and a slight clove aroma. There was carbonation observed and the body was a pale yellow. The taste of this brew was fizzy and tingly which is not much to my liking when it comes to taste. I was not impressed to say the least and the cost is way out of line in my personal opinion. Even if I really, really liked this brew, I would still say that it is way overpriced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cristobal37 (940) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kapusil (1308) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cokemonkey11 (737) - - 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.

   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.

   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!

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GoufCustom (1870) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
cklee512 (5) - SOUTH KOREA - OCT 21, 2016 does not count
Tasted in Belgium Beer Weekend 2016. Golden, clear with bubbles just like champane. Sweet and little bit of sourness, pleasantly fullfills your mouth. Never tasted this kind of beer. Had to buy 1 large bottle and bring to Korea ! One of the best beer in my life. (Also one of the most expensive!)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Boogiewood (9) - Buggenhout, BELGIUM - OCT 15, 2016 does not count
Aroma is citrus, lychee. Smaak is zacht fruitig. Gekoeld te drinken in champagneglas. Zeer lekker

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Richardvv94 (33) - Valthe, NETHERLANDS - AUG 17, 2016
Gedronken met Gyhallmanti en SimonBlok, licht doorzichtig, korte schuimduur, smaakt vol en sterk, richting Tre Fontane, perfect koolzuur, niet te zoet, hele lichte bitter, droge afdronk

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