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Brewed by Fat Cat (UK)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Norwich, England

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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.37/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This superb, Belgian-style ale has been 20 months in production, from first mash to bottling. Unfiltered and unfined, it pours a slightly hazy golden colour, with a delicate lacy head - constantly replenished by a gentle effervescence. Aromatic malts from across Europe, combined with a Belgian yeast strain, give a full-bodied, easy drinking beer. The initial aromas are of breadfruit and banana - merely hinting at the symphony of ripe fruit flavours which will send your tastebuds into overdrive - while the velvety mouthfeel seduces your tongue, before a warming, winey afterglow suffuses your entire mouth and throat. Brewed to celebrate both the 500th brew at the Fat Cat Brewery and 20 years of the Fat Cat pub, this beer is a fitting tribute to the success of both enterprises.

Limited to 720 bottles.

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3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cunningham (7715) - Halden, NORWAY - MAY 2, 2017
Clear deep golden color with a white head. Dotted lacing. Good intensity in the aroma. Medium + body and a soft carbonation level. A bit sweet and a bit oily texture. Dried fruits, toffee, bready and some marmalade in the flavor. Decent ale.
[Shared bottle at Fat Cat in Norwich, England]

Brewery #1644

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (12268) - Troms, NORWAY - MAR 2, 2017
Swing-top bottle no. 545 kindly shared by Grumbo at Fat Cat in Norwich. Covering white head to a near-clear dark golden body. Minimal lacing. Aroma of marmalade fruits. Dried fruits and grainy malts to the flavour character providing a jam-like taste. Nice bittersweet ending. Well bodied. Pleasant last drink at this session at the Fat Cat (18.02.2017).

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Grumbo (2534) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2017
Bottle at the Fat Cat, Norwich. Pours cloudy deep amber with a lasting white head. Aroma of caramel, fruit, molasses, light chocolate. Medium sweetness and light bitterness. Medium to full body and slight oily texture, soft carbonation. Enjoyed this.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Camons (11960) - Hasselager, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2017
Bottle #720 out of 720 bottles @ Fat Cat, Norwich. Pours amber with an offwhite head. Aroma of malt, caramel, bread, some oxidation. Flavor is light sweet, malty, caramel, bread, dried fruit, light oxidation. Medium to full body, average carbonation, sweet finish with light alcohol warmth. 180217

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (19691) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2017
Bottle @ Fat Cat, Norwich. Hazy amber with a lasting white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and oxidized. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet and moderate bitter finish. 180217

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (17998) - Hjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2017
Bottle @ Fat Cat, Norwich. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are rich fruit, caramel, malt, candy sugar and hops. Sweet sugary finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SaintMatty (7228) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 4, 2014
500ml Bottle - Hazy copper/dark amber in colour. Yeast, dried fruit, spices and caramel in the aroma. Fruity, tangy and spicy taste with raisins, mince pies and biscuity malt.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (24293) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2012
4th August 2012
ChrisOs Marvellous Pre GBBF Mega Tasting. Very hazy amber beer, little white head. Light dry palate. Nice Belgian yeast - seltzer like minerals. Medium marmalade fruits - nice. Not bad at all.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (20800) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2012
Bottle at Chrisos Pre-GBBF Shindig, 2012, London. Pours hazy orange with a fine, white cream head. Tangy citrus nose. Medium sweet flavor with tangy berries, wood, light funk, birch, dry lemon and other citrus. Medium to full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Tangy finish with some woody dryness and tangerine. OK beer. Good effort for a UK brewery.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (48040) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2012

Bottle 500ml. w. swing top @ chriso s Pre-GBBF Shindig 2012.

Unclear matt light to medium amber colour with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, toasted, apple, cider alike, alcohol, moderate yeasty. Flavour is moderate to light light heavy sweet, light acidic and light to moderate bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120804]


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