Brewed by Van Eecke
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Poperinge-Watou, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 530   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   IBU: 29   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Bottle conditioned.
This dark beer has been brewed with careful attention in accordance with our age old brewing tradition. It is a flavourful beer, tasting slightly bitter-sweet.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 12, 2007
Bottle. Dark, extremely malt-forward. Caramel prominent in flavor and aroma. Maybe a bit too sweet for someone who avoids processed sugars. Very long-lasting finish. Some faint yeast, hazlenut, and roastiness. Pretty nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Grovlam (4208) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2007
Bottle. Average light brown creamy head that mostly diminished. Light cloudy brown color. Spare lacing. Light notes of bread, caramel, Belgian yeast, spice, roasted malt, and fruit. Medium to full bodied with an average carbonation and light alcoholic texture. Moderated sweet flavor with light bitterness. Sweet caramel finish. Nice and very drinkable Belgian Strong.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 25, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2007 Bottle at the famous Brugs Beertje bar in Brugge (Belgium), brown with strong reddish tints and a foamy tan head. A complete aroma of rich molasses malt, with yeast and hops also evident. The palate is oh so smooth, with easy malt flavours and a touch of dryness. Easy to drink for 9%. Seems under-rated here to me. (Wetherel - I think you should stop buying your beer from the Holiday Wine Cellar!)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3560) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 3, 2007
Thanks to Illinismitty for sharing this bottle with us at the Tennessee Spring(ish) Tasting! Brown body that puts up a tan head. Rich mat aroma. The flavor just wasnt there that was hinted to in the aroma. There was a minerally, iron flavor that detracted heavily from the overal impression.l

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wetherel (1874) - Cupertino, California, USA - MAY 25, 2007
$3.49 from Holiday Wine Cellar. Medium brown head that quickly dies to thin lingering head. Pretty good lacing. Nice reddish brown color. Mild Skunkifunk smell. Not too bad, but not great either. Slighty sour, slightly sweet, wet cardboard taste. Strong nutmeg, metallic peppery finish. Not really my favorite. I hate rating this so much lower than others, but did it anyway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3324) - montral, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 24, 2007
Hazy brown hue, with a beige head, yeasty, fruity nose of ripe apples, with a toasted malt, a wet oakiness, candy sugar, hint of spiciness in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a yeasty, spicy, fruity of stewed apples, hint of cinnamom and nutmeg spiciness, with a flowery hop note, with a an alcoholic warmness, leading towards a sweet malty, hop bittering finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 17, 2007
Red when held to the light but mostly a muddy brown color wit ha fairly thick white head. Brown sugar and caramel gives way to some candied fruit. But an unfortunate metallic finish pretty much ruins this ones potential. At least itll get you drunk!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oberabcbbsok (692) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - MAY 15, 2007
Tap. Very rare to find this beer on draft so i had the oportunity to taste it on draft and enjoyed this very nice beer . It was not listed in the festival guide but sure a good beer at the festival of Olen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (7411) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 15, 2007
Bouteille verte de 750 ml obtenue via Importations Privs Biropholie. Arme: Odeur de petits fruits foncs avec une pointe de chocolat. Apparence: La couleur est brune rougtre avec une faible densit de bulle. Prsence dun mince col mousseux et dune fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Got de caramel fruit avec une pointe de chocolat. Dure moyenne de larrire got. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Lgre prsence de fruits foncs en arrire got. (Rating #1041)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jerre (3272) - Waregem, BELGIUM - MAY 13, 2007
Bottle, 33 cl. Dark redbrown color, with a large off white head. Aroma roasted malty-sweet, caramel. Medium almost full body. Taste is strong alcoholic, sweet-bitter at the end. Its ok but not exact my gavorite beer style.

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