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

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RATINGS: 537   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   IBU: 29   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.4
TChrome (1472) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2006
Very cloudy medium mahogeny color with a totally retained, creamy off white colored head. Aroma is nicely malty with notes of chocolate and nuts as well as a nice yeast aroma and a whiff of alcohol. Flavor is quite unexpectantly fruity with a bit of chocolate, also some roasted nuts. The finish is a bit of a mess with lots of spiciness. I would like to try a fresher/better cared for example as a bunch of the beers that I bought from a particular Sherman Oaks retailer showed sign of improper storage.

3.4
Nagash (207) - Paris, FRANCE - AUG 21, 2006
Bottle (33 cl), bought in belgium. Rosted malt, strong alcohol taste, some caramel, fruits. Quite good, but drunk too cold.

3.8
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2006
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours orange/brown with a large light tan head that lasts until the finish. Aroma of slight roasted malts, citrus, fruit, caramel, and spices. The flavor is smooth, caramel, fruit, and citrus. Good malty body, good brew.

3.7
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 14, 2006
Dark amber colored, little beige head. Nice aroma with roastiness, spices, licorice and mild alcohol. Medium to full bodied. Alcohol in flavor is strong and dominating, crispy palated body suits here fine. Flavor has also roastiness and spices, aftertaste is warm with alcohol, spices and dryness.

3.2
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2006
330 ml bottle. Orange-brown beer thick yellow-tan head. Very creamy appearance with thick persistent lacing. Aroma is of fruity malts, bready notes with a touch of rye, strong yeasty notes as well. Light plumminess with some white grape sweetness. Body is a bit thin for something so big. Flavour is sweet, brown sugar, caramel, a bit of woodiness, but also some strong metallic flavour as well. Meh.

3.8
spaque99 (8) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2006 does not count
Very good strong beer, but served a bit too cold. Texture was not as thick as I expected.

3.2
anders37 (26605) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2006
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange colour with a small white head. Fruity spicy aroma. Malty fruity and bitter flavor. Malty and bitter aftertaste.

3.7
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2006
33cL bottle cellared 2 years after purchasing in Gent. Brown to dark brown color with good, lacy head. The aroma is malty with hints of toffee. The flavor is very malty with plenty of yeasty goodness and extremely carbonated. Nice complexity. Good beer.

3.6
presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 2, 2006
Colour of dark caramel with a heavy soft mocha cream head. Layered aroma of roast grain, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Flavours apple and not to sweet caramel. Soft mouth feel with a warm spice finish. There is some alcohol present but no burn or anything to indicate a 9%.

3.6
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2006
Dark burgundy body, creamy tannish head, softly diminishes...nice lookin’... Aroma is beautifully complex, spices, dark fruits, raisins and plums, ...a brandy-ish feel. Rich, heady stuff. Me likey. Flush feel in the mouth, big carbonation, but balanced by abundant flavor. Brisk, ticklish, and tasty. Licorice and grapes, melded melodically. A bit candyish, some toffee here, a touch of nuts, a sliver of oak. Doesn’t blow me away, but aquits itself nicely. Don’t feel the 9% yet, but I’ve said that before and rued the remark. A mellow brew, nice to relax with...ah...just my style.


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