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


on tap

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RATINGS: 532   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheCrowsNest (90) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Rich reddish brown with a thick beige head. Dark dried fruits and bread; caramel. Little bit of anise and toffee with a light balancing bitterness. Medium body with slick alcohol. The aroma isn’t mind blowing but classic Belgian flavors at work.

blackisle (2815) - Amsterdam IJburg, NETHERLANDS - AUG 21, 2017
Bottle 33cl. @home poured into a trappist glass. Clear amber brown, half-way lasting frothy mid-size beige head, light lacing; aroma roasted malts,caramel, dark fruits, brown sugar, treacle; taste light heavy sweet and slightly bitter, roasted malts, toffee, fruity, light spices; sweetbitter aftertaste, treacle, caramel, spicy notes, some alcohol; medium to full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation; overall very good.

vinivini (3009) - Gomel, BELARUS - AUG 20, 2017
Bottle. Cloudy copper colour. Big off-white airy head. Aroma: significant malts. Caramel, toffee. Esters. Spicy yeast. Midium body. Medium sweet strong maltiness is the main part of the taste. Caramel. Raisins. Dates. Spices. Light bitter ending. This is a very tasty beer.

The Etruscan (704) - Tuscany, ITALY - JUL 23, 2017
Dark beige head. Brown colour. Aroma is malty with prunes and raisins and spicy notes. Flavor is malty with fruity (prunes and dark fruits) with spicy and licorice notes, ending in a moderately malty and spicy finish. Medium bodied.

Theydon_Bois (20628) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2017
Bottle shared at Parch, thanks to Chris and Co, 17/06/17. Hazed chestnut brown with a decent beige head. Nose is toffee, grains, breads, light spice, sticky fruit rinds. Taste comprises melted toffee, light spice, biscuit, fruit loaf, stewed fruits, brown bread, nutty twang, brown sugars. Medium + body, fine carbonation, drying close with a boosty lick. Ok.

Leighton (22307) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2017
Bottle shared at Partizan - cheer to the crew. Pours unclear golden-reddish-brown, with a foamy, yellowish head. The aroma has a good bit of ripening berries, cherry, bread, Belgian yeast. Medium to big sweet flavour with lots of ready sugars, toffee, some earth, crusty brown bread, toffee, more berries, phenols. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming finish with lots of toasted sugars, more toffee, ripe berries, more year, bread. A bit straightforward but not bad overall.

Gaelic (199) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 11, 2017
Dark brown beer, beige head. Mouthfull of fruitds, especially prunes and raisins. ice bitter. Full body good beer.

jjsint (3493) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2017
Bottle from the Cambridge Blue. Mahogany and clear with a quickly dissipating off-white head. Notes of chestnut, raspberry and raisin bread lay of the surface of the heady aroma. Sweet taste with notes of burnt Eccles cake, buttered toast and foraged berries. It ends as it starts although there more evidence of a balancing bitter hop in the finish. Carbonated to high heaven, which works for the style. An exceptional way to end the evening.

dimeon (467) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 30, 2017
A: Brownish amber with a large tan head. N: Sweetness, plums, liquorice. T: Lots of dark fruits, strong prune flavour throughout. Quite bitter as well. P: Thin O: A bit one-dimensional for a Belgian strong, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Cunningham (8395) - Halden, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2017
Nice dark golden color with a fine frothy head. Good intensity in the aroma. Full body and an average carbonation level. Mellow nice sweetness and an oily texture. Candy sugar, dried fruits and toffee. Lovely evening sipper.
[Bottle at Kings Head in Norwich, England]

Evilman (269) - Taverny, FRANCE - APR 14, 2017
Okay, this is serious now. I enjoyed all the other Kapittel beers before this one, but we’re getting close to what I’d really recommend with this one. Interesting abv, pretty good taste, deeper and more bitterness than the Dubbel one, way closer to a really good Abbey beer in my opinion. Not a big step up, but rather a logical evolution... Quite lovely, but not yet on par with the Abt one. APPROVED BY TAVERNY’S BLACK METAL CREW!

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