Brewed at Gulden Spoor

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Kortrijk, Belgium


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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Brewed at Gulden Spoor by Hugel/ZevenZonden. Op de Brusssels Beer Challenge 2015 heeft Invidia een gouden medaille gewonnen. 1104 bieren over de hele wereld werden door een team van 75 internationale bier experts geproefd. Invidia won de eerste prijs in n van de 50 subcategorien: Chocolate Flavored beer. 4 soorten mout, 3 soorten Poperingse hop en chocolade extract Alcohol: 10 % Vol Kleur: Zwart

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopverdju (1050) - BELGIUM - JUL 6, 2016
Donkerbruin tot zwart bier met beige schuim. Geur: koffie, chocolade, zeer vineus, notenwijn. Smaak: melkchocolade, rozijnen, cranberry, fudge en een bittertje. Matige koolzuurprikkel. Afdronk: koffie macchiato, bitterig.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (15905) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2016
Bottle @ Willems Grobbendonk. Thanks Jacob for picking this up. Pours nearly black with a thick creamy beige head. Roast, Dark fruit, chocolate. A Woody touch. Charcoal. Full bodied. Tasty sipper!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wekker84 (2240) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - JUN 14, 2016
Bottle a dark brown colored beer with a white head aroma malts spicy caramel dark fruits flavor malts spicy caramel dark fruits and bitter hops

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vickey9 (999) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 27, 2016
That is a full bodied stuff. I thing stout. Texture is thick and oily, body full, carbon medium. Taste is sweet and bitter. Palate with chocolate, coffee, nuts and all other sweet like dried plums notes. Bitter aftertaste. [email protected]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wixie (549) - BELGIUM - FEB 7, 2016
Black as night, large brownish head. Strong aroma of malt. Heavy body, average carbonation. Taste is sweet and bitter, stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boxereddy (479) - BELGIUM - FEB 4, 2016
Bijna zwart gekleurd bier met kleine beige schuimkraag. Aroma is toffee, donker fruit, zoethout, koffie en chocolade noten. Smaak is middelgrote tot zeer zoete mout, gebrande suiker, chocolade en koffie met donkere vruchten en zoethout. Mondgevoel is zwaar met zeer povere koolzuur (spijtig!). Lange afdronk neigt naar koffielikeur met bitterzoete afwerking en blijvende nasmaak. Goed werk Koen!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
kajser27 (1707) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 25, 2016
Almost black colored, small+ tan creamy head, nice lacing. Aroma is toffee, dark fruits, licorice, coffee and chocolate notes. Taste is medium to very sweet malt, burnt sugar, chocolate and coffee with dark fruits and licorice, some rather light alcohol with alcoholic warmth, medium coffee liqueur bittersweet finish and lasting aftertaste. Full bodied, soft carbonation, sticky-creamy.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dpitinga (133) - Mountain View, California, USA - JAN 10, 2016
The detes on the version of this beer I drank are as convoluted as Hieronymus Boschs "The Garden of Earthly Delights". Heres what I have been able to piece together (probably somewhat erroneously) from webpages and a video chat with Koen Hugel broadcast at Schubros Brewery in San Ramon, California. Koen is a young artisanal brewer from Kortrijk, Belgium (who parenthetically shares my disdain for beer-style "accuracy"). He made a chocolate-flavored beer called Zeven Zonden Invidia (Seven Sins Envy) which was apparently inspired by Boschs painting and which won a gold medal at the Brussels Beer Challenge 2015. Koens beer is distributed in the US by Schubros. Collaborating with Koen (Koen came to San Ramon, I think), Schubros took some Zeven Zonden Invidia and aged it for a year in cabernet-sauvignon barrels. And thats what I was lucky enough to drink on tap in Schubros taproom, where it was called "Tree of Life" (another reference to Boschs painting?). Cab and chocolate and a whole lot of Belgian body...memorable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PeatyPete (1017) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 16, 2015
Black coloured beer with mocca colored foam collar that instantly disappears. Aroma of chocolate, licorice and vanilla. Taste of coffee, chocolate, dark fruit and some wood in the background.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (5097) - BELGIUM - SEP 5, 2015
One of the seven indiscretions this beer company intends to make over a seven year period - frankly, one of the weirdest beer projects going on in Belgium at the moment, if you ask me. Brewed at Gulden Spoor, bottle from Wijnegemse Drankenhal. This is apparently the invidia (envy) version... Enthusiastic foam formation upon opening the bottle, almost gushing; thick and frothy, creamy, dense, rocky, pale yellowish beige head, retaining very well considering the ABV; colour is a hazy dark bronze bordering on black. Aroma of freshly cut nettles, bakers chocolate, ripe walnuts, earth, Scotch whisky, bubblegum (gaining strength as it warms up), toasted bread, dry moss, old cloth, hints of coffee grounds, brown sugar, quite a lot of (artificial) iron probably hauling from the chocolate in this particular case, rye bread, old fashioned cocoa powder, old cloth and cardboard, dried banana slices. Some candied, concentrated sweetness in the onset, candied dates, raisins and dry banana, but not overly sweet or cloying; the chocolate (effectively applied here but I dont know in which form) is apparent from an early stage. Carbonation is fairly soft but perhaps still a bit too strong for the style, somewhat distracting from the actual flavours and a bit rough, but softening as the bottle progresses. Thick, oily, fatty, layered, deep malt character, caramelly, nutty and very chocolatey, the latter being reinforced with actual chocolate - which, I could swear, is palpable, as if someone melted a milk chocolate bar and added it to this beer. A light sourish touch keeps the flavours in place, and so does a deep, leafy, sedate hop bitterness in the finish; a glow of warming, kahlua-like alcohol appears in the very end, accompanying the continuing chocolate and caramelly malt sweetness with a slightly wry edge to it, but not becoming overly astringent. The aroma is a bit weird and even seems rather uninviting at first, but once I got used to this, I enjoyed it a lot, without any envy. I wonder about the period of time this brewery renter will take to develop his entire project - and I cannot help feeling a bit gloomy about it, also considering the religious intentions... This particular edition, though, is a very enjoyable, rich Belgian strong, one to sip slowly next to the open fire or something; the usage of actual chocolate, however, seems a bit easy and in my opinion, it would have been a better idea to use chocolate malts and turn this into a real imperial stout (though I would still fail to see the link with jealousy then). In this form, this is a strong Belgian Scotch- or Belgian Christmas beer-like ale, lightly burnt but mostly rich, malty and sweet, with an extra addition in the form of chocolate. I would therefore not recommend judging this as an imperial stout - it does not even claim to be one. Perhaps we can classify it as a kind of dark Belgian style barley wine? Does this even matter with strong Belgian ales?...

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