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Brewed by La Caracole
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Falmignoul, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1252   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
ABV may vary between 9% - 10%.

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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3567) - Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2006
The color of this is a beautiful dark red brown that just glows when held to the light. The aroma is molasses with a touch of banana (Bananas Foster, I guess). This is a rich beer with a slight spiciness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 28, 2006
In the 0.33 L bottle. Light brown to dark amber in color with copper-reddish undertones. Large poofy off-white head. Has an interesting aroma resembling some brands of epoxy. No alcohol in the nose, which I find odd from such a high alcohol brew. Well hidden. Slightly sour (mayonaise?) aroma. Tart sour flavor. High alcohol burn to the mouth and esophagus. Lots of raisin flavor from this little bottle. A thick and chewy palate. As you finish this, your front teeth tingle and burn ever so slightly. Hmmmm. Packs a whallop.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Beautiful full fruity aroma right when the cork pops. Pours rich red-brown with huge frothy beige head, rich musty dried fruit and vinous taste with sour finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rsmeds (228) - Turku, FINLAND - JAN 22, 2006
Bottle. Hazy dark brown, small off-white head. Sweet, yeasty and malty aroma, molasses, cinnamon, strawberry and cherry. Perhaps even a hint of blue cheese in there. Quite complex in any case. Flavor is sweet & sour, malty and yeasty. Reflects the berries and spice in the aroma, although not as complex and distinct. Ends in a bitterish hoppy aftertaste, which also reveals a hint of the 9,5% abv otherwise so well hidden in this brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2006
From bottle. Pours a orange brown with minimal tan head. Alcohol and dates in the nose along with other dark fruits. Flavor has some alcohol heat that blends well with figs and dates. A touch vinous as well. Works well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2006
Poured brown with a light brown head. The head was creamy but had short retention. Smells of figs, caramel, raisin, cinnamon, courant and cherry. Taste reminded me a bit of Three Philosophers. Very sweet with raisin, caramel and cinnamon. Palate was spicy like some Quads Ive had. Overall a good beer but overpriced. Luckily the bartender at West Side Brewing was nice enough to let me sample this.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Figs, raisins, cinnamon and malty caramel aroma. I actually enjoy just smelling this brew. Appearance is dark mahogany brown with a nice cream colored head. Flavor is a cornucopia of rum raisin, a spicy cinnamon alcohol bite on the tip of the tongue with a black cherry, fig body that finishes with a malty sweetness coating the throat. The alcohol seems to be more of a feature of this brew with some esters (like rum) revealed as I sip. I have had this ale several times and have enjoyed each bottle as it seems to fit a variety of moods.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JAN 8, 2006
75cl bottle, BB 12/06...not sure how old that makes it, Ive probably had it for a year. Deep ruby in the light, slight tan head. Aroma of raisins, plums, toffee, rum, brown sugar, cherries. Lighter than expected body, and lighter flavor too. Sweet, w/ brown sugar and something spicy...cinnamin?? maybe just caramel...reminds me of some sort of candy...and it provides the only intrigue in this beer. All the flavor comes in the finish & aftertaste. Hops seem non-existent unless they are what provides that candy spice finish...they sure dont add any bitterness to speak of. A somewhat boring beer in most regards. Certainly not up to snuff w/ the finest dark Belgain strongs.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (26412) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 7, 2006
Bottled. Dark amber colour, mediumsized head. Aroma spice, plummy, raisins and some hoppy notes. Flavour is smooth, sweet malts with hints of raisins, plum and some acidicness in the finish. The acidic part is a bit unpleasant, otherwise a nice brew.

1.8
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
mabjork (692) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 5, 2006
Bottled. Dark brown with a minor white head. The aroma consists of smoke and burnt sugar. The flavour is a mixture of burnt sugar with a dry aftertaste. I simply do not fancy it.


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