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Brewed by InBev Belgium
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Leuven, Belgium

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RATINGS: 923   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Previously at 8.5% abv.
Strong and generous amber-coloured abbey beer.

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3.3
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2009
Bottle, LCBO Giftpack 2009. Nice sweet, alcohol aroma, some dark fruit and some spice. Pours a nice dark brown with copper notes and a creamy just off-white head. Taste - creamy but light mouthfeel, strong alcohol, sweet metallic like tang. Hmm - quite warming but body is a bit to thin and the beer is a little too sweet and strong - it does not seem to come together all that well. Actually on a few more sips it is the finish - up until there it is a pleasant but simple Belgian Strong - in the finish though the sweetness takes over too much. I think it is actually the yeast + sweetness I do not like, as there is a bit of a house Leffe taste here. Glad to have a chance to try it

3.9
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2009
Deep ruby/amber pour with a large billowing and frothy off white cap. Lots of nice lace is left on the glass, and the head retention is great. Immediate nose of banana and bubblegum, some perfume, with toast and dark bread and spices. Tastes great. Of banana and tropical fruit, plum, spicy with good concentration of toasty notes. Overall very malty, sweet-ish, with a good zip of citric hops right at the finish. Creamy finish, balanced, very good.

3.6
Diogène (1208) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 19, 2009
Bottle from LCBO Leffe gift pack. Pours a clear amber with a thin off white foamy head. Average retention and beautiful lacing. Aroma is honey, cloves, yeast, sugar, sweet malt, spices, apples, cherries herbal hops and some alcohol. Flavor is a bit more fruity than expected with sweet cherries, apples, sweet malt, candy sugar, yeast herbal hops. Final is very warming with alcohol and a light touch of hops bitterness. A bit of cardboard in the aftertaste. Medium body with very fine bubbles.

3.6
TheJester (2542) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2009
330 mL bottle. Very, very nice colour - copper, which almost looks purple in a certain light. Can’t give it a 5 though, ’cause the head disappeared quite rapidly. Aroma is mild and on the sweet side, with fruit, tea, and a bit of spice. Flavour is good: spice, honey, caramel, and some fruit and anise near the end. Decent bitterness in the finish, some of which may be from the alcohol. Not as full as it could be. Not bad.

3.7
Radek Kliber (7316) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 14, 2009
Bottle 330 ml
Appearance: clear red amber brown ale with large frothy top. Good retention with mid lace. 4+
Nose: Caramel sweet malts with light hint of dried cherry in vodka , light leafy hop with yeasty follow up. 7+
Flavor/Palate : Mid bodied with fuller walls. Dry sides with fruity alcoholic notes , rye bread , clean yet noticeable alcohol. Balanced , refreshing strong Belgian ale. Bready finish with hint of wet hop.

3.6
robinvboyer (4577) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 12, 2009
Dark orange/ amber pour with a good amount of head and lots of sticky lacing on the glass. Nice yeasty fruity aroma, lots of cherries and apples. Flavor is spicy and fruity, more apples and some subtle hops. The alcohol is a little present but enjoyable. A nice sipping beer.

3
Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 15, 2009
Fruity yeasty apple aroma. Amber color. Spicy, malty bitter but light on the palate. The alcohol is definitely present. A little watery. Not the worst Belgium but no way near the best.

3.9
Wombata (623) - Kobe, JAPAN - OCT 10, 2009
Appearance: Moderately transparent brown. Aroma: Fragrant candy sugar, grilled tomato & celery, coriander, orange, roasted sweet caramel and honey. Flavor: Charred grain, roasted/burnt caramel, "dried" orange malt (ie not fresh or juicy), spice/coriander, burnt caramel. Finishes with a sustained sweetness balanced by burnt caramel, orange malt and spice that eventually ends with bitter grapefruit rind. Comment: Moderately complex. A nice relief from cheap adjunct filled Japanese lagers.

3.9
beer4eternity (226) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 5, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2012 330ml bottle, trappist glass, from de Bier Haus Tauranga. Red brown amber hue, light beige bubbly head quickly diminishing to a ring around the top, with minimal lacing. Complex mixture of sweet fruitiness - cherry, plum, banana, citrus, caramel, and spiciness - coriander and cloves. Kept smelling cheese - new to me for a beer aroma. Sweet fruity malty with bitter sweet finish, medium bodied, oily texture like a thin syrup. Enjoyed this more the first time I had it but still a good one though preferred the Leffe Blond.

3.4
spkevin (433) - Doetinchem, NETHERLANDS - OCT 3, 2009
bottle from my girlfriend. Good beer with the typical Leffe taste. The red ale smells good with hints of sweet fruits. Good sweet, bitter taste. Enjoyed it


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