Brewed by Brasserie de la Lesse
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Éprave, Rochefort, Belgium


on tap


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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SylvainCFC (173) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 9, 2017
Robe brune très foncée, presque noire. Col de mousse moyen beige/brun clair, aérée de faible tenue. Nez doux sur le caramel, le malt grillé, le chocolat et les fruits mûrs. Bouche sucrée, caramel, raisin/prune mûrs, malt léger. Bière brune chaude, sucrée, avec arômes fruits confis. Corpulence forte, texture presque huileuse. Bière d’hiver chaleureuse, simple, peu/pas épicée.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Icedwarf (1512) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - JAN 29, 2017
Donker bruin bier zonder schuim. Smaak is licht rookachtig en licht zoet met iets van zwarte bessen en pruimen.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TBone (17047) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 16, 2017
Bottled 330ml (Beergium)
Dark brown color, small brownish head. Aroma has caramel, raisins, cocoa powder and hints of soya sauce. Medium-bodied. Candy sugar, cocoa, raisins, prunes, rye bread and odd dry hay flavors. Unbalanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lore (2563) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 26, 2016
dark brown colour, half inch creamy beige-ish head; aroma of dark chocolate, some coffee, raisins dried figs and plum as well as hints of christmas spices; taste of mild roasted coffee, dark chocolate, dried plum made from unripe plum, some anise and burnt sugar; good Belgian strong ale, though not among the best ones

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (5087) - BELGIUM - NOV 25, 2016
Lesse’s winter ale, bottle from Beergium. Moussy, medium sized, pale greyish beige head leaving a dense rim around the edge but dissolving in the middle to a few thin beige veils, over an immediately hazy, very dark - yet still completely translucent - mahogany brown beer with ochre-tinged edges. Aroma of hard butterscotch candy, old fondant chocolate, unmistakable coriander, cloves, sugared tea, allspice (but subtly so), fermenting tree leaves, earth, old dried orange peel, ginger powder, dried out gingerbread, candied fig, soggy brown bread, dried banana, brown rum, cookie dough, beetroot, whisky, withering basil. Fruity onset but not overly estery, sweet with impressions of raisin, candied fig, red apple and dried peach, sourish elderberry-ish undercurrent, medium carbonation, some minerally accents here and there. Soft, smooth and full body, caramelly and a tad nutty, with a strong bready leaning due to the yeast, which provides spicy, clove-like phenols on top of this malt sweet middle; a mildly bittering toasted accent reveals that, as is the case with so many Belgian Christmas beers, this is inherently Scotch-inspired. The bitterness is further accentuated by a peppery and leafy hop note in the end, but the whole remains primarily malty, with a strong, soapy coriander flavor on top that sticks a bit into the finish. All the way at the back, this caramelly and lightly toasted maltiness, more sweet than bitter but with a bit of both, the coriander and the hops get the company of earthy yeastiness on the one hand and warming, vaguely whisky-like alcohol on the other hand, the latter flirting with astringency but managing to avoid becoming too obtrusive. In all, this is a very stereotypical Belgian, phenolic, Scotch-influenced Christmas beer with the usual coriander soapiness - very strongly so in this case, but luckily we are spared of an overdosis of other spices. Not the worst in this very particular genre I had, actually, apart from being clearly overcoriandered and showing too much earthy yeastiness even for this profoundly Belgian seasonal style. Still a bit pointless to my taste, safe and rather boring, but technically decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
deanso (9919) - Doncaster, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2016
33cl bottle from Cagny . Very thin ring off white head. Clear amber pour. Quite herbal.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikske79 (1640) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - MAR 31, 2016
De geur is al heel goed. De smaak is nog beter. Lekkere volle afdronk. Echt een topper!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ysok02 (1388) - Mons, BELGIUM - MAR 10, 2016
Robe brune, belle mousse. Nez complexe sur des notes de chocolat, de torréfié, sur un fond lacté et minéral. Bouche à l’attaque épicée et chocolatée, fine bulle, de la longueur, de la complexité et de l’équilibre. Une belle brune complexe et équilibrée.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (43040) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2015
33 cl bottle. Pours hazy dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is yeasty, phenolic and roasted malty. Fruity, caramelish, breadish and roasted malty. Dry and bitter roasted finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markextrae (4319) - Alingsås, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2015
sample at festival. poured a clear light brown colour with a tanned head. nose of caramel malts, red fruits, yeast, chocolate, and a small coffee notice. taste has something ’fresh’ into it. wich is quite annoying

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