Formerly brewed at The Little Brewing Company
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia


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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 2.94/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
This is The Little Brewing Company’s version of a Belgian Strong (Dark) Abbey Ale using 100% European speciality malts and two separate yeast strains. The beer is ‘bottle conditioned’ and undergoes a minimum of three months careful cellaring before release. This beer is made with finesse in true Belgian style with its alcohol content well hidden beneath the complex flavour.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, - SEP 17, 2009
Bottle 330ml. Poured dark, burnt, hazy bronze with a large, frothy, off-white head which lasted well. Aroma was of allspice with cinnamon, pepper, wood, dried apricots, sweet caramelized figs, toffee and light notes of yeast. Flavor was extremely light despite alcohol content with an almost non-existent bitterness, hints of spices, toffee, light notes of caramelized dates, light notes of blueberries, light notes of almond flakes, some woody notes and black pepper in the finish. Amazingly well hidden alcohol content seemed closer to 5.5%-6%. Light to medium bodied with light carbonation, a thin texture and an average length finish. I was extremely disappointed with this one, just seemed far to thin IMO – the Wicked Elf Pale ale even has more body than this! Also seems really pointless to cellar as I would imagine the flavor would die out more rather than develop – that being said its drinkable all the same, just wouldn’t re-visit it anytime soon.

Danev76 (505) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 27, 2014
Slightly hoppy aroma. Clear dark ruby colour with good head. Very malty up front with bitter finish. Heavy body with medium to high carbonation.

fletchfighters (1528) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2012
color was correct for the style and that was it. Thin, overcarbonated, sour cherry and a lot of alcohol. not good

madquacker (1143) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - AUG 23, 2010
Had this on the night of the election re Mr Abbot maybe becoming PM. Brown with a nice head and then a nicely balanced high alcohol taste. Good example of the genra.

ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2010 banana and dried apricot were the standout flavours in this. was expecting better. quite sweet but finishes with nothing.

hawthorne00 (3946) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 17, 2010
Bottle. Hazy amber, coating beige head that lingers. Certainly looks the part. Mildish malty spicy aroma with some plums, citrus and yeast. Fairly light, carbonated mouthfeel. Tastes just (dark fruit) sweet with some wood and yeast at the finish. Alcohol fairly well hidden. It’s OK, but pretty thin: it needs stronger or more complex flavours (both of course would be better).

BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2009
Bottle. Pours slightly hazy dark amber with a creamy beige head that lasts a little while. Aroma is sweet and malty but is also very light. Flavour is stronger, still very light for a Belgian strong ale, and has notes of dark fruit, citrus, toffee and malt. Light body, fairly thin mouthfeel and a short bittersweet finish. Pretty ordinary beer really, but hides the alcohol well.

Dervock (1345) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 24, 2009
Bottle - Poured a dark reddy brown with a large dense off white head. Pretty decent aroma, Some spice, predominantly cinnamon, pineapple, nuts and also a hint of bubblegum. Starts off with a light malt flavour followed by a definate peppery flavour. Have to agree with what others are saying it is just a bit thin. I think its quite nice but is just lacking the big flavours you get with a belgian strong. Looking at the bottle I wonder how much yeast is there for a bottle fermentation, what I saw at the bottom of mine was a thin strip across the bottom.

jonno (2761) - JAPAN - OCT 1, 2009
Pretty piss poor. This is what expensive rubbing alcohol may taste like. Ok maybe a bit harsh, but this was rough, unrefined and had little in resemblence to a good belgian other than the high ABV. Don’t bother

mkel07 (5963) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 26, 2009
330ml bottle. Deep amber to copper colour with a cloudy tan head and aromas of spiced fruit and christmas cake. Strong alcohol flavours that make for a lively mouthfeel.

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