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RATINGS: 864   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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12% vol.alc. – re-fermented and bottle-conditioned Rich, dark coloured beer, with a wonderful hoppy, floral nose and well-balanced flavours, making it easy to drink

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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jaghana (5700) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - APR 27, 2010
Bottle 33cl. A good strong ale, quite sweet (not too much) and nice fruit flavours. The hops is present with lemon taste, that gives to the beer an IPA charater that is very nice. Malt charater is present, very pleasant with notes of cassis, agrumes and typical belgian yeast. Good beer.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BnMBrewCrew (36) - Randolph, New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2010
Aroma - The smell is really subtle in this ale. Coffee is the dominant aroma. Chocolate and fruit scents also present. Appearance - Mahogany color, liquid is rather cloudy. Ever slight sediment. Head is minimal brown. Taste - Chocolate taste is clear along with flavors of yeast. This strong ale enjoys a unique initial taste experience in contrast to the astringent finish. Palate - definite tingling on your tongue. Lightly bodied, flatter carbonation. Texture is oily. Finish is a pleasant astringent. Overall, the subtleness of the taste is something we can appreciate (we are two beer fans rating together on this account). However, the subtleness is not our style. That is why our rating is lower than would otherwise be.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 18, 2010
Large tan head carbonation good very dark ruby red ale aroma yeast dark fruit raisin rich alcohol sweetness flavour creamy fig yeast raisin port wine plum prune malt sweetness and fruit as well a really lovely tasting ale creaminess and sparkle on the palate nice fizz at the finish malt tastes first class give a great aftertaste

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brikelly (39) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 14, 2010
330cl bottle into a goblet. This was one of the first strong Belgian ales I ever tried and now Im delighted to have more so I can rate it. Aroma is very hoppy and pleasant, with huge caramel sweetness. The taste is really oustanding, with strong alcohol overtones, but the genius of this beer is that rather than try hide the alcohol it exploits it. Wonderful hints of fruit, soy, licorice and more.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (3520) - Salida, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2010
750 ml. bottle. BB Date B93 B94. Pours a thin off white head of short duration, over a clear, reddish brown (SRM 18) body.....nose is brown sugar,molasses, with dried cherry, raisin....taste is sweet throughout, with dried cherry, fig, raisin, bit of cola.....mouth feel is light (ABV 12), carbonation low. This meets the style of a Belgian Strong. Neither the aroma nor the flavors are as complex as the best. The sweetness dominates over much, and almost gives it a soda pop quality. It is light in mouth feel, but with a high ABV that is predictable. The alcohol is well hidden. BJCP 8/2/14/4/7

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6521) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2010
Bottle, bb b93b94, walnut brown colored pour with very fine creamy tan foam, great aroma of raisins, cherries and oak, flavor falls off a bit with some cola, sour peach, cedar, yeast and a bitter twang not unlike Tab, to the finish

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 9, 2010
Draft at Obriens. Pours a deep ruby red hue with a mostly dissipating head. Nose is sweet malts, dark fruits, and alcohol heat. Flavor is dominated by sweet Munich malts with honeylike melanoidins, hints of raisins and molasses, finishes sweet. Medium-full body, light-flat carbonation, slick texture. A sweet Belgian strong with balance between malt and ester sugars, the low carbonation works here as the beer is very easy drinking with minimal heat on the palate.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - APR 5, 2010
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small off-white head. Flavor is honey, spice, and yeast. A bit watery for a brune but still solid.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2010
Shared this one w/ SkyCop32. Pours a darkish red/brown. Aromas of spice, coriander, yeast, and alcohol. Flavor has an alcohol taste to it, mixed with a nice smokey dark fruit. Also has strong hints of spice and orange.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DubC5000 (305) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 3, 2010
Dark, heavy, and smooth. Sweet and malty, similar to doppelbock. Fruity and yeasty aroma.


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