Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels (AB-InBev)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2380   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
Full-bodied Belgian Specialty Ale. Amber in color with beautiful foam and slightly sweet, seductive malt character. Rich, satisfying Belgian experience.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2010 Bottle. Pours with large light brown head and dark amber color for the body. Body is hazy and lacing is strong. Aromas of flowers, bananas, cherry, and roasted malts. Creamy texture with a nice palate that results in a rather long duration. Sticky finish with a very pleasing aftertaste. Tastes of bananas, cherry, and hints of raisin. Much better bottle than I had the last time I rated this beer, although I had aged this bottle around 2 years. Highly recommend buying a few and putting them away!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ted22ny (6) - , New York, USA - OCT 12, 2008 does not count
amber, orange pour with a so-so head. sweet malty with caramel. overall i liked, good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
illkarate (115) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 11, 2008
Pours a clear orange, with a decent, but quickly dissipating head. This is almost cloyingly sweet, very malty, flavors of hard candy, caramel, maybe a touch of dark fruit. This is a decent beer, but for a strong ale, I would like to see a bit more balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BOLTZ7555 (3018) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 10, 2008
This beer is all caramel...dark caramel color, sweet caramel aroma, and extremely sugary flavor. All malt...really nothing else. Wish there was more depth in this one...the spice is non-existent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cab (866) - DENMARK - OCT 9, 2008
Bottle.33cl. head fades almost instantly. nice rich amber colour, belgian spices on nose, sweet malts as well. Highly carbonated. A oak aged character.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Albertcampion (8) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2008 does not count
Bottle. Lord Rodney, Keighley. Dark and fruity with strong, sweet caramel on the first hit and the alcohol makes its presence felt immediately. A hint of toffee in the finish with the faintest whiff of banana. Has a real kick to it. Definately not a session beer, but very drinkable nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Svesse (8148) - Hsselby, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2010 (Bottle, Stockholm Beer Festival, 27 Sep 2008) Dark amber colour with frothy, beige head. Fruity, malty nose with caramel, dried fruit and apricots. Malty, fruity taste with notes of dried fruit, candy sugar and caramel. Low bitterness, rather sweet. Decent beer, but not overly exciting. 7/4/6/3/13=3.3 Rerate: (Draught at Monks Caf Wallingatan, Stockholm, under somewhat more sober circumstances) Dark amber colour with firm, beige head. Malty, fruity nose with notes of dried fruit, dark bread and hints of candy sugar. Malty, fruity taste with dried fruit, prunes, fruitcake, dark bread, brown sugar and a mild, spicy bitterness in the finish. More than medium body, quite sweet. On the sweet side, but quite nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JonnyDr (132) - , Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2008 Deep copper coloured pour with nice quickly diminishing head. Aroma of malt and caramel. Starts with caramel, banana and moves to malt as the alcohol comes through. Creamy toffee aftertaste. Limited complexity? Agreed, but a pleasant drink nonetheless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
lumpsowers (287) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 30, 2008
Perhaps I didn’t pour this correctly as there was a lot of yeasty flakes floating in this. I drank it anyway as it tasted OK. Caramel at first sip, smoothing out to make a high alcoholic finish. Nice, I’ll have to try this again as I think the flakes of yeast subtracted from the brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steely (241) - , SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2008
Turbid with deep amber color and a mediumthick beige head. Sweet fruity aroma. Very pleasant juicy flavor of sweet malt, caramel and dried apricot.

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