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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2417   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.4
jkwalking05 (4740) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2009
Deep amber color with a small off white head. Aroma is of malts, caramel. Taste is of hops, yeast and a malty sweetness.

3.5
RPillsbury (115) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2009
An earthy beer with barley and mushrooms as main flavours. A bit too sweet and overly boozey.

3.9
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 22, 2009
330mL bottle from Metro New World on Willis, from its traditional glass. Pours red orange with a big fizzy head which looks great coming through the thin waist of the glass. Aroma is fruity with a strong background of caramel malt. Fruity aromas of apples/pears, some cinnamon. A smooth flavoured beer, and very well balanced. Crisp apple fruits come in, slight bitterness, a sweet caramel malt flavour keeps everything well balanced. Finish is medium and crisp. A surprisingly easy to drink strong ale.

4
BVery (10510) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 TAP: in the yard glass at Happy Gnome (St. Paul, MN). Amber color, some fruit/spice on the nose, a mellow taste that includes fruit, malt, with a large banana component. Love this beer.

3.4
Gary (1999) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2009
No infamous Kwak yard glass this time. Nice strong ale, if a little soulless. The malt profile is kinda relentless : A phenolic texture: Some weird green fruit flavours ,like limes. Some burnt sugars and caramel. its good , but the whole ’yard glass’ popularity adds some over hype to things.

3
Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2009
This beer begs to be chugged- not because it’s bad, but because it’s characteristics are subtle, but delicious. Plus, when served in a yard as it should be (this site doesn’t suggest it but the bottle clearly identifies it on the sticker on the neck, plus when purchased at The Abbey in Miami Beach they serve it in a Kwak-labeled yard) you are nearly forced to chug it as you have to tip the narrow glass way into the air to get to the sweet brown liquid that is holed up behind a foam damn. That’s why yard glasses have no bottom, because you’re not supposed to set it down until it is empty.

3.5
LuckyDuck (9) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2009 does not count
Amber in color, slight head, rapidly diminishing. Aroma of dark fruits, with hints of cinnamon, ripe banana and apricot. Highly carbonated, more dark fruit and ripe banana flavor. Medium body, with a sweet finish. I still get some apricot at the end.

3.4
Slokop (107) - Tilburg, NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2009
Copper yellow color and a creamy head that did not last long, due to the form of the traditional glas that came with it. Fruity tastes in good balance with the hop. Alcoholic but not exageratted. The last sip will gush over your face when you’re drinking unattentive. Beware! Nice beer. Would ask for another kind of glas though.

3.4
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear, copper-amber color with a lasting, foamy, off-white head. Skinny lines and small spots of lace mark the glass. Aromas include candy sugar, caramel malt, bananas and estery orchard fruits. A distinctly Belgian yeast profile finishes things off, along with a good amount of alcohol on the nose. Flavors follow suit, sweet caramel and candy balanced by peppery, floral hops and dry, bready yeast, with light fruity notes showing throughout. Medium-full in the mouth, the palate starts out overly sweet, but finishes on the dry and alcoholic side. Floral hops linger. Nice Belgian amber overall.

3.2
phildorsey (161) - Fort Carson, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2009
pours reddish/orange with a slight frutti aroma. Loads of fizz; malty even. Taste is traditional American malt, not as bitter. Alcohol is hidden very well; very refreshing. Solid Belgian Ale, though not the top echelon.


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