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

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on tap
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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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3.7
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2008
Pours a dark golden almost brown color with a nice off-white head. Aroma is rich malty and sweet with some roasted honey and caramel. Flavor is very strong and again rich and malty. Starts out with much of that sweet and caramel flavor, but some spiciness hits mid-swallow through the back of the mouth. Some bitterness in the finish but I was able to taste some alcohol as well. Nice robust ale but a little weak in the finish. Pretty well rounded though

4.1
rds (230) - USA - SEP 11, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2008 Misty golden brown with a light tan head, a sweet malt nose, this strong ale has a surprisingly clean finish with little bitterness despite the high alcohol content. A real winner.

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taalhiker (190) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2008
From bottle. Lovely Belgian. Aroma is clean and sweet but without any dominate smell. Palate yeasty, as expected, with sweet malt. No sense of alcohol even though it’s 8%. Brings back memories of drinking this in Amsterdam.

3.8
Slipstream (2608) - USA - SEP 8, 2008
Big head, with aroma of malt and tart hops. A little yeasty macro scent too, unfortunately. Tastes like a nice fat dubbel to me. Classically complex flavor - honey, malt, smoke, gingerbread, esters, and crispy hops. I certainly didn’t taste the 8% ABV. This is verra nice - mmm.

3.9
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2008
Had this sevral time, once in Belgiam in a yard stick kwak glass. Love the presentation glass that Kwak is served in. Quite original. Good balance of flavor and complexity in this Belgian. Amber colored, small, fairly long lasting head. Caramel and malt aroma, subtle though. Somewhat sweet taste, but again too subtle. Nice mouthfeel and masking of 8%. Wasnt bad but I was underwhelmed.

3.8
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - SEP 6, 2008
(Bottle). Sweet fruity caramel aroma. Beautiful reddish color with a substantial light tan head. Flavor thankfully refrains from overpowering sweetness. Nice blend of fruity complexity, with a relatively mild finish. Good stuff.

3.9
Marty502 (2) - Santiago, CHILE - AUG 31, 2008 does not count
A very good ale. As stated, the aroma is mildly fuity and pleasant, and while it’s not a very complex beer, it’s inmensely enjoyable, straight-forward and satisfying. The taste is very reminiscent of caramel and I even felt some apple both in the nose and in the taste. It felt very smooth overall. It’s a winner!

3.6
12many (277) - Alaska, USA - AUG 31, 2008
Bottle. Hazy reddish-amber with a small head. Aroma is bready caramel malt. Flavor is basically sweet. Medium feel, average carbonation, small aftertaste. Decent but not spectacular.

3.9
Straling (364) - Hoensbroek, NETHERLANDS - AUG 30, 2008
Bottle 33cl. It pours a beautiful red/brown clear colour, with a good size head, drink this in the proper glass and it looks even better. Aroma is of malts, raisins and apple, very complex, but can be defined pretty well if you just take your time. Taste is also very good and complex, could detect raisins, spices and a slight trace of grapefruit. Overall a very enjoyable beer.

3.1
Pompey (42) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2008
Nice light brown to rust pour. Hard to characterize this ale. Nice laced head with a sweet malty aroma. I think I like their Karmeliet so much I was expecting something different. It’s a fine ale with sweet malt and dark fruit tones. Nice mouth feel. Enjoyable, but not extraordinary. Balanced but a bit thinner than other Belgian strong ales.


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