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

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RATINGS: 2339   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
Svesse (8803) - Hässelby, 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 Monk’s Café 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.

3.5
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.

2.7
lumpsowers (288) - 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.

3.7
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.

3.5
shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 21, 2008
A good beer with a funny name. The palate is a light citrus with a firm, but by no means overpowering, alcohol presence. The only negative aspect to this brew is its limited complexity.

4.7
stankenk (130) - Maplewood, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2008
Pours a medium amber color. The nose is very spicy with bananas. Comes across the palate very smooth with mild carbonation. The banana shines the most and the spice just lingers forever.

3.3
BillKismet (4138) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Served in a gorgeous beaker/flask glass. Amber-orange with thick head. Whiffs of amber malt, fruit and a tinge of yeast. Mysterious yeast complexity, fruit, sugar, notes of perfume. Sweet, malted-sugar-alcohol underpinning. Some barleywine fruity, sugaryness, hints of apricot.

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.

4
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.


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