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


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RATINGS: 2402   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NoX (7) - NETHERLANDS - APR 17, 2008 does not count
Creamy head, nice amber tint. Didnt smell much aroma, could be me having a nose cold. Best of all is the glass that accompanies this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2008
33cl bottle via Bieropholie, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. BB 10/10/09.

App.: Clear orange-amber, small white foam. Aroma: Very sweet and fruity with a fair bit of pink bubblegum, to a lesser extent, citrus, spices, light wood/rum-like aromas, some alcohol, a touch of yeast Palate: Medium-full body and fairly soft carbonation lend an overall impression of syrupy smoothness. Flav.: Plenty of fruit, a nice touch of coriander, thankfully less bubblegum ester, quite bready and yeasty on swallowing, warm spices, a good deal of warming alcohol (in a nice way), a bit of cardboard, unfortunately; somewhat sweet, just teetering on the edge of cloying with enough acidity to keep the palate clean and basically no bitterness; leaves a bit of alcohol and a lovely peach/apricot aftertaste.

Other than the Dubble Bubble nose, pleasant enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hopdup (70) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2008
Dark red with a foamy head. The smell of fruit an malt. Slightly sweet with spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
petermadsen (390) - Vesterbronxxx, DENMARK - APR 10, 2008
A reddish beer with a nice caramel nose. The flavour is initially caramel and complex malt, but a slight sour twang enters and it finishes slightly dry and fresh. The palate is the most fantastic thing about this beer. Light and fresh while to counter the caramel. Nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 10, 2008
Bottle (in NZ Belgian beer cafe), pours a cloudy orange/copper with a filmy head. A caramalised fruit aroma with whiffs of bubblegum ice cream. A strong tart fruit flavour, with ground spice, zest and some pepper. I find the palate a little earthy. Just of average quality for a Belgian ale, but does get a couple of bonus points for the vessel (cheesy, but quirky).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerFanDan17 (1101) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - APR 8, 2008
(cleaning out my beer bottle collection as pictured in my profile and utilizing ratebeer.com) As I recall, this is a nice strong ale. Malty and drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (13906) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 5, 2008
Bottle. Cloudy deep amber with a rather big beige head. Aroma of malt, caramel, yeast, fruits, toasted notes, light spiciness and hints of hops. Sweet malty flavor with some caramel, fruits, some spicy yeast and some metal towards the finish. Medium-bodied with a pretty strong carbonation. Quite pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4956) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2008
Amber colored with a low head. Hazy with slight alcohol. Apricot in the smell and taste. Medium body. Peaches and other fruits in the taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (3167) - New York, USA - MAR 24, 2008
Draft at Toone in Brussels. Dark and ambery with a moderate head. Hops taste and some sweetness and malts. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rman18 (312) - Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Pour golden red with a large white head that dwindles to a nice small head. Strong aroma of hops. Palate could be better and the taste is good but very alcoholy... NICE BUZZ. Would drink again.

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