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

bottled
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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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1.4
Woodcamp (9) - Schiedam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 24, 2008 does not count
After years of favoring Belgian beers I tried this one again. Overall conclusion is that this beer can not be compared with true German or American beers. It is not a beer to simply drink away. The appearance is hazy and dull brown a bit troublesome. The flavor is one I donít fancy anymore, sweet, flat, no hops no bitterness. What happened? What I expected to be a full bodied beer became an experience of cheap watered down beer which is common of starting Dutch breweries. Please give me back the old feeling of ordering a Kwak in a Brussels cafe!

3.4
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Tap @ Front Door - Pretty standard Belgian, Started off nice and clean, but by the end it was just too much. Carmelized sugar and a full bodied fruit/ginger/spice profile. Maybe I should have had this on its own and not with food, but just not exciting for a guy who is not that into most belgians to begin with.

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andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - FEB 24, 2008
750ml bottle. big belgian head on this deep-amber poured ale. aromas are of sweet candied, juicy pears, as well as a heavy yeasty aroma that is oh so mirrored in the flavor. while it is a fruity ale, even at 8%, itís not very well masking the alcohol. itís reminiscent of a chardonnay that is turning. itís apples (and pears), and then a distinctive alcohol-finish. itís a good beer, fairly easy to drink, but itís not of ueber-high quality. solid, just not spectacular.

3.4
FishManLA (337) - Abita Springs, Louisiana, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Little head that dissapated quickly. Deep amber color. Rich nutty and fruity taste, almost like fruitcake! Not bad, but exhibited an alcohol "heavyness" that brought down the overall score.

3.2
blutt59 (6562) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2008
330 ml bottle, amber color with small khaki colored head nice lacing, interesting flavor but alcohol really comes through

4.5
Wanger (2) - Wyoming, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2008 does not count
Iím new to the beer rating, so forgive me for not having this down very well. One of the better beers Iíve had. Light and citrusy. Very strong flavors. It was only very slightly bitter to me. Very tasty, and Iím finding out not all that common where I live.

3.9
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2008
Oak, caramel, and scotch nose. Hazy amber. Long lasting head, nice lace. Sweet malt, caramel. Some spice, heavy body, but carbonation and warm alcohol gives it a long smooth finish. Yeast flavor not as pronounced as other Belgians, but really nice beer.

3.4
scanovajr (675) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - FEB 14, 2008
An amber beer with a beatiful beige head. Aroma is yeasty, notes of caramel and toffee. Taste is malty and sweet, hints of caramel. Grassy and warming finish.

3.5
onlyrocknroll (379) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 13, 2008
Amber with a fine sized head. Sweet malty caramel aroma, nice but a little weak. Caramel yeasty flavour, nutty some hop balance and a gentle tart sensation. Quite a nice beer, and more than just an unusual glass

3.5
malrubius (2859) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - FEB 12, 2008
11.2 ounce bottle in Duvel glass. Clear amber/orange with lasting ring head. Caramel orange aroma with mild spice and alcohol evap. Caramel toffee orange with mild tobacco bitterness, very mild spice. Medium body and carbo. Pretty good, if not exceptionally interesting.


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