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

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common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2418   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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2.8
BrewmeisterEd (61) - USA - DEC 31, 2007
Magnificent pour into a tulip glass - effervescence like a Guinness draught of Bodingtons nitrogen pour sans nitrogen! Subsided to a mild head with moderate lacing. Color of a weak bock or mid/heavy IPA - touches of orange...smelled rather bland - a bit of citrus and hint of alcohol. Mouth-feel = a little flat sort of like the aforementioned can of Boddingtonís cream ale - a bit of a disappointment in the carbonation department, but made up for in the taste - although this is an ale, it had a definite wheat beer yeast taste to it - fruity and banana like. Very minimal alcohol taste. One interesting (and minimally distracting) side note, the remainder of the head on the beer seemed to coagulate (clot) which was a bit unappetizing yet totally irrelevant to the taste. A good beer. One disclaimer though, my bottle looked totally different than what I see displayed - mine was a corked 75 cl bottle - same name but instead of the picture of some dude (like I see on this page), it has a crest - white top/red bottom) depicting a yard of beer. But, I think itís the same thing....

3.4
Varnava (13) - CANADA - DEC 31, 2007
Gorgeous amber color with nice sized cream head. Minimal smell. Slightly bitter taste with a hint of spice, but almost sweet. Great beer, will drink again.

3.5
Quack-Duck (9484) - Down South, GERMANY - DEC 29, 2007
bottle. Quite sweet and malty, the alcohol is hardly detectable. A well balanced ale.

3
sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2007
750->tulip: Pours a large, creamy, off-wihte head that provides spare lacing, has a hazy body that is made lightly cloudy by particles and has a honey clover and raisin bit to it. The beer itself is reddish brown in color. The duration of the flavor is average, it is moderately sweet, not very acidic or bitter and lasts about average on the palate after consumption. The texture is oily, the carbonation is soft, and the finish is astringent. I used to be crazy about all the Belgian beers when I first ímetí them, but Iíve since come off of that honeymoon and am a bit more critical nowadays. Not a bad beer, but too sweet and heavy for my taste on an average day. It does, however, get a good bit better and ícandierí the warmer it is; Iíd serve warmer than the average beer.

4.2
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Radiant copper color with an excellant head which left a pleasant lacing. I picked up aromas of strawberry, plum, bready yeastiness, and other various fruits. Fruity flavors, hints of clove and spices, banana, and perhaps a tiny bit of floralness of hops, but just a twinge. I really enjoyed the taste, it was simply a pleasure to drink. Medium bodied with little carbonation in the mouthfeel, pretty smooth going down. Almost seemed sessionable, however, at 8% you wouldnít last long.

3.3
hepburn82 (143) - SCOTLAND - DEC 23, 2007
mmm. strong, quite sweet. lots of caramel and floral hop. very, very drinkable, well rounded but not a complex swallow. nice

3.5
Lowe1983 (1589) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2007
Pours an amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is of plums, caramel malts, alcohol, and just a hint of some sweetness. Flavor is pretty much the same with a little alcohol warming on the finish. Overall itís pretty good.

3.7
patrick820 (69) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - DEC 18, 2007
Pours dark amber with a fluffy head that dies down, aroma is malty fruit, and slightly metallic, the flavor is malty, some bannana, and alcohol. The flavor is not very complex, as i was hoping. Very thick body, i wish it was a bit fizzier. I probably would not buy again.

3.3
microakes (160) - CANADA - DEC 16, 2007
Cloudy Brown, Malty nose. Fair chunk of toasted malt in the taste as well. Not sure Iíd cal this one complex though. what you smell is pretty much what you get.

4
valpoaj (742) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Poured into a traditional Kwak glass...pretty darn sweet! Relatively clear mahogany pour with a pretty strong head, depending on the strength of the pour. Sweet aroma with some yeast, brown sugar, raisins and alcohol. Flavor is pleasantly simple...mostly yeasty, caramely malt with some hints of dark fruit and a slight burn afterwards to remind you that this thing does have some ABV working for it. Very high drinkability, however. Nice lacing on glass...I found this to be a well-above average drink.


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