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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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3.7
weaselkenievil (1609) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2008
Bottle, new year 07. Watching my ex. The bitch. Very enjoyable but my rate that I did at new year just rambles on about women. Not sure why I don’t drink more of this, it’s good.

3.8
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Sweet, but delicious. I really loved the way that it had just the slightest nose of alcohol. That along with some apples and maybe a little banana. Tastes like it smells. I’d drink it more often if I could.

3.5
KimJohansen (10497) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2008
Pours amber with medium off white head. Sweet malty aroma with toffee. Very sweet flavor with loads of toffee, nuts and fruits.

4
jkm (235) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 2, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2008 Cloudy red/orange colour with lots of sediment. A long-lasting medium sized off-white head. Nice lacing. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Sweet malt and fruity flavours. Dry and slightly bitter finish. A very nice drop! 330ml brown bottle.

3.8
Thylacine (526) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - JAN 2, 2008
slightly cloudy dark copper colour with a dense off white head. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Rich fruity and spicy with a pleasant alcoholic warmth showing through.

3.9
DrBayern (1140) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2008
33 cl. bottle. Clear coppery amber pour that develops a medium , creamy light tan head that shows some nice sheets of sticky lace. Light fruity aroma over a background of toffee almost hides the alcohol. There’s also a faint earthiness and distant floral hop aroma. Light carbonation and a rich, medium body combine for a smooth mouthfeel with an unexpectedly clean character. Nice spicy bitterness vies for prominence, but the malty sweetness prevails, with the balance appropriate for style. Very nice, easy drinking, and undervalued in my opinion.

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 Boddington’s 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 it’s 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 (9533) - 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 ’met’ them, but I’ve 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 ’candier’ the warmer it is; I’d serve warmer than the average beer.


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