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

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on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2416   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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3.6
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2007
dark brown appearance with a creamy white head. nose is bready with sweet aftertones. flavor is sweet maltty character with a spicy alcoholic finish that provides some depth. the mouthfeel is somewhat creamy, which i feel is due to only a slight carbonation. the creaminess doesn’t detract much but doesn’t really fit the style. a nice dubble style brew, superior to the unibroue version that i recently had

3.8
riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2007
Bottle. Had this one the same night as Chimay Blue. I prefered this one. Amber in color with a toffee malt nose and a bit of spicy hops. Flavor is similar. Not too overpowering. Nice toffee, nice light bitter finish, and some yeast. Very easy to drink. Very flavorful, yet not too harsh or heavy. Good stuff.

4
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2007
Bottle. Nose if malty with notes of dried fruit and floral hops. Pours an amber beer. Medium body. Nice malty taste with yeast with a good hoppy balance. Nice.

4.4
adriancscott (16) - London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2007
Bottled: In Kwak Beaker. The aroma hits strongly as you pour this on into it’s scientifically shaped beaker. It leaves you with a nice thick head slightly off white, with a dark merkey brown/amber look to it. The first thing in the taste is its toffe like character, along with loads of yeast. It’s a great combination with loads of yeast sediment in it. Sometimes that can be quite pleasing, as you know it made of good clean pure substance. It also has a caramel-toffe tinge to it, slightly roasted. Despite it being 8 percent in the strength department, it sure doesn’t taste like it. On of my favourites..

4.1
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2007
Bottle. Pours amber with large white head into Kwak glass. Aroma is fruity / malty. Tastes of caramel / toffee. Alcohol is well hidden. One of my favourite beers.

2.5
beachbum25 (1092) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2007
33 CL Bottle-Amber color w/a moderate head & a slight cloudy haze to it. Had a little bit of floral hops to it, some dates & figs, a little toffee, but overall I found this to be quite week, especially for a Belgian Ale. Didn’t overwelm me with that classic Belgian aroma & sweetness; I certainly did not find it to be a "Rich, satisfying Belgian experence." Weak, watery finish w/o much of a Malt presence. Alcohol was well hidden though.

3.6
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 6, 2007
pours amber with a slight haze. Fruity malty aroma. with mouthfeel following suit. alcohol is well masked with the hoppy kick on the finish

3.7
chicagobears (473) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2007
Pours a carbonated amber with a creamy head into Kwak glass. Nice aroma of fruit esters. The taste is malty with fig, dried dates, toffee and brown sugar. The right amount of carbonation, alcohol, and hops to offset the sweetness. This is better than I remember.

3.8
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 1, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2007 Tap @ House of Brews, NYC. Pours a deep reddish-amber color with a lacy white head. Aroma is caramel and malt with a small hop and yeast characteristic. Taste is caramel with yeast characteristics, dissolving into a beautiful mix of malt and dark fruit. A very smooth Belgian ale, with barely detectable alcohol content. Very nice.

3.8
EHSRanders (2053) - Tjele, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2007
Bottle. Clear amber colour with large creamy white mostly lasting head. Fruity aroma. Sweet flavor with notes of caramel.


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