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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2362   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
josuemucho (86) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2007
Amber in color. Fruit and sweet malt in aroma. Fruits in taste. A little watered down

3.7
hellbilly (3306) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 16, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2008 really nice traditional belgian smell. the taste is honey, citrus, dried apricots and slightly hoppy. nice mouth feel. kinda sweet with a light alcohol burn. nice

bottle from 2002 aged in the wine cellar... the sweetness has really died down and allowed all of the other characteristics to come through. lots of yeasty spicy goodness. honey and apricots are still there but without the sweetness of the fresh bottle. dry finish.

3.7
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 16, 2007
Belgian beer festival Brussels 2006: How many happy people did I see slurping this beer from the special glass? Really nice sweet honey malt with champagne bubbles... I remember listening to the band, chatting with nice people and having this nice beer!

3.6
Thure (152) - DENMARK - APR 15, 2007
Dark Cobber. Whit foam. Malt sweetness to the nose.Highly carbonated. A oak aged character to it mixed with malt. A bit of bitterness.

3.1
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - APR 15, 2007
A beatiful amber colour with a lasting head. The aroma is dominated by caramel notes, a bit nutty. The taste is not that strong. A bit watery. Hints of fruits and wood but very simple beer.

3.3
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - APR 14, 2007
Tap-served in Kwak Coachman glass, with timber stand. Small white frothy (mostly dissapating) head. Sparkling clear amber body. Good lacing. Aromas were overall somewhat mild. Molasses, vanilla, and something that I would describe as "German-like". Flavor is sweet through and through. Didn’t notice much as far as hops. Medium bodied. Watery textured. Flat carbonation. A bit too sweet for me...but if you like sweet, this is an awesome brew.

3.2
ScoWRee (424) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2007
Pours a light brown with almost no head. Aroma is fruity and yeasty.Slightly sweet,light carbination. Finish is a tad bitter.

3.6
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2007
750ml - SS Rich Dec06 - Best before 14/03/08 - Aroma is sweet and spicy, toffee, caramel, cinnamon and nutmeg. Pours transparent light brown/red with a medium lasting head and great lacing. Flavor is sweet bread, cherry, cinnamon and alcohol. Palate is creamy and smooth. Tasty.

3.6
shigadeyo (3835) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2009
Date: 3/28/2007
Serving: 10 oz tulip glass (draught).
Event: Drinks with the team after work.
Location: Winking Lizard Tavern (Crosswoods) in Columbus, Ohio.

Tasting Notes
Aroma: Candi sweetness with various fruits, caramelly malt, and a little bit of alcohol.
Appearance: Clear reddish-brown with a diminishing white head, but it does retain a ring around the edge throughout.
Flavor: Malty, light Belgian-like fruitiness, slightly spicy. Moderately sweet overall with a spicy finish. Strong alcohol, but not hot or astringent.
Palate: Medium body, smooth, well carbonated (but not overly so).
Overall: Balanced flavors and very little bitterness. True to style and quite good.

Update on 12/15/2007: Sampled again from a 750 mL bottle shared by my friend Rob. Previous comments and score are still applicable and are more or less the same...

3.2
Theis (15150)
- Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 5, 2007
Bottle at home - shared with Morten. Clear red brown - white head. Fruity, apple, pear, wheat, caramel, red berries, high sweetness. Smooth but not that pleasant.......


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