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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: 2413   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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (17316) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 11, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2005 Bottled (BB 12/2005)
Dark copper brown. Diminishing white head, lace. Aroma is malty, alcoholic, even parfumic. Taste is apples, raisins and mango. Short fruity finish. (7/3/7/3/14 3.4)
Re-rated, bottled
Hazy nut brown, small white head. Yeasty, very malty nose. Fruity, lots of plums, slightly metallic. (7/3/6/3/13 3.2)

1.6
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Oakes (17172) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 16, 2001
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2009 2007 Vintage, 2009 re-rate
Muddy reddish-brown colour and the glass is filled with chunks. The aroma is heavy malt, some liquorice and spice. Soft body shows some pleasant brown sugar notes and light spice. Rounded body is smooth until a bit of alcohol kicks in late. Not bad with a couple years on it. 2-6-7-3-14 = 3.2
Fresh version, 2005 re-rate: Golden-brown colour. Slightly spicy aroma. Metallic, slightly sweaty character. Spicy palate. Thin bodied and not at all enjoyable. Score for this rating.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16989) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 20, 2007
Bottled. Clear, copper body and a beige head. Caramel, dried fruits, hops, candisugar and spicy notes in the aroma, but maybe a bit weak. Alcohol, dried fruits, sugar, spices and hops and some more alcohol in the flavor. Warming, full-bodied beer with a warming finish. Dried fruits, caramel and spice-notes as well in the finish. A real classic beer, and the story behind the beer goes well with the flavor. (070404)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (16965) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 16, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2011 330mL bottle, pours a deep amber with a nice beige head. Aroma is sweet malts and yeast. Flavour of sweet, honeyed malts, some dark dried fruits and some yeast. Semi-sweet and bitter finish. Very good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (16730) - DENMARK - NOV 9, 2010
Bottle @ Ris Ras. Clear amber/brown with medium light brown head. Flavour is malt, caramel, dry, spices and hops.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (16401) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 5, 2011
A: The beer pours amber in color with a big off-white head sitting on top. S: Lots of yeast and bread notes up front. Plenty of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar sweetness with a pleasant fruitiness to it as well. Raisins and bananas are the most prominent fruits and there is a mild spiciness to it, too. T: A similar array of flavors are present. A touch of alcohol warms things up and the dominant malt sweetness is really present throughout. Toffee and caramel work quite nicely with the banana, pear, and raisin flavors. M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation. O: Really nice smooth feeling on the tongue with nice flavors and aromas.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (16238) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2010
Beautiful mahogany pour. Aroma of burnt cherries and cedar. Initial sour bitterness morphs into a dry cherry finish. Rated 3/4/03

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (16045) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 12, 2006
light/medium brown with white head. Average carbonation, a bit of fruit and quite sweet. Very pleasant for every beer fan. Not too abstract. Remember to pour it into a high glass (if you do not have the beutiful kwak glass). Good finish!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (15822) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 2, 2010
330ml bottle (Hell Hunt, Tallinn)
Deep reddy orange, darker than the 8.0% version I last had in Finland. Very sweet malty and caramelly aroma. Very sweet and sticky in the mouth, treacly retronasals. Carbonation pleasant. Simple caramelly malty taste, a touch mushroomy and woody. Finish has some pencil sharpening vapours, and then a big dollop of treacle. Did I mention its sticky? Fairly similar to the 8.0% version, but with much less complexity, and more reliance on caramel to hide the increased alcohol. Unfortunately it makes the beer taste cheaper. The original is definitely more subtle and interesting.
Earlier Rating: 6/13/2007 Total Score: 3.7
330ml bottle (William K, Helsinki)
Nutty red colour, poured with a thin light head. Wonderful peach and apple aroma. Full malty body, some honey, some banana, and floral notes. Powerful and delicate and complex. Very well integrated and balanced.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MiP (15484) - Snderborg, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2005
Draught. Dark copper colour. Big, stable, creamy head. Nice, mild carbonation and good mouthfeel. Sweetish flavour, slightly spicy. Hint of aroma hops.


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