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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: 2311   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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3.5
eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - MAR 12, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2004 deep copper colour, light, soft and slightly soapy texture, but has a lot more nutty, savoury character (Bov gets it right with smoked bacon), and a beautifully balanced touch of bitterness at the end that doesn't detract from the complex, rounded malt flavours. Complex aroma, too, with peanut butter, lemon, grass, coriander, and marzipan. As it warms it develops a nice whiskeyish character, with juicy pear flavours coming through. rer8: i must have been feeling verbose when i wrote that rating. well. this is a spicy, malty and slightly medicinal beer, plenty of nutty munich, as well as lemongrass and peanut butter as mentioned. a bit... empty somehow though.

3.5
igneous1 (1535) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - MAR 7, 2002
very sweet aroma and taste..maybe even a little too sweet to the point of being unbalanced

3.5
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 20, 2002
Rerate: Orange dark-gold slightly hazy colour with some suspended flakely bits and a yellow-beige short lasting head. Caramel malt, cured meat yeast, faint fruit, grainy malt and some alcohol aromas (especially as it warmed up). Medium bodied with above average malty sweetness perhaps still overbalancing my liking for a more balanced bitter-sweet flavour. The palate is relatively plain and has a softish end for this type of beer. The alcohol also comes through giving it a somewhat raw or unfinished feel. Sweetish, alcoholic malty finish. First rated 12/5/02 3.4

3.5
CQC (224) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 24, 2002
To much waffle on this beer. Standard Euro drop. Smells good, Broad tones over the mid-tongue, quick on the tip... reasonably fast. We like it! God purchase. A little residue scorchy wax in the palette. But a very quick conditioning

3.5
Mads Langtved (2243) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2002
Funny glasses. The tastes like the other triple Belgian Strong Ales with a hint of yeast.

3.5
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2002
A champaigne of a beer - bubbly, tart, spicy - a little black pepper. Not the most complex, but a good social, pass it around the dinner table, kind of brew.

3.5
Crit (4024) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2003
Served in a foot glass.Sparklnig amber,huge off white head.Tiny bead. Dry yeasty nose. Nearly astringent yeasty malt flavor.

3.5
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2003
Glowing bronze/copper color---medium cream head and honeycomb lace...a few floaters, but still pretty...Aroma attractively cidery, yeasty---nice...This has plenty of apple-like snap; effervescent, fairly acidic mouthfeel is rather cidery, adds to refreshment...Finish is tart and medium-dry...This is not very complex as Belgians go, but is certainly flavorful and refreshing...A nice change of pace...and it certainly feels light for a potent elixer...

3.5
TheBeerGod (6233) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2003
Pretty translucent amber with lots of carbonation in the glass. Of course it was served in their "yard" glass with stand. Didn't hear the "plop" when I got to the bottom of the bulb of the glass, but oh well. Malted, caramel and alcohol notes in the nose and mouth when drinking it. Some spice also forces its way onto the tongue. Nice strong beer. Finishes with a alcoholic sweetness.

3.5
Panzuriel (2306) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2003
Beautiful dark copper beer with a fine and persistent head. Good sweet malt and fruit nose. Sweet malty full flavor. SOmewhat a one trick beer. Devistatingly strong. Finish a bottle and I don't think you'll care all that much about it's lack of depth.


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