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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: 2349   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
Rutzicka (102) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 22, 2001
It has a nice amber colour and a creamy head. Aroma of pollen, flowers and underwood. Fruity with a rather dry a slightly disappointing finish.

3.6
Caton (160) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 15, 2002
A nice richness with toffee, caramel flavour. This had a bitter sweet palate. A nice beer, wish i had a glass.

3.6
TAR (2794) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - AUG 15, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2005 750 ml corked: Not bottle conditioned. Crystal clear Alt-like color with a dazzling white, creamy foam. The aroma is unlike any other Belgian: Smoke, fig, clove, and white grape. Underlying English hops there as well. Alcohol is hardly evident in this 8% ale. At first contact, the full body provides an intricate sweetness. Doppelbock-Barleywinelike. Silky, soft carbonation. Apricot, caramel, honey, white grape, and soft spice cake are followed by a Triple like fruitiness and bock-like malt profile. Subtle flavor of pine, yet intense sensation of whole mint leaf at room temperature. Amazing. Very fruity and balanced. In fact, one of the fruitiest, malty beers I can remember. Hop flavor is only evident at the back of the throat. This feel/texture counters the malt sweetness splendidly. This is a most unique ale and of the utmost quality. This defies class, as it exhibits traits of a Germanic Alt and Doppelbock, Spicy, fruity Triple, and the slick, soft mouthfeel of an Old Ale. Without a doubt a beer to be sought by any beer aficianado.

3.6
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2002
A very funny beer. The glasses are great. ..................................

3.6
mwsf (361) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 24, 2002
Banana esters, yeast, and a lot of alcohol in the nose. Orangish-brown color with a large white head. Malty, slightly carmelized flavor with some bananas. Some alcohol flavor although a lot less than the aroma would imply. Medium body with a little creaminess. Quite tasty.

3.6
Dogbrick (14009) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2002
Tasted at the Barrelhouse Brewing Company Microbrew Fest on November 9. Amber color. I found this to be a very smooth Belgian with a sweet and clean flavor. The flavor is definitely better than the name.

3.6
diabel (1723) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - APR 14, 2003
Dark brown colour. Malty aroma. Caramel, malty flavour. Nice glas. Little sweet too.

3.6
PushEject (42) - Palmdale, California, USA - APR 16, 2003
This beer pulled an amazing 180 on me when I had it with food. Alone, I was unimpressed, but with a meal its slight sweetness became crisp and very enjoyable. If you've tried this one and found it less than perfect, try it again with a hearty meal.

3.6
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2003
I put down a 750ml bottle of this before I headed down to the 50 cent beer night so I could at least have the memory of something decent while I drank beer-flavored-water. Amber in color. A creamy head. Just the right amount of sweetness mixed with some yeastiness. Crisp and tasty overall, I'd like to try it with food, as Eject says.

3.6
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 29, 2003
Golden amber body topped by a medium thick head with decent lace. Slightly sweet malty aroma with a slight yeastiness. Sweet yeasty flavor with malty notes and a slight hoppiness. Full bodied, slightly tingly and slightly warming.


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