Brewed by Haacht
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Boortmeerbeek, Belgium


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RATINGS: 273   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Contracted beer for a French distributor. Now brewed at Haacht. Previously brewed at Roman, Huyghe and SBA (Annoeullin).

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GrainBeltMan (30) - California, USA - APR 4, 2012
This is a wonderful Belgian which I just discovered when--for the first time--I stopped in at Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA--in the San Diego boondocks. It is similar in some ways to Duvel, but is a tad sweeter with a really nice green apple flavor. Very refreshing with some hop bitterness at first, it goes down smooth. SUPERB... I’m mystified that it doesn’t get uniformly spectacular ratings!

SanfordBrewer (1585) - Sanford, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Translucent gold with a sudsy white head. Medium-full body with medium-high carbonation.

Aroma: pale malt, bright but mild sourness, toffee sweetness, pears, musty basement.

Taste: sweet pale malt, bright tart peary yeast esters, stoney minerality, spicey yeast notes and phenols, slightly oxidized bittering hops.

dwyerpg (6285) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 19, 2011
A light aroma, nice bubbly yellow color. This was tasty. A bit of funk to the spice, very tingly on the tip of the tongue. Great finish, pretty tasty saison like.

drpimento (3714) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2011
Yum, cloyingly sweet, yet I succumb to its sickenly lucsicous over the top gluttonisously good beer candy. gimme. Pours with a large, off white, lasting to the bottom, foamy, thick, head, and some lace. Color is a slightly hazy amber with a few bubble trails. Aroma is bread dough, malt, spice. yeast. Flavor’s about the same but with major candy sweetness, that has just enough bitter/ tang to light it off. Nice slap happy brew. Body and carbonation are good. Finish is just fine.

Kita (2193) - Koper, SLOVENIA - SEP 15, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2012 Bottled, 0.75 l. Hazy golden color with huge frothy white head an soft carbonation. Aroma of yeast, fruits, caramel and hints of grassy hops. Sweet and spicy flavor with moderate alcohol note and medium bitter finish. Full body, slick texture and low carbonation in palate. Bottled fermented version is incomparably better than canned...

BVukelich (37) - Algona, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Purchased in a 22 and pour into a stein. I know that’s not correct for a BSA but that’s all my parents had available at their house. You work with what you’ve got. A very rich, hazy golden color. You can tell by the activity in the glass that it is high on the carbonation. Average head, leaving minimal lace and I drank thru it. The aroma was decent, very apparent smells of sweet fruitiness and coriander? I believe. I actually really enjoy the taste of this ale and it’s stronger notes of alcohol and yeast. Little to none on the hop flavor and bitterness. The spiky carbonated feel was nice as well. High on the carbonation. I realize from tasting and reading that there are many other superior BSAs to this one but I continue to buy it on occasion. It works for me.

superspak (5787) - Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2012
750 ml bottle into chalice, best by 4/7/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear golden straw color with a nice 2 finger foamy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some decent soapy lacing clinging on the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up retaining a head. Aromas of pear, grape, apple, herbal, floral, earth, orange zest, grass, bread, pepper, and yeast spiciness. Pretty nice aromas with decent strength; and nice balance and complexity. Very pleasant. Taste of pear, apple, grape, orange zest, herbal, floral, earth, pepper, clove, and light yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, clove, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Great balance of fruity/peppery flavors with nice complexity. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly slick and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian strong pale ale. Nice complexity and flavor balance; very crisp and smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one.

bhensonb (15490) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 9, 2011
750 c&c; 8.5%; brewed by Roman in Oudenaarde, BE. (bottle conditioned) Sourced from Beverages4Less in Santee, CA. Fred just gets the unusual beers. Order from him. Pours hazy gold with a 3.5 finger foamy white head. Damned if the aroma doesn’t suggest bacon. Second shot suggests herbs. Head’s almost gone so I’m getting fruit and citrus. Med body. Flavor is almost sweet, definitely fruit - almost tropical fruit - and just a little spicy. There is no trace of heat, and this stuff drinks like water. Finish is a bit herby - no barnyard here - and hinting at sweet - not a lot of bitter - but it just drinks wonderfully well. Damn shame it’s going to wash down pizza. I think it deserves something a bit more elegant. The finish is so subtle and tasty that I imagine I could drink this for the rest of my life. It’s not going in my top ten, but it’s desert island quality.

thegreenrooster (4484) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 21, 2012
Pour is a cloudy yellow with a small white head. Aroma is fruity and Belgian yeast estery with some candi sugar. Flavor is a nice green hop to start with some yeast esters and candi sugar. This was a solid Belgian pale ale.

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