RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Influenced by a Belgian yeast and good old fashion brewer creativity. Ah yes, lay this one down in your cellars for years to come. Enjoy this one alone for its malt and hop complexity. For entertaining suggestions try a sweet pairing of raisins or sugar coated dates. For a meal start with a soft spreadable herb cheese from fresh cows milk on a nice toasted piece of baguette. Then serve Carbonnade of Beef (Belgian national stew) with candied yams and pan fried green beans tossed with butter and sliced almonds.

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ChainGangGuy (4920) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2008
Appearance: Pours a clear, brownish body with a thin, wispy off-white head. Smell: Spicy aroma with caramel malts, a bit of cocoa, and two scoops of raisins. Taste: Caramel malt with plenty of sweetness and tart raisin fruitiness. Hint of cocoa. Light bitterness. The high level of phenols along with the alcohol make for a fairly course finish. This is what we are dealing with here, people. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: Severely lacks any depth or complexity, and what is there doesn’t mesh well at all. Some beers just plain do not work for me.

unclemattie (4357) - Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2008
15 DEC 07, Southeast YeHa. 22oz bottle. Clear dark- reddish-brown color. Sweet Belgian aromas. Nutty. Flavors are like a cheap cola and a handful of plain unsalted nuts. Finishes with a woody hop. Watery hop.

hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2008
22 oz bottle from Liquor Outlet Wine Cellars. Deep brown in color with some ruby highlights and a small to medium tan head. Aroma- yeasty and phenolic, with some fruity esters and alot of caramel sweetness- as well as some dark fruit, light floral/spicy hops and light to moderate notes of ethanol. I am suprised that this is classified here as a Belgian Strong because I thought I had it pegged as an Abbey Dubbel. Taste is yeasty, estery, and mildly phenolic with alot of caramel and moderate special B malt sweetness-medium on the palate, finishes spicy, with a light hop bitterness, and lightly sweet. light metallic hints. Overall I thought this was a bit under-rated, or maybe it is just starting to round itself out. Regardless, definitely worth the 3 bucks and change I spent on the bomber.

SSSteve (4006) - - DEC 17, 2007
amber colored with a large head. caramel and bread aroma. chocolate, yeast, spicy flavors. kind of bitter

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Date: 12/15/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party

cloudy dark amber, wispy beige head, chocolate aroma with a light fruity sweetness and a touch of spicy hops, rich chocolate and dark caramel malt flavor, lots of spicyness for balance,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

Shag (3040) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Not the greatest Belgian Strong Ive had. A brown apperance with a red tint. Some dark fruits and chocolate appear in the aroma. The flavor is quite sour with some grapes, milk chocolate, lemons, and caramel. This beer seems confused as to what it wants to be. Riddle me this, how is this a Belgian?

CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Transparent copper amber with a thin-lacing ring of off-white head. Aroma of lightly sweet doughy malts with a touch of clove and earthy spices. Starts a little thinner with some earthy doughy yeasty notes and mild sweetness with a drier slightly toasty finish. An interesting Belgian strong, but could use a little more body and sweetness.

michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2007
22oz. Bottle: Sweet aroma. Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, and bread. Poured medium brown in color with a medium-sized khaki head that diminished quickly. Cloudy. Lots of large and medium sized particles throughout. Lightly sweet, medium bitter flavor. Tastes of sourdough pretzels, chocolate, roasted malts, raisins, and nuts. Medium body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Malty, chocolate finish.

DocLock (10975) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2007
Bottle from Capone’s. Ruddy muddy medium brown pour with 1-finger khaki head. Aroma of roasty malt, cherries, brown sugar, slight cacao, some funky notes, and some maple syrup notes. Tastes malty, spicy, on the dry side, with brown sugary cacao notes and some finishing funk. Also noted were late sesame and cognacy notes.

canary dog (779) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - NOV 11, 2007
An uncomplicated American Dubbel, but very smooth and enjoyable. There is some bitterness there, but it has to be coaxed out by holding and slowly swishing the beer around in your mouth. A good, solid brew.

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