Brewed by Brouwerij Smisje
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Mater, Belgium


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RATINGS: 328   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
A dark and heavy ale - the strongest that the brewery has ever produced - in which three varieties of malt and two spices are utilised. It is brewed "in honour of" the Burgundian Babble Belt, a well known web-site on the Internet, where beer lovers can exchange all sorts of information.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Koelschtrinker (22066) - Köln (Cologne), - MAY 23, 2012
Alkoholischer, etwas oxidierter Beginn. Ledrige Malznoten, schwache Süße. Deutlich brotig, schwer. Süß-bitterer Abgang, holzig, trocken. 6/7/7/6/5/7

Dogbrick (14298) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2017
Sample from 2007 bottle at Kurtkeller 026: Summer-tastic 01 on 06/25/2017. Pours a reddish-brown color with a thick light beige head that recedes quickly to an outer ring. Small patches of lacing. Aroma of soy sauce, malt and fruit. Full-bodied with flavors of syrupy fruit, soy sauce and yeast. The finish is dark fruits and more soy sauce. Average overall.

altonbrownd (5897) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - SEP 24, 2015
12/10/2010 11:31:52 AM Bottle from Beer Planet. Dark, hazy amber body with huge, poppy head. Nose of malts, sugar and a bit of soap. Taste of malts, caramel and toffee. Sweet. Quite bitter and tart. Warms in the finish.

jvhemert (438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 4, 2015
bottle at Falling Rock Tap Denver. AROMA: complex, farmyard, nuts, ginger, caramel. TASTE: little sweet, little bitter OVERALL: an excellent quad-like barley wine that hides its alcohol well. Complex aromas, bit too sweet at times. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Bill Becker (2003) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 5, 2014
It looks like a clear copper coloured brew with a small but persistent head of foam, usual good lacing from a Belgian beer. The smell, well, it’s very similar to an aged UK Old or Barley Wine. Lots of caramel malt more than hinting notes of Port. Aged Thomas Hardy or JR Lee’s, anyone? The taste just verifies what I said about the smell, to the letter. Very nice mouthfeel with lightish carbonation to with the medium body It drinks like a champion of an Old Ale/Barleywine. I have to get more.

Alengrin (5884) - BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2014
Beer formerly made for the Burgundian Babble Belt, with a creamy, yellowish white head, thick but not too stable, and a bronze colour, cloudy with deposit. Rich aroma of nutty malts, whisky, pear, caramel, ginger, liquorice, cheese, tobacco, white pepper, tomato, mango and, if you’re familiar with their perfumes, the effectively used valerian and lemon balm also shine through. Sweet fruity taste, caramelly and nutty malt base, spicy (cloves and ginger), hint of lemon balm again but very subtle, warm alcoholic finish with floral, mild hoppiness; alcohol very well masked. This was a great spiced barley wine, too bad it isn’t made anymore.

HIGHB4LL (837) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2014
11.2 oz. bottle from Supermarket Liquors. Appearance: two fingers white head, dissipates quickly, burnt copper-orange, cloudy, ok lacing. Aroma: raisin, floral, oak, leather, earthy, caramel, some spice. Palate: light, alcohol texture, lively carbonation, malty finish. Taste: heavy dark malty sweetness to lighter more sugary sweet. Overall, very complex aroma, taste is solid, pretty much a quad to me.

DrSilverworm (10000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2014
11.2oz bottle, discounted from Party Source, I think. At first this poured a hazy brown red color, with a big khaki head, but that quickly fizzed away to nothing. No lace sticks. Carbonation was pretty soft and strong at first, but after I let i sit for a bit it quickly backed off and is now a very drinkable, lighter kind of smooth carbonation. These belgians, half of them are almost undrinkable during the first 10 minutes, but after they sit they get awesome. It’s actually surprisingly drinkable after an hour of sitting around (I got distracted while rating this), and hides alcohol astoundingly well. Kind of a fuller, almost creamy body, lightly slick, with a lightly drying finish. Beguilingly smooth. Nice vanilla, dark fruit aromas, lighter spice. Moderate sweet taste, and alcohol is very well-hidden. Pretty tasty, impressive beglian strong ale. If it’s aged, it has really aged well.

Stephen_S (20) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 17, 2013
You ever wanted to drink sausage? Here is your chance. This beer would go great along side some eggs and biscuits for breakfast. Hickory sausage meat. Sediment at the bottom to feast on. Enjoy

BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 30, 2013
Pours a dark brown with a creamy rich head. Aroma of sweet malts and spices. Lots of alcohol with some alcohol burn. Finishes dry with flavors of dark fruit. Overall a nice beer.

MarcoDL (5468) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 3, 2013
Unique beer, a strong dark ale, brewed with dates. It’s sweet, yeasty, malty and fruity in a special way. Very good.

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