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RATINGS: 611   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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The new masterpiece from the Val-Dieu brewery. A very complex and full-bodied beer with a long aftertaste. The brewmaster advices to cellar the beer for a year for it to unfold its full potential.

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4.1
sayravai (4711) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 1, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2006 (Bottled, 0.75l, re-rate, same score) Very dark brown color, medium, tight and tanned, lacy head. Slightly alcoholic, very malty aroma with dates and apricot, and a hint of toffee. Sweet, rye-pudding-malty, fruity flavor with raisins, toffee, spices (anise, licorice, orange-peel etc.), and a slight touch of alcohol. Not much hops present, and the flavor is a bit straightforward, too. Very velvety-smooth, slicky mouthfeel. Quite full-bodied palate with soft carbonation. Alcohol feels warming, but is very well hidden in the flavor. A very tasty, very smooth, very drinkable and warming brew. Sure, it’s sweet, but still it definitely gets my silky-smooth-full-yet-easy award. Offer this to someone new to Belgian beers, and he/she sure is sold!

3.5
Bov (13221) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 7, 2004
dark ruby-brown colour, fine and slightly brown-taintd head, lot of licorice in the nose, some notes of chocolate, alcohol and spices, full-bodied and very sweet, the finish is sugary with licorice and alcohol notes - definitely too sweet but it seems to have a huge ageing potential

3.9
PorterPounder (8268) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2004
Pleasant dark copper pour with lovely bubble action and a frothy, light mocha colored head. Aroma has whisps of alcohol, raisins, candied sugar and dates. Very malty flavor, with some toffee notes, a faint mention of chocolate and some trailing notes of alcohol. Mouthfeel is luxuriusly thick and creamy, and the alcohol, while evident, is not overblown. A most delightful Belgian - much better than their Tripel.

3.3
Aurelius (5562) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2004
Fruity aroma of grape bubblegum. Dark maple brown, good 750 Belgian bottle, OK label, glass-coating head. Intially, some off-tasting flavors -- sewage-like rotting fruit, but then that gave way to just a mix of artificial grape and cocoa and light hazelnut. Quickish finish for such a strong flavor profile. Light spiciness with medium-heavy sweetness. I wouldn’t buy it again.

4.3
Mllco (5) - BELGIUM - OCT 23, 2004 does not count
Available since October 2004, I got this beer thanks BelgianShop. This beer of brown very dark was been useful in glass Val Dieu. An abundant and tough foam has me continuation reassured as for the quality of this beer, produced by a brewery always getting products of quality.Flavors are subtle and balanced, sweet and lightly spicy, dry and bitter finish. A great beer!!

3.6
caesar (7274) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAR 4, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2008 Bottled. Dark brown color, medium head. Aroma is malty and fruity, some chocolat, hint of raisin. Malty taste, again some chocolat, yeast. Quite typical belgian strong ale, but with a decent balance.


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