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Brewed by Van Den Bossche
Style: Imperial Stout
St. Lievens-Esse/Herzele, Belgium
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 492   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Top fermented beer. Refermented in the bottle.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1616) - BELGIUM - MAY 26, 2014
Un stout belgicain sur fond de rodo amricain qui prsente un niveau respectable de 9 % abv Superbe tiquette de rodo sur cadre noir (de Saumur!). Couleur noire dune opacit quasi totale. (Superbe comme la robe dun pur sang). Mousse beige fonc de style expresso, bien crmeuse. Armes de fruits des bois, bois de cassis, malt chocolat, houblon de belle ligne. 1re bouche trs soyeuse, avec une trs belle entre sur le malt et le chocolat noir pas trop amer, et une pointe de cerises noires confites. Arrire-bouche bien pleine et complexe, sans aucune agressivit. 2me bouche la superbe harmonie malt/houblon/chocolat, avec une infime pointe de caf lger mais vraiment classe. 3me bouche la texture en soie de Chine, sur un remarquable ensemble qui saffine encore. Arrire-bouche tout en nuances. La longueur dveloppe tous ces thmes, dans une fluidit extraordinaire. La levure est idale pour le genre, entre le caractre et la finesse. Lalcool fait montre dune sagesse toute preuve (dont le rodo), et soutient remarquablement tout ldifice. La finale est strictement divine (cest exceptionnel pour un cow-boy ). CONCLUSION: cette bire est un concerto trs beau, qui se dveloppe lentement (du genre du concerto pour groupe et orchestre de Deep Purple). Ce nest pas du tout un rodo sautillant et bondissant (mais encore une fois, le logo est superbe). Une bire susurrer ( loreille dun cheval) ...

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lele (468) - Padova, ITALY - JUL 19, 2014
Particolarissima imperial stout, differente da altre dello stile. Se uno vuole sentire il tostato e il caff tipico delle stout, pu rimanere deluso. E invece una birra tendente al dolce. Il colore mogano scuro e la schiuma fitta e persistente, leggermente marrone. Al naso si percepisce un lievissimo affumicato, ma pi ancora del maltato. In bocca per me stato un capolavoro di classe e di equilibrio. Il corpo tra il medio e lo strutturato e lalcol ben nascosto: si beve quindi bene. Sentori fruttati e maltati, ma anche accenni vinosi molto gradevoli, di Porto. Solo nella parte finale della bevuta si pu avvertire il tostato, ma sempre molto leggero. Una birra di gran classe e mai stucchevole: si beve facilmente e offre grandi emozioni.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joekinty (263) - rockledge, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2009
I love this beer it makes me dance like a queer vogue like madonna. rave like a retard.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jus10 (4) - BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2013 does not count
One of my favorite beers! higley recommended. (Zythos beer festival 12)

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
peermac (59) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 30, 2011
En st belgisk stout. Tydelig preg av belgisk gjr, litt rart for en stout... Men et nydelig l.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (4131) - Radom, POLAND - MAY 14, 2013
Dobry i tresciwy do tego bardzo bardzo aromatyczny. Winiakowy aromat i posmak. Kolor rubinowo-brazowy. Wielka piana i długo sie trzyma nad pokalem. Zbyt jednak mocne wysycenie ze piana sie wylewa przy srednio szybkim nalewaniu.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAY 13, 2007
I can see this beer getting a bit misplaced. I am used to the American heavy stouts, so the expectation of a stout is that it will be heavy. This is from Belgium, and that has to be taken into account. It is not a heavy beer. It is rather light like a Belgian beer, but is a stout flavour. It almost doesnt make sense, but given the context, this is an amazing beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 11, 2007
I couldnt really believe what was happening when I drank this. The Belgian touch makes even a stout come out thinner than water, but with all the power of the US version. This particular brew is rife with overripe fruitiness, and an odd almost anisene darkness. The alcohol content gives it an almost vaporous quality which equates the experience to drinking the darkest meade youve ever had. A treat indeed.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2008
This is one of my favorite Belgians, I’ve had it many times and it never dissapoints. Although it’s marketed as a stout I think this is more of a dark Brune. Dark cadi sugar and burnt carmel with a solid amount of bitterness. Very good!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
esox (1225) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAR 3, 2009
0,75 l bottle @ Poechenellekeder, Brussels. Very dark ruby to copper beer with a huge, blond beige head. Texture of the head is incredible: tick, firm and creamy. The aroma is full of dark fruits and dried, sugary dates. The malts roasted to medium level. Some licorice in the finish. The flavor is sweetish and fruity at first but turst to quite bitter and dryish in the finish. Syrupy sweetness of the malts and ashy finish are well balanced. The palate is full bodied, smooth and a bit sticky. Breat beer.


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