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

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3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 9, 2007
Corked bottle and served in my NB worthy glass: Pours a deep cola brown with a fading fizzy beige head and some lace. The aroma has notes of anise and pepper, plum, toasty pumpernickel bread, herbal, dusty yeast esters, a classic Belgian sour/funk woody nose. Actually once I got used to it, it was quite nice!

The taste profile is a bit more simple with anise and peppery textures over a layer of sweet chocolate and nutty malts. These are supported by lactic twang and a herbal wildflower quality. The finish is slightly dry and woody with some smoke out and about.

The mouth feel is lively but reserved, thin to medium-bodied and the alcohol is VERY WELL HIDDEN. Shiz until I just looked I would have never guess anything close to the 9% listed. If you like Jolly Pumpkin stout then you should give this one a spin around the dance floor. This one really grew on me, got better as it warmed. But buyer beware....this is not your normal stout!


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
emincems (79) - - APR 11, 2017
one of the most underrated beers. taste is caramel, strong malt and chocolate.a little sugary, but very good beer overall.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ardeo (337) - Flmalle, BELGIUM - APR 4, 2017
Bottle 33. Brune-noire quelques reflets et avec mousse beige suffisante. Nez : un peu de caf, de rglisse, de caramel/candi, du malt. Bouche : assez douce, avec candi, cacao, fruits noirs, quelques pices ... vin ... avec une effervescence plus que moyenne mais une petite amertume. Pas mauvaise du tout mais pas "stout" du tout non plus. Je parie que certains "raters" ont abaiss leur cte pour cette raison !

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TimE (5608) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 17, 2017
Medium brown color. Off white head. Big Belgian yeasty nose with a bit of winey character. Thin body for the style not super balanced. Despite how bad it looks for the style and how thin it tastes, its not that bad.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ysok02 (1392) - Mons, BELGIUM - JAN 8, 2017
Robe brune fonce, mousse crmeuse mais peu peristante. Nez discret, pointe de chocolat, de caf. Bouche lattaque banale, manque dampleur et de complexit. Sans intrt.

2.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
nocheinbier (39) - - DEC 31, 2016
From a 330ml bottle. A bit of a disappointment. Pours dark and looks beautiful with a thick foamy head, has a dull aroma if any. First thing that sprang to mind when I tasted it was how fizzy it was. I expected much more taste and substance for a 9% beer. Theres a sweet fruity aftertaste but I couldnt get much more than that.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
guzgorog (825) - FRANCE - NOV 11, 2016
Brune trs fonce, haute mousse laissant une imposante dentelle sur le verre. Au nez on retrouve du candi, pruneaux, fruits trs murs, raisins secs. La bouche est sucre, malte et pice avec des notes de raisins rouges, de pruneaux, de caramel et de plum pudding. le corps est rond, la carbo importante, peu damertume, lalcool est bien masqu. Cette bonne bire nest pas un stout, elle ressemble avec une ale belge forte ou une double.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Grumbo (2436) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2016
Bottle from Beautiful Beers, Bury St Edmunds. Pours very dark brown with a lasting beige head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, liquorice, dark fruits. Medium sweetness, some roasted bitterness, touch of sour. Medium to full body, slick texture, not highly carbonated but fizzy mouthfeel. Dry chalky sweet milk chocolate finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nathanvc (360) - Brugge, BELGIUM - OCT 23, 2016
Pours hazy dark brown to black with a frothy tan head. The aroma contains roasted malts, coffee, spices and some chocolate. It tastes medium to heavy sweet and light bitter. Lingering but light roasted finish. Oily texture and soft carbonation. More like a Dubbel than a real Stout, but Id drink it again anyway.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Deu (948) - Nantes, FRANCE - OCT 16, 2016
Bottle in anvers. Black colour with a small white head. Medium to full body, medium to light carbonation. More of a Belgian bruin. Overall ok

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ruigo (2706) - PORTUGAL - OCT 6, 2016
33cl bottle. Dark brown with nice tan head. Good retention. Light roasted malts, nuts and licorice in the aroma. Fizzy carbonation and medium body. Taste is light sweet with coffee notes. Dry astrigent finish. Overall, unbalanced beer with too much carbonation.


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