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


on tap

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RATINGS: 497   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Top fermented beer. Refermented in the bottle.

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   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!

ffaoe (793) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2017
Best before date: 28/08/12. strong malty aroma, notes of chocolate. black in color with fast fading head. taste is malty, faint chocolate and raisin. fast fading taste. possibly from age? smooth and clean finish

dimeon (313) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 30, 2017
A: Reddish black with a large, off-white head N: Dark roasted malts. Some fruit. T: Dark roast malt and coffee. Molasses. Plums. Excellent complexity. P: Full. O: Great stout.

emincems (95) - - APR 11, 2017
one of the most underrated beers. taste is caramel, strong malt and chocolate.a little sugary, but very good beer overall.

ardeo (426) - Flémalle, BELGIUM - APR 4, 2017
Bottle 33. Brune-noire à quelques reflets et avec mousse beige suffisante. Nez : un peu de café, de réglisse, de caramel/candi, du malt. Bouche : assez douce, avec candi, cacao, fruits noirs, quelques épices ... 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 abaissé leur côte pour cette raison !

TimE (5817) - 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, it’s not that bad.

Ysok02 (1564) - Mons, BELGIUM - JAN 8, 2017
Robe brune foncée, mousse crémeuse mais peu peristante. Nez discret, pointe de chocolat, de café. Bouche à l’attaque banale, manque d’ampleur et de complexité. Sans intérêt.

nocheinbier (48) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - 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. There’s a sweet fruity aftertaste but I couldn’t get much more than that.

guzgorog (867) - FRANCE - NOV 11, 2016
Brune très foncée, haute mousse laissant une imposante dentelle sur le verre. Au nez on retrouve du candi, pruneaux, fruits très murs, raisins secs. La bouche est sucrée, maltée et épicée avec des notes de raisins rouges, de pruneaux, de caramel et de plum pudding. le corps est rond, la carbo importante, peu d’amertume, l’alcool est bien masqué. Cette bonne bière n’est pas un stout, elle ressemble avec une ale belge forte ou une double.

Grumbo (2948) - 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.

nathanvc (507) - 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 I’d drink it again anyway.

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