Brewed by Verhaeghe
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Vichte, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium


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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.15/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Previously at 8.5% ABV

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Ysok02 (1710) - Mons, BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2017
Belle robe rousse, fine mousse acidulée. Nez puissant sur des notes de cerise du nord, de fût, presque un nez de sour red, épices. Bouche à l’attaque épicée et acidulée, fine bulle, de la tension et une finale fruitée. Une très belle bière tout en fraîcheur.

Gangstergafje (1184) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2017
12-07-2017; bottle; at home (bought online at www.drankgigant.nl, Oost-Souburg, The Netherlands). The looks of the beer are nice. The colour is a bit orange amber. It is quite a cloudy beer. On top some white foam is formed. The foam collapses rather quickly. The smell of the beer is a bit peculiar. I don’t know if it is nice or not. There are some doughy aromas of malts, with on top of that some herbal hops and doughy, barnyard and some basement yeast aromas. I don’t know if I really like this sweet and sour touch, but it is not disgusting or anything like that. There is also a touch of raisins and something like raisin liquor. The taste of the beer is nice. I taste some nice and sweet malts, with a slight caramel bitterness. Besides this there are nice bitter herbal hops and some and delicate sours, or tarty flavours, of yeast. This yeast touch is only very subtle. The flavour is well balanced. Not bad . The palate is quite average. Medium body, slightly sticky texture and medium low carbonation. The finish contains some nice caramel and a touch of yeast and alcohol. I like it, not bad.

TrefwoordPunk (1281) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUN 5, 2017
Bottle 33 cl. Pours a semi hazy brown with a medium off-white head and an aroma of sweet fruits, maple syrup, flowers, sweet malts, booze, plums, vanilla and candy. The taste is medium sweet with is sticky sugarry finish. Pretty nice.

Rubin77 (2389) - Brussels / Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 7, 2017
F: thin, tanned, diminishing to thin film. C: amber to coppery, hazy. A: malt, plums, carrots, hint of alcohol, yeast, dried fruits, banana, red apples. T: malty, dried fruits, figs, caramel, plums, yeast, banana, alcohol, medium to full body, low carbonation, very sweet and quite ordinary beer, 0,33l bottle from Bierhalle Deconinck.

Grzesiek79 (4362) - Radom, POLAND - DEC 18, 2016
Sour Ale. Yeah I’m like it. To kwaskowe piwo klasyfikowasne i wrzucane do jednego worka jako "Belgian Strong Ale" dla mnie wyskakuje z tego przepelnionego worka. Jest kwaskowe, lekko wytrawne i malo slodowe. Bojna i spora piana a alkohol niewyczuwalny, lekka metnosc. Przy takim alkoholu jest niezwykle lekkie i pijalne, jak to osiagnieto noe wiem.

Icedwarf (1722) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - DEC 10, 2016
Bruin troebel bier met weinig schuim. Smaak is krachtig, zoet en kruidig met iets van chocolade, vanille en lichte koffie en karamel. Echt genieten!

TomHendriksen (634) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 8, 2016
Het is een amber/bruin bier met een zacht lichtbruin schuim. Het heeft een zoete smaak met hints van chocolade en fruit.

Alengrin (5539) - BELGIUM - OCT 7, 2016
Bottle from Bierhalle Deconinck, one of Verhaeghe’s more recent additions to their Barbe range of classic Belgian ales, this one being advertized as a ’strong wheat beer’, or in other words a ’tarwetripel’. Irregular, light greyish white, lightly lacing head retaining as a dense moussy rim around the glass but thinning quickly in the middle to a disparate landscape of flat ’islands’; deep and warm, lightly hazy brownish bronze colour with deep copper red glow, cloudy with sediment. Sweet earthy aroma of stewed but unsugared plums, red apple peel, calvados, lots of caramel, sweet cashew nuts, red cabbage with brown sugar, beetroot, soap, dry earth, cooked carrot, clove-like phenols, dried red berries, white pepper, dried ginger root, pear syrup or even custard, old dry tree leaves on a forest floor, very old red wine somewhere, hint of ’rusty’, onsetting oxidation. Sweet onset of dried fig, yellow raisin, baked banana and red apple, with sourish hints intermingled providing balance, residual brown sugar but luckily not too cloying, spritzy but finely structured carbo, coarsening an otherwise smooth, ’full’ mouthfeel. Caramelly middle, with the residual sugary sweetness enhancing the sweetish properties of the malt, nutty touch paired with a dim wheat sourishness, leading to an earthy finish with yeasty clove-ish phenols, an earthy hop bitterish touch incapable of balancing out the sweetness which does stick a bit to the back of the throat, caramel passing through almost unabated and, at last and alas, ’jenever’-like alcohol which feels a tad astringent on the root of the tongue. I don’t get this beer: reminds me a little bit of the original Waase Wolf by Boelens, but sweeter and more caramelly, the latter pointing at - I’m guessing - artificially added caramel for coloring. Caramelized sugar rules here and in some Belgian beers this works fine, but here I get the feeling it overpowers the basic character of the beer, which is probably not that impressive to begin with. Drinkable, earthy, old-fashioned like most of Verhaeghe’s beers (not necessarily a bad thing), but somehow missing the point and not all too well balanced. Feels redundant in this day and age as well. This brewery would do the contemporary craft beer community a greater favor in concentrating on their oud bruin heritage and e.g. elaborating on Vichtenaar and Duchesse de Bourgogne, as I explained to their sales representative in Ghent last year, but apparently they are still trying to cash in on 20th-century - sweet and yeasty - Belgian formulas which have little future anymore in my opinion, not counting the true standards. I hope this approach will not make them go the same way as Palm, Bosteels and others...

thewolf (12706) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2016
Bottle, [email protected] Pours muddy chestnut brown with a small, creamy off-white head. Aroma has sweet malts, hazelnuts, plums, caramel. Medium carbonation, fine dry and quite creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has good malty sweetness, kind of a metallic and light lactic twang to it. Vinious, quite bitter finish. Well, it’s quite drinkable but also seems a bit artificial.

JorisPPattyn (10061) - BELGIUM - AUG 4, 2016
Medium, dense yellow-cream head; hazy reddish amber beer. Cooikes, brown sugar, cassonade, syrup, a hint of lactic, coffee cream, wood and esters. Bitterish, wheat, green herbs, cassonade in the flavour. Wry, woodbitterness, tannines, and again lactic acid. Dry despite all the sugar addition, false creamy MF. I cannot help to suspect here’s a lot of sweet additions, in order to cover for...?

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