Brouwerij Kerkom
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Sint-Truiden, Belgium


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RATINGS: 209   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
extra strong dark beer

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
dabubbleboy (73) - Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2011
With the high acholol the beer comes across pretty sweet. There are tastes of chocolate. Because of the sweetness two of us had a Hard time finishing the bottle.

Gangstergafje (1382) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - FEB 3, 2018
03-02-2018; bottle; at home (bought at Slijterij-Wijnhandel De Bodega, Capelle aan den IJssel, The Netherlands). Had the beer as Sarphati Oude Olie Grand Cru. The looks of the beer are very nice. The beer has a rich and intense look. The beer has a very dark ruby red, almost purple color. The beer pours hardly any foam, making it almost look like a dark red wine. The beer seems to have a nice cloudiness. I think that this is the darkest Belgian Strong Ale I've ever seen. The smell of the beer is intense. First thing I notice taking a deep sniff, is the strong alcohol smell. It is so strong...it reminds me a bit of the smell of vodka. Besides this, there is an ensemble of dried fruits. Dried plum, raisin and apricot give some delicious sweet intense concentrated aromas. Together with the sweetness of the malts and a grape-like fresh sweetness, the beer reminds me of a good port or sherry. It has the same intense dried fruit smell, which I personally love. Hops aren't really present in the smell. They might gave a slight earthy touch, that suits the dried fruits quite well. The smell gets more intense over time, as the beer warms up. I like this smell and taste evolution. Nicely done, but it sure is intense. Not for the weak hearted. The taste of the beer is just as intense. Lovely. Again the strong alcohol, which propels the sweet dried fruit flavours in a nice way. Some malty sweets are present, with some earthy bitter hop notes, but most of the taste is filled with intense sweet dried fruits...apricot, plum and raisin. And some grape. A touch of chocolate completes it. It really reminds me of a good port or sherry. Very well balanced, but the alcohol is almost to strong. The palate of the beer is nice. Full body, silky smooth texture and low carbonation. The high concentration of alcohol gives a nice tingly to the tongue instead of gas bubbles...but the alcohol is so strong it is almost to strong. The finish of the beer is also intense. The chocolate is quite strong in here, so is the alcohol. Dried fruit is a bit less intense, but still clearly present. The finish has that same thick dried fruit sensation a port or sherry has...intense, full and lovely. I really like this beer. One of the most intense beers I've ever had. Amazing.

simontomlinson (714) - Blackburn, Lancashire, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2018
Frothy beige head left a creamy cover on a very dark brown still body - looks impressive. Massive aroma of spiced fruit, dates, licorice, booze & mulled wine. Full bodied, thick, chewy, soft on the palate & spritely on the back. This is so thick, it's like having a meal! The sweet taste is the as big as the aroma with heavily spiced fruit, pepper, aniseed, alcohol, jam & an almost medicinal tasting long finish. This is a huge complex beer, a real fireside sipper.

culchiem (4294) - Berlin, GERMANY - JAN 5, 2018
Bottle from Les Fleurs. Dark nut brown with a frothy head. Aroma of fruity malt. Flavour is warm fruit, chocolate, booze, cocoa finish.

djd07 (16434) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2017
Poured at Shelton Festival, black with medium beige head that lasts. The aroma is dark fruit, booze, cocoa, roast. Medium body, similar flavors to nose, boozy finish, very good.

Almogabar (103) - MARIA DE HUERVA (ZARAGOZA), SPAIN - DEC 17, 2017
Botella de 75 cl adquirida en la web store Cervezas Especiales. Color marrón oscuro, densa, espuma marrón abundante y con retención. Aroma a chocolate, madera ahumada, café y alcohol. Sabor marcado por el paso por barrica de vino jerez. Sabrosa, notas dulces, café, chocolate negro, naranja y jerez (quizás demasiado marcado). Buena cerveza sin ser excepcional.

Jerre (3858) - Waregem, BELGIUM - AUG 14, 2017
Meerdere keren geproefd v 75 cl fles. Op Kerstbiertasting WBF 2014, maar ook op Winters Bier Festival 28 nov. 2015. Donkerbruin bier met lichtbruine kraag. Aroma: zoet, gebrande mout, donker fruit, koffietoets, zoethout, alcohol wat chocolade. Volle body. Smaak: zoet, gebrande mout, donker fruit, chocolade en koffietoets, zoethout, hout, alcohol.

TtV (476) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - JUN 30, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2017 Bottle 75 cl. Dark black with almost no head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, alcohol. The taste is sweet with a fruitful undertone. The aftertaste aftertaste is bitter with chocolate hints and a glow of alcohol.

Fujimo2000 (206) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 24, 2017
Pours dark brown/black with minimal lacing. Initial aroma is cherry cognac and sweet figs.

drpimento (3860) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - APR 30, 2017
Another disappointment. This beer scored so high on ratebeer, but what I got was very sweet and phenolic in both Aroma and flavor.

Beerdedone (3496) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2017
Bottle. Pours a deep dark brown with a short tan head. Aroma of chocolate, dark fruit, licorice and spices. Flavor was sweet, malty and fruity with raisins, licorice, molasses, chocolate, figs and dark fruit.

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