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Vleteren Dark Old Strong Ale - Brouwerij Deca Services NV

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Vleteren Dark Old Strong AleVleteren Dark Old Strong Ale

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84
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12 Ratings
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Ratings: 12
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 7.71%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Deca Services NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jophish17 on 10-12-2008)
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From: Etre Gourmet, Belgium
Glass: St. Bernadus Chalice
Date: Best before February 2013

Deca has an interesting Belgian Strong Dark Ale with their Vleteren Alt, though I'm not sure what the "old" does for the ale. Featuring a distinctly sweet, vinous and grape ester flavor, combined with brown sugar sweetness and notable bitterness from European hops, the beer is far from one-dimensional and is quite satisfying on a cold winter's day. One I would go back to again, if it were locally available.

Pours a fairly substantial, 3cm tall, head of tan bubbles, which has above average retention, lasting a few minutes as it fades to a thin ring around the glass. Lacing is present, leaving some significant splotches and lines lingering on the glass' interior. Body is colored a dark brown-amber, with light bringing out reddish-amber highlights throughout the transparent body. Carbonation is visible, but not particularly numerous or aggressive.

Aroma is vinous, sweetly brown sugar-like, with the mildest hint of Belgian yeast and tartness. Quite nice, very inviting.

An interesting tasting beer, the forefront of Vleteren Alt features the typical grape-like esters and vinous qualities of Belgian Strong Dark Ales, but the back of the palate and aftertaste feature a significant hop bitterness that makes it stand out from others in the style. Front of palate features grape esters, bready malt, and the sweetness of brown sugar. Mid-palate is vinous and grape-like, combined with sweet brown sugar and mild European hop bitterness to yield a pleasing blend. Back of palate notes substantial European hop bitterness with lesser vinous qualities Aftertaste is of sweet brown sugar affixed to a fairly strong European hop bitterness with a slight herbal character.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity. The result is a mouthfeel that is smooth, does not foam upon the palate, and flows nicely, though perhaps a bit stagnantly due to the lack of carbonation. Closes dryly, with little residual stickiness on the palate, surprising due to its use of brown sugar.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 02:51:48 | More by falloutsnow
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Anatole

Belgium

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

09-26-2013 09:00:08 | More by Anatole
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desint

Belgium

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

08-27-2013 09:33:06 | More by desint
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davey101

Connecticut

3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by January, 2013...oops. 33cl bottle into a Chimay goblet. Thanks to Doug for this mysterious rarity.

A - Pours a super hazy dirty brown body that is almost scary to hold up to the light. Two fingers worth of dense and creamy light khaki foam. The foam just hangs around forever with a ridiculous amount of lacing and retention to back it up.

S - Decent aroma of dark fruits and spices. Lighter notes of caramel apple and bready malts.

T - Malts, spices, ripe apple, caramel and dark fruits. Its decent enough but there is on odd almost corn/adjunct sweetness on the very end. I'm not sure if it's oxidation creeping in or what, but it is not great. Thankfully it has that great velvety and well carbonated quad/BSDA mouth feel to it.

O - I guess this one isn't distributed to the US? It's decent enough, but its just lacking compared to the other big Belgian names.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 23:38:11 | More by davey101
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samEBC

Belgium

4/5  rDev +6.4%

08-11-2012 21:22:23 | More by samEBC
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dalecooper


4/5  rDev +6.4%

05-02-2012 07:26:25 | More by dalecooper
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mentaltraveller

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-15-2011 23:11:41 | More by mentaltraveller
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BobZ

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. Bottle poured into my Duvel tulip. Thanks to Doug (Douglasjamjak), for affording me the opportunity to sample this brew from the brewery where De Struise was born (via contract brewing).

Appearance: Dark reddish brown with a light tan head than builds to about a ½” before receding to a 1/16” cap. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Dark fruit mostly, raisin and plumb. The alcohol is also somewhat noticeable in the aroma.

Taste: Dark fruit mixed with a roasted malt character, flavorful with a bit more alcohol flavor than I expected for an 8% abv beer. There is also a slight metallic flavor. This beer is somewhat reminiscent of Unibroues Maudite.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin more like a double than a SDA.

Overall: A generally good beer. I’m just happy to have had a chance to try this one. I would tend to characterize it as a “decent abbey style double”.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 19:08:44 | More by BobZ
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle into a goblet at a café in Leuven (the one on the north side of the Cathedral; I forget its name); listed on the menu as being brewed by De Struise. Huh.

A: Cloudy red-brown body with an inch of dense, creamy tan head. Great retention and lacing. Lovely.

S: Typical, wonderful BSDA: spicy malt, raisins, currants, chocolate, plums. Very smooth.

T: Dark fruits dominate, with some sweet bready malt adding body ahead of a spicy, somewhat earthy, bitter finish. plenty of raisins, clove, cake, and toffee. Light alcohol, well within expected tolerances for 8%. Wonderful.

M: Sharp, lively medium body; tons of carbonation that starts prickly and softens out eventually. Ok.

O: I ordered this since it was listed as a Struise beer, and was a little pissed when I saw that it wasn't. Once I poured it and took a sip, though, I completely stopped caring. This is just a great, complex, and drinkable BSDA. Well worth trying.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 03:00:06 | More by woosterbill
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SmokinSmyth

Belgium

3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, with a rich head and plenty of lacing. The head remains throughout the entire time.

The aroma is very malty and syrupy.

Taste is also malty and caramel with a bit of raisin towards the end of the swallow.

Mouthfeel is slightly better than average.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 18:06:37 | More by SmokinSmyth
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from the expensive, Belgium-based "Belgian Shop"; coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle; BB 03/2011, served lightly-chilled in Westmalle's broad-rimmed chalice.

A: pours a lightly translucent, dark russet colour with mahogany red glows; the carbonation is semi-lively but full of tiny bubbles, in support of a well-lasting thin beige frothy head.
S: the nose is quite estery and sugary on top of a deep syrupy malt background, slightly like a dark bock in terms of the maltiness even; the jammy, sour-sweet plum preserve, prunes, and sour green apples lie firmly in the background, along with a lightly herbal edge of yeastiness and a tinge of overripe-banana-ish esters. Not terribly complex, pleasant enough, and quite "deep" in the overall impression.
T: sour-sweet fruity as well as Doppelbock-like malty in the foretaste, showing quality brown/Munich malts in the swallow with a delicate edge of toastiness, quickly joined force by a mildly sour & bitter aftertaste suggesting raisins & prunes (faintly), herbal hops, toasted nuts, and a particular type of bitterness not unlike ground Chinese root-herbs plus fresh fennel hearts(!)... The palate turns slightly dry and a bit chewy in the end, where more aromatic toasted-maltiness and dark candy sugar manage to linger for a while.
M&D: soft on the carbonation but still refreshing enough to mediate the alc. strength, this full-bodied and tasty ale has a nice complexity endowed by extra spices and candy sugar, but the consistent integrity also accounts for the overall enjoyment. Well worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 21:28:15 | More by wl0307
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jophish17

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

33cL bottle purchased through Belgian Shop

Aroma: a nice plum-filled aroma with a bit of sour apple

Appearance: A really dark amber body that lets a little bit of light through, along with a big, fluffy, carbonation-charged head that sticks to the glass fairly well

Taste: Caramel malts stand out with some more of a plum and raisin character. Not as sweet as most BSDAs nor as dynamic

Feel: a nice warming feel that dries out the mouth.. a bit too thin for my preference though

Drinkability: it actually goes down really easily, perhaps because the alcohol doesn't show up

An ok beer that I pretty much only bought because I had never seen it, but it isn't really worth seeking out when there are so many strong dark ales that are better out there

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 20:27:04 | More by jophish17
Vleteren Dark Old Strong Ale from Brouwerij Deca Services NV
84 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.