Buffalo Belgian Stout - Brouwerij Van den Bossche

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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.15%
Wants: 12
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 03-01-2005

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Ratings: 196 | Reviews: 122
Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer is listed as a "Belgian Stout" on the bottle, so I am going to review just as a beer instead of trying to cram it into in style.

The color is dark, it is hard to tell if it is dark dark brown or black. There was a fair amount of yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Nice off white head that sticks to the glass.

Aroma is fantastic, plum, raisins, dark candi sugar, some phenols, fruity esters, a hint of banana, and a nice warming alcohol. No hop aroma and no off flavors.

Taste is like chocolate chip banana bread. Warming from the alcohol. Slight crisp finish.

Overall this is a nice beer. It has a lot of depth and complexity and reminds me of a solid belgian quad. The only resemblance to a stout is the color of the beer.

Photo of JasW
4.29/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apparently a lot of stout lovers have tried this beer, and have dinged it a bit because it's no stout. Thus is a BSDA, period. It happens to have a prominent roasted undertone of coffee, chocolate, etc. that is quite stout-like. But the body (barely medium), the puffy mouthfeel, the yeast, and the rest all scream Belgian strong dark ale. And it's a damned fine one.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

as a stout, this is not at all what you would expect, and frankly a very very poor representation of the style. it lacks the unmalted dark roasted barley flavor entirely, and just never gets to the depth and fullness of stouts as we know them. however, i love the beer, and when taken outside of the stout context, its fantastic. to me this was much more like a dubbel type, nutty and chewy sweet malts layered in with a mild belgian yeast strain. it only goes about as dark as chocolate malt on the spectrum, and even that is lightly dosed. its more in that caramel molasses middle, but the beer is also quite light for its maltiness, sweetness, and alcohol content. carbonated fairly well, and clean on the back end for how sweet it is mid palate. something interesting there too, raisin and plum and even prune, dried fruit, bread pudding, brown sugar, its very interesting, but again, is so much more of a traditional belgian style, even quad, than it is a stout, no matter what type of stout, it just doesnt come across like that at all. pricey little beer, but fun and interesting. cool food beer too, given its lack of bitter roast, highly versatile.

Photo of travolta
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Appearance: Totally black, but up to the light its a very beautiful ruby red. A cola head with the same retention and lacing....not much.

Nose: Plum, roasted coffee, and chestnuts.

Taste: Drak grape juice, plum, grape, licorice, cherry, candied sugar. Black strap molasses. Hides it's alcohol well. Sharp carbonation, but fades quickly.

Notes: This is really just another BSDA, nothing much about it is a stout.

Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

03/15/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. This thick, almost syrupy brew has a ton of caramel to toffee flavor, which I'm in favor of. Definite Rorschach test lacing, as a matter of fact I think I saw Jesus looking back at me. Not sure if I should drink more or less....(pregnant pause)...OK, more it is!

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque black in the glass, with a one finger light brown head with good retention and lots of lacing. Light aroma of sweet toasted malt, chocolate, mild Belgian yeast. Flavor is dark fruit; plums and cherries, light orange citrus, chocolate, light toasted malt and caramel. Medium bodied with nice peppery active carbonation. An interesting hybrid ale between a dark Belgian and a stour, leaning mostly towards the BSDA. Belgian yeast and fruit flavors, but an interesting chocolate and toasted malt flavor that is unusual, but complementary to the Belgain ale base. Flavor is a bit subdued for such a strong ale, but quite pleasant and fun to drink. This could be quite amazing with some more intensity, but still enjoyable. Does not show its high ABV at all, tastes like something with half the alcohol. Interesting.

Photo of thecheapies
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark burgundy black color. Through the light, I see tons of yeast specks. Head is hard to pour through; mounts high quickly.

Concord grape juice, roastiness, chestnuts, sweet black plum, and phenols. Some bitterness attributed to the grain kilning. Survived some aging, gracefully.

Medicinal notes are strong, but the dark fruits are huge. Plum, grape, licorice, chicory, burgundy, and candi sugar. Some yeasty esters border on nutty. Sparing notes of black strap.

Medium-full body with a sudsy carbonation level. An airy dark ale.

Pretty good stuff, even with age. Almost positive this is past its prime, according to the bottle dating, but it's still superb.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a cork and cage into a snifter, the beer is a brown to black coloring, with a tall, frothy, dense, cream colored head that sits tall and sticks around while you drink. Aromas of cream, subtle bittersweet chocolate, earth and wood, and hints of funk. Flavors of roast and old world fruit forward, with date and fig in the backbone. Booze highlights, with a chocolate character, and a dark, old-world fruit overlay. Very rich and layered, but it remains very layered. The body is mid-range, but lightens towards the end of the palate. RIch and roasty notes in the aftertaste, with the sweetness holding court. Smooth, slick, clean finish, with a slight boozy linger. Solid brew, and fairly easy to drink despite the increased ABV and robust character.

Photo of weazal
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

SMELL: Yeasty cherry heavy tacky aroma similar to molasses and cocoa. Real slight citrus.

TASTE: Explosively full mouthfeel. Immediately big and creamy with sharp champagne-y carbonation biting on the way out. Mostly dark cherry flavor with creamy, but not-too-sweet caramel. Everything leaves the palate pretty quick, with a slight, but pleasant after taste. Drinkability is high, which is surprising for a Belgium AND stout.

It's nice, has a uniquely contrasting mouthfeel, and easy to keep enjoying. Maybe not the most incredible flavor but a solid B+

Photo of kojevergas
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

8.00%. Bottle served into a Buffalo goblet in Belgium. Reviewed from notes taken in June 2011.

A: Pours a five finger head of fairly tan colour, lovely brilliant cream, incredible thickness, and amazing retention for the ABV. Colour is a dark nontransparent brown-black.

Sm: Chocolate, toffee, yeast, nuts.

T: Chocolate, toffee, a hint of biscuity yeast, and some nutty notes. A delightful dark malt backbone. Complex and well-balanced. I like it, though the build is not what I've come to expect of a stout.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but nicely coarse on the climax to bring out the flavour. I'd prefer it dry and coarse. Good carbonation.

Dr: Delightfully drinkable and enjoyable. A fantastic beer in the style and one I'd definitely have again. Very well priced in Belgium. Every beer fanatic should give this one a try! Hides its ABV very well.

B

Photo of thagr81us
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a deep red brown with a two finger very light tan head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, roasted malt, charred malt, floral, and cream. The flavor was of sweet malt, cream, coffee, roasted malt, and charred malt. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly average brew. Charred malt… Phew! How I do not like you at all. Because of this fact I really struggled my way through this one. There was a good bit going on in the aroma which was a welcomed changed from the charred note, but definitely not enough to dig it out of the hole that it had dug. I would not suggest this one to anyone I was hanging out with.

Photo of Blackwolf
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap into a flute.

First off the restaurant was decent (The Back Abby in Claremont CA)
They had a great selection of Belgian's but a few I wanted on tap were not available =/

As for this belgian-stout, I was expecting a lot more than what I got, judging by their excellent belgian collection I would think that any different style of beer would be just as tasty.

A- By far the "best" characteristic was the color in my opinion. A darkened hazeled almost deep brown hue. The head was almost dissipated by the time it arrived to my table, but from what I caught, it was a light LIGHT, very milk chocolate head. NO lacing at all out of my glass.

S- Light fruits, a fair yeast and a caress of lightly balanced alcohol in it. Not a strong point in this "stout."

T- Again, sweet light fruits, not as malty as I would want from a stout... A sweet/sour finish with a tad bit of alcohol spice in it. Not too impressive for the style, but decent.

MF- Light body with a medium-light carbonation. Yet again nothing interesting here. Even the alcohol finish bottomed out quickly from my palate.

O- For the price I paid on this I expected a just above average beer. This could be described as an average attempt on a belgian-stout to a just below average taste that I would DEFINITELY not spend 8 bucks on a flute for again. This may be a beer you would like to try for a reasonable price. And considering the history on it I was very intrigued, but again, for an affordable price it is considerable, not even a must. Even if you are a fan of belgians and stouts... Still... Just considerable.

Photo of Greywulfken
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: I didn't expect this beer to be classified as a BSDA - and it doesn't look like one - only during the pour will you notice it doesn't look like a stout - looks like an American black ale with a deep brown color; in the glass, pitch black with a tan head and lotsa lace

S: chocolate malts, little fruit; brighter yeasts and hops

T: yeast and hops percolate through dark malt with subdued fruit and coffee flavors

M: drying despite some chewy malt sugars - a very fizzy, crisp beer - especially for a stout, but then again this is a "Belgian stout"; thinner in body than a stout (too thin/watery for my tastes)

O: interesting ale - meets in the middle between a stout and a black ale, but with the brightness and lightness of a Belgian (pale) ale. If there were a category of beers called Belgian black ales, this would be one.

Photo of jera1350
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750 that gushed upon opening. A barely transparent dark brown color with a billowy head of tan foam that leaves globs sticking to the glass.

Sweet syrupy malt smell. Some toffee, caramel and raisin in there.

Raisiny prune sweetness up front that is washed away by a long roasty coffee taste. Some undertones of caramel and toffee with boozy coffee finish and aftertaste. Damn tasty.

A bit thin for a beer of this size, dry and heavily carbonated.

This is a nice brew. I was pleasantly surprised at the big coffee/alcohol thing going on in the taste. Quite enjoyable, glad I had the chance to try it.

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another from the stout tasting yesterday. All notes naturally.

Pour is very dark black with a decent white head.

The smell is totally dominated by the yeast. Its on the fruity side. I cant get a ton of dark malt yet, but well see.

The taste is just the same. Fruity Belgian yeast dominates. Dark malt is slightly watery, I wanted it to be thicker and have a way thicker mouthfeel. But I did get a complex stout, but Im not sure Im happy with it.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

BB 9/2/11. Consumed 2/21/12.

A: Cola pour is pitch black in the vessel with a sudsy khaki colored head that was porous, a finger high, but fairly quick to dissipate.

S: Musky dark fruit, plums, sour alcohol. A bit musty, yeasty and hospital like phenols. None to enticing.

T: Yeasty flavor, perhaps its best quality, because it sure isn’t the dark roasted stout nature. Musky damp grains, sugary bread with a fruitiness of pears and guava contributed by the strong yeast presence. While dark in color it is anything but roasty, think Guinness or Schwarz. The yeastiness outshines the dark malts with some barnyard attributes with hints of raisins, cane sugar and some rummy molasses dry alcohol.

M: light with a washy type of texture and feel. Sour yeastiness some fruity alcohol glow.

O: strong yeasty character, but lacks in terms of other stout qualities. Think a Guinness with a Belgian yeast, thin in substance and body, but does have some strong Belgian yeast roots with fermented fruit hints. In the end I cant recommend.

Photo of daledeee
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750 ml bottle.

This beer poured an almost uncontrollable head. Very dark brown with lots of bubbles. The head is light tan and frothy.

Not much for nose. Slight dark fruit.

Taste: Well..it is listed a a Belgian Stout on the label, but this tastes more like a quad or old ale to me. The first thing I notice is plum. There are mixtures of sweetness, earthiness and a little chocolate with a little hop bitterness in the finish.

It is not all that carbonated but is pleasant on the tongue. Alcohol was warming at first. I must have gotten used to it. I find this to be a nice pleasant drink. Very enjoyable.

Photo of Zachtheporter
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle. [1pint 9 fluid oz] into a Mug.

A- A incredibly deep ruby red. Nearly black. Has a very thick light tan head that is very frothy and bubbly.

S- Smells very strongly of dark fruits. Mostly raisins and dates. Just barely detect what seems like a few cocoa notes.

T- Tastes very strongly of dark fruits. It is deep and robust like a stout but with very few malty notes. Gives off the very sweet taste of dried figs at first before finishing with a very tart alcoholic bitterness. Almost a sour finish. The lasting finish coats the inside of your mouth and you can taste it (nearly feel it) in your breath. slightly sweet candied sugar tones come into play as well giving off the sensation of eating sugary dried fruits.

M- Gives a very filling smooth syrupy mouth feel. Very mild carbonation is present but definitely lets you know that it's there. Finishes with a permeating presence that lingers upon your palate.

O- A very interesting style of beer. While I must admit since it was labeled as a Belgian Stout I expected it to be much more malty but am fairly satisfied with what it turned out to be. Very drinkable and delicious, a Belgian fanatics darkest dream.

Photo of bilyboy65
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good beer. Very enjoyable. The nice dark brown color looks extremely nice in the glass. The nose is a dark roast malt with a hint of black cherry. The taste seems to forget about the dark cherry as a slight taste of alcohol seems to over power it. Not enough to hide it though. Good medium feel on the tongue without a heavy oil trail left behind. Overall a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of Mar02x
2.66/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - A clear brown beer with a light beige head that starts out strong an good, but retracts to a thin layer. The is some carbonation visible that races up.

S - A fresh and fruity smell with some yeast tones. I am missing the stout smell, there is some chocolate tone however.

T - Different! Almost a crossing between an light stout and a double ale with some chocolate, spices and fruit. Not enough sweetness and a light bitter finish.

M - To much carbonation in consideration with the taste. Therefore the taste is to thin. In the end the beer is light sticky and bitter.

O - It is not a dirty beer, but it doesn't fit the style. The high carbonation presence kills this beer.

Photo of Brabander
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought thos bottle in the Biershop at the border at Poppel, Belgium. A Belgian stout, i was wondering if it was any good. The ansewer is yes, it is worth your while.

Bottle best before may 2013. Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks very nice, millions of tiny bubbles in the big broken white head. Very nice darkbrown fluid with very nice carbonation. After the head is gone there is some nice lacing in the glass.

Smell is ok, not very strong but with some coffee in it. Soft and drinkable with the carbonation somewhat sizzeling on the tongue. Good beer!

Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a 0.33l bottle (€3.25) of this at Cambrinus in Brugge on 28SEP11.

Poured into a snifter, it was a deep, dark chestnut color. Held up to light it showed nice garnet highlights. The head was creamy and light beige, with solid lacework sticking. Aroma had inviting, strong dark fruit notes. Medium in body, and the bier was pretty smooth going down.

Was a touch dry and bitter, with a healthy amount of dark fruit notes swirling about. The bitterness seems more pronounced than I would expect here. Found some choco flavors in there as well. Seems a bit more like a quad than a stout, but, in the end, it was tasty and satisfying. Prosit!

4.03 rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of Zraly
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Taphouse in Hampton, VA. Pours close-to-black with a small head. Funky smells of earth and roasted malts.

Flavor is accented by a funky yeast note; a nice play on the Belgian origin. Nice chocolate and malt flavors that marry well. Smooth and toasty on the palate. Medium bodied and fairly easy to drink.

Nice and approachable. I'd suggest it for those who are first learning about stouts to illustrate the variability of flavors and body.

Photo of Knapp85
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was one of the first Belgian stouts I'd ever had. The bottle for some reason seemed attractive to me so I bought it. The beer poured out as a deep brownish black color with a big foamy head on it. The smell was a mix of yeast, roasted malts, wood, and some chocolate. The taste had some flavors of coffee and chocolate and some yeast in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was a little thinner than it looked from the pour but overall it's a solid stout and worth trying in my opinion.

Photo of rbd13
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a foamy white head. Nice lacing on the glass.
Smells of sweet chocolate, coffee malts, and port wine.
Flavors of cocoa, coffee, dark fruits- raisin and plum, and oaky vanilla.
Smooth bitter finish with medium carbonation, a very drinkable stout.

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