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Buffalo Belgian Stout - Brouwerij Van den Bossche

Buffalo Belgian StoutBuffalo Belgian Stout

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166 Ratings
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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 16.11%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van den Bossche visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-01-2005)
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Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 04:03:59 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of weazal


4/5  rDev +11.1%
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+

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 01:42:06 | More by weazal
Photo of kojevergas


3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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.


Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 20:37:59 | More by kojevergas
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

2.78/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2012 11:56:21 | More by thagr81us
Photo of Blackwolf

3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2012 07:10:40 | More by Blackwolf
Photo of Greywulfken

New York

3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 23:30:19 | More by Greywulfken
Photo of jera1350


3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 03:21:50 | More by jera1350
Photo of VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 20:10:37 | More by VncentLIFE
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 02:26:10 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of daledeee


3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 23:53:06 | More by daledeee
Photo of Zachtheporter


4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 08:03:51 | More by Zachtheporter
Photo of bilyboy65


3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 04:00:30 | More by bilyboy65
Photo of Mar02x


2.63/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 20:09:56 | More by Mar02x
Photo of Brabander


3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 16:06:20 | More by Brabander
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
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


Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 14:43:21 | More by Bierman9
Photo of Zraly


3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2011 23:44:23 | More by Zraly
Photo of Knapp85


3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 00:12:22 | More by Knapp85
Photo of rbd13

Rhode Island

4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 22:43:34 | More by rbd13
Photo of Cmack15


4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: dark jet black thick

aroma: some chocolate, roasted malts, hint of toffee

taste: sweet with some chocolate maybe a roasted coffee note

mouthfeel: thick chewy like a stout should be

had this at the zythos fest not a bad beer but not one of my fave stouts.


Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2011 21:59:44 | More by Cmack15
Photo of Cylinsier


4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75 cl

Pours jet black with a several inch thick coffee and cream head, retains pretty well.

Smells of mildly tart Belgian style malt and yeast. Whispers of caramel sweetness.

Tastes of rich caramel malt notes, hints of a citrus bite, and some smooth chocolate like flavors at the end.

Feels full with tons of fluffy carbonation.

Delicious! The tastes make it sound like it might be weird, but it flows together very well. Hides its strength well. Would definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 23:32:53 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of madpentzer


3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm reviewing this off notes from Beer U: Stouts at Stone Brewery.

A - Pours a very dark brown with three fingers of off-white head that stay and stay.

S - The belgian yeast is apparent in the nose. Smells very similar to a quadruple. Lots of sweet caramel aromas, with some roasted malts.

T - Sweet candied sugar is the first thing I noticed, with caramel, roasted malts and a hint of chocolate. I also pick up some dark fruit flavors.

M - Awesome carbonation makes this beer very easy to drink. Dark like a porter or stout, but bubbly and light like champagne.

O - A very unique beer, but definitely not a stout. I agree with the category Belgian Strong Dark Ale here on BA.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 18:19:15 | More by madpentzer
Photo of boss302


4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer about a year ago and am finally drinking it. It has a best by date that appears to be L905.

A Dark ruby red, not much head, fine bubbles.

S Sweet caramel, fruit, no hop aroma.

T Nutty, chocolaty. Chocolate flavor is present throughout and finishes strong.

M Thick, heavy body, carbonation is high.

D A very good beer. I was a little surprised by the depth of chocolate flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 01:53:06 | More by boss302
Photo of Franz4


2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- just what you'd expect, dark with just a little head that fades quickly

S- lots of dark fruit and dried apricots, very sweet (this will be a recurring theme)

T- cloyingly sweet with the dark fruit coming through, the sweetness really just dominates this beer.

M- medium bodied, not much else here

D- ABV is well hidden (by the sweetness) but it's just to much sweetness for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 20:20:24 | More by Franz4
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aromas are intially all Belgian with dark fruits including prunes, dates and figs with some Belgian yeast spice as well. Mild roasted notes; less than expected considering the dark appearance.
The taste follows the nose with dark sweet fruits including dates, figs and prunes once again. Next is burnt caramel or brown sugar sweetness. The roastiness finished the beer nice and dry. As it warms the roastiness becomes a bit much and a touch of alcohol is noticable, but not unpleasant by any means.
The body is medium with a creamy carbonation which improves the drinkability of this higher ABV stout. Overall, I enjoyed the aromas and flavors of this beer. It hybrids 2 of my favorite styles, wish there were more examples out there. Either way this one is recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 13:31:59 | More by claspada
Photo of thierrynantes


3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2011.

Appearance : reddish brown color with a tan foamy head.
Smell : sweet aroma of dark fruits.
Taste and mouthfeel : roasted malt, chocolate and coffee flavours, with alcohol presence.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style strong stout (near Porter). Better, drink at cellar t°.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 17:55:10 | More by thierrynantes
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Buffalo Belgian Stout from Brouwerij Van den Bossche
82 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.