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Buffalo Belgian Stout - Brouwerij Van den Bossche

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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.47%
Wants: 12
Gots: 6 | 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: 190 | Reviews: 120
Photo of nakedasajbird
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
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 AlexAfonin
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of travolta
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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 BobsledTM
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Rado
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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 KristofH
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of vaughtex
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Antiantianti
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of StephRai
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of TaylorMcRae
4.8/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Rickus
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of koladiola
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of WynnO
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of mattfancett
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of windypete
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.73/5  rDev +3%
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 kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of WVUbrew
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of bcsbeer
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of thecheapies
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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 ONovoMexicano
3/5  rDev -17.1%

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Buffalo Belgian Stout from Brouwerij Van den Bossche
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