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Buffalo Belgian Stout - Brouwerij Van den Bossche

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BA SCORE
82
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178 Ratings
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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.83%
Wants: 13
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van den Bossche visit their website
Belgium

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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Reviews by PorterLambic:
Photo of PorterLambic
4.88/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours smoothly and black as night. Smallish head, tan in color. Drops to a thin layer across with a thicker rim.
Smell is malty, dryish note, sweet and peat with a note of whiskey-like alcohol.
Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, with a solid alcohol presence, hops in back, dark fruits, a very fruitcake-like set of flavors.Well balanced on the palate as well as in the nose.
Smooth like velvet, full-bodied, chewy, warming throughout. This ain't your mama's Guinness. It has oomph and body and a real "you will notice me!" presence. A truly wonderful brew along the line of a Russian Imperial Stout while still being distinctly different. A rich, sipping, dessert of a beer.

PorterLambic, Jul 27, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - This is a very dark ale in color, almost pure black, with a blackish-white head that rose up handsomely on an easy pour and left a pool of film in the center of the liquid.

Smell - This BSDA has a lot of roasted malt in the nose along with some baker's chocolate and maybe black coffee. It is very very dark with little to sweeten the aroma and quite pleasing to whiff.

Taste - Yes, this is very dark. The malts are roasted, almost burnt, and the black coffee buries most of the chocolate from the nose.

Mouthfeel - This is on the lighter side of medium-bodied with some rather fizzy carbonation. This was probably the only aspect of the beer that I didn't care for.

Drinkability - This is not a typical BSDA jumping with sugary complexity and yeasty undertones, but it is actually billed on the label as a "Belgian Stout". I enjoyed it overall but, again, thought the mouthfeel was lacking.

RoyalT, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with ruby red highlights. A small eggshell head appears and becomes a ring around the glass. A bit light in color. Aromas start with slightly roasted malts and a touch of coffee. Earthy yeast tones underneath. A bit of cocoa but overall the aroma isn't very pronounced.

First sip brings mellow roasted malts upfront with a hint of cocoa and coffee that moves into earthy, estery Belgian yeast flavors. A bit of an odd fruity tone midway through the sip. It flows down with a touch of alcohol and some peppery licorice on the end. Interesting brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and light for a stout, but pretty much spot on for the Belgian stout category. Goes down smooth with good carbonation. This beer didn't really grab me and I doubt I'd grab it again, just not my style.

orbitalr0x, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. It had been in my cellar for six months. There was an illegible date stamped on the label. The beer was dark brown with red highlights and a medium-sized tan head. A dark fruit aroma, with root beer and a little chocolate. Sweet fruity taste, still some root beer apparent in the taste. Did not think the alcohol was too noticeable. Very smooth, but I don't think I could drink too much of it at a time. It's a little too sweet.

lordofthewiens, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyable to see this one on tap at the Blind Tiger in NYC. Not sure whats up with this seemingly emerging "Belgian Stout " style, but this one was pretty tasty. Also it was quite low carbonation in opposition to several of the bottled version reviews. Darkest shades of mahogany, next to no head and no lacing,fruity, slightly earthy nose. Dark malts and medium roasty. Ripe fruits, raisins, figs, decent complexity and interest here. Perhaps a wee bit thin in the body department. Nice on tap, if you can find it....Nice going Alan and the BTAH crew;.

Billolick, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Marius, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

chickenm, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of williamjbauer
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

williamjbauer, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of ADR
2.6/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Large corked bottle, clearly marked as 9% ABV...

Dark brown, lets some light through. Lots of tan puffy head, over an inch of it in height. Laces, however, are pretty scant. Slightly plummy aroma, oddly perfumed and fruity. Thin mouthfeel, very gassy and carbonated. Flavor doesn't work well at all for a Stout, bright and detergent sharp, green chlorophyll qualities with a strange tinny fruit taste and way under-powered in body. A little papery in the aftertaste as well. I am definitely not a fan of this rendition of a Stout idea, not a lot of positives in any category in my opinion.

ADR, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of chefpeet
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

chefpeet, Aug 30, 2013
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.

Blackwolf, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of ste5venla
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

ste5venla, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of ONovoMexicano
3/5  rDev -16.7%

ONovoMexicano, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of Calico
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a tulip glass at the Old Toad.

Appearance - barely any head, clear mahogany in color. Some lace.

Aroma - slight lactic sourness mixed with caramel and raisin notes.

Taste - I'm not getting the nutty roasted flavors I'd expect in a stout. There is some maltiness, but what stands out is a mild lactic sourness, surrounded by dark fruit flavors. Not as sour as a Flanders sour red, but sour enough to pucker the mouth a little.

Mouthfeel - thin body (again, not what I'd expect in a stout), finishes pleasantly crisp.

This beer is a bit more like a Baltic porter than like any kind of stout I've had. It feels more like the 6.5% abv stated on the brewery's website than the 9% mentioned in some of the other reviews. I imagine if I had more than 11 ounces of this I'd be able to determine how strong it is, but it does not feel strong. I could drink another one of these. An odd, but pleasant, brew.

Calico, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of Metalmonk
2.65/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A tremendously powerful "pop!" as the cork is pulled, and no surprise about the wealth of bubbles and resulting thick head. It's beige on top and glassy black below, which is not the darkest black I've seen on a beer, but it is impressive.

It might look alive in appearance, but there's almost nothing happening in the aroma. Faint toffee and dark berries hide behind a mellow metallic sheen. It doesn't even try to smell like anything. Not so much bad as boring. Hopefully there's more happening in the flavor.

Err...not much. Faint dark fruits (fig, plum, berry) work their way into the incredibly mild flavor. Insanely minuscule flashes of milk chocolate/smoke blow by without much presence. Slight tartness shows up in the finish. None of this is helped by the over-carbonated texture, which would've been okay on a beer with any flavor, but it doesn't do anything for this bland offering.

Subtle flavors and stealthy complexities are very much appreciated in a wide variety of beers. This one has neither. It limps past the tastebuds and takes up space in the gut. It's not that it's awful, it just doesn't even try. Best Before date on the label is Jun. 27 '08, so it's not expired. Stout enthusiasts should stay away, as it's anything but a stout, and Belgian beer fanatics in general will probably come away disappointed. One of the least remarkable brews from Belgium that I know of.

Metalmonk, Jan 06, 2008
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.

Mar02x, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of mattfancett
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

mattfancett, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown with a white bubbly head. Lacey. Aroma some roast, and very mild yeast. The taste does not live up,but it is complex. Medium mouthfeel. Some sugar, roast, yeast in the taste. A shwartzbier with some Belgian yeast and sugar. A little sourness in finish.

Sammy, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of NorthCoastPranqster
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

NorthCoastPranqster, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of dirtylou
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at the malt house.

cell phone notes

appearance: served in a buffalo tulip, dark mahongany body, light tan cap with decent retention

smell: smoky, dark fruit, light notes of chocolate

taste: this one cant decide if its a stout or a belgian strong...falls a little flat in both categories. smoky with nice roasted malt notes, dull chocolate, plum and other dark fruit. just not very well rounded and lacking any showcase flavors

mouthfeel: smoky and thinner

drinkability: fine

dirtylou, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Ciocanelu, May 09, 2013
Photo of cjgator3
2.4/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a dark black color with a large light tan head with really good retention and lacing. The aroma is pretty underwhelming that is fruity and malty with just a touch of roastiness as well. The taste much like the aroma for the most part is a disappointment. The taste is in need of more malt and more roasted characteristics for me to even consider it a "stout". The mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated. Overall, I am disappointed with this offering, I was expecting a little more. It is not horrible, but I would not purchase it again.

cjgator3, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of jmccraney
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

jmccraney, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of MiScusi
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown, but could see through towards the edges so it appeared fairly clear in its highlights. Not much of a head except some off white suds laced on top. Smell was a little roasty along with a belgian yeast sort of metallic note. The taste had some sharp alcohol and roasted malts- much more so than I've noticed for other belgian dark ales that come across a little more subtle in their dark malt character. There also seemed to be a bit of a hop character at the end, in bitterness and taste, to go along with the roastiness. Moutfeel is ok, a little lighter and less chewy than most belgian dark ales.

MiScusi, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of russpowell
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Indiscernible dating code on bottle.

Pours chestnut/mahogany with 4+ fingers of tan bubbly head. Sticky lacing that clings to half the glass ( La'chouffe snifter) & below average head retention

S: Sourness & not much else.

T: Chocolate, oaky dryness & hint of vanilla up front. Some leafy hops, chocolate, & little more sourness (some brett) as this warms. Finishes dry, sour & with some raisin & chocolate (rasinettety?)

MF: Medium-bodied with damn near zero carbonation &slight creaminess

Drinks alright for the abv, but not put together that well. Way better Belgian beers for the buck out there IMO, by far. Only for the desperate or curious

russpowell, Oct 19, 2007
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Buffalo Belgian Stout from Brouwerij Van den Bossche
82 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.