Abbaye de Bonne-Espérance
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Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #385
Ranked #45,927
3.37 | pDev: 12.46%
Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
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illidurit from California

3.01/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy gold color with a billowing white head that sticks around essentially forever. Sweetish malt aroma, some mild apple esters, and a touch of metal. Flavor is sweet with toffee and vanilla notes, a slight banana/apple fruitiness, mild spices like pepper and coriander, and an astringent finish. A sugary blonde beer that while tasty, is too sweet and astringent to be very drinkable.

Jul 28, 2011
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Suds from Missouri

3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew came in a 750 ml, corked bottle that I obtained from an Italian supermarket chain. The beer pours as a hazy orange colored liquid with a bulbous white head. It's got a peppery, sweet, and estery aroma. The smell is nothing that really has any 'wow' factor, but it's a decent Belgian brew. The taste has a bit more spice than the smell portends. It's fruity and sweet, with a little yeast and warmth. Not half bad, it's just not particularly outstanding.

Nov 30, 2008
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stcules from Italy

1.88/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Honey color, not really clean. White head, average compactness, quite creamy.
The smell is very sweet, with honey, malt, yeast, and some sweet fruitiness. Too sweet and fruit (ripe peach).
The taste is even more sweet, with fruit like sweet date, and dry figs. Quite sickly. Absolutely too sweet and unbalanced.

Apr 30, 2006
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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Sampled at the Fermette Des Pins on April 17th during my recent Easter Trip to Belgium. Served from a 33cl brown glass bottle just like the one pictured in the BA Database. “Abbaye Des Bonne-Espérance” and 7.8% ABV. Cost €3.15 for the pleasure.

Appearance: Served in the proper Bonne-Espérance goblet Amber body with a huge frothy white head that created quite the rocky sculpture dreamscape as it collapsed. Nice crusty lacing, average carbonation levels but a solid presentation overall.

Smell: Middling malts with a fresh bread aroma. Has a pungent but low key yeasty odor which added some freshness to the nose. Rather attractive I have to say.

Taste: Sweet malts hinder the pleasant earthy tones and the apple skins, pears and fruity nature which are in here - albeit depleted in strength. Candy sugar with hints of sweet metallic malts seems to linger though and depress the better side of this one.

Mouthfeel: Easy enough to drink, started well but the conditioning seemed to drop a little as I worked my through this one. But the carbonation was enough to support the brew nonetheless.

Drinkability: Fair to so-so, sadly the metallic aspects seem to affect the sweetness and really do spoil the nicer dark fruits and fresh apple skins that are hidden in this one.

Overall: Nothing outstanding and a little too sweet for my liking, but a fair effort.

Jul 20, 2006
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Gusler from Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pour a slightly hazy deep amber color, with a modest head, fluffy, with decent lace to coat the glass, both light brown in color. Nose is malt, slight hints of fruit, top is skimpy, the finish is adequately acidic, sparingly hopped, the aftertaste is dry. A fair to middlin beer, that is still worth a sample.

Oct 30, 2002
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paterlodie from Belgium

3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before 071205. Poors in overwelmingly with huge head that's lasting and goldenbrown beer with slight haze. Nose is banana, sour cherrie, malty with litle caramel note and litle herbspicy. Some sweetnes of probably quiet light candy also noticable. Taste is malty, sweet& candysugar and goes then from spicy to bitterness. Aftertaste goes quickly leaving only a litle alcoholic note. Mouthfeel is full and fresh but drinkability is harder cause of the sweetness and bitterness combined.

May 11, 2005
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hopdog from Pennsylvania

3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl bottle obtained from mail order directly from Belgium.

Poured a hazy golden with a large head. Aromas where spicy, some yeast, and fruity. Tastes of fruits (apples and pears), spices and candi sugar sweet. Definitely on the sweet side.

Notes from and tasted on 6/2/04.

Nov 04, 2008
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Absumaster from Netherlands

3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 750 mL bottle with a golden label. The beer pours a clear, golden beer with a thick lacing head. Lots of carbonation.

Smell is light metallic, higher alcohols and and some faint spices.

Tastes like a tripel, lots of higher alcohols which are a bit sharp and add a coarse mouthfeel together with the dryness of the beer. Bitterness is clean and is noticable on the tongue. Malt is just a little pilsnermalty, but the yeast determines the beer. Aftertaste is dry and lingering bitter.

Feb 27, 2009
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thierrynantes from France

3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle 33cl, tasted in 2003
Appearance : Color tawny-orange. Foam abundant, tight. well saturated.
Smell : powerful aroma, caramel malt nose.
Taste and mouthfeel : soft beer, lellow, fruity, bitterness average.
Drinkability : good beer in the style noble Belgian strong ale

Reviewed 11-14-2007, translated from french 1-6-2008.

Nov 14, 2007
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jmtpi from France

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Aug 28, 2013
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ThaCreep from Belgium

3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rather pronounced nose of citrus, warm the body is obviously reminiscent of oranges (peel and zest), which inevitably adds to the bitterness. It blooms in a fairly long finish. We mark some spices and a warm presence that boosts the alcoholic beverage timber from. A model very well respected in the Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

Oct 25, 2010
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mattfancett from England

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Aug 26, 2014
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desint from Belgium

3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Feb 25, 2017
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dolzan from Slovenia

3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden red with a large head, and a very fruity smell. The taste is sweet at first, but the bitterness quickly follows and prevails. Overall a good combination and balance. The high ABV is very finely masked as it should be, but the flavours are very complex. A good beer, even if drinkability is not that high, but that is to be expected with this high an ABV.

Aug 08, 2010
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TheBeerWatcher from Belgium

3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very clear amber colour. It has got a light carbonation in the middle of the glass. The off white head is two fingers thick and frothy, a bit soapy, leaving little lace on the glass. The head lasts very well.

Smell: malt and citrus. The smell is clearly filled with alcohol but luckily this aspect doesn’t dominate the overall impression.

Taste: sweet, spicy, fruity touches of citrus. From the first sip, the mouth is filled with an omnipresent hop bitterness. The finish is dry. The alcohol presence is very clear and tricky: the bottle says “7.8% ABV” but it immediately feels like a 9%.

The two main characteristics of the beer are sweetness and bitterness.

Bonne-Espérance gives me the impression of drinking a Speciale Belge like De Koninck but in a much stronger and more complex version. A special taste for a triple.

Oct 23, 2011
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stevoj from Idaho

3.69/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Delicious tripel from this brewery. Nice three finger head covers a medium bodied beer with lovely flavor of grains/bread/biscuits. This is one of my favorite styles, and this is an excellent example. Nice!

Mar 01, 2014
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MrHyde1886 from Italy

3/5  rDev -11%

Oct 31, 2012
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_ph230_ from Belgium

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

I love this beer beacause it was from my high school beer :)

Oct 07, 2014
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knot from Belgium

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Oct 09, 2014
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Peaches13 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 07, 2018
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Dougology from Italy

3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 22, 2014
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Magno48 from Italy

3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

May 03, 2015
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Nattesferd from Italy

3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dec 24, 2017
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edthehead from New York

3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewed and bottled in the 1970's era, and drank almost 50 years later, I'm sure this beer had better days, but still drank surprisingly well.

Feb 21, 2021
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Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 24 ratings