De Dolle Boskeun | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle BoskeunDe Dolle Boskeun

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Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Todd on 10-23-2000

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Photo of Sammy
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting chemistry of a tornado under the foam after you pour. An interesting and simple Belgian, was light on the spice. Alcohol well disguised. Cane sugar there, with other malts. Light yeast. Fizzy. Light. Modest mouthfeel, easy on palate. Worth a try.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber with a huge big bubbled full white head.

Nose is all ripe peaches and stone fruit and black pepper and very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but way too carbonated! I coughed and choked on first taste it had so many bubbles.

Flavors are pleasant fruity malt rich with balanced bitter hops, stone fruit flavors and also black pepper and spice. Flavors are layered and balanced and finish is sweet malt and bitter grapefruit. Unfortunately, all of it suffers from the huge carbonation that makes this almost undrinkable.

For reviewing purposes I've graded greatly down for mouthfeel because of carbonation issue. However, nose, flavors and finish were super solid. I'm hoping carbonation is an issue that will be more insignificant in other bottles.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky light brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and lots of various fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, grain, and fruity flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a very nice fruity presence that makes this one quite easy to drink.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap at the bull and bush, who have really expanded their guest offerings in the last half year or so. this is my first from these guys (i think), a real treat. listed on the menu at 8.9% abv rather than the 10% abv listed here, but i am attributing that to batch variance rather than misinformation. a great beer, a spring strong blonde brewed with honey. it looks, smells, and tastes a lot like a classic tripel, maybe a little lighter in body, a little more aggressively hopped, and a little lighter on the leftover sugar, but the belgian yeast, pale wheat based body, and booze component are all on par with the style. some floral character to this, and a real easy drinking lightness for its enormity. i know this isnt one of the rare crazy beers from these guys, but its a heck of an introduction to a very storied brewery for me. i know i am late to the party, but this one has me keen for more. so dry in feel, and for a fuller bodied strong beer, its a nice touch. cool yeast, not overdone, and nice crispy carbonation. top tier brew, just a little less interesting than i hoped for, but real yummy.

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Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly collapsed, leaving a thick film of bubbles down the sides of the glass but never completely faded away.
S: There are fruity and spicy aromas in the nose along with notes of pale malts.
T: The overall taste is quite complex and has flavors of apples, pale malts, candi sugars and spices. It has a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: The beer has a very good balance and is easy to drink. It seems to exhibit some properties of a “strong saison”.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It doesn't take long to notice the overly Ester influences of this beer. From the bunny rabit to the Paasebier writing on the lable, it's obvious that this beer is intended for the March/April ideal consumption date. I can tell you that five months later, this beer could not be drinking any better than this!

A glowing deep gold-tawny copper hue gives a medium haze that has a mystic glow in the light. Impressive as hell is the head formation, retenation, and lacing. Stark white foam carries a creamy, firm and froathy structure that billows at the start but settles into a delicate creme with both masculinity and delicacy. Each swirl of the glass releases the same glory that is appreciated in the initial pour.

Fresh and vibrant aromas of fruit and spice blend with a floral and sweet scent that is only described as honeysuckle. Certain malt and herbal hop notes swirl in the glass in appetizing and seductive fashion.

Delicious fruits of peaches, pears, apples, appricots, and light raisons all give an initial flavor to the ester-forward taste. Spicy white and black pepper helps with balance and intrigue. Pilsner malt and confecitoner's sugar taste reinforces the fruity flavors and tempers the spice. The beer releases the fruit and spice while retaining the powdered sugar sweetness, honeyish richness, and herbal tea-like hop flavor. Low in bitterness, the hops are needed to add herbal/floral flavor and to balance the sweetness.

Full and creamy early on, the beer has an expansive and effervesent feel to the mouth. After the carbonation subsides, the beer's sweetness is felt momentarily at mid-palate before the alcohol, spice, and hops dry the beer into an evaporative feel that seems to whisp away on the palate and allow of supreme ease of drinking.

The epidome of this style seems to be Duvel with Leffe Blonde comming in later. Bos Keun reminds me much more of the Leffe but with bolder Belgian-y notes, higher dryness, and deeper over all complexity. If you like Leffe, you'll wecome this beer very very very well.

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Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a big head that leaves all measure of dancing lace patterns around the chalice

Smell: Tropical fruit and peppery yeast, with overripe pineapple, pear, lemon, white pepper and lots of phenols; plenty of alcohol in there, too

Taste: Starts out on the sweet side, with tropical fruit, lemons, fermented honey and bready flavors presenting themselves; by mid-palate, the peppery yeast and other bitter, somewhat medicinal elements balance out the sweetness; after the swallow, the alcohol and peppery flavors dominate, although the sweet elements persist, somewhat, on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and effervescent

Drinkability: I aged this beer for about three years in the hopes to tame it down, but it still has a bit too much booziness; the flavor profile is complex, however, with an interesting blend of the sweet and the tart

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy beige color ale with a huge bubbly head with better then average retention. Aroma of yeast us extremely present as well as strong malt and a huge spice mix. Funky yeast with strong spice mix and some sugary feeling at the end. Body if full and alcohol, is well hidden. Another great De Dolle beer.

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Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In the light, a fine hazy yeast sediment clouds an otherwise clear bottle. A slow pour creates quite alot of foam, easy does it. It's a cloudy, peachy orange in color, with lacing all over the glass. Carbonation is steady, creating a dense head of velvety froth.

The nose has more than a few attributes, banana, lemon, melon at first, and sweet malt once it settles. I feel dizzy just smelling this, and not from the alcohol.

Taste is very bright and zesty on the palate at first, giving way to subtle fruity esters and maltiness. Grape, melon, and citrus layer nicely over a pale malt frame. Rich and velvety mouthfeel, with an alcohol presence that is well integrated at first, but seems a bit too noticeable as it warms. I could have 2 or so of these, but the cost is a little prohibitive.

An excellent offering from De Dolle...

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up at State Line. Served in a snifter.

Pours a light peach color with a ridiculously long-lasting white head. Pretty bubbly with some nice streaky lacing. the nose is yeasty with a bit of spice and fruit; maybe some pear. The taste is quite yeasty with some mild spice and a bit of light fruit. There is green pear and some stone fruits. The nose is slightly buttery as it warms. Not diacetyl--it's more of a chardonnay-type butter character. The taste is pretty good but drops off from the nose. Dry spice takes over in the finish. Drinks pretty well, though isn't quite the top 50 Belgian beer I had hoped for.

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Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one hazey beer pours a mix of lemonade and tea with chunks and floaties everywhere with a creamy-like head that leaves a light amount of lace.I get some deep citrius and a touch of honey in the aroma,taste is almost like apple cider and as it warms more the bigger the honey notes become.This is a very rustic looking beer well made but not as good as I thought it might be.

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Photo of superspak
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 3/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy bright orange color with a huge 3 finger dense and rocky off white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon, apricot, citrus zest, pear, apple, white grape, candi sugar, honey, bread, herbal, straw, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, apricot, citrus zest, pear, apple, white grape, candi sugar, honey, bread, herbal, straw, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy bitterness/yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, apricot, citrus zest, pear, apple, white grape, candi sugar, honey, bread, herbal, straw, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt sweetness; with a great crisp malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly slick/prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Belgian strong pale ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt sweetness; and extremely smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Carefully poured from an undisturbed bottle the Bos Keun delivers a clear golden body beneath a tall head of creamy bright-white foam that slowly dissolves into a wide collar and leaves short, thin splashes of lace about the glass. Tiny bubbles rise in plumes from the base of the goblet indicating a very fine and somewhat effervescent bottle-conditioned carbonation. The aroma is mesmerizing in its sweet fruitiness. It's clearly candyish, but also laced with an odd combination of light and dark fruits (apples, dates). As expected, its lightly zesty on the tongue with a very fine, somewhat effervescent carbonation. A touch of caramel maltiness and some vanilla comes into play in the flavor; and it's not as candyish as the nose suggests (but still sweet). The fruitiness, however, remains with some crisp green apple that works well with the emerging note of alcohol, and some dates that emerge in the aftertaste. Still, it finishes surprisingly dry for such a sweet beer. A rich and exciting beer for spring!

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Photo of Rifugium
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Iron Abbey, Horsham, PA

Foam bomb from the tap, this one had to settle for a few minutes. Served in a Chimay chalice, a honey brown color, slightly cloudy, with a huge rocky, tan-white head that retained well and coated the glass with decorative lacing. Aroma was booze-heavy, phenols, yeast, more yeast, and a bit herbal when all that mellowed out a bit. Taste was extremely potent, strong with grainy alcohol, a concentrated dose of meadow grass and flowers hitting soon after that, lighter notes of peppery yeast and citrus pith. Strong, but flavorful. A little too hot to be exceptionally drinkable I'm afraid, but still a fine brew overall. Maybe let this one sit in the cellar for a year or even more to mellow out before serving.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Particulate-filled lemony gold, although light and objects are still easily seen on the other side of the beer. Thankfully, the quickly rising head doesn't explode up and out of the glass as some Belgians have been known to do in my hands (it's taken a while, but I just might be getting smarter). The foam is a lovely shade of dewy cream, is semi-stiff and leaves a dozen or so small chunks of lace as decoration.

The appetizing nose of sweet-and-sour fruit tilts heavily toward sour. In fact, I can feel pressure in my salivary glands just by smelling this beer, an effect that doesn't usually happen unless something is significantly tart. It's a good sensation because it gets my mouth ready for what's to come.

Bos Keun is both more sweet and more tart than expected, but I like it. There's a candy-like flavor and mouthfeel that reminds me of slightly caramelized liquid sugar mixed with sour apple slurry. No surprise that candi sugar is one of the ingredients. It isn't cloying though since that gland tweaking sourness is still present and keeps the sweetness in line.

Candied apple is the dominant fruit flavor with white raisins soaked in honey contributing as well. I attempted to identify the spice that makes an appearance on the finish, but ran out of beer before I could be certain of what I was tasting. A medium-full body is paired with a moderately slick, coating mouthfeel. The body would seem downright full if it wasn't for the energetic carbonation that is a characteristic of the style.

Bos Keun is fairly sweet and would therefore be a good dessert beer to be sipped and savored. Drinkability is limited just a tad by my inability to handle sweet beverages in large quantities, but one bottle at a time should be no problem. Besides, it's on the expensive side. It's so good though that I'll definitely be buying it again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

another one i really liked and was thrilled to be able to get the chance to try. poured into a goblet.

nice light brown pour with a good amount of haze to it and a smallish head of about two inches which faded off into a thin film that clung to the sides of the glass.

aroma is nicely hopped and earthy at the same time. really well done i have to admit. herbal notes, flowery almost with light tugs of pine and grape seeds floating around inside. again very nicely done and quite complex. small dash of oak and caramel mid palate before a light hoppiness dries it out and leaves you hanging..

overall another outstanding beer from an outstanding brewer

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Photo of Slatetank
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted cool from an 11.2oz brown bottle into a tulip. I had this at the Abbey bar @ ABC in Harrisburg, PA.
A - A hazy golden w/ a neverending whip cream head of white. The lace sticks like nobody's business.

S - A sweet and floral aroma w/ a dose of spice and fruit. Kind of bready w/ a tinge of orange peel.

M - Full, carbonated and slightly yeasty with a spiced and dry finish.

T - A big dose of yeast and spice with a tame hop flavor. A nutty dry malty taste w/ a slight citrus note. Herbal flavors and pepper give a nice full tasting ale w/ a lightly creamy taste. Very tasty and gentle nuttiness w/ the yeast swirled in.

D - A strong flavored beer - intense and fresh, well made. A nice blend of flavors - I would definitely recommend this and hope to try it again.

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Photo of billab914
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into my Lost Abbey sinner stemware. It poured a hazy amber/orange color with a big, frothy white head to it. The head really stuck around and left some very nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows a good amount of the Belgian yeast spice to it. Beyond that I get a clean, crisp, fruity, tart character to it. I get a bit of citrus to it as well that helps balance out the yeast flavors nicely.

The taste shows more of the belgian yeast flavor to it up front. Midway I start to get more of the tart, crisp, fruity flavors coming out. I get a little apple and grape flavors lingering through the finish. Lots of flavors going on, but it felt pretty balanced overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is high. Overall it was a pretty good beer of the style. The yeast spice really balanced well with the sweeter, crisp fruit flavors. Overall very smooth, flavorful and easy drinking for the style and abv. Very good beer overall.

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Photo of smcolw
3.32/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

EXPLOSIVE head--immediately started overflowing upon opening. Even with pressure from me blowing into the bottle, I could not stem the liquid flowing into my mouth. I lost about an ounce. Okay, so there's almost only head in the pour, and it lasts, like, forever. Spotty lace on the glass. Cloudy gold color. (There's even a head in the bottle from the remaining 4 ounces.)

Refreshing aroma of lighter malts and light Belgian yeast. Not overwhelming, attractive.

Smooth start of lighter malt--this gives way to very strong alcohol overtones, far more than 7% would indicate. Behind that is citrus, yeast and peppery hop bite. As the appearance would indicate, this seems to be way overcarbonated and the body doesn't support it.

For those who love Belgian yeast and a strong alcohol flavor, this may be for you. It's not for me.

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Photo of Jason
4.84/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The smell and flavour of this brew do it for me, big fruity esters with a sweet pale malt base. Has hints of almonds and mango with a warming alcohol. I know it is their spring beer but this is one that could be aged a year or perhaps more and still gain in complexity.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is pale yellow with a huge, dense, cap of foam. Excellent retention and lacing. The aroma brings floral hops, yeast, light funk, subtle citrus. Smells great. The flavor takes it up a notch. 10% abv?!? Where? Grapefruit rind and beautiful Belgian pale ale character. Dry finish with plentiful hop bitterness. Probably my favorite of this genre.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fully fogged in brown hued orange with a thick frothy crème head. Nose is perfume-y and floral tones. Dough and spices as well. Flavor is extremely smooth. Good levels of hops, sugars, and spices. Very well out together. Feel is a full and slightly nipping carbonation. Liquid is typical. This is very nice. And too easy to drink. I have to pace myself in order to savor it and let it warm to see what happens. Highly suggested.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A big hiss and gush out of the bottle but controllable, hitting with a very soapy white head with rocky clumpy consistency. Body is a gorgeous bronze amber, slightly opaque and some nice thin rising carbonation. Great looking.

Nose is dry bready malts, ripping dry grain, and a hop dryness also, this is just bone dry smelling, practically like sticking your nose in a desert. Dried apricot and apple seems to come out but ever so slightly.

Bone dry malts and an incredibly effervescent light body. Finishes with a rolling seriously dry palate and bitter hop angle akin to almost pine and dry dry earth. Very hoppy finish and just a touch of sweetness but hard to feel it.

Overall it comes across as a strangely hoppy bitter crisp wine which is real interesting. I wonder how different this was to when I had it on tap? Gotta check those BA notes!

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Photo of jwc215
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle, poured into tulip glass - My bottle stated 10% abv.

This was a gusher - fortunately, though, I only lost about two ounces, but, it did leave plenty of foam in the glass despite a careful pour. I had to let it sit awhile...

A large (b/c of gusher?) foamy/rocky head that descends to a thick island of a patch, leaving some sticky lacing.

The smell is of dough/yeast with herbal spicing, some black pepper and bubblegum.

The taste is of orange, yeast, and black pepper. Almost sounds more like a description of a wit in writing, but it certainly is not, as there is plenty of grassy notes mixed in - as well as quite a kick of alcohol. Alcohol and spicing are sharp, but don't mask the complexities. Sweet with a touch of citric fruity sour and an almost aspirin-like bitterness.

Effervescence helps this one glide along.

Nice complexities, and, despite the glaring alcohol, this has a smoothness and flavor that make this "sipper" dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Speciaal Paasbier". Hey, I remember Paas, used to dye Easter eggs with it when I was a kid! And they're making bier out of it now, you say? Really? Okay, whatever!
De Dolle definitely has the most colorful, cartoony beer labels in the world, and this one is a kicker, an instant favorite. A grooved-out, wide-eyed, buck-toothed jackrabbit leans against a tree, hoisting a chalice of ale, all smiles. My, my, rabbits must lead such IN-ter-esting lives! Well, I want to be like that blissful bunny, so let's get some bier in me!
The color is a cloudy, dull orange, with a head as serious as all the other De Dolle samples I've tried: a majestic flowering of snow-white foam, leaving weavings of generous lace. Aroma is beautiful, soft and spicy, with copious citrus. I almost don't want to drink it, just luxuriate in this mysterious heady aura.
On the palate, a huge charge of hops and yeast, deployed simultaneously, mellowing quickly. Loads of sugar, too. Tons of sweetness that really complements the bitter, citric aspect.
Finish is generous, sweet and very lovely. Body, texture, balance, all were well accounted for, and contributed to a remarkably delicious and satisfying ale. Thanks to marc77 for making this meeting possible.

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