Klüdde Strong Ale | Brewery Vivant

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Klüdde Strong AleKlüdde Strong Ale

Brewed by:
Brewery Vivant
Michigan, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jale on 01-23-2011

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Photo of chugalug06
1.38/5  rDev -59.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Think, three-fingered, toffee colored, foamy head. Brew is black.

Heavy licorice and sour malts. Sweaty socks and rubber. Foul.

BLAH! Sour licorice! The raisin is sweet and the anise is bitter; bad mix. Heavy carbonation. Is a zero possible?

This brew is a total loss... An extra and much appreciated, but it's just not my speed... Too much sweetness for the bitter licorice. Sadly a drain pour.

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Photo of Mitchster
1.38/5  rDev -59.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

$12.99 for a 4pack of 16oz cans. 8.5% ABV per the label. Brewed with star anise and green raisins.

Pours out to a clear dark walnut, forming a nice creamy light yellow head with very good retention and solid lacing. Moderate carbonation. The aroma is appalling...it smells like a gum rubber stopper. Absolutely horrible. I'm inclined to not even drink it. The mouthfeel is crisp, with a medium-light effervescent body, as it should be for a Belgian dark strong. The taste is awful...it tastes like gum rubber and a sweaty gymnasium. I know my Belgians, and this is unlike any Belgian I've ever had. Phenols and sweat may be typica for some belgian styles, but this is beyond it...this is just wrong. The anise is awful.

One of the worst beers I've had in the last year. Drain pour. I've only taken a beer back to the store for a refund once in my life. This one is going back tomorrow.

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Photo of MgoJohnStamos
1.5/5  rDev -55.5%

Photo of beergorrilla
2/5  rDev -40.7%

Photo of hmbrewer336
2.18/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: pours with a deep mahogany color. good head retention that is a yellowish tan.

S: aaahhhh... this different. heavy anise dominates every thing else here. esters are also prevalent. some roast malt. i needed to look hard for it though.

T: starts with crisp acidy green raisin flavor that is almost puckering, then moves to an almost salty ester malty kind of thing followed by star anise. then finishes with a metal flavor. for 9.5% the alcohol is hidden well I know the can have liners but beer should be served in the bottle.

M: does not follow appearance. acidic effervescence. and moderate CO2. light in body for 9.5. needs more unfermentables

O: very interesting overall. had to have another simply out of curiosity. don't think i'll buy any more. it started to get annoying. Cant't get over the can and metal taste. Had buddies that felt the same. At first I thought it was just me. Star Anise just does work here for me, and grapes are for wine.

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Photo of zonker17
2.25/5  rDev -33.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of Supergenious
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of JohnnieNepal
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of gordavidson
2.71/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a very dark ruby red liquid, bordering on black unless held to a light. The creamy light brown head has pretty good retention.

S-Smells like off-brand cola, maybe a touch of coffee, and fruit. Very unique to say the least.

T- Sour fruit, raisins, anise, and some mint. Very odd, and the more I drink of it, the less I enjoy it. There is a lot going on, but of doesn't necessarily mesh.

M- Lighter carbonation with some odd lingering flavors. The alcohol content does seem to be pretty well hidden.

O- The flavors are really odd and just do not mesh. Definitely not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of warnerry
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of liamt07
2.96/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Can from the brewery, 16oz can into a tulip.

Dark purple/black with a light brown head. GOod retention and nice lacing. Nose has some herbal, earthy notes, chocolate, black licorice/anise. Taste has some sweet malt character before becoming bitter and herbal. Quite a bit more anise, with a tart fruity finish. Slightly metallic on the back end. Bittersweet, with a medium light body and medium carbonation. Never really been a fan of anything black licorice flavoured, and this beer does nothing to change that.

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Photo of jeremy13586
2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can poured into Duvel glass. No canning date.

Looks almost black, with some dark amber around the edges when held up to the light. Left behind three fingers of light brown head and some decent lacing. The head settled out into a half-finger layer of foam.

Sweet with a little bit of a boozy twang at the end. Dark fruits come and go in the nose.

A sour twang hits the palate first. It is followed by a sweetness and black licorice. Some herbs, raisin and prune are predominant through the middle, but it finishes with a metallic taste.

Medium bodied, smooth, and lightly carbonated, but the beer as a whole was pretty muddy. The metallic finish didn't help too much.

An awesome looking beer, but it was another one where the looks were deceiving. Each sip started out very promising, but then it just got muddled up. The metallic taste was very off-putting and became more prevalent as it warmed up.

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Photo of jereb33
3/5  rDev -11%

3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of tophers
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The nose gives off a strong smell of licorice with a bit of raisin in the background. Bit of an alcohol smell to.

The taste has a bit of tartness from what tastes like grapes. Little bit of licorice but mild compared to the smell. No hop bitterness recognized. Somewhat of a metallic taste towards the end of the finish.

Very light mouthfeel with hardly any carbonation. Not much going on here. Almost feels watery even though this is quite a strong beer.

The grape taste was quite a surprise and not something that is typically tasted in a beer - which I found pleasant. But overall this beer was ho-hum for me. Lacks complexity in the taste and mouthfeel for a Belgian strong dark for me.

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of raymo55
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of DrIPA
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of denimdemon
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of adamant1912
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of tripledbrew
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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Klüdde Strong Ale from Brewery Vivant
3.37 out of 5 based on 51 ratings.
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