Merck Toch Hoe Sterk | Scheldebrouwerij

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Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by paterlodie on 10-13-2004

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 4
Photo of Suds
3.82/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark, ruddy brown color with an unremarkable tan head. The beer has a decent chocolate and nut aroma. The nutty aroma is really interesting...a bit of an oily smell, but still a very malty. There is also a dark fruit and estery smell. The taste has a malt and booze sensation. There's also some fruit (black currants?) and a little yeast and roasted qualities. All in all, the taste is quite good. Fairly full bodied. The beer is quite drinkable, but could be tied together a little better...the sensations seem a little disjointed, and sometimes don't fit the the alcohol. Still, not a bad brew.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.1/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer must have changed in the meanwhile, mine had 9% ABV instead of 10%ABV.
The beer pours an almond brown color with a very small head, actually a white ring at the edge of the glass. Very little visible carbonation.

Smell is light roasted with big caramel notes and chocolate whiffs.

Taste is light roasted and medium burned. The caramel is leaning towards the burned side and gives a rather aggresive roast taste. This is also caused by the dry mouthfeel. The yeast is pretty neutral and gives some light solvent and spicy flavors.
Mouthfeel is pretty thin, for sure for a quadrupel. I feel that the body is way too low for the roasted flavors that it should balance.

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Photo of wl0307
3.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Bacchanalia, a fantastic offie in Cambridge. At 9%abv., BB 12/2008, served lightly-chilled in a large bulb-shaped wine glass.

A: dark and murky mahogany-brown in colour, topped with a fluffy light-tan head with very good retention; carbonation status unknown.
S: sour-sweet stone fruits mainly (prunes plus dried black dates), added with restrained and weird flowery yeast-esters, brown+caramely+chocolatey malts, and dark candy-sugary notes... lying deeper underneath is a sour touch of roasted coffee-beans. Overall, it's quite sour (at times vinegary even), but never to the point of being unpleasant, and alc. appears surprisingly subtle on the nose. As the beer warms, the sweetness of malts gradually creeps up to balance off the sour edges.
T: the effervescent mouthful of Chinese black prune juice (with its unique smoky hints) is ensued closely by a faintly-flavoured citrusness, while the dryish roastiness, chewy crushed dark malts and dark chocolates, powdery fruit-esters, along with a soothing hop bitterness (with a wee bit of licorice-herbs and coriander-spices...) gradually develop at the back, rendering a somewhat tannic/metallic as well as malty undertone.
M&D: rather sharp in carbonation at first, this medium-bodied heavy beer tastes lighter and smoother after warming a little. The remarkable point is how it hides the high alc. content so well, making an overall very approachable Strong Dark Ale.

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Photo of paterlodie
2.08/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

First of all by opening the bottle I got wet and my table was a mess. So withe that bad start I poored what was in the bottle in my special tasting glas. Smeel was a little "Rochefort"-like but less fine. Taste was roasted malt like but not fresh and with a lot of sweet and bitter. A taste I can't get used to and any beers that are in that range I only drink once, but for sure I won't go for this one again!

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Merck Toch Hoe Sterk from Scheldebrouwerij
3.21 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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