Buffalo Belgian Stout
Brouwerij Van den Bossche

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Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #361
Ranked #40,708
3.68 | pDev: 14.67%
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JonnoWillsteed from England

2.74/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

L- Very deep ruby chestnut. Poured carefully after resting for days and being chilled with negligable haze, with some minor sediment left in bottle. Be prepared to have to pour really slowly, or use an over-size glass[?] as even with the former it took me a couple of mins to pour and gave a c5 Cm mid tan pillowy head that's holding well.
S- Deep malts and roastiness.
T- Notably sweet is my first impression. A roastiness does follow but through the prism of an almost cloying sweetness which seems to mask and detract from much else. On about the 5th sip I suddenly register a mild ABV-zing and remember this is a 9% beer, something I'd invariably notice on the first sip. [Late ps. with about 90% drunk, I suddenly notice a coffee note! Where was it earlier?...].
F- Rich/sweet, heavy. It lacks any hoppy-dry note that you'd expect from a stout.
O- This is a curious one for me. It's waaay too sweet, and doesn't resemble a stout (lacking noticable hopping). Instead 'Belgian Strong Ale' per the Description^ seems much more applicable. I've had several over recent weeks, some I've enjoyed but others have really surprised me with their (up to) extreme sweetness. Any thoughts they might be in the same'ish style of a Belgian Tripel/Quad are completely banished, it's a style that is really hit and miss for me.
Bought from BeersOfEurope (UK). 330ml bottle BB: 29/11/2020

Apr 01, 2020
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle from De Garre, Bruges (€4.50):
Quite a strong beer at points but still not as overpowering as some imperial stout thanks to the good balance & the nice sweetness coming through from the chocolate, dark fruits & even a little caramel malt. It was drinkable with a smooth feel & good complexity as well. An interesting beer that I'm glad I managed to try, although there are definitely better imperial stouts out there to be had.

Jul 03, 2018
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ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

2.81/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

L: Pours a dark brown with a small khaki head that's gone in a flash, no lacing at all.
S: A hint of plum, fig and a hint of sweet cherries.
T: Dark fruit.
F: Low carbonation, thin texture.
O: Not much here for me to enjoy. Belgium beers are not my "glass of beer".
Thanks to Jerry in Minneapolis for this one.

Sep 26, 2017
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emincems from Turkey

3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

one of underrated beers. dark brown with medium tan head. average retention. smells caramel, dark fruits and chocolate. taste is overly sweet and fruity for an stout. roasted malt, tons of candied sugars and overly fruity notes. med-full bodied, moderate carbonation. dry and slight sour finish. I accept it as a strong belgian ale.

Mar 16, 2016
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with a ruby tinge, gusher of carbonation that left 3 fingers of beige head.

Cherries and dark toasted notes, clean linen, coke, prunes.

Cherries, prunes, coke, nail polish. Covers alcohol on the tongue, but not the burn in the throat.

Thick and slightly oily but lightened by the foamy carbonation.

Got this one in Vientiane, drank in Chiang Mai Oct 26th, 2015. Reminiscent of Guinness in Belgium, but lighter and less complex.

Oct 26, 2015
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StJamesGate from New York

4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black-ruby with lots of tan trailers. 4
Raisins, oak, and whisky on the nose. 4.25
Brown sugar, mashed red plums, tart cherry comeback, some roasty smoke. 4
Light-med, crisp, lean. 4

Fruity for a stout; that, gentle roastiness and the clean finish make for one of the better uniquely Belgian takes on the style. But the Grand Cru version steals the show, squeezing every bit of vanilla out of Pauillac oak barrels. Lives up to the rep. 4.25

Oct 05, 2015
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Arthuros from France

3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A stout, pretty classic and almost bland (if stouts can be bland)

Dark color, burnt malt and caramel aromas, what you'd expect. Just nothing more to it, no complexity, only originality might be it's a Belgian Stout...

Not a bad beer, but a little overdone for what it is.

Sep 27, 2015
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DJ-Hophead from England

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

333 ml bottle, Belgian Beer Factory - Pours dark brown/black with a lovely large foamy tan head. Nice lacing. Medium carbonation. Smell - coffee, dark fruits, malty. Taste - Sweet, chocolate with a light bitter finish. Warm feeling from alcohol. More a very strong really dark Belgian ale than a stout but still a damn fine, easy drinker.

Sep 18, 2015
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benfons from Belgium

3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown colour, little of no head, dark beige head. In the nose there are malts, some red fruits, hint of banana. Aroma is complex, banana, coffee, some blackberry, loads of malts , alcoholic finish. Medium body, low carbonation.
Not completely my style (it's not a typical BSDA), but a rather good beer.

Sep 17, 2015
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LeeryLeprechaun from Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer is listed as a "Belgian Stout" on the bottle, so I am going to review just as a beer instead of trying to cram it into in style.

The color is dark, it is hard to tell if it is dark dark brown or black. There was a fair amount of yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Nice off white head that sticks to the glass.

Aroma is fantastic, plum, raisins, dark candi sugar, some phenols, fruity esters, a hint of banana, and a nice warming alcohol. No hop aroma and no off flavors.

Taste is like chocolate chip banana bread. Warming from the alcohol. Slight crisp finish.

Overall this is a nice beer. It has a lot of depth and complexity and reminds me of a solid belgian quad. The only resemblance to a stout is the color of the beer.

May 14, 2015
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JasW from Florida

4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apparently a lot of stout lovers have tried this beer, and have dinged it a bit because it's no stout. Thus is a BSDA, period. It happens to have a prominent roasted undertone of coffee, chocolate, etc. that is quite stout-like. But the body (barely medium), the puffy mouthfeel, the yeast, and the rest all scream Belgian strong dark ale. And it's a damned fine one.

May 03, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

as a stout, this is not at all what you would expect, and frankly a very very poor representation of the style. it lacks the unmalted dark roasted barley flavor entirely, and just never gets to the depth and fullness of stouts as we know them. however, i love the beer, and when taken outside of the stout context, its fantastic. to me this was much more like a dubbel type, nutty and chewy sweet malts layered in with a mild belgian yeast strain. it only goes about as dark as chocolate malt on the spectrum, and even that is lightly dosed. its more in that caramel molasses middle, but the beer is also quite light for its maltiness, sweetness, and alcohol content. carbonated fairly well, and clean on the back end for how sweet it is mid palate. something interesting there too, raisin and plum and even prune, dried fruit, bread pudding, brown sugar, its very interesting, but again, is so much more of a traditional belgian style, even quad, than it is a stout, no matter what type of stout, it just doesnt come across like that at all. pricey little beer, but fun and interesting. cool food beer too, given its lack of bitter roast, highly versatile.

Mar 08, 2015
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travolta from California

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Appearance: Totally black, but up to the light its a very beautiful ruby red. A cola head with the same retention and lacing....not much.

Nose: Plum, roasted coffee, and chestnuts.

Taste: Drak grape juice, plum, grape, licorice, cherry, candied sugar. Black strap molasses. Hides it's alcohol well. Sharp carbonation, but fades quickly.

Notes: This is really just another BSDA, nothing much about it is a stout.

Dec 16, 2014
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seedyone from New York

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

03/15/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. This thick, almost syrupy brew has a ton of caramel to toffee flavor, which I'm in favor of. Definite Rorschach test lacing, as a matter of fact I think I saw Jesus looking back at me. Not sure if I should drink more or less....(pregnant pause)...OK, more it is!

Nov 13, 2014
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque black in the glass, with a one finger light brown head with good retention and lots of lacing. Light aroma of sweet toasted malt, chocolate, mild Belgian yeast. Flavor is dark fruit; plums and cherries, light orange citrus, chocolate, light toasted malt and caramel. Medium bodied with nice peppery active carbonation. An interesting hybrid ale between a dark Belgian and a stour, leaning mostly towards the BSDA. Belgian yeast and fruit flavors, but an interesting chocolate and toasted malt flavor that is unusual, but complementary to the Belgain ale base. Flavor is a bit subdued for such a strong ale, but quite pleasant and fun to drink. This could be quite amazing with some more intensity, but still enjoyable. Does not show its high ABV at all, tastes like something with half the alcohol. Interesting.

Jul 21, 2014
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thecheapies from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark burgundy black color. Through the light, I see tons of yeast specks. Head is hard to pour through; mounts high quickly.

Concord grape juice, roastiness, chestnuts, sweet black plum, and phenols. Some bitterness attributed to the grain kilning. Survived some aging, gracefully.

Medicinal notes are strong, but the dark fruits are huge. Plum, grape, licorice, chicory, burgundy, and candi sugar. Some yeasty esters border on nutty. Sparing notes of black strap.

Medium-full body with a sudsy carbonation level. An airy dark ale.

Pretty good stuff, even with age. Almost positive this is past its prime, according to the bottle dating, but it's still superb.

May 08, 2014
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a cork and cage into a snifter, the beer is a brown to black coloring, with a tall, frothy, dense, cream colored head that sits tall and sticks around while you drink. Aromas of cream, subtle bittersweet chocolate, earth and wood, and hints of funk. Flavors of roast and old world fruit forward, with date and fig in the backbone. Booze highlights, with a chocolate character, and a dark, old-world fruit overlay. Very rich and layered, but it remains very layered. The body is mid-range, but lightens towards the end of the palate. RIch and roasty notes in the aftertaste, with the sweetness holding court. Smooth, slick, clean finish, with a slight boozy linger. Solid brew, and fairly easy to drink despite the increased ABV and robust character.

Sep 16, 2013
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weazal from California

3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

SMELL: Yeasty cherry heavy tacky aroma similar to molasses and cocoa. Real slight citrus.

TASTE: Explosively full mouthfeel. Immediately big and creamy with sharp champagne-y carbonation biting on the way out. Mostly dark cherry flavor with creamy, but not-too-sweet caramel. Everything leaves the palate pretty quick, with a slight, but pleasant after taste. Drinkability is high, which is surprising for a Belgium AND stout.

It's nice, has a uniquely contrasting mouthfeel, and easy to keep enjoying. Maybe not the most incredible flavor but a solid B+

Mar 24, 2013
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Jugs_McGhee from Oklahoma

3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

8.00%. Bottle served into a Buffalo goblet in Belgium. Reviewed from notes taken in June 2011.

A: Pours a five finger head of fairly tan colour, lovely brilliant cream, incredible thickness, and amazing retention for the ABV. Colour is a dark nontransparent brown-black.

Sm: Chocolate, toffee, yeast, nuts.

T: Chocolate, toffee, a hint of biscuity yeast, and some nutty notes. A delightful dark malt backbone. Complex and well-balanced. I like it, though the build is not what I've come to expect of a stout.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but nicely coarse on the climax to bring out the flavour. I'd prefer it dry and coarse. Good carbonation.

Dr: Delightfully drinkable and enjoyable. A fantastic beer in the style and one I'd definitely have again. Very well priced in Belgium. Every beer fanatic should give this one a try! Hides its ABV very well.


Nov 09, 2012
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thagr81us from South Carolina

2.8/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a deep red brown with a two finger very light tan head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, roasted malt, charred malt, floral, and cream. The flavor was of sweet malt, cream, coffee, roasted malt, and charred malt. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly average brew. Charred malt… Phew! How I do not like you at all. Because of this fact I really struggled my way through this one. There was a good bit going on in the aroma which was a welcomed changed from the charred note, but definitely not enough to dig it out of the hole that it had dug. I would not suggest this one to anyone I was hanging out with.

Sep 14, 2012
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3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Sep 04, 2012
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Greywulfken from New York

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: I didn't expect this beer to be classified as a BSDA - and it doesn't look like one - only during the pour will you notice it doesn't look like a stout - looks like an American black ale with a deep brown color; in the glass, pitch black with a tan head and lotsa lace

S: chocolate malts, little fruit; brighter yeasts and hops

T: yeast and hops percolate through dark malt with subdued fruit and coffee flavors

M: drying despite some chewy malt sugars - a very fizzy, crisp beer - especially for a stout, but then again this is a "Belgian stout"; thinner in body than a stout (too thin/watery for my tastes)

O: interesting ale - meets in the middle between a stout and a black ale, but with the brightness and lightness of a Belgian (pale) ale. If there were a category of beers called Belgian black ales, this would be one.

Aug 02, 2012
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jera1350 from Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750 that gushed upon opening. A barely transparent dark brown color with a billowy head of tan foam that leaves globs sticking to the glass.

Sweet syrupy malt smell. Some toffee, caramel and raisin in there.

Raisiny prune sweetness up front that is washed away by a long roasty coffee taste. Some undertones of caramel and toffee with boozy coffee finish and aftertaste. Damn tasty.

A bit thin for a beer of this size, dry and heavily carbonated.

This is a nice brew. I was pleasantly surprised at the big coffee/alcohol thing going on in the taste. Quite enjoyable, glad I had the chance to try it.

Jun 09, 2012
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VncentLIFE from North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another from the stout tasting yesterday. All notes naturally.

Pour is very dark black with a decent white head.

The smell is totally dominated by the yeast. Its on the fruity side. I cant get a ton of dark malt yet, but well see.

The taste is just the same. Fruity Belgian yeast dominates. Dark malt is slightly watery, I wanted it to be thicker and have a way thicker mouthfeel. But I did get a complex stout, but Im not sure Im happy with it.

Apr 23, 2012
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

BB 9/2/11. Consumed 2/21/12.

A: Cola pour is pitch black in the vessel with a sudsy khaki colored head that was porous, a finger high, but fairly quick to dissipate.

S: Musky dark fruit, plums, sour alcohol. A bit musty, yeasty and hospital like phenols. None to enticing.

T: Yeasty flavor, perhaps its best quality, because it sure isn’t the dark roasted stout nature. Musky damp grains, sugary bread with a fruitiness of pears and guava contributed by the strong yeast presence. While dark in color it is anything but roasty, think Guinness or Schwarz. The yeastiness outshines the dark malts with some barnyard attributes with hints of raisins, cane sugar and some rummy molasses dry alcohol.

M: light with a washy type of texture and feel. Sour yeastiness some fruity alcohol glow.

O: strong yeasty character, but lacks in terms of other stout qualities. Think a Guinness with a Belgian yeast, thin in substance and body, but does have some strong Belgian yeast roots with fermented fruit hints. In the end I cant recommend.

Mar 01, 2012
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