Brewer: Brasserie Caracole, Belgium.

ABV: 9.5%

Style: Belgian strong, brown ale.

Presentation: Brown, 330 ml bottle.

Appearance: A very dark, maple brown. Tiny bubbles form a lively, effervescent ring around the surface, but no head to speak of.

Smell: Alcohol certainly comes through at first but in time reveals notes of dark fruit, perhaps plum and a little bit of ripe banana, or banana candy. A very sweet aroma overall.

Taste: An almost impolite alcoholic entrance followed by a heavy presence of dark fruit. Grape juice and a little bit of prune juice make a prompt appearance, with sweet, roasty malt. Candied pecans and figs come to mind. A dry finish and spirited linger round out the experience.

Feel: Mouth feel is bold with assertive carbonation that bites while regaling with smooth complexity of flavors.

Overall: An ominous beer to slip slowly, perhaps after a long day, and a perfect companion for a night in which to ponder big ideas (or not). Very aptly named.

Serving type: Bottle

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