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Brewed by Brouwerij Huyghe
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Melle, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1760   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Colour and sight: Dark brown-red. A compact white-yellow, stable and lacing head. Scent: Touches of caramel, mocha and chocolate. Spices such as liquorice and coriander are also present. Flavour: Initially, a very good mouthfeel of alcohol and softness. This is followed by an increasing bitterness, partially from the hop, but also from the roasted malt and chocolate malt. Towards the end a nice balance between bitterness, sour and sweet.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - SEP 8, 2006
Deep mahogany color and a tan head. Smells of sweet dried fruit - cherries, dates, figs, and some caramel. Well balanced and sweet on the tongue - very little alcohol taste for 9%.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2006
2004 - 8.5%abv. Brown/dark amber topped by a 1", bubbling, festering, tan head that eventually calms to a sheet of ice top. Nose of pungent, way past ripe dark fuits and melons, toasty caramel, doughy yeast, spices, candi sugar, and some subtle, sour, metallic oxidation. Flavor adds roasted grains (especially in the finish), chocolate, marshmallows, easier on the spices and metallic notes. Oxidation almost indetectable in the flavor, mostly just drying up the finish a bit, which works well here. Full body is smoother than balanced. Very nice brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2006
Robe brune voilée surmontée d’une mousse beige épaisse qui s’estompe. Arômes de caramel, de chocolat et d’alcool. Saveurs de chocolat, de caramel et d’alcool. Houblon de soutien.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2007 Bottle. Dark brown, with a big tan head. Smells of yeast and spice. Overcarbonated, lacking in flavor, alcohol hid well, but there is a persistent bite that I didn’t like. Acidity or ginger like. This just didn’t do it for me. First one was drank while smoking a cuban cigar, so I didn’t rate it, second try wasn’t very memorable. Strike three, it’s out. I didn’t care for this brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3066) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 31, 2006
Bottle @ Delirium Cafe. 25/05/06. Dark probably cherry red body with frothy light tan head. Fruity sweet smell. Subdued cherry flavours, slipped down well, great body for drinking plenty of as alcohol seemed to be well hidden.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2006
05’ pours a reddish brown.bubbly but small head. light aroma. i can barely discern anything some fruit mayeb figgy slght citrus. taste bitter i duno screw this beer i guess

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2006
Pours like a fizzy cola. The effervescent head reeks of alcohol as it dissipates. The aroma is a sharp burnt malt and alcohol. Maybe more there but the heavy alcohol burned my lungs. Actually smooth and oily, with a tangy bite in the finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stoutchap (416) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2006
Well, not as good as I hadhoped. Looked ok - dark honey brown, with a persistant tan head. A sweet aroma, with a hint of alcohol. Sweet flavor, with a strong taste of rubbing alcohol. Light on the mouthfeel. Not bad, but have had much better belgiums.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 29, 2006
Pours with a frothy, initially two-finger thick, amber-hued tan colored head that consists of fairly large bubbles. The beer itself is quite dark and sits an ever-so-lightly purple tinged, black color, but shows some nice, clear ruby highlights when held up to the light. The aroma has a nice concentrated fruit character up front with nice notes of figs and raisins being prominent. The aroma really is quite sweet and fruity, the sweetness is not that of sugar, but that of concentrated dried fruit. Some spicy notes of clove, something that is a bit like cinnamon (though not quite), and even a spicy cardamom type note round out the aroma; each of these is quite a subtle backdrop to the dominant fruit notes.

The taste is sweet up front, but not nearly as much as the aroma might suggest. The sweetness couples with a tartness, both of which help to amplify a concentrated fruitiness. Again, notes of figs and raisins are prominent, but these are joined by notes of prunes and even some tart plum. The beer finishes with a faint roasted note, that shows up more as a burnt acidity, a bit of a spicy note (reminiscent of tongue tingling ginger, and white pepper) and a touch of higher alcohol notes. This beer is quite drinkable, despite its sweetness, the beer is quite light as it slips down your throat. It does have enough sweetness to linger a bit on the palate. Certainly an enjoyable tipple, one which I have not had for some time.

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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ALLOVATE (2547) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 25, 2006
Draught, own stumpy tulip @ the Delirium Café, Brussels.
Bright, lean mahogany body with a soapy pad of tan bubbles that was more charge from the tap than body of the beer as it didn’t last too long at all. Burnt toast, treacly toffee, savoury dried fruits and tree-bark bounce from the glass to greet the nose. Rich, sticky toffee, sparse chocolaty malts and bitter burnt caramel in the mouth. Yeasty, bready and smooth mouthfeel, though it was served a little too cold. Bitter malt in the swallow, dries out and has some savoury fruits and smoke in the aftertaste that linger shortly between sips. Quite sweet on the palate but with the alcohol well hidden the savoury, bitter malts balance it out with some degrees of success. Not as good as the Tripel, but I say this is one that needs to be tasted from the bottle. Draught, it was just above average.


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