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

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RATINGS: 1777   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
optemoz (171) - Apex, North Carolina, USA - OCT 19, 2006
Small 12oz. Bottle - Pours a dark red with a small white head....... Smell is sweet fruits and yeast... Flavor is plums, spices and brown sugar...Palate is a very full body with a little too much carbonation... nice beer

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - OCT 18, 2006
Pours a clear reddish dark amber with a big, lacy, fluffy tan head. Aroma of fruit, caramel, yeast. Full body with fine carbonation. The taste starts sweet with figs and nuts and moves on to a caramel sweet finish with some vanilla and just a dash of spice and herbal hops to clean things up.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (4625) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 14, 2006
Pours dark amber / bronze with a thick fizzy tan head. The aroma has peppery spice, caramel malt, earthy yeast - somewhat crisp and clean. Medium body with an ample amount of sharp carbonation. Taste has earthy caramel, raisins and brown sugar. It is fairly musty. The finish brings some sharpness and more fruit (dark cherries and more raisins) and spice. After the finish the Belgium earthiness lingers in the mouth for quite a while. Nice Belgium strong ale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
saxo (14705) - HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2006
Bottle. Nice head with ok duration. Color is light brown. Aroma is fruity. Taste is fruity too with some alcohol.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
buerckholtz (33) - asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2006
Pours with a good white head, large bubbles. Aromas of dried fruits,bubble gum, and yeast. Flavor was much the same with a little metlic flavor in there. A little thin in body and lacking complexity. A good beer, almost seems like an attempt of the Westmalle Dubbel but did not hit the benchmark. I did enjoy the drinkablity of it though.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerguyB (7) - st. augustine, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2006 does not count
bottle-pours dark brown with a tan frothy head alot of head.....aroma is very sweet and malty...tast is sweet like honey, brown suger and thers almost like a metalic tast....all in all that tast is good but i think it would be better on tap and not in the bottle due to the metalic tast i got from it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
redave (165) - squaw valley, California, USA - OCT 7, 2006
I remember the first time i saw this Delirium and itís partner [daytime??] Man i thought this is too weird, advertising alcohol withdrawal... I was sort-of scarred/embarrassed to even ask about it. Since then Iíve read about this family brewer, and when i found it at Cost Plus in Fresno {!!} i decided to give it a go. First thing MAN what a huge head! Not even half the glass full of liquid, [and Iím a careful pourer] after fifteen minutes i added some more, then slowly watched this volcano like effect of foam coming out the top, but never spilling over the edge. Slightly tannish cream colored. Huge thick lace down the side. Dark dark brown with some amber around the edges. Interesting earthy sweetish, malty aroma. Rather drinkable flavor, [not hoppy of course] but some interesting complex favors... sweet very full mouth-feel. some roasted malt, some spiciness, some burning at the back of the throat, [the alcohol? or some spice like hops?] This wonít be a regular, but i do appreciate the ale, and have to say itís a very pleasant drink. Way cool bottle cork 1pint 9,4 oz [love that crazy European notation]

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 7, 2006
On tap. Dark ruby brown, thin off-white head. Aroma is malty, fruity, and musty. Flavor is fruity, malty, and sour.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rederic (3207) - montrťal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2006
hazy dark mahogany hue, with a frothy tan-colored head, with a yeasty, toasted, caramelized malts, with a dark dried fruits note of dates, plums, figs, raisins, hint of nutmeg spiciness, molasses, and a touch of alcohol in the aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate with a crisp toasted malt character, with a bitter chocolatey note, brown sugar, molasses, dark dried fruits accent, with a warm alcoholic feeling, leading towards a malty, fruity warm finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
msonnenberg (30) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Dark with aromas of sugar and fruit. Palate is smoother and lighter than I was expecting. Flavor dissipates slowly. Nice. I let this one warm up to just below room temp.


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