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

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RATINGS: 1596   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4831) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2006 I am not a fan this brewer and have been consistently disappointed in their products. Sampled on draft at the Sharp Edge in Pittsburgh this beer poured a dark brown color with a trace of a tan head. The aroma is sweet and tangy malt. The flavor is sweet and has molasses, chocolate and caramel undertones. There is the usual rose water flavor that you find in the Delirium beers. One of their better efforts but still not something I would seek out.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UnsofistaCat (234) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2005
Take a bottle of chimay red and add some vodka and citrus acid. Even after these alterations, you still get a great beer. And just like Chimay, its not worth the green.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Schioth (41) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 20, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2005 33 cl. bottle. Good aroma and nice appearance. However, disappointing flavor and mouthfeel with much too much alcohol taste. Overall a miss - nothing like Delirium Tremens!!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2005 This is a fantastic Belgian strong ale. Great malt characteristics with well balanced hops and sweetness. Good and strong--will definitely warm you up.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
asheft (2482) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 17, 2005
Hazy, blackish-red brown with a quickly receding head. Inviting aroma that seems a little sour with cherry, cream, orange, banana, malt, oaky woodiness and spicy notes. Spicy-sweet malt and a pervading bitterness that doesn’t seem to come from hops, rather malt and maybe wood. Unfortunately the high carbonation and bitterness conceal a lot of the gentle flavours that are apparent in the aroma. There is some banana and alcohol also in the flavour. Explosive carbonation, low to medium body and some astringency.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 15, 2005
Bitter tangerine-orange-citrus, milk chocolate, plum-like fruitiness and mild spices in the aroma. Alcohol never detectable. Clear amber-brown with mild tan head that is initially a partial cover and ring but slowly diminishes fully. Fruitiness translates strongly in the flavour with some marzipan-like nuttiness. Thick and malty with plenty of yeast character and spices and herbs that come out in the finish. Dark malts appear mainly in the aftertaste. Medium body with low carbonation. Bottle sampled with asheft after the MontreAlers April meeting.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BT (123) - Westchester, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2005
Poured a rich dark, molasses brown, with hints of cherry with a large creamy, light brown head; nose is full and robust of yeast notes, sweet too. Felt tingly in the mouth, tasted great, sweet, but not too sweet, great roasted malts, some nuttiness with lots of longevity. A great beer!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - APR 2, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2005 Pours deep brown with a large head. Sweet aroma. Sweet flavor with a bubble gum finish. Too sweet, too thin to be great, but not bad.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - APR 2, 2005
What an amazing beer. The bottle is white ceramic, which is very cool and the illustration is hilarious. Smells sweet and nutty and looks gorgeously dark without much head. Tastes amazing. Soooo complex. Tastes of chocolate, very sweet, and a little alcohol taste in there too. Get this if you get a chance, because it’s great.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ancherrera (162) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2005
I have had this bottle for almost a year before I drank it. I smelled Coca Cola. The taste was quite sour and enjoyable. I detected hardly any alcohol flavor. It was nicely carbonated and tart but not bitter. I detected little malt or hops. Quite good. I want more.


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