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

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RATINGS: 1657   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.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2005
Dark brown, low dissapearing head. Sugary, yeasty aroma of alcohol, pears and almonds. Flavour of burnt sugar, dried cherries, candied pears, alcohol and raw yeast. Sugary finish of coffee and candied pears with a roasted undertone.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2005
750 ml bottle purchased from Whole Foods. 8.5% ABV. Clear dark reddish amber hued having small diminishing off-white head with spare lacing. Lovely spicy aroma with fruity esters. Some carbonation. Medium-to-full bodied that starts with sharp, slightly sweet malt with ripe fruit and caramel hints and finishes slight dry with light bitterness. Definite alcoholic warmth. A bit drier and more complex than its companion, Delirium Tremens. A wonderful tasty beer that goes well with pizza.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivo (2571) - GERMANY - OCT 29, 2005
Slight vinegar nose with some raisin aromas, but mostly yeasty. Dark brown color with sticky foamy head. Chocolate noate, some caramel, and a woody dry-ish end. Coffee-like bitterness, though light. Heavy and solid body. Warming alcohol effect after the swallow though very light.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2090) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 28, 2005
dark brown color with a tan head. lively carbonation in this one. slightly bitter and pretty malty. a good beer, not the best but certainly worthy of drinking at any occasion. cool bottle too.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
YogiBeera (2480) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2005
One of those beers I didn’t order because I was damn sure I had it before - well, no! Nice dark mahagony color with a medium frothy head. Great and huge coffee, roasted malt and dark berry nose. Suprisingly weak caramel and toffee taste in comparision to the nose. Unbalanced.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (13845) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 19, 2005
On tap at Delirium Cafe, Gothenburg. Reddish-brown in color with tan head. Coffee and chocolate in aroma, in addition to fruits. Sweet, caramelly flavor. Light hop-bitterness in finish. (051008)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (13897) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2011 33cl bottle from Belgium. Ruby colour wit lasting beige head. Surprisingly pineapple fruit on aroma with black cherries, choc/coffee. Bizarre combination of freshness and darkness. Full in mouth, with touch of juicy sweetness and then choccy hoppy end. Utterly stunning. Some of the lime flavoured acids are remarkable 4.5/5. Re-rate. Definitely fruit on aroma, not sure its pineapple though. It’s a decent regular slightly fruity strong Belgian ale. I do like the fruity flavours though. Not sure I like it as a 4.5/5 beer, but I do like it.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2005
Murky brown body, topped with mocha cream. Pretty lacing. Nose is hit with spices, abundant prunes, raisin bread, and yeasty whallop. Flavours consist of flowery, sweet raisiny, molasses and bread. Slight warming qualities. Fairly redeeming. Good examplw of the style.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 7, 2005
Ah, I’m still waiting to be dissapointed by those wacky trappists. This is beautifully done, all cream and orange, with bits of nutmeg swirling about to keep the tongue busy and just the right bit of carbonation and alcohol. Smooth, lovely, and fun to curl up with--if you can afford it. Kind of like Selma Hayek, no?

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - OCT 2, 2005
Dark and lovely, with a diverse range of flavors--a little bitter but mostly sweet and sour. The sweetness in quite complex--kind of like the crust on a creme brulee. A much more interesting beer than the Tremens.


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