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

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RATINGS: 1615   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (9660) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2005
On tap poured clear dark garnet with a large tight amber head.Aromas of dark fruit, toffee, and spices. Flavors of toffee, spices, and pepper.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HermanW (1029) - Coevorden, NETHERLANDS - JUN 11, 2005
A very nice smell of this dark beer but the taste was nt so good witch taste of alcohol.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2352) - California, USA - JUN 8, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2005 Poured a dark brown body. Aroma of raisin/plum, alcohol, yeast. Flavor was far worse than the aroma for me. Weak.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 6, 2005
Bottle. Poured hazy, brown and nearly opaque with orange highlights and a moderate beige head. Aroma is nice, dominated by yeast, fruit, molasses and spice - clove, allspice and bit of nutmeg - with hints of dust and earth. Flavor is sweet and bready initially, with sour fruits, spice, vinegar, alcohol and a mildly puckering astringent aftertaste. Medium body and gentle carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2005
From the 33cl bottle. Pours an opaque brown with a huge fluffy tan head. Lots of fine lacing. Smells of fruit and caramel. Spiced apples. Nutty. Notes of sherry. Vinuous nose. Taste is lightly sour up front, with a wonderful roasted/burnt malt flavor rising to the surface. Hints of sherry and light flavors of bitter chocolate. Spicy, like pepper and nutmeg, maybe hints of ginger. all these flavors intertwine nicely. Mouth is rich and chewy. Mmmmm...beer. This is really nice. Tried both this and the Delirium Tremens tonight but this one takes the cake. Gotta get some more.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 23, 2005
In the bottle. Pours dark garnet color with an ecru-colored head. The head is simply a beast. No glass can contain it. Raisin-like aroma, but overall, nothing complex or remarkable. Flavor is fruit-like in its simple tartness. Disappointingly not as good as DT.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TinyClanger (41) - West Sussex, West Sussex, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2005
A dark ruby beer that pours well, with a tight, short-lived tan head. Hints of spice on the nose. Initial sweetness with spicy clove and chocolate flavours, with caramel hints. A predominantly coffee aftertaste, with a rich, warming sensation.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
euserphriendly (167) - Holland, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2005
Yellow pour with no head. predominately yeast in the nose and the taste. Not a very interesting beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emodx (10) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2005
Surprisingly dry compared to other brands of this style. Definately worth checking out.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4895) - 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.


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