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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1870   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
theviolet (177) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2007
I didn’t enjoy it as much as the tremens. Almost doo heavy feeling. Very dark amber color, with a decent head. I could taste a very strong alcohol presence. Taste was also quite malty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
benclarkiii (73) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2007
Poured dark amber with a nice head that lingered. Good carbonation. I thought the alcohol was slightly strong and not well balanced by the other flavors. Very good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (4673) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 24, 2007
330 ml bottle (notched at 1 of 5, and 5 of 8; maybe bottled Jan 05?). Dark brown with red tinges. Huge light-brown sugar, lasting head with excellent lace. Lots of ?yeast? chunks floating around. Aroma is hopped Bacardi and Coke with a caramel sour apple on the side. Taste is dry, some candi sugar at the start and toffee in the aftertaste, with some slight acidic and sour notes in the middle and afterwards. Very light mouthfeel. Good Belgian, but with every other taste something seems missing. Note: Bottle says 8.5% ABV instead of the 9% indicated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (4380) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAR 18, 2007
Bottle: Poured a dark black/brown with a light brown head. The aroma was floral and nuts. The taste was awesome sweet tangy nuts and caramel malt flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybercat (4740) - Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2007
Beautiful rich brown color with a thick and persistent head. Aroma is distinctive and has a hint of alcohol in it. This beer has a strong flavor and quite a nip to it, but it is still smooth and pleasant on the tongue, with a smoky undertone. This is a beer to be sipped, not guzzled.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2007
Hazy rosy brown body, creamy tan head. Aroma of caramel and some alcoholic fruit. Flavour is sweet and alcoholic, with a relatively light palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Duster72 (117) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 15, 2007
Pours dark ruby color with nice 2 finger head. No lacing. Smell is yeast and dark fruit. Taste is a nice dark fruit with lots of yeast and a hint of carmel. Finishes with dry woody hops. Slight alcohol burn at lower temperatures goes away with some warming. Perfect compliment to a pot roast. Recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 13, 2007
Bottle. Pours mahogony with lots of floaties and a tall bubbly head. Aroma is vinous, lots of sour flemish-esque notes as well, some sweet candied raisin notes finish it out. The flavor is complex as well, almost just like the aroma would lead you to belive, with a very warm alcohol finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAR 10, 2007
Very very similar to the tremmens but with a darker color and only slightly deeper flavor. Definitely worth having a bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
norushjohnnie (19) - Sister Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 10, 2007
Not my favorite style but very good. Color is deep reddish amber with a big brown-orange head. Aroma is primarily raisins and alcohol, big and strong. Flavors raisin, plum, and a hint of burnt malts at the finish. Interesting acidity, not what I’m used to. Bitterness and alcohol warmth finish it up. The mouth feel is a little bit watery but I felt the carbonation was ideal.

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