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


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RATINGS: 1597   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Garrat (1255) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2005
Small bottle.Dark orange in colour,small head.Sour with figs and dates,strange,strong alcohol,not my thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 12, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2005 Hazy amber-brown, thin head, soul-warming Belgian , malty smooth mouth-full of dried fruit, tea, and cane syrup.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbabybeer (39) - langley, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2005
this beer pours a slightly light, foggy, brown colour with a moderate head and a moderate release of gasses. the tastes of plum and raisin were quite noticable. this is a slightly tart, wine-like beer yet still manages to go down smooth and it tastes pretty smooth with a nice amount of maltiness and coffee flavors. not quite as good as delirium noel, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2005
On tap this brew was very unique. Pours a faintly hazy dark red with a thin off-white head. This brew smells like like port wine, hints of plum and raisin. Big woody character to this with some sharp spice in the finish. The finish was a bit acidic with lingering alcohol notes. I liked it but definatly couldn’t drink a lot of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2005
Brown with no head. Aroma is banana and raisin. With more banana in the flavor. Very dry. Too much carbonation. Just o.k.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 8, 2005
Cloudy amber colour with small white head, choclate aroma. spicey/bitter after taste, really weird.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
billstevenson (1) - USA - JAN 7, 2005 does not count
This is by far my favorite beer. I disagree about the aftertaste being "foul alcohol" - it’s just right!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8404) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2005
dark appearance with beige head. Great to find these on tap, as I did at Underground Bluz in Orlando. A dark conglomeration as Sweet side fruity with sour and malty aftertaste

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
80skid (65) - New York, USA - JAN 5, 2005
Very similar to chimay bleu in many aspects but tastes a little drier. The finish is also a little different in that it has a slightly foul, alcohol, malty aftertaste to it which was the major drawback. Otherwise, not too shabby.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tejas (868) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2005
Big frothy head gets high marks with me. Big malty flavor will too. Not too fruity. Sort of a dry palate. Alcohol is hidden well. Not as good as the Noel or the Tremens but still a quality brew.

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