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

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RATINGS: 1747   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (5307) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2006
On tap at Russels, Bloomsburg PA. Poured a translucent dark brown with a small creamy off-white head. Malty nose with hints of peat, smaok, toffee, light yeast, and lots of dark fruits. Very similar in aroma to a Scotch Ale. Flavor is sweet maltiness with lots of fruitiness. Notes of dark cherries, some yeast, and light alcohol in the finish especially. Full bodied with very fine carbonation, fairly sticky and cloying in texture. A pretty decent beer, a little lacking in complexity, but overall drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ATOmemphis (200) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - APR 24, 2006
Poured a reddish brown, and looked dark brownish nearly black in the glass. Brown fizzy audible head. Lots of carbonation, it was like a faucet was on in the bottom of the glass causing an eruption constantly. Aroma of molasses and lots of sugar. Very sweet. Indetectible hop content... Smells of grapes, plums and other dark fruit. Super thin mouthfeel. Acidic at the beginning, but levels off a bit (not quite enough to make this a great beer) and has a high malty character. Quite good, not great. I enjoyed this more than the Tremens.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MagnusVMagnum (48) - USA - APR 23, 2006
Pretty good flavor for a high alcohol content beer. I immediately wanted another one but sadly realized I only got one as part of a sampler selection to try more beers. I’ll definitely be going back for more.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MiP (13999) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - APR 18, 2006
Draught. Brown sugar aroma. Very dark brown colour with a red shine. Small, creamy, light brown head. Slightly vinous aroma. Roasted, sweet, vinous flavour with bitterness bordering on malt bitterness. Thin mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2006
Bottle. My sister Anne sent me this one. Pours a hazy cloudy dark brown with large, quickly disappearing head. Not a lot of nose, but a bit of the Belgian sourness that is so good in most good brews from this holy land. Decent bitterness, sourness, and a nice roasted quality all come through in the flavor. The high alcohol content really is hidden well in the subdued flavor. This is a nicely done beer. Medium body, sort of silky, with a nice, tiny bubbled carbonation. I really enjoyed this beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (8142) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 15, 2006
Bottle at Bishops Arms (söder) Stockholm in November 2005.
Dark color. Rather thin scent and flavor, low bitterness. Should have had a bigger bite to it for a 9% beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2596) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2006
Pleasing. A deep chestnut hue, bubbly but with virtually no head. Rich fruity aroma, of the lighter variety, such as pineapple and banana. A touch of yeasty bread dough is there too. Initially sweet with caramelized banana, a touch yeasty with a nice full and balanced finish. The mouthfeel is unusual, feeling soft and airy, yet the bubbles have a bite to them as well. Alcohol well masked, but you’re reminded of it when it warms on the way down.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrideOfFrankenkitty (44) - Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2006
This smelled like it was going to be a dream of a beer. Carmel, nuts, black licorace, and cloves. It was a beautiful dark nut brown. But the taste was astringent medicine. I was sad.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 7, 2006
Dark brown with a quickly fading head. Toffee plum flavours with a sourness that fits in there perfectly and a fizzy mouth feel. It’s not very heavy and not too sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 29, 2006
Almost black colored, slight hints of red. Medium sized beige head. Sweetness, yeast, mild licorice, spices and alcohol in aroma. Medium to full bodied. Sweetness, chocolate, yeast, mild licorice and vinous tones in flavor, aftertaste has medium alcohol and spices. Aroma is slight disappointment, still fine and characteristic brew!


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