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


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RATINGS: 1902   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ridgeman (37) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 23, 2007
From a 22 oz. 2007. Great head, big creamy off white color and frothy. I was afraid it might come over the trappist glass, but it settled down nicely after a few minutes of waiting. Amber brownish hue. body was little thin but overall a nice texture and full of different flavors of fruityness. Would have it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2558) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2007
cheery type of a brew. candy fruit flavors that really are not that impressive, but not offensive. good mouthfeel. alcohol is strongish on the buds. like to feel a bit more body. a mild tweak could really push this beer up there. insufficient carbonation profile.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2007
Not as impressed as I was by Delirium Tremens. Pours a slightly hazed copper with a thin small bubbled offwhite head. The nose lightly sweet with fruit and a definite bit of bubblegum. Alcohol is surprisingly forward. Some floral hops. I liked the body on this when it was cooler, but as it warmed, it was flat and lacking body. Latter pours from the bottle showed this was a bit fizzy at first, but went flat fast with warming and swirling. The bubblegum and alcohol comes out in the flavor quite a bit. A bit of raisin, but mostly a thin sweet and dry fruity alcohol kick. Some creaminess, floral hops, maybe peppery Saaz? A bit acidic, perhaps some apple cider? Creamy fruity finish, alcoholic funky aftertaste. Not a huge fan, I need some more sweet dark malt character, less alcohol, and perhaps a bit more body on this fizzy to flat enigma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2007
Dark fruit and cookies, with a strong kick of alcohol in the taste and nose. Tasted side by side with their Tremens. The alcohol isnít played as well here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2007
A Mes rate: Bottle from Quinns. Not a Huyghe fan full stop and this does nothing to change that. All alcohol and no finesse. Thin in the body for what it is. Nothing really stands out in the flavour or the nose other than nasty fruit and old brown sugar. Almost as low quality as their Americana fest of a bar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2007 bottle @ the dovetail. Smells of brown sugar, red wine gravy, caramel and dried fruits. Yum! Tastes of primarily malts and dark fruit. Weird finish that I canít pin. A lot of yeast, earthly malt and orange in the taste and aroma.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 24, 2007
From the tap at Delirium Cafe, Brussels. Brown, reddish in direct light with a significant, nice looking tan head. Aroma is spicy, with dark pitted fruits and sweet malt, most noticeably and surprisingly a distinctive caramel component. Taste is a bit muddled to me - caramel, prunes and plums, a bit of alcohol. Very sweet with a sweet finish and a slight spice in the after. Soft, rounded on the tongue but the carbonation needs to be picked up a bit - maybe better in this respect from the bottle. Nice but doesnít compare to some.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2007
Poured a brownish amber with big off-white head with good lacing. I really didnít smell anything at all. The taste was nothing special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 16, 2007
Belgian beer festival Brussels 2006: rich caramel raisin cake flavour, high quality pipe tobacco, sweet sticky mouth feel, lack of hops, yeasty, even malt. Really nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2007
Poured from bottle into my St.Berndardus chalice. First off, wow what a head! I poured this thing gently and was starting to worry that it was going to overflow the side of the glass. Needless to say, I let it sit for a couple of minutes to recede. Smell is some fruit, yeast and alcohol. Taste is a slightly bubbly cherry and raisin with alcohol on the back end. It tastes really light and velvety smooth. I get a lot of dark fruit and raisin in the aftertaste in my mouth. This is a highly sessionable beer. One I wouldnít mind sipping all night long. Youíll constantly find a subtle flavor showing up throughout this beer as it warms. This beer will definitely be revisited. Very happy with the purchase and will definitely purchase again. Highly recommend.

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