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


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RATINGS: 1905   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 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 didn’t 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 wouldn’t mind sipping all night long. You’ll 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2007
From pours dark brown with lots of head. Great aroma alot of particulate at the bottom of the glass. Nice flavor, with a lingering after taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAR 31, 2007
Bottle. Poured a reddish brown with a tan head that lasts and leave good lacing. HUGE floaters in the glass. The aroma was of fruit and floral that starts sweet but turns a little sour. Light alcohol and malts also in the aroma. The flavor is mainly fruity with apple, raisin, and prunes standing out. Light chocolate background also. Medium body. Definitely not my favorite Belgium but it’s decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
theviolet (184) - 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 (4913) - 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 (4674) - 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 (5158) - 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.

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