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

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RATINGS: 1559   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAY 13, 2004
Bottled, at the Dovetail, London.
Brown with full Belgian seized head, crusties and all. Toffee and raisin aroma that is frank and refreshing. Sweet toffee flavour with a myriad of soft spiced flavours. Orange zest thrown in to add to the sharp, dry, bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
walleye (1061) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2004
poured a deep amber with light tan tall frothy head.aroma yeast,dark fruits, raisin.flavor a little sweetness and a hint of orange and some maybe plum. mouth feel watery with a bit of bitterness. a enjoyable beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (11893) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 9, 2004
Bottled, alc. 9% ABV (BB 11/2004)
Dark, almost opaque, ruby. Brown coffee head, mostly vanishing. Aroma is prunes, rye, yeast and raisins. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied: roasted, sweet prunes, malts and bread. Bitter aftertaste. Hides ABV very well.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2004
Cloudy dark reddish brown with a massive off white head. Musty aroma of nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, prune, ginger, anise, molasses, and banana bread. Medium watery body with very livey carbonation. Very spicy, sweet fruity flavor of plum, raisin, ginger, melon, clove, banana bread, molasses, anise, and nutmeg. I thought this one was damn tasty. Very good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2004
clear deep amber, off white head. toffee, yeast, dried fruit and a bit of alcohol on the nose. sweet with candy-ish malty notes, sweet finish. not bad.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ferranger (3) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2004 does not count
One of my favorite belgium beers. Dark brown, with a strong flavor, makes you feel good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - APR 18, 2004
Dark amber red color with monster head. Taste was bitter with sweet finish. Something about this one made me want another.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2004
A hint sweeter than the same brewer's Delerium Tremens, and not as cidery. Also a bit darker than Tremens, but just as potent. Exercise caution.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ampp (155) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2004
seems to have a bit of honey and prune in the aroma. The color is a dark brown with a light tan head that stays briefly (I agree with the previous revue, it does resemble a cola). Taste is sweet malt, but not too sweet. Not much hop presence. The alcohol is not too overpowering. I like this Belgian strong ale. Has some fruity and spicy taste as it warms. Overall, a pleasant ale.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2004
In the proper D.T. tulip/tumbler...dark, yet bright, violet color, hugely active, volcanically fizzy head, a cola-ishly thing, ...Aroma: dark fruit first, cherries, berries, grapes, with with a late-alcohol feel, brandy, and sweetness all-around, sugar-cane valley, plus spice, and everything nice. Taste: Big, spicy, bitter hop attack right up front, bold and biting, biter, a myriad of spices speak up, cinnamon, ginger, clove, who knows what else, and they intermingle with orange, tangerine, melon, grapefruit, etcetera, ...body is medium to full, finish is on the long and sweet side. A real nice dark, spicy one in the mouth, but could do with more complexity, although every sip I swallow speaks otherwise. Odd, although a longtime favorite, every time I find myself wanting to reduce it's esteem, I find more ways to praise this brew! Funny, that...though I can no longer count it amongst the world's best, it is pretty damned fine for what it is....super-fruity, very spicy, an excellent Belgian ale.


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