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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2007
Hazy rosy brown body, creamy tan head. Aroma of caramel and some alcoholic fruit. Flavour is sweet and alcoholic, with a relatively light palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Duster72 (117) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 15, 2007
Pours dark ruby color with nice 2 finger head. No lacing. Smell is yeast and dark fruit. Taste is a nice dark fruit with lots of yeast and a hint of carmel. Finishes with dry woody hops. Slight alcohol burn at lower temperatures goes away with some warming. Perfect compliment to a pot roast. Recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 13, 2007
Bottle. Pours mahogony with lots of floaties and a tall bubbly head. Aroma is vinous, lots of sour flemish-esque notes as well, some sweet candied raisin notes finish it out. The flavor is complex as well, almost just like the aroma would lead you to belive, with a very warm alcohol finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAR 10, 2007
Very very similar to the tremmens but with a darker color and only slightly deeper flavor. Definitely worth having a bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
norushjohnnie (19) - Sister Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 10, 2007
Not my favorite style but very good. Color is deep reddish amber with a big brown-orange head. Aroma is primarily raisins and alcohol, big and strong. Flavors raisin, plum, and a hint of burnt malts at the finish. Interesting acidity, not what I’m used to. Bitterness and alcohol warmth finish it up. The mouth feel is a little bit watery but I felt the carbonation was ideal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAR 8, 2007
750 ml bottle from 2004. Dark brown pour with a nice cramy head that lasted. Aromas were dark fruit, raisin, molasses, caramel, vanilla. flavors were similar with a lot of alcohol warming. Somewhat sweet with nice dusty flavor. Good Beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TonyDiUlio (661) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2007
very good beer, offered to me by a friend who got it in a trade. Enjoyable flavor and after taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 7, 2007
Aroma of mild hops, metal, and yeast. Light mouthfeel with noticeable alcohol presence and a dry, bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayduke (4947) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 5, 2007
The neat lookng bottle was $7.68 at my local North Coast Coop in Eureka. It poured a garnet red color wtih floating chunks I suppose must be yeast. Head is tan with big fat and long lasting bubbles. Lacing was moderate. Nose was complex and of malts, fruits, coffee, chocolate, and a little hops. Mourthfeel was excellent with smoothness and the alcohol is hidden well. Flavors are excellent and mirror the aromas. Finish good with a hint of bitterness. A simple delightful brew to drink and well worth the price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (7642) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2007
UPDATED: APR 23, 2008 I tried this right after the delirium tremens, I favored the tremens over this brew. However, this one was sweeter, still easy to drink despite the high alc content. Thanks Steve (Chef201atc)

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