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

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RATINGS: 1618   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tejas (871) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2005
Big frothy head gets high marks with me. Big malty flavor will too. Not too fruity. Sort of a dry palate. Alcohol is hidden well. Not as good as the Noel or the Tremens but still a quality brew.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
donvitozou (141) - memphis, Tennessee, USA - JAN 4, 2005
dark brown, pours with fair head. not too much smell, decent taste. the high alcohol is noticable. starts off smoothly, very neutral aftertaste

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2005
Much better than the ’Tremens’ offering, this one is sweet and sour and makes a good sippin’ brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gachupines (883) - USA - JAN 1, 2005
Appearance is dark brown with a lingering head. Taste is malty with a fairly bitter finish. Not too bad, but not overly impressive.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JAN 1, 2005
75cl bottle, cork dated 2003. Raisins and grapes in the nose. Thick head falls leaving slight lace behind. A nice look and good fruity aroma lead to a very vacant tasting beer. Just nothing there. Alcohol doesn’t show up, but nothing else beside some dark malt and corkiness. Nothing attractive or redeeming here. Empty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hershiser2 (1210) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Dark brown with a small head. Smells sweet, almost eggnoggy, raiseny, etc. Very nice. Flavor is slightly strongly weak (make sense?), and the alcohol is well hidden. Finishes bitter, but overall the alcohol is well hidden. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Thick whipped froth with significant staying powers. It sits like a crown on the burnt caramel colored beer. Aroma of strong froot bomb mixed with alcohol that totally reminds me of some old-timey health tonic. Smells too, of day old pee pants from my toddler. Nice smoke and dry woody palate players drumming along on this wicked jammy roller coaster. Layers of thick fruit jams stuck to the bottom of the pan; apple butter cooked thick and sticky in a cast iron kettle. The alcohol kicks the dark malts into blackstrap molasses. Overall, it tastes like fruit cake with some dark toasted walnuts and filberts, and maybe some chestnuts. Alcohol all over. A bit rough, a bit sweet.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cornfield (5465) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2004
This poured out a thick brown with a large frizzy tan head. The aroma is predominantly alcohol, medicinal like, with scents of dried fruits and mild spicing. It’s kind of syrupy to drink, coating the mouth and throat with alcohol. Tastes like alcohol, maple, anise... not in the best of flavor blendings. Strong alcohol finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Burner (78) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 6, 2004
Nice syrupy body, not nearly as fruity as I imagined, which I thought was great. Slightly bitter, thanks to Biscuit from The Forum for recommending it to me!

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Love the pink elephant. Bought the cool snifter. The beer, however, is another story. Dark brown body, quickly disappearing head. Intense dried fruit aroma: prunes, raisins, dried apricot. A hint of anise. Syrupy feel to it. The flavor was sweet, almost cloyingly. Alcoholic. Disappointing.


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