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

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RATINGS: 1634   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2005
Deeper red brown color, moderate and long lasting tan head. Aroma of caramel and a general fruitiness. Similar flavor but with a bit of a metallic element to it. Medium bodied, too fizzy, alcohol hidden well though. Decent, but not all that great.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2005
04/03 bottle. Initial pour is deep red/brown, very translucent, with a big two finger head that lasts, dotted with escaped yeast. Initial smell was of doughnuts, sugar, bread. Some sourish fruit smells as well. Lots of floaties as well. Taste is bold. Wow, this is one of the most surprising Belgian strongs Iíve had. Big burnt taste, similar to an oatmeal stout, both in taste and mouth feel. And the aftertaste is excellent. Iím getting coffee and roasted grain. The initial taste is quite different, loads of complexity. Initial prunes and Belgian spice dominant the front, followed with a breadiness that is desirable (probably all of the yeast from the bottle) ending with the aforementioned aftertaste. After the pour, I was pleasantly surprised by this one, taste is far removed from the nose and appearance. A very drinkable beer, with the warmth to let you know whatís up.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheReptilian (13) - Burley, Idaho, USA - JAN 31, 2005
I could not believe how good this bottle was when I happened to purchase it a few weeks ago. To me, the only thing that I can compare it to, is Chimay Grande reserve that has been aged for a few years. The only difference that I noticed between the two were in the appearance of the beer. The aged Chimay definitely had the advantage there, but in taste, this was right next to it.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 30, 2005
Pours a murky dark orange/red in color. Nice tastes of caramel and fruit. Strong noticeable taste of alcohol. Good, but not great.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2005
Bottle. I am kind of torn about this. On one hand, up front, the taste is very nice-malty, slightly sweet, with some caramel, apple, cherry, and brown sugar notes. BUT on the back end, it tastes like blood. Or pennies. Or nails. Some awful metal taste. The metal taste is so bad it destracts me form any other flavors. It loses ALOT of points for the metal taste.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2005
hmmm. i canít say i enjoyed this beer. iím well versed in the flavors and textures that dominate Belgian beers (the rest of the world having bred those flavors OUT of their yeast strains a hundred years ago) but this beer doesnít use it well. itís winey and appely, with grainy dark malts and high alcohol oils. kind of off-putting. i give it a (bronx-cheer)

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nchoward (24) - Iowa, USA - JAN 14, 2005
A dark Belgian that will please an advanced beer drinker or strong ale home brewer. This dark beer pours a slight off-white head that diminishes to a foamy film that floats on the beer. Nose is dark and fruity. Taste is burnt, raisins, and malty. Caramel. This is quite the drink!

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Garrat (1258) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2005
Small bottle.Dark orange in colour,small head.Sour with figs and dates,strange,strong alcohol,not my thing.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 12, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2005 Hazy amber-brown, thin head, soul-warming Belgian , malty smooth mouth-full of dried fruit, tea, and cane syrup.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbabybeer (39) - langley, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2005
this beer pours a slightly light, foggy, brown colour with a moderate head and a moderate release of gasses. the tastes of plum and raisin were quite noticable. this is a slightly tart, wine-like beer yet still manages to go down smooth and it tastes pretty smooth with a nice amount of maltiness and coffee flavors. not quite as good as delirium noel, though.


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