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


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RATINGS: 1902   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Zymologist (30) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2007
The bottle promised me visions of pink elephants. Or at least that’s what I thought. After opening and pouring and tasting, I get the feeling that Huyghe was trying to develop a beer that tastes like you are licking the skin of a pink elephant. Not awful in itself, but awful in that it thinks its better than it is. In other words, it’s arrogant. I hope it doesn’t corrode the pipes as the rest of this goes down the drain.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2007
12oz. Bottle: Aroma is sweet and fruity (plums, grapes, cherries). Also a bit malty and yeasty. Aroma is a bit tart. Poured a dark brown/ruby with a hint of orange. Big, foamy, tan head lasted throughout. Very good lacing. Cloudy and almost opaque. Sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet and not bitter. Notes of cherries, dark fruits, raisins, yeast, and a lot of alcohol. Strange fruity aftertaste I can’t identify. Medium to full body. Fizzy carbonation. Short astringent finish is not pleasant. Overall, looks and smells much better than it tastes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 20, 2007
Vintage 2004 750ml bottle. Pours a deep brown with lots of dark amber when held to the light. Medium fluffy/bubbly tan head that left hints of lacing. Aroma of caramel, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, some toffee, grapes, sweet maltiness and hints of cork/oxidation. Flavor of caramel, dark fruits, candi sugar, Belgian yeast and hints of spiciness, some bitter chocolate and hints of hop bitterness which was surprising for the age of the beer and the style. Glad I finally got around to cracking this one open.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 20, 2007
Hazy deep ruby body with a medium creamy light tan head. Sweet molassas, caramel, and fruit aroma. Fizzy fruity flavor with a molassas background.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 19, 2007
750ml brown bottle made to look ceramic. Translucent dark copper-red-brown body with chunks of yeast floating in int and a couple inches of light tan head. Scent is complex, including citrus, yeast, chocolate, caramel, and nut, among other things. If the aroma were stronger, it would be perfect IMO. Tastes initially fruity and yeasty, with roasty caramel and chocolate on the finish. Slight nutty and woody qualities round out the flavor. Light-to medium bodied, very refreshing with a fair bit of carbonation. Alcohol is hardly noticeable in either the flavor or mouthfeel. Wow. This beer is superb, damn near perfect. Probably my new favorite beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 14, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2007 a step up from the tremens, thats for damn sure. this one doesn’t remind you of urine so much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2007
This one poured a dark brown with no head. Much more carbonated than I remembered with a mild malt sweetness and some yest hints.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SJM620 (11) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 10, 2007
I enjoyed this beer a little more than the tremens. I don’t usually drink belgian beers, but with this beer as well as the tremens I might have to rethink this stance

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (5742) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2007
Not as good as the tremens. the palate is on the thin side, but there is significant malt sweetness, pears, and apple in the aroma. Flavor has some alcohol taste, and just a hint of yeast. Light brown color and a a large head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 7, 2007
Deep brown with creamy, huge tan head. Fruity, yeasty aroma with some deeper barnyard notes. Big mix of flavors with caramel malts, candied sugar, dark fruits and light chocolate. Thick and creamy with a sweet aftertaste. Overall, smooth, fruity-yeasty and a little smoky. Really interesting.

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