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

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RATINGS: 1774   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (19063) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 26, 2006
Draught. Dark amber colour with an off-white head. Sweet malty aroma. Sweet malty flavor with some spicy hints. Also some hints of yeast. Sweet malty finish.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
frankenkitty (1981) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2006
Thick hazed mahogany showing potency in density and legs, with a very fast, seemingly-creamy head and gobs of trub at the bottom of the glass. Aroma held much more depth and enjoyment than the flavor of this beer, deeply malted over strong alcohol, fruity cherry and concord grape in a deadly sweet vortex of caramel. Fluffy sourness with alcohol, the flavor strikes as a Belgian Brown, wooden and moldy with a dry & dirty finish. Thinner than I’d like and not as sweet, either. I found more pleasure drinking in the aromas than the flavors.

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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
buu (10) - USA - MAR 25, 2006
Body is brown, not unlike coffee. Upon first sniff, almost a candyshop nose. After moderate warming, aroma evolved to sexy, sweet dough. Fair carbonation. Sweet, with a hazelnut finish (hint of Cognac). Upon belch, mild Tastykake. Interesting, but not special.

2.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
mtdshn (173) - Moline, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2006
Opaque mohagany/auburn color. Strong molasses, alcohol and yeast scents. I agree with alabamajohn that it’s like sweetened prune juice. I was expecting more for what I paid for a 4 pack.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alabamajohn (67) - Alabama, USA - MAR 22, 2006
Cloudy brown. Sweet. Sweet. Tastes like sweetened pune juice. For the price and reputation, you would expect more.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2006
12 oz bottle. Cloudy brown body with a large off-white head that dissipated slowly. Aroma of caramel, figs, and molasses with yeast. Initial flavor is slightly bitter with heavy alcohol notes and some caramel sweetness. I’ll let it warm a bit...still not my favorite, quite bitter. Decently rich palate with pretty strong carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hair-old (191) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2006
I chilled this beer and had one sip and came back 2 hours later.,after warming i was expecting more flavour but it was surprisingly smooth and dry.A chocolate candy cane.Alc/vol well hidden.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Paskal (146) - La Prairie, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 8, 2006
Merci à GonzoBeer. Bouteille-Arômes de noix et de céréale. Goût de fruits sauvages. Mousse blanche dissipante. Oxydation et aqueuse.--Bottle-Nuts and cereals aromas. Tatse of wild fruits. White head mostly dissiping. Carbonation and aquaeous.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 8, 2006
Dark brown pour with brown highlights and a thin light brown head. Aroma of chocolate and figs. Flavor of chocolate, figs and nuts. The palate is light and dry and the carbonation is moderate. There are interesting elements in there but somehow this beer fails to really captivate me, I can say that it’s good though.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptKirk (175) - Hephzibah, Georgia, USA - MAR 3, 2006
This belgian ale is dark red with an off white head that starts bitter and strong. After warming about mid bottle the flavor mellows into a fruity finish that leaves little aftertaste. Not a bad belgian. Just let it warm a little and don’t let the first few sips discourage you.


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