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


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RATINGS: 1802   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 3, 2006
Bottle Very Cool looking. 48F. Tulip Glass. Sweetlight notes, with touchess of sourness, Bread and cheese smells, fruity with dark notes of plum, and dark cherries. Finishes sour, but begins sweet, definate cherry taste, very light sweet malts are dominate, with a dark finish. Very nice and fruity taste. Full mouth feel, tons of tiny carbonation, with a great bittersour finish like espresso. Great mouthfeel, good amount of dark flavors, a nicely done belgian strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jason (1737) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2006
Draft at Zeno’s. No outstanding aroma. Sweet notes escape the nose. Very dark red with this head. Flavor is very one sided but not in a bad way. Hints of fruits such as cherry and plums last in the mouth. Very balanced and peaceful drink. Very sippable but found myself taking bigger gulps at the end. Cheers!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2006
Pours clear dark brown, almond head. Flavor isn’t anything special, roasted malt, some apple and other fruitness to it, with brown sugar and caramel sweetness, every flavor not being very strong at all, just a regular beer really.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAY 27, 2006
Aroma is white grape, spicy and champange like. Color is deep burgandy held up to light with a generous, tiny bubble, beige head. Flavor starts dark fruit sweet with hints of plum and prune turning peppery and finishing long and dry with a black cherry tartness. Medium bodied and watery with fizzy carbonation. 9% ABV is noticable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7565) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 21, 2006
Dark amber color with tan head. Spicy Belgium yeast aroma with sweet malts and some grapes. I also smell a bit of dark roasted malts like maybe chocolate. Huge carbonation that explodes in your mouth. Nice solid malt flavor with fruity and spicy accents. I really can’t pick up on the hops. They must be there since this beer seems to have the sweetness kept in check. Aftertaste can have a cherry or grape flavor along with caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jde123 (768) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 20, 2006
Definately one of the best belgian ales I have had the pleasure of imbibing in quite a long time. Pours dark brown with a large head, spicy and fruity aroma precedes the flavor of sweet plums, cherries, dark fruits of many kinds. I really liked this one, much better than I was expecting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (2921) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2006
Beer tasting sampler at <a href=http://ratebeer.com/Place/illinois/orland-par Orland Park. Deep brown color is a wakeup call, after finally resigning myself to so many light Belgian strongs. Nose is very sweet, but not in that candi sugary way, more like fructose. I catch a lot of raisin and plum threading around a nice Belgian malt profile… and I must be learning something if I can claim to discern Belgian malts. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2006
Bottle. Good dark brown color with asmall head that faded quite quickly. The aroma was somewhat sweet and fruity with a mild hop presence, malt and a hint of alcohol to go with the spicy notes. Malty sweet taste with flavors of fruit and spice and hints of hops and alcohol. The finish is slightly bitter sweet with a bit of spice and malt. Not bad but then not great,but still worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hobgoblin (163) - St-Épiphane, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 14, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown color with particule and a big nice beige head. malt, caramel, anis and alcohol aroma. Taste of malt, fruits, brown sugar and alcohol finish. Nice beer. Bière de couleur brun foncé avec des sédiments et un très bon collet brun qui perdure. Odeur de malt, caramel, anis et alcool. Au goût, elle est malté et fruités, avec des notes de sucres bruns et alccol est bien présente en finale. Bonne bière

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2011 Bottled, A very dark brown coloured beer with a short-lived tan coloured head. The aroma is sweet and malty. There are some berry fruits and a little fireside. The taste is heavily carbonated and is dry at the same time. There are smoky malty tastes but is really a bit boring when alls said and done. Score 3.1
Subsequent rating scored 3.7. Average becomes 3.4

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