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

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RATINGS: 1690   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lunkie (1473) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2005
Sweet spice aroma with fruit and malt. Cloudy brwon colour with good head and lacing. Full spice flavour with malt and fruit. Fizzy palate.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
diabel (1609) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JUL 5, 2005
Bottle Deep brown body. Lightly brown head, which diminishes totally. Nose of malts. Moderately sweet, lightly bitter flavour. Fully bodied.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ceejmomeechmo (58) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2005
Bottle from binny’s...Poured a rich brown with a quickly disappearing brown head. Aromas were yeasty and spice, with earthy undertones. Flavors were not as prevelant I would have hoped from a belgian strong ale. Although the carbonated, oily mouthfeel did give this brew some character. Overall, very smooth and enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 3, 2005
Head goes immediately. Very dense dark brown color. You can’t see through it. The aroma is a caramel vanilla. Very Very smooth caramel taste. No bitterness very drinkable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 1, 2005
Dark, murky brown color, unfortunately a quickly diminishing head. Malty aroma of raisins and quite acrid. Dark fruit flavor, raisins and plums with good hop finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (10224) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2005
On tap poured clear dark garnet with a large tight amber head.Aromas of dark fruit, toffee, and spices. Flavors of toffee, spices, and pepper.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HermanW (1043) - Coevorden, NETHERLANDS - JUN 11, 2005
A very nice smell of this dark beer but the taste was nt so good witch taste of alcohol.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JUN 8, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2005 Poured a dark brown body. Aroma of raisin/plum, alcohol, yeast. Flavor was far worse than the aroma for me. Weak.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 6, 2005
Bottle. Poured hazy, brown and nearly opaque with orange highlights and a moderate beige head. Aroma is nice, dominated by yeast, fruit, molasses and spice - clove, allspice and bit of nutmeg - with hints of dust and earth. Flavor is sweet and bready initially, with sour fruits, spice, vinegar, alcohol and a mildly puckering astringent aftertaste. Medium body and gentle carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2005
From the 33cl bottle. Pours an opaque brown with a huge fluffy tan head. Lots of fine lacing. Smells of fruit and caramel. Spiced apples. Nutty. Notes of sherry. Vinuous nose. Taste is lightly sour up front, with a wonderful roasted/burnt malt flavor rising to the surface. Hints of sherry and light flavors of bitter chocolate. Spicy, like pepper and nutmeg, maybe hints of ginger. all these flavors intertwine nicely. Mouth is rich and chewy. Mmmmm...beer. This is really nice. Tried both this and the Delirium Tremens tonight but this one takes the cake. Gotta get some more.


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