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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1860   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 7, 2006
On tap. Dark ruby brown, thin off-white head. Aroma is malty, fruity, and musty. Flavor is fruity, malty, and sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rederic (3250) - montrťal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2006
hazy dark mahogany hue, with a frothy tan-colored head, with a yeasty, toasted, caramelized malts, with a dark dried fruits note of dates, plums, figs, raisins, hint of nutmeg spiciness, molasses, and a touch of alcohol in the aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate with a crisp toasted malt character, with a bitter chocolatey note, brown sugar, molasses, dark dried fruits accent, with a warm alcoholic feeling, leading towards a malty, fruity warm finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
msonnenberg (30) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Dark with aromas of sugar and fruit. Palate is smoother and lighter than I was expecting. Flavor dissipates slowly. Nice. I let this one warm up to just below room temp.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
jimvy (131) - OíFallon, Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Clear brown color with thick, lasting tan head, big bubbles. Aroma - dark fruits, hard candi sugar, spicy, oxidation. Flavor is dominated by tinny metalic with some oxidation. Medium body. Some malt flavor along with some candi sugar - no hops. Overally, I think I got a bad bottle. Iíve had this before and donít remember so many off-flavors. Belgian character is evident, but itís overwhelmed by the metalic/oxidation. Will have to re-rate this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilikestuff (224) - Irving, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2006
Pretty good brew, a little too much alcohol flavor and aroma though. Has a nice fruity flavor and wonderful palate. Pours hazy tan with a large head typical of the style. An overall good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2006
awesome beer, pours deep brown color with a quickly dissipating head. aromas of dried fruits, cherries and spice. not much bitterness. good mouthfeel that coats the tongue. nice lingering aftertaste. a truely great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 25, 2006
What a beautiful beer. Pours a deep redish brown with a big fluffy lasting head. Has some nice sticky lacing also. Aroma of malt and spices. There is no mistaking this awesome Belgian aroma. Flavor is slightly tart with malt and spice. I love the PINK ELEPHANT!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 23, 2006
Poured from the bottle, dark brown with a very large pillowy and slightly tan head. Malt and ginger in the aroma. Vinuous flavours, caramal and sugary, tart and dry in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2006
pours muryk red/brown with a creamy light brown head. Aroma is complex light bread and hay, dough and leather with red wine. Flavor is balanced, starts rasberry and finishes chocolate covered bannans. Medium to full bodied watery and softly carbonated. Very tasty and complex

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Marty1018 (2) - cleveland, Tennessee, USA - SEP 9, 2006 does not count
It just does not get better than this Belgian ale. Perfect drinkability. Youíd never know the alcohol % by tasting this ale. This is a brew that should not be served ice cold as it tastes like a fizzy cola. The true flavors come out at about 45-50 degrees. PS donít drink too many, I got the champagne giggles.

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