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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2007
Wow talk about a head on a beer. The head towers out of the glass, I couldn’t even pour the whole bottle (33cl) with a medium pour. It has a great alchoholic nose with hints of honey and chocolate. The taste is a little dull compared to the nose with a little chocolate and malty sweetness attached, but little of the alchohol shows which makes it very drinkable. The color on this brew is quite impressive with a rich dark amber hue. The taste falls a little short as opposed to the nose, but a great brew nonetheless. This is a beer that I could drink more than one of and propably get into a little trouble with.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2007
Deep deep clear red with a large fluffy off-white head. Aroma is crammed full of malty,zesty, dried fruits with similar spicy malty taste...nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
robinvboyer (4143) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2007
prefered over Tremens. nice dark color, beigeish head. nots of fruit, spice and yeast. more robust, and flavorful, very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2007
lightly hazy brown in appearance, with some ruby highlights at the bottom of the glass. Aroma is heavily spicy and yeasty, apple/pear/ lemon zest, as well as caramel and dark malts. Taste is basically about the same. Very strange, tastes like delirium tremens with some dark malts added to it. Carbonation is very lively and prickly on the tongue, which seems to take focus off of the darker malts in this beer. Not sure what to make of this....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
altonbrownd (5659) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JAN 24, 2007
Bottle at home. Dark brown color with a foamy and long-lasting head. Spicy and thick. Noticed dark cherry flavor and other fruits, as well as licorice taste. Ultimately I felt that the 9% wasn’t hidden well-enough and too strong in the taste. Enjoyable nonetheless. Extra credit for the groovy design.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jake65 (3444) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JAN 19, 2007
Bottle: Light/medium brown color, slightly bubbly, off-white head is small, but thick and foamy. Nose is mostly yeast and fruits, some sweet malt. Creamier than expected, even though it was carbonated to a lively point. Fruity, yeast, wine, and some bitters in the tail. Alcohol was present, but not to intense.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2007 Murky ruby, ridiculously rocky suds. A bit bath-time following Kapittel Prior’s silky-headed creaminess. Sticky, roasty liquorice nose. The sister beer’s raspberry-gooseberry fruitiness, followed by a pleasing hit of bitterness. Some biscuity afters unusual in a beer of this %. Sweet yet herbally dry and spicy. Sours as it warms. Obviously quite heavily liquoriced. A much more refined and subtly tasty brew than a pink cartoon elephant might have you believe. But a poor man’s Kapittel Prior.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
verdelak (2) - USA - JAN 15, 2007 does not count
Bottled. One of my all time favorites. If you like Belgians, this is a must try. Just a notch below Delirium Tremons.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Harsebrau (227) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 13, 2007
A decent Begian Stong. Floral and spicy aroma with a tan head. There is an abundance of carbonation in this beer and that helps account for the pin pricks it produces on the tongue and roof of the mouth. Some caramel. Some allspice. Some citris and some berries. This was a gift from HZ.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
BeerCommonSewr (67) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2007
1 pt. 9.4 oz bottle I see that my rating for this beer is skewed from the rest being given to it. Let me start by saying that this was a nice package with a ceramic looking bottle and cork. Normally something I would even give a point or two. However it was clear that this particular did not ship well as the cork was only maybe half an inch into the bottle and it appeared as if some leakage had occurred. After opening the bottle and pouring it was also clear some type of mold or fungus had begun to grow along the rim of the bottle and I had to fish a large chunk of it out of the glass. Given all this I am not one to give up on a bottle that I paid decent money for. There was practically no head and the beer was somewhat flat further proving to me that some leakage had taken place. The only real flavor I can say came through is malt, malt, and more malt finishing with a dusty dry taste. The one saving grace for this brew was that once I was done I gotten a nice little buzz. Of course that may have been from the fungus or mold but a buzz is a buzz nonethless. Maybe some day I can give this beer another shot but I will wait for a fresh shipment and a close inspection of the bottle to see if it is worth my time. I must say that I find this beers scores odd as I read other reviews as it does not seem as many people liked it very much. Why the somewhat high rating then is a mystery to me. Peobably the beer snobs giving it a higher rating than it deserves because it comes from Belgium.

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