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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 5, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2006 12 oz. Bottle: Cloudy foggy brown color with a tan head. The aroma is banana bread and yeast. The taste is sweet malts, red wine and some sort of polish. As it warms up, there is also flavors of honey in the taste and finish. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stew41 (1927) - Phuket, THAILAND - NOV 27, 2006
A sipping style that is most appropriate for consumption at Café Het Gol Bel. Dark chocolate brown with a thin fizzy head that shows surprisingly good retention. Big fruity malty nose – this beer’s intentions are very clear. Some alcohol sweetness wafts up. Wall of malt and alcohol sweetness, with licorice and aniseed, drives through the palate. Perhaps one of those rare instances where a beer drinks heavier that what the stated ABV suggests. Finishes long with meaty, cooked malt flavours. (e4.0 @ Café Het Gol Bel)

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Aegrus (49) - USA - NOV 26, 2006
Bottled, trappist glass Very little aroma of sweet dates and sugar cane. The flavor is fruity and estery with an unbalanced bitter hops finish. Dry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2006
Dark, thick, and hazy. Fruity taste with hints of prunes/raisins. Malty, smooth and palatable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 21, 2006
Deep dark amber with a thousands of chunks floating around it. It looks like cheetah skin or a snow globe when shake it up. There are some enormous chunks I can see now. I am only taking a couple sips here. Smell of malt, caramel, some hops, almonds, fruit and alcohol. Taste of rotten fruit, hops, malt, gas and alcohol. Carbonation was there and a little bitter at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (5898) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2006
Bottle: Poured a dark color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention. Aroma is quite sweet with some candi sugar and plenty of malt. Taste is also a well enough balanced mix of candi sugar, caramel and big malt with some limited yeast characteristics. Body is a bit too watery for the style but the alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LLee (21) - Brandon, Mississippi, USA - NOV 15, 2006
Bottle, Aroma/Flavor, white grapes, like a good dry German white wine, Appearance, dark with a off white head, didn’t last long, Palate, sour and very carbonated, like a sparkling wine, but not as sweet. Have another bottle, may revise "rating" later...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - NOV 15, 2006
The 11.2 ounce bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown beverage with a small but smooth creamy head that was mostly diminishing but that left good lacing on the glass. Pour carefully however, this is bottle conditioned. The aroma offers a hint of burnt caramel from almost a foot away. Upon closer examination, there are also notes of dates, raisins, prunes - dried dark fruits. There is also a hint of old leather in the background. The body is full and inviting with lively carbonation and a smooth, wet texture. The flavor starts off sweet but quickly shows a sharp tangy bite at the front of the tongue. The finish is medium-long with the tangy bite lasting throughout. There is also a nice warmth that builds in the chest through the finish. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SudsMcDuff (8084) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2006
that pink elephant, a cool bottle gets me again!! medium thick head...grapes,slight sherry,choc,dust,choc cocoa nesquick,sweet slight spice.......some fruit and grape choc in muddled fruit taste....a good brew....su..su....sussudio

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2006
750ml bottle - Pours dark brown with a big, fluffy head. It smells of malts and yeast. The flavor is caramel malts, yeast, and a hint of dark fruit. It’s easy to drink for 9% with the ABV just showing up a little in the finish. It’s pretty good, but honestly I was hoping for more.

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