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

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RATINGS: 1590   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2004
In the proper D.T. tulip/tumbler...dark, yet bright, violet color, hugely active, volcanically fizzy head, a cola-ishly thing, ...Aroma: dark fruit first, cherries, berries, grapes, with with a late-alcohol feel, brandy, and sweetness all-around, sugar-cane valley, plus spice, and everything nice. Taste: Big, spicy, bitter hop attack right up front, bold and biting, biter, a myriad of spices speak up, cinnamon, ginger, clove, who knows what else, and they intermingle with orange, tangerine, melon, grapefruit, etcetera, ...body is medium to full, finish is on the long and sweet side. A real nice dark, spicy one in the mouth, but could do with more complexity, although every sip I swallow speaks otherwise. Odd, although a longtime favorite, every time I find myself wanting to reduce it's esteem, I find more ways to praise this brew! Funny, that...though I can no longer count it amongst the world's best, it is pretty damned fine for what it is....super-fruity, very spicy, an excellent Belgian ale.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2004
Bottle pours a perfect black ruby red with a monster tan head and cobweb lace. The aroma is yeasty, dark roasted fruits, candy sugar, and that sweet Sherry thing. The flavor is dry, dark fruits, yeasty, fresh bread, cave aged blue cheese, candy sugar, bitter chocolate, and no alcohol to be found. The body is the classic Delirium cleansing carbonation - very refreshing. Overall, man, I have found me a beer!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2004
750ml, 2001 cork. Full bodied beer. Fruity, and malty. Aroma of figs. Clear brown in color with a fluffy head. Warming palate. Enjoyable beer. Well blended beer. Good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Verne (261) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2004
Dark brown, tan head, smooth, sweet, malty, dried fruit, alcohol and a bit of coffee at the end. Nice warming finish

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2004
750 ml bottle, with a 2001 cork. As long as the cork indicates the year, this is a jackpot, for there are lots left, and this seems to be well mellowed. Pours a clear brown with a big fluffy tan head. The carbonation is on the lower end for a Belgian, which may also be a proof of age. Aroma is complex with a strong fig component, and a mix of vanilla and raisin. Palate is warming, with the alcohol apparent, but blended well with the beer's flavor and aroma. Flavor is very fruity, with raisin and fig evident. A little sticky and full bodied as well. I remember having a bottle a little over a year ago from the same store and it not being nearly as good, so aging helps a plenty...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skaughty (643) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2004 Bottle opemed in St. Axelandre pub in Quebec City. Poured dark brown/red with a slightly ligher, fizzy head. Medium carbonation. The flavor was rich with many dark fruits noted, especially prunes and anise. Tasted side-by-side with Rochefort 8, and there was minimal difference in flavor. However, the Nocturnum had a substantial alcohol burn in the finish. This beer lacks the complexity that each stage is disctinct in the taste - it isn't blended. Regardless, this is a fine dark strong Belgian.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kumite56 (469) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - MAR 28, 2004
A huge tan head on a dark brown body. Aroma is nice and intensely malty, some notes of alcohol as well. Toffee notes in the taste with some roastiness. Not bad though at times I detected a slight off metalic taste. Palate is nice with a good mouthfeel. Not my favorite brew but worth the try and the effort.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 21, 2004
Dark brown with reddish hints. Aroma of prune, raisin, alcohol, nutmeg. Sweet. Slight toffee notes. Hint of oranges. Finishes sweet, almost syrupy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2004
Pours cloudy brown with a large strong head. Aroma is sweet; prunes, licorice and a little alcohol. Flavor is sweet, too. Plums, a little roasted nut. Finish is balanced by a pleasant alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is a little thin with strong carbonation. A very nice brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6368) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAR 21, 2004
Sweet thick aroma, alcohol noticeable. Thick full flavored Belgian ale, sweet roasted notes, creamy texture. Soft, smooth aftertaste. At finish alcohol is pleasantly warming.


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