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

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RATINGS: 1630   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonas (5643) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - SEP 9, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2011 Re-rate from tap: Spicy, allspice and heather aromatics. Dark chestnut brown big brown head. Wooden roast, aromatics, burned chocolate. Medium body, dparkly, quite dry. Pleasant Old rating: 6 4 7 3 12. Slightly soapy otherwise neutral nose, perhaps hints of roasted vegetables. Dark brown, creamy head. Minerals, strawberry, bubblegum tastenotes. Not that agreeable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
flemdawg (531) - Naples, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2004
See through reddish brown body and a small light brown head. Mostly a banana aroma with other fruits. A bitter nutty taste in the beginning, followed by fruits in the middle, and finishing with alcohol. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2004
Brown color with a beige head. The taste is sweet light malty notes. Some nutty notes and a balanced bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 3, 2004
One of the prettiest beers I have ever seen: A deep ruby red color with lots of carbonation, a creamy, foamy, rocky head, light brown head and some nice sticky lace. The head diminished, but settled down to a fine creamy layer that lasted throughout. The aroma was pleasant: malty, fruity esters, bubblegum, spices and some grassy background. The mouthfeel was decent and improved as the beer warmed: creamy, effervescent with a spicy dry finish. The taste left me wondering if I had the right beer. Light sweetness with a spicy middle and a dry biting finish. Sounds ok? Not really. It is surprisingly one-dimensional: The flavor seems to have some interesting characteristics but it does not appear to pull it off.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5100) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 25, 2004
This is a very dark amber with a small yellowish head. Nice sweet aroma of maple syrup and some cinnamon. The taste is definitely packed with alcohol, but is not overwhelming. It tastes like pancakes and syrup with some apples. Nothing exciting here, but still a decent change of pace. Reminds of a mellow barley wine.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TJackHole (83) - Alabama, USA - AUG 20, 2004
very large head, appears to have lots of carbonation. Very ruddy with dense cloudiness. Alcohol is the first thing I taste, flavor is dissapointingly underwhelming.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedEft (154) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - AUG 3, 2004
This is a very nice looking ale with an enticing, spicy aroma and a sweet, malty raisin taste. And the alcohol kick is swift and decisive. Have a seat and kick back to sip this one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (3671) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 30, 2004
I was really psyched for this beer on a Friday evening but it didn’t work out as planned. Beautiful beautiful appearance: cloudy nut-brown with a rich lace. Muted aroma, showing some spiciness on a vigorous swirl but mostly a very mild caramel and yeast fusion. Some alcohol in both aroma and flavor, with a palpable bitterness that was somewhat metallic (oddly). Decent but unremarkable palate. Just not rich enough in flavor and aroma for expectations. Doesn’t pair well with banana bread, I was surprised to find out.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 30, 2004
yeasty, alcoholic, fruity aroma...you can almost smell the sourness; heavy alcoholic bite and flavor, special B malt, dark fruit definitely there; oily palate, with a dry and sourish finish. A tad too dry in a Belgian Strong for me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2004
Light brown color with a large fluffy tan head. Malty aroma with dark fruits and molasses. Tastes sweet with flavors of raisins, malt and molasses. Has some hop bitterness at the end to counter the sweetness.


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