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

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RATINGS: 1883   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.6
   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.

4.3
   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

4.8
   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. You’d 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 don’t drink too many, I got the champagne giggles.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - SEP 8, 2006
Deep mahogany color and a tan head. Smells of sweet dried fruit - cherries, dates, figs, and some caramel. Well balanced and sweet on the tongue - very little alcohol taste for 9%.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2006
2004 - 8.5%abv. Brown/dark amber topped by a 1", bubbling, festering, tan head that eventually calms to a sheet of ice top. Nose of pungent, way past ripe dark fuits and melons, toasty caramel, doughy yeast, spices, candi sugar, and some subtle, sour, metallic oxidation. Flavor adds roasted grains (especially in the finish), chocolate, marshmallows, easier on the spices and metallic notes. Oxidation almost indetectable in the flavor, mostly just drying up the finish a bit, which works well here. Full body is smoother than balanced. Very nice brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2006
Robe brune voilée surmontée d’une mousse beige épaisse qui s’estompe. Arômes de caramel, de chocolat et d’alcool. Saveurs de chocolat, de caramel et d’alcool. Houblon de soutien.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2007 Bottle. Dark brown, with a big tan head. Smells of yeast and spice. Overcarbonated, lacking in flavor, alcohol hid well, but there is a persistent bite that I didn’t like. Acidity or ginger like. This just didn’t do it for me. First one was drank while smoking a cuban cigar, so I didn’t rate it, second try wasn’t very memorable. Strike three, it’s out. I didn’t care for this brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 31, 2006
Bottle @ Delirium Cafe. 25/05/06. Dark probably cherry red body with frothy light tan head. Fruity sweet smell. Subdued cherry flavours, slipped down well, great body for drinking plenty of as alcohol seemed to be well hidden.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2006
05’ pours a reddish brown.bubbly but small head. light aroma. i can barely discern anything some fruit mayeb figgy slght citrus. taste bitter i duno screw this beer i guess

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2006
Pours like a fizzy cola. The effervescent head reeks of alcohol as it dissipates. The aroma is a sharp burnt malt and alcohol. Maybe more there but the heavy alcohol burned my lungs. Actually smooth and oily, with a tangy bite in the finish.


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