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

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RATINGS: 1628   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.


3.7
   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 (644) - 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 (471) - 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 (12551) - 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 (6457) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - MAR 19, 2004
Brown appearance with medium bubbly head. Faint aroma, initial flavor of plums and grapes but not too strong. Ended with a alcohol burn.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2004
Brown with big head. Liquorice and fruits in the aroma. Much liquorice in the flavour. The finish is slightly thin and alcoholic with some sourness.


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