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

bottled
common

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common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1684   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.


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - NOV 6, 2004
(bottle) Very dark, very fruity aroma. Taste reminded me of charry wine. The second half of my glass - once the head had dissipated - was much better that the first half.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Odeed (1787) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 24, 2004
nice amber color,fairly big head.hints of fruits and brown sugar in the smell and taste.pretty good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3362) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2004
Draft. Had this plenty of times, finally got around to rating it. Dark brown, ruby notes, decent head faded away. Aroma of dark fruits. Flavor is complex, with notes of dark cherries and Pepsi cola. not as smooth or full bodied as I recall, possibly a side effect of being draft versus bottle. Still quite enjoyable.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Dark Brown. Strong, alcoholic aroma of chocolate, coffee, dark malts, dark fruits, strawberries and bourbon. Potent, poorly hidden alcohol, strong bourbon taste among other things like chocolate, coffee, herbs and dark fruits.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - OCT 10, 2004
Dark brown beer with red shine and fluffy ivory colored head. Aroma’s of expresso coffee, dried fruits, chesnuts, and a little hint of fresh fennel. Round malty taste with again coffee hints and touches of dried fruits that ends with a and herbal accents. Afthertaste ends with a sweet-bitterness of burned malts.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Loddeer (171) - USA - OCT 8, 2004
A unique tasting beer, with an interesting blend of flavors, not all that bad. It’s really hard to describe the dominance of any one particular taste, overall it provides an array of sensations ... I was hoping it would be a little better, but it’s pretty good.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2004
Pretty dark brown with a reddish/mahogany hue. Lasting creamy tan head. Had a granny smith apple and malty sweet aroma. Nutty fruit taste with a slight lemon bitterness. Thin mouthfeel and a little too fizzy for me.Not too bad overall.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2004
Deep brown with rich off white head...smelled sweet, malts and caramel...taste was mild dark fruits and caramel with dry alcohol finish...pretty good, but not crazy as far as complexity...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2004
Had this bottled. Very thick (as thick as a rootbeer float), pale orange head, cloudy rusty brown appearance. Very smooth and slightly sweet with flavors of caramel and fruit, with a definate aftertaste of alcohol. Not bad.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - SEP 18, 2004
Very dark brown color with a huge, thick tan head. Aroma is very sweet, malty, hints of caramel and lemon. Flavor is sweet, with a definite alcohol presence, malty and dry, with a smooth finish.


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