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


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RATINGS: 1777   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (8423) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2005
Dark brown with a healthy creamy dark tan head. Some floaters at the bottom from the dregs of the bottle. Sweet candy sugar, malt and vague fruitiness in the aroma. Fruity sweet malt, - plums, dates? Drier than implied by the sweetness in the aroma. Smooth medium effervescent palate. (3+) Quite pleasant but not transcendent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2005
Bottle: Transparent brown color with a rapidly diminishing white head. Aromas are fruity sweet with a maltier backbone. Flavor is bitingly sweet with a sour finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Smoke3Smokes (72) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2005
Oh my Oh my! This stuff must be from the gates of eden. The flavor is very solid and it clings to the tounge like college co-ed. PINK ELEPHANTS BRUTHA...PINK FRIGGIN ELEPHANTS!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BenBallz (6) - USA - AUG 23, 2005 does not count
Auburn color. Robst flavor of spices and cloves. Spicy aftertaste. Lingers like a Spanish lovr. Uhh, really gets me off. Don Juan in a bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sregnar35 (1022) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - AUG 23, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2005 This is really excellent stuff. Slightly nutty flavor, sweet and sour at the same time. Great balance of flavors comes together with a good alcohol kick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sanuk (10) - USA - AUG 20, 2005
Nice - although you just know with a little more effort could be much better - I taste too much wheat(?). Simple flavors - crisp - and a fun bottle. Drink this on a really hot day...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WISEGUY572 (1374) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2005
Had at Markt in New York with equally nondescript mussels and frites. Average looking strong Belgian brown. Nose is in some sense like barleywine — bubble gum sweet with strange overtones. Taste is sweet, cloying, hot with alcohol. Fine with oversalted fries, but nothing i would order again. I found the alcohol and the phenols overwhelmed any anticipated spice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2005
Best Before fall 2004. Dark auburn, quickly fading head. The aroma on this is hugely phenolic. Monstruous anise dominates the nose. Fairly medicinal (band-aid), malt syrupy candi sugar. Slight floral hops hide in the background. Extremely sweet in mouth, the alcohol seems higher than indicated (and my bottle was 9%). Obviously, I dislike it, it is a big beer of no distinction, no identity, trying to be big for the sole purpose of leaving an impression, which it does, but in a negative way. Nevertheless, I must admit that it remains rather vast in the flavors it procures if the integration could use a lot of improvement. Vast fruitiness array, going from grapes to dates and prunes. The harsh yeastiness adds plenty of estery and clovey phenols to the maze. Rather heavy carbonation (despite the absence of a head after a minute or 2) and oily sticky if not cloying texture. Oversweetened mess ultimately.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Terminus (3342) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - AUG 11, 2005
Tasty yeast and malt combination. Aroma is yeast based with a hint of spice. Typical stong belgium ale for the most part though.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2005
Spicy, musty malt aroma. Smelled a little like old clothes, but the spiciness dominated. Brown with a big fluffy belgian head. Less sweet than many Belgian strong ales and the spicy notes that are present are muted. Much less compelling then many other brown belgian strong ales I have had. There just isn’t a whole lot of flavor to make note of. it still has the right feel just not much flavor.

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