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


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RATINGS: 1902   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
screigh (667) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 5, 2006
I am noy a big fan of Belgian style beers but the lady at the store recommended it. I have to say it was one of the only ones I have actually finished. Poured a cola color with a slight hint of red. Huge head that quikly died down but stayed around the entire beer. Aroma is sweet/candy and slight malt. I get mostly dark fruit flavors in the taste, then some slight seet/candy and then slight malt with just the smallest of roastyness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (3844) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 5, 2006
Bottle. Nice dark brown cloudy body topped with a lasting beige foamy head. Wonderful malty/hoppy aroma with strong plummy/vineous notes and some lighter yeasty hints. Alcohol is very well hidden. Taste is complex and robust. It carries fruity, yeasty and subtle woody notes. Ends with a good and well balanced warming finish. Awesome beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDalkoholic (2339) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 4, 2006
Opaque appearance but when held agaisnt a light turns a reddish color with sediment seen. Beer is a naked liquid that has no head. Small scent of yeast. Must be a really old and aged bottle because the carbonation level is flat but the flavor still maintains a light spicy yeast with caramel notes. Must be real good fresh. Now if only i could find a store that gets new shipments of this stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2006
pours a maple syrup color with a thin off white head that doesn’t fade. The nose is carmel, toffe, and bready. The flavors are overall sweet raisins, brown sugar, carmel, dried fruits but balanced fairly well on the palate with spices and a smooth creaminess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - AUG 3, 2006
33 bottle, poured in a Delirium Noel glass (don’t know wether this has the Coffee, caramel, prunes, raisins, alcohol aroma. Dark amber body, huge beige creamy head. The flavour of the head is spicy, with a creamy finish. A lot of sweets, spices, toffees, malt and caramel make up the palate, with a flavour which is quite bitter for a dark beer but with a sweet syrupy finish. However, it lacks some deeper complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GRM (3739) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 31, 2006
Brown bottle, 330 ml, best before September 2006, purchased on May 6 2005; eye: flat brown with burgundy reflections, nice beige head that lasts, no effervescence, visible sediments; nose: caramel, yeast, alcohol, "vegetable juice", dark small berries; mouth: in that order, malt, caramel, dark small berries, bitterness, finale is somewhat syrup with a hini of pepper at the end, light acridity appears as it warms, mildly sweet, lightly bitter, full body, good carbonation; overall: good FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 330 ml, date de péremption : septembre 2006, date d’achat : 6 mai 2005; oeil : brune mate avec des reflets bourgogne, belle mousse beige qui persiste, pas d’effervescence, matières en suspension; nez : caramel, levure, alcool, « jus de légumes », petits fruits foncés; bouche : malt, caramel, petits fruits foncés, amertume, finale doucereuse avec une pointe de poivre à la toute fin, acreté apparaît lorsqu’elle se réchauffe, moyennement sucrée, légèrement amère, corsée, bonne carbonatation; en résumé : bonne

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2006
Pours a nice dark brown color; tan head has some freckles. Loads of yeast chunks floating- this one is a little ominous looking. Sweet brown sugar aroma, with a little alcohol. Flavors are sweet roasted malts, very sugary. A bit of alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DarkMagus (504) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 30, 2006
Huge fruity aroma ...hints of pear, peach, apple as well as (very sweet) caramel/brown sugar. Nice foamy head, leaves behind a fine layer of bubbles on the surface. Very rich, heavy malt flavors balanced with the caramel-like sweetness. Slightly sticky or syrupy mouthfeel, and a hint of alcohol to the finish. Pretty good overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - JUL 23, 2006
Finally tried this, nothing big. Caramel is nice, bit too sweet with alcohol and sugar, slight warming in the body, sticky mouthfeel. Could be much worse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thegreenrooster (4003) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 21, 2006
Pour is a dark brown with a huge tan head. Aroma is super fruity and sugar. Flavor is dark fruits and brown sugar with a nice peat backbone. Very pleasing to all the sences and light on the wallet as well. Very tasty and available at more decnet beer stores puts this one over the top.

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