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


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RATINGS: 1861   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2710) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2006
Pleasing. A deep chestnut hue, bubbly but with virtually no head. Rich fruity aroma, of the lighter variety, such as pineapple and banana. A touch of yeasty bread dough is there too. Initially sweet with caramelized banana, a touch yeasty with a nice full and balanced finish. The mouthfeel is unusual, feeling soft and airy, yet the bubbles have a bite to them as well. Alcohol well masked, but you’re reminded of it when it warms on the way down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrideOfFrankenkitty (44) - Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2006
This smelled like it was going to be a dream of a beer. Carmel, nuts, black licorace, and cloves. It was a beautiful dark nut brown. But the taste was astringent medicine. I was sad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 7, 2006
Dark brown with a quickly fading head. Toffee plum flavours with a sourness that fits in there perfectly and a fizzy mouth feel. It’s not very heavy and not too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 29, 2006
Almost black colored, slight hints of red. Medium sized beige head. Sweetness, yeast, mild licorice, spices and alcohol in aroma. Medium to full bodied. Sweetness, chocolate, yeast, mild licorice and vinous tones in flavor, aftertaste has medium alcohol and spices. Aroma is slight disappointment, still fine and characteristic brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Poured, ironically enough, into my Delirium tulip. Pours a dark ruby with a plush head and laced sides. The smell is mocha, caramel, candied sugar, and dark fruits. The taste is deep withy ruddy dark fruit and chocolate. Good yeast balance masks the alcohol. the mouth has a slight tingle; good carbonation. All in all, very quaffable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Bottle at Issac Newton’s. Pours Mahogany with a decent sized off-white head. Aroma of citrus, belgian style spices, sweet malts, yeast, and fruit. Flavor is sweet, malty, citrusy fruity, alcohol moderately present. Good body, damn good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2006
Can’t believe that I have not rated this one yet. Mohagany brew with only a fine ring of foam. Sweet malty aromas with a that famous belgian yeast strain that produce a lovely fruity spicey aroma. This tasted kind of off. Very carbonated and copper tasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (21693) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 26, 2006
Draught. Dark amber colour with an off-white head. Sweet malty aroma. Sweet malty flavor with some spicy hints. Also some hints of yeast. Sweet malty finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
frankenkitty (1990) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2006
Thick hazed mahogany showing potency in density and legs, with a very fast, seemingly-creamy head and gobs of trub at the bottom of the glass. Aroma held much more depth and enjoyment than the flavor of this beer, deeply malted over strong alcohol, fruity cherry and concord grape in a deadly sweet vortex of caramel. Fluffy sourness with alcohol, the flavor strikes as a Belgian Brown, wooden and moldy with a dry & dirty finish. Thinner than I’d like and not as sweet, either. I found more pleasure drinking in the aromas than the flavors.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
buu (10) - USA - MAR 25, 2006
Body is brown, not unlike coffee. Upon first sniff, almost a candyshop nose. After moderate warming, aroma evolved to sexy, sweet dough. Fair carbonation. Sweet, with a hazelnut finish (hint of Cognac). Upon belch, mild Tastykake. Interesting, but not special.

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