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

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RATINGS: 1599   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - NOV 19, 2003
Brown/ruby colored with a fizzy head that receded rapidly but continued bubbling on the surface. Aroma-some molasses and alcohol with a barnyardy sweat or urine note to it, some citrus maybe. Medium bodied and lively on the tongue with a musty caramel burnt sugar flavor that reminded me of Jamaican dark rum. Dryish finish with a bitter aftertaste that seemed a little off. Just so-so, kind of a hodgepodge.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
leaparsons (7995) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2003
Good spicy hops on the nose, although not as complex as expected. Dark red in colour, the initial impact is one of over carbonation. Luckily this is folowed by a warming mouthful of alcohol. Flavours are fruity malts, cofffee and chocolate. A boozy Xmas pud of a beer. Will help Xmas go with a bang (then a snooze).

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2003
I enjoyed the Tremens so well that I decided to try the dark. If packaging counted towards appearance I'd give it an extra half point for the beautiful painted bottle and colorful foil label. Poured dark browm with a small tan head which didn't lace the glass at all. None the less, a great tasting and very smooth ale. Exceptionally drinkable giving it's high alcohol content. Just as good as the Tremens in my opinion.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NathanJ (42) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2003
dark brown, tan head. aroma is candy sugar, malt and fruit. taste is vinious and slightly sour, and dry in the finish. tingles the tongue a bit, but not alot of character.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 27, 2003
Dark ruddy brown with a rocky tan head. Sweet caramel, yeast and tons of phenols. Brown sugar and yeast flavors. Touch of lactic sourness. A disappointment as I enjot the DTs so much.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5277) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2003
Poured a dark brownish/amber color with a large light tan head. Sweet aroma of candy sugar, with some vanilla and fruit noticable as well. Taste begins slightly sour, turns into oak, then a sweet flavor, and finally finishes dry.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3053) - Georgia, USA - OCT 12, 2003
This had a huge head with a good red brown body. The aroma is lightly sweet with a light citrus character. The flavor is a little bit of a letdown though, without a huge amount of character.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2003
(Bottle) Pours an amber color with a thick frothy head. Best if you let this one set in the glass for about ten minutes. Overall a descent Belgian.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2363) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2003
Decent head with Big carbonation. Thin foam layer lasts the duration of the drink. Slightly sweet toffee aroma. Color is a wonderful dark mahogany/amber. Flavor is quite good with hints of toffee, caramel, toasted grain and a touch of alcohol. Finish is a little dry and coats the mouth. Tingles in the mouth also. A decent belgian but not as complex (or good) as others.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2003
Sweet toffee aroma, with some caramel, and brown sugar too. Deep ruby colour, pours a huge toffee head. Flavour is roasted malt and demerara sugar. Alcohol is evident, and warming. Terrific beer for my 50th Birthday. Yum!


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