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


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RATINGS: 1729   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - FEB 21, 2005
Bottled. Fruity, malty aroma. Fruity taste, mainly bananas, malty and somewhat sweet. Notes of cloves and spiciness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
yousee (48) - BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2005
Dark cloudy brown beer with a big belgian creamy coloured head. Although very carbonated this beer gave me a sweet candish taste with spicy aromas and a note of fruits. the alcoholic taste was well balanced fot this belgian strong ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TChrome (1429) - Bedford, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2005
Pours a dark mahogeny color and at present is mostly clear with a magnificantly retained cream colored head. There is a lot going on with the aroma of this beer. Notes of candy sugar, lots of yeast, some fruit, and pepper. Flavor is initially lightly sweet with some yeast flavor. Finish is peppery with more yeast. This does not rank with the great Belgian strongs, it is however an enjoyable drinking experience.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4291) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2005 Pours a dark cloudy brown color with a large head. Smell is sweet and coffee like with alcohol mixed in. Tastes like alcohol and coffee with some toffee and spice thrown in for good measure. Hops are disguised until the end where the they are again covered by a lingering alcohol taste. And this alcohol aftertaste is my only complaint about this ale. In my opinion, this is a quality beer that you just want to have once in a while because its too strong for everyday consumption not to mention to expensive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (22009) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2005
Brown colour with a huge beige head. Sweet aroma with notes of spices, yeast and dried fruit. Very carbonated. Malty aroma with notes of spices, fruit and alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2005
Deeper red brown color, moderate and long lasting tan head. Aroma of caramel and a general fruitiness. Similar flavor but with a bit of a metallic element to it. Medium bodied, too fizzy, alcohol hidden well though. Decent, but not all that great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2005
04/03 bottle. Initial pour is deep red/brown, very translucent, with a big two finger head that lasts, dotted with escaped yeast. Initial smell was of doughnuts, sugar, bread. Some sourish fruit smells as well. Lots of floaties as well. Taste is bold. Wow, this is one of the most surprising Belgian strongs I’ve had. Big burnt taste, similar to an oatmeal stout, both in taste and mouth feel. And the aftertaste is excellent. I’m getting coffee and roasted grain. The initial taste is quite different, loads of complexity. Initial prunes and Belgian spice dominant the front, followed with a breadiness that is desirable (probably all of the yeast from the bottle) ending with the aforementioned aftertaste. After the pour, I was pleasantly surprised by this one, taste is far removed from the nose and appearance. A very drinkable beer, with the warmth to let you know what’s up.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheReptilian (13) - Burley, Idaho, USA - JAN 31, 2005
I could not believe how good this bottle was when I happened to purchase it a few weeks ago. To me, the only thing that I can compare it to, is Chimay Grande reserve that has been aged for a few years. The only difference that I noticed between the two were in the appearance of the beer. The aged Chimay definitely had the advantage there, but in taste, this was right next to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 30, 2005
Pours a murky dark orange/red in color. Nice tastes of caramel and fruit. Strong noticeable taste of alcohol. Good, but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2005
Bottle. I am kind of torn about this. On one hand, up front, the taste is very nice-malty, slightly sweet, with some caramel, apple, cherry, and brown sugar notes. BUT on the back end, it tastes like blood. Or pennies. Or nails. Some awful metal taste. The metal taste is so bad it destracts me form any other flavors. It loses ALOT of points for the metal taste.

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