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


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RATINGS: 1590   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 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (29022) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2003
The flavor is malty sweet. The color is dark amber with a small head. The flavor is sweet and malty with very strong yeast notes. A fine beer without being impressive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsniclas (5522) - Billdal, SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2003 Draught. Sampled at Stockholm Beer Festival 2003.Dark redbrown. Vinegar aroma. Sour at first, late sweetness from dried fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2003
Pours a nice mahogany, with slightly tannish head that hangs around, good lace. Fruit aromas, some caramel and nuts. Sweet, hoppy flavors, a bit of an alcohol bite at the finish, but nothing overbearing. I'm liking this Belgian.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
igneous1 (1492) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - SEP 25, 2003
deep ruby red, nice frothy almond colored head. aroma is strong on brown sugar with a little alcohol. flavor is slightly sweet, very astringent, and i'm sure there's nothing wrong with the bottle other than what's in it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2003
A delightfully dark brown beer with a huge creamy head that lasts and lasts. This could easily become one of my favorites to drink over and over again. A slightly woody, nutty flavor with a strong floral, fruity aroma. Sweet but not over the top, and nicely hoppy and bitter in the finish. A beautiful beer to drink, highly recommended!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rlgk (10047) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2003
(Stockholm Beer Festival 2003) Dark color with a nice head. Aroma is fruity. A little sour, but the finish is sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beastiefan2k (2359) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2003
Nice very very dark brown color. Good head and all around good taste and aroma. Sweetness in the taste and good belgian body. I would never turn this beer down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
steview (1018) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 19, 2003
I drank this after some amount of random cheeses (i like cheese!), then rinsed my mouth of - BRITA - water. Big fizzy head with a delightful dark-nutty brown appearance. Tastes fruity and nutty, sorta like a fig newton! But I don't care for fig newtons, I care for this beer. High alcohol content hidden by the earthy sweet flavors. This is good. One of the best labels too! Doesn't really deserve the name, but egh I don't understand why anyway... Oh well, it's a good beer. Leaves me with a cute vanilla-spice to ponder about what I actually drank - only because I stared at the label... Or did I?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 9, 2003
Hoppy earthy caramel yeasty aroma.Dark chestnut appearance.Bitter sweet flavors of raisans and figs with a sweet mild bitter finish.Alchohol was well hidden.

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