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


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RATINGS: 1684   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (3016) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2004
Murky dark brown. Beige head lasts about an eighth of an inch and leaves a nice sheet of lace. Nose is mild, a bit of raisin and not much else. Entirely quaffable but that’s due to a rather less than assertive flavor profile and a slightly dead palate. Some malty sweetness, a touch of fruit and a hint of bitterness in the finish is all we have here. Not bad at all. In fact, it’s quite drinkable but certainly not on par with the best of the Belgians.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - SEP 16, 2004
Bottle @ Ølbaren, Copenhagen. Dark brown body with a nice red tint. Has a medium tan head, looks good. Aroma of dark fruits, prunes, a bit port like, a nice alcohol smell and a nice fresh fruityness. Very fruity flavor, prunes once again and a pleasant shot of alcohol. Good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 16, 2004
Good looking beer. Deep brown with reddish tint. Big, thick, foamy beige head that dwindled down to a micro-thin cover that stayed with it. No lacing though. Sweet aroma, apples, molasses, light spices and bubblegum. A little carbonation fizz up front followed by sweet fruit, spices (definite cloves) with a drier finish. Good and thick with a decent palate. Complexity abounds here but longs for something more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2004
Pours deep bronw/ruby with a big tan head. Aroma of malt, hops, dark fruit, citrus, cognac. Tastes malty, rich, with dark fruit and a smooth, semi-dry finish. This one is very dubblish with some barleywine qualities. The palate is medium, firm, and somewhat rauchy, and the finish has a dryness. This one is very complex, very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonas (5842) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - SEP 9, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2011 Re-rate from tap: Spicy, allspice and heather aromatics. Dark chestnut brown big brown head. Wooden roast, aromatics, burned chocolate. Medium body, dparkly, quite dry. Pleasant Old rating: 6 4 7 3 12. Slightly soapy otherwise neutral nose, perhaps hints of roasted vegetables. Dark brown, creamy head. Minerals, strawberry, bubblegum tastenotes. Not that agreeable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
flemdawg (533) - Naples, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2004
See through reddish brown body and a small light brown head. Mostly a banana aroma with other fruits. A bitter nutty taste in the beginning, followed by fruits in the middle, and finishing with alcohol. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2004
Brown color with a beige head. The taste is sweet light malty notes. Some nutty notes and a balanced bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 3, 2004
One of the prettiest beers I have ever seen: A deep ruby red color with lots of carbonation, a creamy, foamy, rocky head, light brown head and some nice sticky lace. The head diminished, but settled down to a fine creamy layer that lasted throughout. The aroma was pleasant: malty, fruity esters, bubblegum, spices and some grassy background. The mouthfeel was decent and improved as the beer warmed: creamy, effervescent with a spicy dry finish. The taste left me wondering if I had the right beer. Light sweetness with a spicy middle and a dry biting finish. Sounds ok? Not really. It is surprisingly one-dimensional: The flavor seems to have some interesting characteristics but it does not appear to pull it off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5108) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 25, 2004
This is a very dark amber with a small yellowish head. Nice sweet aroma of maple syrup and some cinnamon. The taste is definitely packed with alcohol, but is not overwhelming. It tastes like pancakes and syrup with some apples. Nothing exciting here, but still a decent change of pace. Reminds of a mellow barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TJackHole (83) - Alabama, USA - AUG 20, 2004
very large head, appears to have lots of carbonation. Very ruddy with dense cloudiness. Alcohol is the first thing I taste, flavor is dissapointingly underwhelming.

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