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

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RATINGS: 1683   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2004
Pours like a cola, and looks like one, the head is bubbly and the beer is quite carbonated. Smells of sweet malts. Burnt marshmallow, caramel smell. What a flavor, sour/bitter, smokey, syrupy. Slight thick espresso flavor. Nice.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2004
Bottle conditioned, 330ml. Very odd beer, black with a quickly diminishing head. Bunt flavours, some sweetness, some malt, bitter aftertaste and intense sourness on the roof of the mouth and on the back of the tongue.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2004
Pours a very dark, ruby red with an uber head. Go grab some dinner while you wait for it to drop to sane levels. The aroma is a bit interesting. Fruit (banana?) and a pinch of malt perhaps. The taste is quite good with banana, bread, yeast, and is quite sweet. The mouthfeel was incredible. Iíve read that others may have gotten very thin pours, but mine felt more like heavy cream! I do think it might have been damaged by the tin wrap of the bottle; some of the beer hit it on the way out. Iíd like to get a 750ml bottle to store for a few months and give her another go. Still, a very nice beer I will be revisiting in the future.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2004
Dark Brown Coloring...Ruby in the light. Really frothy white Head...Youíll be waiting on this one... Faint aromas... Yeast . Bitter. Not too bad.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 17, 2004
Dark mahogany color. Unbelievably fizzy white head. Only aromas detected where of light crystal malt and alcohol, and they where faint, to say the least. Super abrasive carbonation. Iíve had smoother malt liquor. Slight flavors of malt under the vicious assalt of carbonation and alcohol heat. Total disappointment.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 9, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2006 (Bottled) Dark reddish brown color with a large, tanned, pillowy head. Toffee-rye-puddingy-malty aroma with grainy alcohol and raisins. Toffee-malty flavor with grainy alcohol hints, dark toffee and yeast. Medium to full-bodied, moderately alcoholic palate with soft carbonation. An alcoholic, but warming and quite full-bodied, toffee-malty brew. Definitely one of the better Huyghe brews. (Bottled, rated Jun 9, 2004, was 7-4-6-3-12=3.2) Deep, dark brown-red color with a large, tanned and big-bubbled head. Sweet and pleasant, rye-pudding aroma. Malty, sweet, slightly red-wineous and acidic, yeasty flavor. Medium-bodied, oily, somewhat carbonated palate. Surprisingly thin body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DomiNate (123) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 30, 2004
Delirium...tastes just like it smells...Delicious! First impression was not good. Lots of head that never dissipates. Good thing I waited for the delicious treat that I received. Strong coffee like body with a strong aroma. Great flavor with little to none, aftertaste. Appearance was dark with lots of bubbles.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jfishback13 (275) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2004
Well, the bottle is cool as all hell. Iíll certainly give it that... a nice painted bottle. Other than that, itís a sweet, but not simple Belgian. A bit too sweet for my liking.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAY 24, 2004
Strong raisin and plum aroma. Ruby, beige head, good lace. Light sweet, light sour, bitter, plum, sugar. Thinner than expected, little burn, little sticky. Technically ok but not my kind of beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5062) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 23, 2004
Bottle: Malty fruity aroma with some hops. Pours a reddish brown. Nice big off-white head with minimal lacing. Very malty and fruity taste with a slight sour finish. Somewhat bitter aftertaste with a little sweetness. Very good beer.


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