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

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RATINGS: 1687   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2003
Good dark brown color,small head that faded quite quickly.The aroma was some what sweet and fruity with a mild hop presence,malt and a hint of alcohol to go with the spicy notes.Mlaty sweet taste with flavors of fruit and spice and hints of hops and alcohol.The finish is slightly bitter sweet with a bit of spice and malt.Not bad but then not great,but still worth a try.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2003
Draft. Just an excellent beer. Nice fizzy head. Mellow citrus aroma. Sweet and malty, YUMMY!!!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (8031) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 13, 2003
Very dark brown, but with a reddish shine; big brownish head. Fruity nose, chlorophyl chewing gum, dark malts but restrained. Sweet taste, but with a (Good Heavens!) curry flavour. Roasted malts in the background. Retronasal again fruity tastes (blueberry?). Full bodied, but palate is rather thinnish. Aftertaste comes back with the curry/coriander flavour. Again, not one of my favourites. The nose promesses more than the beer delivers.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3179) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2003
Pours garnet red-brown, with a light, creamy light tan head. Prunes and brown sugar in the aroma. Rich flavor reminds me of a doppelbock: strong prunes and toffee, with caramel and raisins. Alcohol is nicely subdued. Tangy aftertaste is somewhat distracting. I love the doppelbock flavor of this one.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - DEC 4, 2003
Very much like Chimay blue but with a less pronounced alcohol profile, wich I prefer. DN's got a lot of personality.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2003
Draught at The Bishops Arms, Göteborg, Sweden. Brown/Ruby colour with a fizzy head. Dried fruits in the aroma as well as plum and prune. Sugary flavour with notes of plum and prune. Sourish background.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2003
Nice head but nowhere near as exuberant as Tremens, light fruit spice malt aroma, a fruity(sort of like blackberries) and malt taste, more timid then I expected,sweet and fruity but not enough of either.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2003
Dark with a nice head that makes with the diappearing act quickly. Complex flavor right of the bat. Sweet and malty, yet still hides the hints of grape and peach in the flavor. I was semi-suprised at how little of a yeast feel this has.

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 (8323) - 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).


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