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


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RATINGS: 1768   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2004
Pretty dark brown with a reddish/mahogany hue. Lasting creamy tan head. Had a granny smith apple and malty sweet aroma. Nutty fruit taste with a slight lemon bitterness. Thin mouthfeel and a little too fizzy for me.Not too bad overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2004
Deep brown with rich off white head...smelled sweet, malts and caramel...taste was mild dark fruits and caramel with dry alcohol finish...pretty good, but not crazy as far as complexity...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2004
Had this bottled. Very thick (as thick as a rootbeer float), pale orange head, cloudy rusty brown appearance. Very smooth and slightly sweet with flavors of caramel and fruit, with a definate aftertaste of alcohol. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - SEP 18, 2004
Very dark brown color with a huge, thick tan head. Aroma is very sweet, malty, hints of caramel and lemon. Flavor is sweet, with a definite alcohol presence, malty and dry, with a smooth finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (3270) - 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 (8421) - 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 (6052) - 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 (540) - Rowlett, Texas, 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.

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