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

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RATINGS: 1753   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (3761) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 30, 2004
I was really psyched for this beer on a Friday evening but it didn’t work out as planned. Beautiful beautiful appearance: cloudy nut-brown with a rich lace. Muted aroma, showing some spiciness on a vigorous swirl but mostly a very mild caramel and yeast fusion. Some alcohol in both aroma and flavor, with a palpable bitterness that was somewhat metallic (oddly). Decent but unremarkable palate. Just not rich enough in flavor and aroma for expectations. Doesn’t pair well with banana bread, I was surprised to find out.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 30, 2004
yeasty, alcoholic, fruity aroma...you can almost smell the sourness; heavy alcoholic bite and flavor, special B malt, dark fruit definitely there; oily palate, with a dry and sourish finish. A tad too dry in a Belgian Strong for me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2004
Light brown color with a large fluffy tan head. Malty aroma with dark fruits and molasses. Tastes sweet with flavors of raisins, malt and molasses. Has some hop bitterness at the end to counter the sweetness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9570) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2004
Poured a dark brown color with a huge off white head. Aromas and tastes of malts, caramel, sugar, and spices. Light alcohol in smell and taste as well. Sweet start with a light bitter finish. I like this one better than Tremens.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2004
Deep malty nose, raisins, macerated dry plums, syrup, port, oak. Very nice. Deep ruby red, almost black currant. Clear, with light tan lacing head. Medium-heavy body with light-medium carbonation, carbonic-alcohol burn. Starts sweet with raisin and plum, port, and brown sugar or molasses. Very little acidity. Some dry hops bitterness - very little - comes in at the finish, but predominantly it is sweet and vinuous. After is a bit weak, but at least not cloying. Nice malty sweet finish, leaving a tasty reminder and alcoholic warming.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bierkoning (10867) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUL 19, 2004
Chocolate aroma with apple. Very alcoholic flavor with apple, chocolate and licorice. Too alcoholic and therefore not well balanced.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - JUL 15, 2004
poured a nce brown color with a frothy tan head with minimal retention. Aroma was yeasty and sweet, very mild too. Inital flavor was sweet with mild bread notes and finished with a very mild hop dryness

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2004
33cl Bottle. Poured with a huge head, lotsa carbonation in this beer. Mostly yeasty aroma, with hints of hop. The flavor is nice, starts sweet but finishes dry. Feels like soda on the tongue.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 6, 2004
Deep clear mahogany, with thick head. Sweet nose, w/cherry, some hop character, malt and vanilla. Some sparkle on the tongue, with citrus, and a slightly sour finish, also tootsie roll...Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
HighlanderOne (1047) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2009 Rerate. Poured from bottle. Malt, fig and spice in the aroma. Dark cherry with persistent tan head. Taste of malt, dried fruit, brown sugar, banana. Alcohol in the nose as you drink, also in afterraste, adds nicely to the experience. All things blend nicely toward the end. This beer was much better the 2nd time around.


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