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

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RATINGS: 1619   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.


3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 11, 2003
Deep dark reddish-brown in color, decent off white small bubbly head. Fruity aroma kind of wine like. Fruity sweetness flavors of apples and grapes, light hops in the finish, still very sweet, light-medium body, this one smells better than it tastes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2003
pours a darkhorse chestnut, but hard light pushes back the darkness and reveals some blood reds like old cathedral stained glass. the head is tan and accompanies the beer till the beer is settled and snug in the glass, then, like an usher, it discreetly disappears. fruity sweet nose of dark fermented malts suggests confections and bakery delicacies. sparkly champagne-like palette bears flavors of a fruit-punchy spiked adult libations; gets grapey on the tongue, concord and caramel-sweet tea, perhaps a squeeze of lemon. big and bold enough to be, hic, very engaging, but the delirium tremens is the wiser, sweeter, more complicated big sister.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2002
Great color- alittle darker as you would expect. A little more fruity with a dark cherry kind of flavor. Very smooth!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogivlado (5672) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 25, 2002
Bottled(330ml). -better than Tremens,fruty,dark brown,good head,quite smooth

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bugbbq99 (19) - Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2002
A very strange brew. Almost changed flavors with every sip. Had a sweet dark cherry taste. Hard to describe all that various tastes in this ale, but good nonetheless.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
khayman70 (154) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2002
Good rounded flavor and very nice reddish color. The mouthfeel is smooth, and reminds me of a nicely ripe plum.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rauchbier (3598) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2002
Bottle conditioned. Deep ruby red with a good rocky head and plenty of condition to keep it going. Muted aromas of raisins, roasted malts and bready yeast. Fruit and malt flavours like a plum pudding in the mouth and a dry bitter finish that doesn’t seem to be derived from hops.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 3, 2002
Dark brown, reddish hints, tan head wich quickly diminishes. A mix of chocolate, caramel, alcohol and a somewhat cherryish hint.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2002
Good flavor, but masked by a strong alcohol taste. Woould have been great except for that. Just too much alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Northernbrewer (147) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2002
Belgian brewers have long held a facination with strong Scottish style ale and this beer is a reflection of that. Sweet and malty and far cleaner in fermentation character than most other Belgian strongs, but with a lighter body and bigger kick than a beer like Bellhaven. A unique hybrid that is well worth a try. Serve with a rich chocolate cake.


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