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

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RATINGS: 1785   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2004
Fruity, sweet aroma. Dark bugundy in color. Sweet fruity taste with a light malt balance. Pretty average.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4871) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Nut brown color, large head. Not too strong flavoring of any sort, but still good overall.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shadey (1996) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 12, 2004
Poured nice, had a delicate head and a dark copper color. The taste was fruity and nutty at the same time with a definite nutty aftertaste... Filled me up fast though and made my stomach feel a little wierd afterward. Not the kinda feeling I want/expect from a good beer. Maybe I got a bad batch, but I won't leap to a bad judgement.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - FEB 4, 2004
Pours an almost opaque coppery amber color with a thick beige head that just won't die. Rich, fruity aroma. Smooth and silky on the palate with a nice alcohol bite. Flavor is malty and fruity with a woodsy, smoky finish. Delicious beer. Very impressive.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 30, 2004
(7 Jan 04, 9% ABV) Heavy malt aromas with notes of perfume, pepper, aniseed, alcohol and a moderate yeastiness. The body is reddy black with a fizzy light-brown head that disappears very quickly. The body starts off with a light bitterness that grows to join a moderate sweetness in the finish. It has a medium, lively, syrupy mouthfeel with a noticeable bite of alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2004
Sweet, tart fruity aroma with a dark nocturnal color. Sweet again, a little thin on the mouthfeel. Dry and malty leave the aftertaste. A tasty belgian but I've had better.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - JAN 26, 2004
Pretty average in my opinion. Deep dark brown/ruby pour with a big frothy head. Some chocolate in the aroma, as well as some malt and sweetness. Kind of thin, yet complex flavor. Some yeast and fruits dominate this flavor, yet I've had much better than this.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 26, 2004
On tap at the Moan and Dove's Belgian Beer Fest. Dark with ruby tones and a nice frothy head and lite laceing, gorgeous. Delicious chocolaty doughy aroma. Lots of chocolate maltieness with tones of fig and dark fruit, very tasty. Rather thin mouthfeel that detracts quite a bit. Finishes malty and slightly dry.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
obxdude10 (2116) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2004
Dark brown in color with a ruby red hue, nice thick off-white head that laced around the glass, sweet nose, malty sweet flavors, very complex in character, very sweet in the finish, nice strong ale

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jine (900) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2004 Bought this for the pink elephant on the label and wasn't disappointed. Pretty head on this one. Very tasty. You'll be seeing pink elephants in no time with this one


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