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


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RATINGS: 1729   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2003
Fairly dark color with some ruby tones. Creamy head that lingers. Spicey aroma, some cloves. Soft mouthfeel, kind of like drinking a banana. The alcohol is slightly apparent. I think I liked the Delirium Tremens better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 18, 2003
Dark ruby in color. Sweet nose and taste. Slightly thin mouthfeel. Lots of sugars. Mild clove and spice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2003
I enjoyed this beer quite a lot. My only other experience with Huyghe Brewery products consists solely of several eagerly consumed 500ml bottles of Delerium Tremens, which (if memory serves) is similar to Delirium Nocturnum but must use a lighter roast malt. Like some of the other reviewers, I find that the bottle and pink elephant logo of the Huyghe Brewery presents a curious and engaging initial impression. I'm going to save this bottle for an upcoming home brewing project. The initial pour from the bottle is quite impressive. There was a huge, light brown bubbly head. The beer itself is rich, deep orange/red, and medium bodied. I found a heavy, malty, sweet molasses aroma with cherry overtones and a hint of alcohol. The flavor starts and finishes sweet. Hop flavor is less prevalent. The beer is a medium-bodied, with a creamy/syrupy texture, soft carbonation and moderate to heavy alcohol finish. Overall this beer is quite good, but I would probably rate the Delirium Tremens slightly higher for my particular taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAY 27, 2003
Better than Tremens but still not one that I would buy again. Wonderfull bottle though!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
William (202) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 18, 2003
Pretty good ale, always like the bottles. Can't compete with the better Belgian ales, absolutely prefer Tremens.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ednolb (17) - BELGIUM - MAY 15, 2003
Since I really liek the Delirium Tremens, I muist say that I was a bit disappointed with this beer. Though it looks very good when presented, it's taste is quite dull. It tastes spicy and there's hints of oranges in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cobra (1100) - - MAY 1, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2003 2003 Batch. Huge cappuccino colored head. Thick enough to spoon out of the glass. Funky Belgian smell to it when poured. Smelled like rotting apples, gym socks, also kind of horsey, like a lambic. Pours out a deep scarlet color, with plenty of fine bubbles rising from the bottom, like champagne. No lacing to speak of, solid complete head. Very warming as it goes down.Very aromatic. Spices, dried fruit, apples, woodsy, earthy aromas to it. No discernable hops notes to it. Plenty of caramel malt taste, and lots of 2 row grain-y tastes to it. High alcohol taste to it. Thin on the palate. Would go great with hot Italian sausage on the grill, with lots of onions. This is a good beer, but kind of strong tasting for my liking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2676) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 6, 2003
UPDATED: APR 19, 2004 Malty, sweet aroma, lots of brown sugar with faint perfume and spice. Lighter red-brown in color, creamy, lasting light tan head. Sugary, spicy flavor profile, light toffee and molasses with a very interesting spicy, peppery, floral hop character intermingled with densely sweet maltiness. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Finish is yeasty, malty and with a very slight bitterness and faint alcohol. An appropriate 3 a.m. beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2003
for better or worst, this was the worst belgain i had today. i suppose that is a good thing. you can never go wrong with a belgian... but it's not ALWAYS the right beer either....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2647) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 28, 2003
Always scared to try this because of a label with a pink elephant standing in a colorful swirl. It looks like a funky acid trip or something. Aside from that it was a decent belgian. Very malty and less complex than some with a thin mouthfeel. A little spicy and brown appearance. Doesnt rank high amongst Belgians but a good beer anyway.

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