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

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RATINGS: 1754   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5509) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2003
Poured a dark brownish/amber color with a large light tan head. Sweet aroma of candy sugar, with some vanilla and fruit noticable as well. Taste begins slightly sour, turns into oak, then a sweet flavor, and finally finishes dry.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3196) - Georgia, USA - OCT 12, 2003
This had a huge head with a good red brown body. The aroma is lightly sweet with a light citrus character. The flavor is a little bit of a letdown though, without a huge amount of character.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12109) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2003
(Bottle) Pours an amber color with a thick frothy head. Best if you let this one set in the glass for about ten minutes. Overall a descent Belgian.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2413) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2003
Decent head with Big carbonation. Thin foam layer lasts the duration of the drink. Slightly sweet toffee aroma. Color is a wonderful dark mahogany/amber. Flavor is quite good with hints of toffee, caramel, toasted grain and a touch of alcohol. Finish is a little dry and coats the mouth. Tingles in the mouth also. A decent belgian but not as complex (or good) as others.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2003
Sweet toffee aroma, with some caramel, and brown sugar too. Deep ruby colour, pours a huge toffee head. Flavour is roasted malt and demerara sugar. Alcohol is evident, and warming. Terrific beer for my 50th Birthday. Yum!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (29988) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2003
The flavor is malty sweet. The color is dark amber with a small head. The flavor is sweet and malty with very strong yeast notes. A fine beer without being impressive.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsniclas (5912) - Billdal, SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2003 Draught. Sampled at Stockholm Beer Festival 2003.Dark redbrown. Vinegar aroma. Sour at first, late sweetness from dried fruit.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2003
Pours a nice mahogany, with slightly tannish head that hangs around, good lace. Fruit aromas, some caramel and nuts. Sweet, hoppy flavors, a bit of an alcohol bite at the finish, but nothing overbearing. I'm liking this Belgian.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
igneous1 (1507) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - SEP 25, 2003
deep ruby red, nice frothy almond colored head. aroma is strong on brown sugar with a little alcohol. flavor is slightly sweet, very astringent, and i'm sure there's nothing wrong with the bottle other than what's in it.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2003
A delightfully dark brown beer with a huge creamy head that lasts and lasts. This could easily become one of my favorites to drink over and over again. A slightly woody, nutty flavor with a strong floral, fruity aroma. Sweet but not over the top, and nicely hoppy and bitter in the finish. A beautiful beer to drink, highly recommended!


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