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

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RATINGS: 1559   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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
markextrae (680) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 12, 2014
bottle some time ago. poured a yellow amber colour with a white head. malts, caramel, banana, dark fruit, yeast citrus, and caramel. not realy my style of beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
radio_nowhere (699) - Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Faux-stone bottle into Trappist glass, deep ruby-brown color, dark yeast bits with tan head. Aroma of brown sugar, dark fruit (raisin, plum) and Belgian yeast (banana, clove). Taste adds notes of spices, a fresh fruitiness (apples mainly), bread, light cocoa, faint nuttiness and some earthy bitterness. Medium body, low carbonation, creamy, sticky with a sweet toasty finish. Solid Belgian strong.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mircoas (17) - ITALY - MAR 7, 2014
nice elephant on the bottle. UHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MustangMarkF (212) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2014
330ml Bottle. It pours (with a bit of a fizz) a small but thick brownish pinkish head over a red/brown body. Its aroma is yeasty malt with hints of dark fruits (raisins)> The taste is of caramel, chocolate, and more dark fruits and raisins. As another reviewer said, the alcohol is very well hidden here and what remains is a complex and tasty beer - love this

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EdInSaltLake (518) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Aroma: Banana, earthy Belgian yeast; Brown sugar/toffee, plum.
Flavor: Similar malt to the aroma, a little more of the plum... more raisin-like. Belgian yeast character; less than in the aroma. Smooth bitterness.
Yeast chunks in the first pour... Weird.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sinte (301) - Udine, ITALY - FEB 24, 2014
Bottle 0.33L. Dark brown body with reddish nuances; large, frothy, tan head, mostly diminishing with some nice lacing though. Moderate-to-intense malty (caramel) aroma with notes of red fruits and raisins. Moderate sweet and bitter flavour with a light fruity aftertaste. Medium body with oily texture; average carbonation; light alcoholic feeling in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gwillrich (139) - São José dos Campos, BRAZIL - FEB 23, 2014
Uma ótima Strong Ale belga. O álcool não se manifesta com força, deixando a cerveja bastante agradável. Caramelo marcante.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pdubyah (271) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 20, 2014
I thought though, despite my rating, that this has a lot of carbonation that makes it a different experience. Sure the fizz carries the taste, which matches the aroma. Also despite knowing this was a dark ale, it poured dark :-), colour me stupid. Like they way they point the bottles and present this in purple foil. Like the way that this has a full aroma and a taste to match. After a few Belgium "style" beers it’s nice to get back to the benchmark

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (3183) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2014
33cl Bottle taken in The Red Rose, Brugge on 1st Feb 2014. Time for bed after a day of drinking and this as my nightcap, pink elephants and sweet dreams await me: some heavy snoring too, claims the wife. The actual beer isn’t as wonderful as all the hype would have you believe. It’s good, but not that good. It does pour an interesting dark brown with a red hue in strong light (something The Red Rose is lacking in), the head a beige blanket of foam. Interesting aromas and taste, sweet malty molasses rule the roost with all the flavours dominated by the strength and depth of them. They have hoofed in some spices to make it different from other brews in this style and it’s rich enough body wise too: there just seems to be something unbalanced and wrong somewhere. Maybe the alcohol level is too high for me or it lacks a subtle bitterness most in this type of brew usually have

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GoufCustom (607) - HONG KONG - FEB 16, 2014


330ml bottle bought at Belgian Beer Internatioal in Tsuen Wan.

Translucent blackish brown colour; Two finger head and creamy beige foam which lasted for 3 minutes; Excellent lacing and fizzy carbonation; Fragrant aroma of malt, with banana, vanilla, caramel, toffee, light pineapple, sugar, faint floral, Bel yeast and light grass; Mid to light sweet taste of malt, with initial metallic, light alcohol, milk chocolate, cherry, molasses, light cream, strong Bel yeast, light lime and very light grass; Close to full body. Thick and creamy palate; Mouth feel is a nice Belgian Dark with elements from English Strong Ale. Good fat maltyness, rich and creamy, lasting yet comfy carbo, strong Bel yeast, plus good cherry, milk chocolate and toffee. Sweetness is light, and 8.5% booze is very well hidden. Cool!... Hoppiness is light grass nose, light lime and faint grassy taste. Not much bitterness, low-sweet carbo malty finish; Slightly dry after taste, easy and savoury to mouth.

Comments: With Delirium Tremens being a solid Tripel, this Nocturnum has gone one step further: a very rich and creamy Belgian Dark, with its already nice Belgian aroma and taste plus extra dimensions of chocolate, toffee and cherry reminiscent of strong English Ales. Like DT, if it’s a little bit sweeter it’ll be perfect, but I love it just the same!


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