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

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RATINGS: 1672   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.


sailracer's rating

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sailracer (412) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Tap. Pours a deep brown with a small head. The flavor is distinctly Belgian with lots of sweet, sticky flavors. Ok overall.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuedmaster (235) - Vista, California, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Wow, this is complex and delicious, definitely a world class beer. 750 ml. bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar, half price on sale. Nice pour of dark brown with a reddish hue, decent thick tan head that maintains with minimal lacing. Complex malt aromas of plum, chocolate, caramel, clove, roasted malt, bread, alcohol, and earth. Taste is well balanced, with a chocolatey, spicy flavor, slight bitter and sour. Has the complex malt backbone balanced by the spices and hops. Of course we have the fancy, foiled, ceramic-looking bottle with the psychedelic elephant, nice touch. Would repeat, highly recommended.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
camoes (184) - PORTUGAL - NOV 25, 2014
Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 18E). Bottle 33 cl - Batch L13_14_184. AROMA: complex malty aromas with caramel and bready notes, mixed with faint esters and a background floral aroma. spicy alcohols present. no discernible noble hop aromas. APPEARANCE: deep amber color and translucid. medium ivory head with below average retention. some lacing. TASTE: mild flavours of toast and dried grapes. the alcohols are present with an almost solventy character, with spicy notes. low bitterness with a medium-dry finish. PALATE: medium-light body with average carbonation. OVERALL: a dark belgian strong ale that showed promise on the aromas but didnt deliver on the flavours. needs more complexity.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
vjohans (73) - SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2014
caramel, toast, resin, herbs, raisin, brown, hazy, frothy, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, sticky, lively, long finish,

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
darb85 (77) - Canton, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Heavy raisen and cAramel nose. Sweet bubbly initial lead flavor worth smooth tart finish written lingering licorice

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fitwitchik (363) - USA - NOV 18, 2014
Poured from a bomber into a Delirium tremens snifter a darkest amber red/brown color with a huge bubbly head. Aroma is distinctly Belgium. Dark fruit with Belgium candied sugar. Coriander but not over the top. Bready malts. 8.5% so booze isn’t overly done which makes this dark ale so good. The balance to the palate is spot on. A top notch brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPAgutten79 (580) - Skui, NORWAY - NOV 16, 2014
Brun med syndeflodhøyde på det fluffy skummet. Tørket frukt i form av rosiner og fiken. I tillegg er det noe belgisk gjær og mørk malt på nesen. I smaken finner jeg tørket frukt, sukker samt noe lakris. Mildt bitter i munnen og noe surhet i ettersmaken.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackafholmes (296) - - NOV 15, 2014
Bottle from strait and narrow, Lincoln. Dark brown with foamy tan head. Aroma is raisins and prunes, alcohol and deep dark malts. Taste is treacle sweetness and spicy subtle bitterness. Prickly carbonation and surprisingly thin body.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tonypreto (51) - Akron, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Bottle poured into pint glass. Aroma was sort of fruity, looked beautiful with an amazing thick frothy foam head. I didn’t care for the fruity after taste.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HopfenWeisse (1126) - - NOV 9, 2014
Dark amber color with medium head. Aroma is dark fruits. Flavor is dark fruits, some warming alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gary (1421) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle ; I thought i’d boosted and rated this shit for sure - just never entered review b4 , nice surprise -a stupid new tick !
Poured into a Chimay goblet ; the God damn nose on this is ...treacle , raw booze , prunes ,figs , wet paint , spices ,apple -very yeasty . a very vibrant nose . Its a good looking brunette, basically .
probably shouldn’t drink this on an empty stomach but wat-ever ....a nice sipper . accents of a text-book belgian beer ...i think there is candy sugar added ? spicy notes ...with a complex mix of rich toffee malts -giving prune and fig as suggested in the nose - some creamy dryness ...bitter roast notes too. earthy hops ..licorice , floral orange peth , dark chocolate ; every sip of this beer there is something else poping out of the glass ...its almost incoherent but some would call that complexity ? good fun .good boost .


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