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

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RATINGS: 1884   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   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.


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
viverlee (18) - - FEB 14, 2013


Bougie thing to quaff this bougie beer from my bougie pink elephant. But I do love the glass, and the beer, it ain’t bad either, even if it is a mood brew.

STYLE: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

ABV: 8.5%

LOOK: Dark mirror. The only light in the house that’s on is the one in the dining room, that and my laptop. There’s a nice reflection from my most-stolen-in-America tulip, with credit to this dark, dark brew. Beachy thin head with a light caramel tinge. Subtle carbonation.

NOSE: Roasted raisins, molasses, sugar cookies, apple cider vinegar.

MOUTH: A recent trip to Napa clued me in to a wine secret. That some of the better wines are better enjoyed after opening up in a decanter – for up to 24 hours. I’ve done the hour-before-guests come thing, but a day, that seemed overkill. Until I tried it. It’s the same principle for some of the better Belgians, including this one. Honey, malted chocolates, plums, dried cranberries. There’s more here, obviously, but that’s not the point. Somewhere the sweet yeasts are hiding, maybe with the tucked-away ABV, and notwithstanding the complex flavor profile and top-class warming mouth, I need a touch more tartness for balance.

Beeradvocate Rating: 89

ratebeer Rating: 94

Hayward Abbey Rating: 92


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Japalo (1781) - DENMARK - JUL 28, 2016
Bottle@rypevej with Ludwig. One finger. Haze mahogany. Caramel yeasty. Sweet dry. Fresh. Alcohol well hidden. Smooth Fine brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tsd08460 (755) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2016
Bottle from Safeway in Warrenton, VA Aroma: alcohol, caramel, chocolate, Belgian yeast, wine Appearance: clear ruby-brown with a tan head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, Palate: medium body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish, Delicious

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sissio (1208) - Orsenigo, ITALY - JUL 19, 2016
Bottle @ home Clear brown ruby, cappuccino head Winey, belgian yeast, raisin, caramel, dates, apricots Chocolate, griot, black cherries in liquor, leather, juniper

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
WaddlingPlatypus (112) - Durham, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2016
330ml bottle at the Head of Steam, Durham. Dark amber pour with a pale toffee head. Rich red berries and haylage are immediately apparent in the aroma, along with wholemeal bread. The flavour is a herbal riot, comprising predominantly of cloves, fennel, celeriac, and liquorice/sambuca. Very reminiscent of some apothecary’s brew, and very pleasant to drink.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NallePalle (477) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2016
Bottle, 33 cl, Au comptoir de la bičre, Callian (83). Dark, strong, mysterious, warming.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (9255) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 9, 2016
Bottle at home - can’t believe I haven’t rated this before! Pours clear red-brown with a persistent beige head. Aromas of liquorice, coriander seeds, faint chocolate. Taste is caramel, light spice, sugary sweet, Clean finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarageBrewer80 (353) - SWEDEN - JUL 1, 2016
Köpt i Brugge. Nötbrun med brunt skum. Doft av karramemalt och pumpernickel. Torr kropp med liten beska. Smak av ungefär detsamma. Mkt välbalanserad och trevlig.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TychoJames (1012) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JUL 1, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2016 Flaska köpt och intagen i brygge. Bärnstensfärgad vätska. Jästig doft med russin, hö och örter. Liknande i smak.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
angelkostvo (1120) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 30, 2016
Brown-ish colour, beige head. Aroma of corriander, dark fruit, figs, a bit of chocolate. Taste is light to medium sweet, slightly sour. Light to medium body, slick texture, average to fizzy carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fules (664) - Gyöngyös, HUNGARY - JUN 18, 2016
Hatalmas, hosszan tartó, kávébarna hab, vörösbe hajló sötétbarna, majdnem fekete szín. Illata igen összetett, komlós fűszeresség, összefonódva némi gyümölccsel, karamelles és pörkölt jegyekkel. Az íze hasonló, kortyérzete fűszeres, komlósan kesernyés indítással, karamelles - gyümölcsös csúccsal, pörkölt jellegű lecsengéssel. Utóíze összetetten kesernyés, komlós és pörkölt is egyben, ráadásul jó sokáig megmarad. Az alkohol végig ott van határozottan, de nem tolakodóan. Testes.


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