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

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RATINGS: 1870   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (12729) - Randers, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2009
Bottle. Frothy off-white good mostly deminishing head. Dark amber colour. Powerfull fruity and light bitter flavor. Prune notes. Moderate bitter very dark fruity flavor. Average finish. Oily slightly syruply palate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (12668) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2011
Bottled, 330ml aged 4yrs. Dark brown with off white head. I find these bottles difficult to pour as you always get the bits. Solid, dark ale, caramel with hints of spiciness and a wine like flavour, quite sweetish still after the cellaring. Pretty reasonable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (12660) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2005
On tap poured clear dark garnet with a large tight amber head.Aromas of dark fruit, toffee, and spices. Flavors of toffee, spices, and pepper.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12576) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mcberko (12395) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 19, 2013
330mL bottle at BierCraft Commercial, pours a deep dark amber with a medium beige head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, some oxidized notes, and candied sugar. Flavour tastes kind of oxidized, with Belgian yeast, wet cardboard, and a touch of caramel. Can’t get past the cardboard and oxidation-like notes. Not very good at all. I don’t get the high ratings for this popular beer.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (12362) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2006
Dark brown ale with a thick moka head. Light moka chocolate and gin alcohol, with light orange peels. In mouth, rather nice lightly smoked peat finishm with a initial bitter chocolate, coriander and orange peels. A bit short in mouth and too much alcohol, unbalanced. Bottle at l’Autre Oeil, August 4, 2006.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (12338) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2011
Bottle at Cafe Buitenlust, Oirschot. Nice dark brown / dark amber colored beer. Decent smell and taste, lively carbo, medium to full body.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bierkoning (11938) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUL 19, 2004
Chocolate aroma with apple. Very alcoholic flavor with apple, chocolate and licorice. Too alcoholic and therefore not well balanced.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jcwattsrugger (11899) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2009
11.2oz bottle-pours a big foamy light tan head mahogany/ruby red color with floaties. Aroma is somewhat sweet medium malt-towards brown sugar, fruit-berries, raisin with some tartness. Taste is medium malt-towards brown sugar, fruit-berries, raisin with some tartness/fermented, secondary herbal hops, some oak. Thanks jwc215 for picking this out.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11875) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2008
Bottle, bought @ Bjergtrolden, Roskilde.
Deep brown with slight red edges. A fine, staying, beige head. Aroma has lots of raisins, some fruity tartness. Light roastiness and yeast. Fine, wonderful creaminess. Flavour is wonderful, lots of deep, dark maltiness. A great deal of raisins, some plums and light dark roasted notes. Extremely well-balanced. Perhaps a bit too tart and alcoholic for its own good.


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