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

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RATINGS: 1902   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (13867) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 11, 2008
330ml bottle (Kaisla, Helsinki)
Rich red, thin off-white head. Initial aroma was sweet malts, and slightly alcoholic, but peppery hops take over. A little fizzy in the palate. Sweet burnt caramel malts, some peppery hops, and a little wafting of the flavours up the nose on a wave of alcohol. Quite subtle. Finish is at first hoppy and peppery, but softens to a gentle nutty graininess and some liquorice and burntness.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Bottle from Dilly Deli. Poured clear brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate complex tart citrus yeasty aroma. Medium body. Moderate to heavy bittersweet yeasty flavor with a moderate bittersweet finish and small alcohol bite of moderate duration. Good brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (13266) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13233) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 1, 2002
Dark brown with a bit of red. Nice head dissipates quickly. The aroma is of fruit and liqueur. The flavor is sweet, malty, and strong alcohol. The aftertaste is a bit astringent, but otherwise alcohol pleasant.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (13227) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (13147) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (12878) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12717) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bierkoning (12359) - 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 (12185) - 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.


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