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


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RATINGS: 1617   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Silvan7 (673) - Samarate, - APR 23, 2013
Bottle @ il campiglio. fantastica. Profumo di alcool, lieviti belga , caramello e frutta candita. Colore marrone scuro, quasi nero, con schiuma abbondante e compatta color nocciola. Bello il lacing sul bicchiere ed i merletti di bruxelles. Il gusto è la parte migliore. Sa di malto tostato, cioccolato fondente amaro , liquerzia e il tutto è ben suopposrtato dal dolce e caldo dell’alcool. Nel finale lancia qualche richiamo di amaro, ma la bocca è talmente impastata dal corpo pieno tipo melassa che il luppolo ne è intimidito. L’aftertaste è appiccicoso e dolciastro. da provare!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajnepple (2115) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2014
On tap at Barrels & Bottles. Brownish amber and clear appearance with a light tan head. Aroma and flavor of Belgian yeast, fruity esters, light caramel, soft juicy notes, darker malts, light chocolate and light alcohol. Not bad, a little too sweet for me, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nilsas (1331) - Bryne, NORWAY - AUG 24, 2014
Mørk brun, nesten sort farge. Tykt brunt skum. Duft av friske frukter. Mye karbonering og en god fruktig smak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zenkis (567) - Ogre, LATVIA - AUG 22, 2014
I think I’m grown out of simple, strong Belgians cause i didn’t find it not pleasant nor interesting brew, same with Tremens.
Pours reddish, sparklyng with beige, yellowish frothy top, stays enough, almost no lasing. Aroma- sweet, sugary, a bit sour/acid, caramel-candy, dark berries esters, min to none hops. Taste- heavy sweet, light sour, min bitter. Medium body, avg dry finish, sugary and light acid aftertaste. This was quite drinkable if it would be more colder, drinked at room temp. It could work as refreshner (except high gravity) in hot summer day but not for sipping.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leghorn99 (7) - Livorno, ITALY - AUG 21, 2014 does not count
Di colore marrone scuro, abbastanza torbida; bellissima schiuma color crema, compatta e persitente. Aroma maltato, con note di caramello, moka, cioccolato, seguiti da tocchi fruttati (datteri, fichi, mirtilli), con suggerimenti di liquirizia e melassa. Una volta al palato, ancora la presenza insistente di malto, seguita da sapori complessi: di torrefazione e amaro. L’insieme è sostenuto dalla dolcezza iniziale dei malti seguito da un retrogusto amaro, più tipico dei luppoli. Sentori di liquirizia, cioccolato e leggera acidità sono evidenti, mentre l’alcool accompagna la degustazione dall’inizio alla fine. Il finale assicura un buon equilibrio, tra la dolcezza dei malti e l’amaro dei luppoli.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Snegurochka (387) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 20, 2014
1/2pint draught @Bulldog Pub, Murmansk(20.08.14) Mahogany clear body, with tiny head. Nuts, caramel, licorice and berries aroma. Eclectic taste, lots of different notions in fast order. Nuts, anise, raspberry, honey, burnt sugar, caramel. Very short, it feels like all the different tastes passes by too quickly. You have to take sips rather often to really enjoy this. If you take strength into consideration: you’ll end up drunk rather fast..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
puboflyons (2120) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 17, 2014
From the corked, caged 750 ml bottle stamped 20:54/L21-13267. That purple foil took forever to tear off and that bugged me a bit. The pour is dark brown mainly with a moderate tan head that sticks around. The aroma has the expected Belgian roasted malts and yeast up front but the dark fruit character really kicks in more so than any hops or yeasty notes. Medium to full body. Like the aroma the dark fruits are the leader of the pack with the Belgian malts playing second fiddle. Alcohol well-integrated. Very nice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Finn (4141) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 17, 2014
Flaske 330ml fra Vinmonopolet, Bestillingsutvalget. Mørkebrun med et middels høyt litt farget skum som daler raskt. Svakt krydret aroma. Innslag av søt frukt. Smaken litt nøtter & syrlig malt. Bra - men litt ensformig.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Douberd (2214) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2014
(Delirium Nocturnum) Bottle 330 ml at home, poured into a tulip. ABV 8.5% Deep brown colour on the body, tall but frothy brown head, with good retention nevertheless, leaving minimal lacing on the glass. Very nice aroma, some roasted malts, chocolate, dark and red fruits, liquorice. some spices. Nice tasty, fruity with dark fruits, some caramel, well hidden alcohol, some red wine notes, but also a bit metallic on the finish. Light bitterness on the aftertaste with a bit of chocolate too. Medium thin body, high carbonation, mildly dry palate. Overall a very nice beer, tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lele (105) - Padova, ITALY - AUG 15, 2014
Colore mogano scuro. Schiuma marroncino/rosato. Aroma floreale e fruttato, non molto intenso e un po’ liquoroso. Al gusto si avverte del maltato, ma soprattutto del fruttato (soprattutto alla prima parte del sorso). Segue un leggero amarognolo. Alcool molto ben nascosto. Retrogusto non molto persistente. Ottima birra, ma che è ad un punto dall’esplodere. Da bere fresca, in quanto dopo prevale maggiormente un amaro che stanca un po’.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheCaptMatey (17) - Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2014 Poured a dark caramel colour with a thick head that sadly subsided in under a few minutes. The aroma was sweet and inticesing with a smooth taste to follow. One of the best Belgians I have had the pleasure to taste. Strongly suggest drinking from a Belgian tulip or Brandy glass to focus on the head?s notes and mix the volatiles.

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