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


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RATINGS: 1613   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brewmaster (168) - USA - NOV 13, 2002
Dark brown with little head fairly sweet. Aroma abit week - Decent brew.

   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 (2107) - 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 (4134) - 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 (2166) - 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 (104) - 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 (11) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fishonmyplane (421) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - AUG 12, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2014 Never had a beer quite like this. It has the dark fruits of a dubbel or quad, with the roasted and chocolate malt flavors of a stout. Very sweet with lots of complexity, bordering on cloying but not quite there. Quite different from the Belgian-style stouts that have come out lately, which are much hoppier and less sweet. A nice dessert beer that balances raisins & dates with burnt sugar and bitter chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Derbeth (291) - Kraków, POLAND - AUG 11, 2014
Bottle. Black colour, brown head with fair lacing. Aroma is raisin, burnt caramel, alcohol, prune. Light sweetness. Lively carbonation. Quite good, but not very spectacular.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Alengrin (853) - BELGIUM - AUG 11, 2014
The younger dark counterpart of the well-known Delirium Tremens, with yellowish, very thick, creamy, rocky head and deep mahogany colour with reddish hue. Very malty aroma, chocolatey and caramelly, banana, cinnamon, yeast, brandy-like alcohol, flowery hops. Taste chocolatey malty, grainy, sweet, candied fruits, yeasty, also a bit sourish, some toasted bitterness, dry finish with short hoppiness, rather thin feeling and some warming alcohol. Huyghe just doesn’t seem to succeed in concocting a really well-balanced, classy ale, despite its countless attempts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MonsterMagnet (177) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 10, 2014
Bottle, bb 10-2016. Pours ruby brown with an off white head. Aroma: spices (nutmeg, clove), dark fruit, earthy. Taste: Bread, dark fruit, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, slightly boozy, toffee, cherries, chocolate. Medium sweet with a good bitterness. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel, warming spicy finish.

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