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

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RATINGS: 1559   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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rambis (12) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 8, 2002
Did I just have a beer or a piece of fruit? Very sweet, fruity strong ale. Disappointing on the lack of body. Not particularly well balanced. Seemingly over-carbonated in the bottle I had. Mediocre representation of the style. Surprisingly, the taste weakened as the beer warmed. Not impressed.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Slovak34 (99) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 30, 2002
This is a pretty strong beer, however, it’s rather tasty.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HZA (6) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 10, 2003 does not count
Lots of foam. Slightly fruit taste with the finish, but still strong. Not too interesting, best thing is 8,5%...

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rlgk (9387) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2003
(Stockholm Beer Festival 2003) Dark color with a nice head. Aroma is fruity. A little sour, but the finish is sweet.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2005
Spicy, musty malt aroma. Smelled a little like old clothes, but the spiciness dominated. Brown with a big fluffy belgian head. Less sweet than many Belgian strong ales and the spicy notes that are present are muted. Much less compelling then many other brown belgian strong ales I have had. There just isn’t a whole lot of flavor to make note of. it still has the right feel just not much flavor.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2006
I’m just not digging this one. It poured with a nice fluffy head, but the aroma is rather bland and plain, slightly sweet, slightly yeasty, slightly acidic, inoffensive. Flavor’s the same way. Meh.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDalkoholic (2089) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 4, 2006
Opaque appearance but when held agaisnt a light turns a reddish color with sediment seen. Beer is a naked liquid that has no head. Small scent of yeast. Must be a really old and aged bottle because the carbonation level is flat but the flavor still maintains a light spicy yeast with caramel notes. Must be real good fresh. Now if only i could find a store that gets new shipments of this stuff.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
mike5203 (38) - Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2008
Pours dark and bubbly, with a nice head, aroma is malty and sweet. The flavor is complex and changes in the mouth. It’s OK but again I would not go out of my way to get it again

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
joet (2052) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 14, 2001
A very unique beer. It has a small consistent head and an aroma of fruit (peaches), candy and vanilla. The brutal taste is very alcoholic for something less than 9% and tastes more like brandy with grape and plum flavors. The finish was unexpectedly rounded but astringent.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 22, 2002
Dark ruby brown clear with decent light tan head. For me this beer was downhill from here. Unlike the Tremens, the aroma was quite faint, some unripened grapes, alka-seltzer, caramel and coffee. Thin bodied with a sour almost gueuzey start, a sweeter spicier middle and faint sour dry finish. It’s definitely different to, but I prefer the tremens.


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