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


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RATINGS: 1907   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bov (12007) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 29, 2001
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2014 re-rated 1/2014; from Au Grain d’Orge, Neuchâtel - pours a cloudy dark brown beer under a solid creamy beige foam; aroma of spices, ripe bananas and mango; brown sugar; very sweet abd full-bodied, solid carbonation, tart and spicy finish, residual sweetness and more notes of ripe fruits

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
TAR (2687) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2001
This beer is very warming in it being only 8.5%. Also not well balanced. Alcohol overwhelms and is harsh. Great aroma of fine liquor, sherry, and dark grapes. Some chocoalte, good hops, above average dubbel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (19347) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 26, 2002
Dark amber ale. Malt aroma. Sweet malt flavour, strong alcohol, too much liquorice taste. Palate strong, but not convincing, lacks the aroma hop. Strong, without ’style’.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2002
This is the brewery responsible for Florisgaarden Chocolate Gardenbier, a brew that apparently only I can tolerate. In contrast, the Nocturnum has a fairly strong touch of alcohol and sweetness. Pretty good. Better than Tremens.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bloemart (257) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 17, 2002
Prefere the dilerium tremens, but still a pretty good beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thedm (5796) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 21, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 This is another highly carbonated brew. Upon pouring it it immediately started to overflow my glass causing be to sip the foam fast! The head was filled with medium to large light brown bubbles. Its aroma was very pleasant and strong smelling. Its body is a almost non-transparent brown color. The head died quickly before I could take my first sip. There was almost no lacing on the side of the glass. A thick sweet taste filled with ..., god I wish I was better with tastes and smells. I can’t place it. I can taste the alcohol content in it. It is very strong. The palate is fine, but middle of the road. I am still looking for a brew to drink tonight!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NathanJ (42) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2003
dark brown, tan head. aroma is candy sugar, malt and fruit. taste is vinious and slightly sour, and dry in the finish. tingles the tongue a bit, but not alot of character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rickgordon (3853) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2003
Draught at The Bishops Arms, Göteborg, Sweden. Brown/Ruby colour with a fizzy head. Dried fruits in the aroma as well as plum and prune. Sugary flavour with notes of plum and prune. Sourish background.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (9530) - Ursel, BELGIUM - DEC 13, 2003
Very dark brown, but with a reddish shine; big brownish head. Fruity nose, chlorophyl chewing gum, dark malts but restrained. Sweet taste, but with a (Good Heavens!) curry flavour. Roasted malts in the background. Retronasal again fruity tastes (blueberry?). Full bodied, but palate is rather thinnish. Aftertaste comes back with the curry/coriander flavour. Again, not one of my favourites. The nose promesses more than the beer delivers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - JAN 9, 2004
Beautiful dark brown color with a ruby glow and an off white head. Mild sweet prune aroma. Initially, flavor was fairly mild with some sweet malt and dried fruit. As it warmed, it turned very sour lemon, lactose and metallic. I definitely liked the initial flavor better. Nice carbonation, small tingly bubbles.

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