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

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RATINGS: 1776   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Racegoer (353) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - OCT 27, 2002
overly foamy pour settled in to a rich though not very complex ale.Fruit, grapes,chocolate,hazy brown,I think this one is worth another try.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
William (202) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 18, 2003
Pretty good ale, always like the bottles. Can't compete with the better Belgian ales, absolutely prefer Tremens.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kujo9 (1094) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2003
Mohogany brown under a lasting beige head. Very roasty aroma for a Belgian style, I'm not saying it's good or bad, it's just different! Alcohol and fruit (plum) come in second. Maltiness and spicy yeast aromas follow as it warms. This seems to be a very dry beer flavor wise, I was expecting something a little more malty, which it is up front, but it quickly turns dry and bitter. It does have some spicey yeasty character in flavor as well as some fruitiness and hop in the finish. Maltiness is sort of a background player in this one. Medium body is probably a little lighter due to higher carbonation and warming alcohol, but it's also astringent which seems very unappealing to me. I expected more from this one, but it's still a very good beer. Possibly needs some aging.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 12, 2007
Remember this being raw and rather harsh. An "ugh" reaction upon swallow... not something I would search out again . . .

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2007
Rated 7/17/07. Beautiful Dark reddish-brown body with a pillowy off-white head that leaves behind a patchy lacing. Tiny effervescent bubbles give away the high carbonation. The aroma was primarily dark fruits, caramelized sugar, yeast, and alcohol. Oddly, the aroma seemed to be stronger when it was cold than when it warmed, which is the opposite of what I would expect from a Belgian. The flavor is mostly fig, caramel and yeast. The alcohol is noticeable, which is a bit disappointing. The body is a bit too sticky and sweet for my liking. Its overly syrupy. I wouldn’t mind splitting a small bottle with a friend for desert, but I would not make this a regular drinking beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7353) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2007
11.2oz bottle. Poured deep, ruddy brown with a moderate cap of deep beige head. The aroma picked up nice doses of biscuit, drawn caramel, and chocolate maltage with warm herbs, cocoa, and spicy yeast fading away.. nice components, but the components did not meld together as I had hoped. The flavor found semi-sweet chocolate and caramel malt at the core (with the chocolate riding through the long finish).. spicy alcohol and peppery notes rise at the back of the mouth, detracting a bit from the enjoyment.. dry herbal notes, chocolate, and alcohol on the finish. Medium-bodied with creamy carbonation across the middle, but sharper stuff around and at the back.. warm finish. This was a decent beer, but not much more.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgiskOlklub (962) - Viby J, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2007
Bottle 33 cl. Dark brown, hazy, tan foam. Spiced, sweet chocolate. Medium sweetness, lightly bitter og lightly sour and alcoholic finish. full body, creamy, average carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 5, 2008
Dark brown colour with a short-lived tan coloured head. The aroma is sweet and malty. There are some berry fruits and a touch of burnt wood. There are smoky malty tastes and some sugary hints before a touch of alcohol at the finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ReademNwheat (174) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2008
From a bottle. Pours a hazy copper color. Aroma of dark fruits and yeast. Flavor similiar to the nose, dark fruits, candied fruits and some yeast. Alot of carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadIndian (2586) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2008
Bottle from Canals. Amber pour with spice/bready aromas. Candy sugar and fruit taste. It was okay for me.


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