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


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RATINGS: 1599   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkofron (155) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 28, 2007
Dark brown small tan head. Strong aroma of sugary fruits. Fruity and metallic in taste. Nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maltdog (616) - Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2009
For minutes I combat to remove the beer-sticky foil by flaky millimeters, only to suffer its vengeful reattachment to my skin. The Phyrric victory remains uncelebrated as the cork, of its own volition, detonates into low orbit. I decant hissing, furious foam that resolves into a bottomless copper liquid; despite its carbonated enthusiasm, a coarse, thin spume proves unsustainable…scarce lace spots evanesce in scant seconds. Plummy, doughy aromas team with Tootsie Roll, lemon Lifesaver and currant-studded Stollen. An acidic, caramelly flavor juggles mint julep against whiskey sour, cheered on by lemongrass, maraschino cherry, and milk chocolate with almonds. The taste remanifests itself thanks to a feathery-fizzy palate and ensuing incessant sonorous belches. Quinine-like, the tart/bitter finish races toward a tingly orange soda aftertaste. I fear the punishment outweighs the profit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MitchWayne (263) - Kokkola, FINLAND - APR 19, 2009
There is something off about this, something about the taste and aroma remind me of a cheap cologne. Otherwise this is a middle of the road belgian strong which doesn’t excel in anything. Nice pink elephant on the bottle, shame about the beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2009
Pours brown with no head. Taste is sugar, a little cardboard, and fruits - maybe a little mandarin oranges. Slight roasted note in the finish. Decent mouthfeel, but the taste is not not really my thing. Drinkable, but not particularly enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2009
750 ml bottle shared by Cruiser at dmacs UFC-100 gathering. Pours a deep woody amber with a big spritzy head which fades down. Aroma is very fruity- way too estery- going from apple, to slight banana- and going big with the purple fruitiness- fake grape- candy like- grape soda and big league chew- spicy and bubblegum phenols. Flavor is a sharp sweet dark candy sugar, brown sugar thinning warmness, more grape acetate esters, plums and raisin as well- with a spritzy belgian yeastiness- peppery and sharp with an earthy leather finish and more stupid grape. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (5676) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 5, 2009
Draft @ Coles, Buffalo NY. medium brown, cola colored. Winey, brown sugar, rich maltiness. Flavor is slight sourness, malty ricness & touch of red wine. not too good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chadje (177) - California, USA - MAY 31, 2010
Ceramic Bottle? Pours dark brown with a foamy tan head. Smells of yeast and grassy like. Tastes is very carbonated and some sweetness. Not worth the price tag.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClubGonzo (3951) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 13, 2010
On tap @ Delirium Cafe, Brussels. Just HAD to get this one on tap here. :-D My glass is filled with a deep red, clear body with an off-white, medium-sized head. Nose is all about port wine and roasted malts, but unfortunately not present enough to ring my bells to any significance. Taste is also quite strange, and also not exactly to my liking: an off-flavored fusion of dark malts and port wine-ish caramel. A bit sour towards the end, although I can’t put my finger on the nature of the sourness. I guess this is a kinda of beer people really disagree on, peculiar and characteristic as it is. Me, I’ll take the regular versions any time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heavy (2120) - Split, CROATIA - OCT 14, 2010
30/09 0.33 l bottle at Hopdevil, Zagreb. It poured clear red body with meidum sized head. Fine sweet yeasty aroma, some fruit, caramel and other malty stuff. Flavor again a letdown! Pretty watery all in all, fine malts are ruined with some metallicity, shorter boring finish, slightly alcoholic as well. I’m very surprised by so high ratings here, can’t be a bad batch!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
marijnrutten (19) - Herentals, BELGIUM - JAN 18, 2011
Bottle 33cl. Color is amber/red with a light brown/red head, hazy. Aroma has some touches of apple, soured milk, red fruit. In the taste also red fruit and sour milk and a light bitter aftertaste. Texture is between watery and creamy.

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