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

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RATINGS: 1534   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Kleur en uitzicht: Kastanje amber. Een fijn, wit, romig en wandklevend schuim. Geur: Een complex geheel van caramelmout, fruitigheid, kruidigheid, zoetheid van de alcohol. Smaak: Flinke portie alcohol, sterk kruidig, lichte bitterheid. De afdronk is zoet, kruidig en licht bitterig.


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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2007 750ml bottle, aged about one year. Pours a dark, cloudy, nearly opaque chestnut body. A massive, spongy, cream colored head shows nice retention, settling to a thin film only after about 10 minutes. A minimal, spotty, sudsy lacing dots the glass. The aroma is nothing short of divine. It shows a complex blend of lightly toasted caramel, nougat, heavy cream, hazelnuts, oak, and heaps of vanilla. The nose resembles a well crafted English barleywine blended with a strong Belgian. The flavor is similar, and very solid, though a bit sweet. Caramel blends with faint hints of coffee and chocolate on the tongue. An oaky, woodsy earthiness is present throughout, with vanilla making a strong push for top billing. Hazelnuts also play a strong role. Medium-full bodied, smooth, and just a little sticky. This is a damn fine brew. Considerably better than the Nocturnum. I would bet that a year of aging has done this one well.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheAlum (6812) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2007
Poured draft at Old Capitol Brew Works (Iowa City, IA) in a tulip glass. Color is brown with an occasional red or cranberry undertone. Nice head that seems to be ivory white. Smell is pleasant. Hoppy but more more mellow than itís counterpart. Infact, this beer should be called "A much more mellow inviting version of our tremens". Upon taste I know one thing: I really enjoy it. Extremely mellow and smooth. Nice hop profile but much less harsh and acidic (Albeit, still acidic in areas) than a Tremens. Nice malt, some sort of berry, and some other spices. Trois Pistoles similiarities, but not nearly as good as one. A nice Belgian. Will / would drink again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 15, 2007
Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a short off-white head. Dense aroma of malt, cherries, corriander, and dried fruit. Pleasant, velvet mouthfeel. Smooth flavors of candi sugar, malt, nutmeg/cinnamon spice, and alcohol. Definietly a winter warmer.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 14, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2007 To tell you the truth.....a little disappointed. Has a little too much of a lambic taste for me. Not what I was expecting.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MagnusVMagnum (48) - USA - OCT 13, 2007
Outstanding. Simply outstanding. Itís only a shame that itís hard to find this beer off season. It reminds me a lot of Rochefort Trappistes 10, only considerably cheaper (and itís not cheap).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (38536) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2007
33 cL coated bottle (Delirium Christmas). Pours reddish, unfiltered with lots of sediment floating around and small, yet dense off-white head. Aroma is quite fruity, seems to hold some berry at first, followed by dried fruits and some yeasty complexity. I sense some woody notes too. Quite sharp flavour at first, spiced and with an alcohol edge. For every sip it goes slight more mellow providing a more balanced feel and flavour of cinnamon, slight citric notes, roasted malt, sugar and a warming alcohol finish and body. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2007
Bottle @ Delirium Cafe, Brussels. Dark amber colour with small head. Aroma is hoppy with fruity edge / coriander / spices. Taste is light with some citrus / spice and slight alcohol. Beware of sediment.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wetherel (1856) - Cupertino, California, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Surprized I havenít rated this yet. Sample given from a random friend at Churchillís pub. Cloudy red orange. Strong banana notes in the smell. Maybe a hint of diacetyl. Fairly nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (5135) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2007
2006 bottle. very nice dark amber on the pour with a tiny head that hung out the whole time i drank my glass. smelled of hops and fruit. actually very light on the palate with a strong alcohol taste that didnít really overpower too much.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2007
Bottle, dark reddish color, lots of head. A bit less flavor than tremens, but with more alcohol. Great to try but not as good as tremens.


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