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

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RATINGS: 1334   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
antzman (315) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2005
750 ml. Pours a dark copper red with a thin head. The aroma is loaded with spices... cinnamon, clove, a hint of cherry. The flavor is excellent. You can tell there is some Tremens hiding in there, but the winter spices just add to the flavor. Nice cherry finish. The alcohol is masked well, and could cause a rough night if the drinker is not aware

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hershiser2 (1227) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Bottle. Deep coppery color with a small white head. Spicy aroma, sinnamon and clove maybe. Lots of spice in the flavor as well. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MPA (798) - Amager (form. NÝrrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - DEC 17, 2005
Bottle. Poured nicely with a good size head. Aroma of spices and yeast (no elephant dung though - what a shame). Spices, malt and caramel on the tongue (still no elephant dung). The 10% alcohol in this is not that apparent, so itíll hit you hard - and thus, the pink elephant (without dung).

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zeswaft (1370) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2006 This is a surprisingly good Belgian. On tap, hard to tell what color it was due to poor bar lighting. It was dark copper maybe. Has a great aroma of hops and yeast. First Belgian Iíve had that you can actually taste some hops. Quite tasty. Gets ya drunk...(RERATE) Had it again out of the bottle and it still rocks. This is like Belgian Strong meets IPA. I canít get past this. ps. you get one hell of a buzz if you take on a 750ml of this.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2005
2004 bottle. Aroma of celery (acetone), caramel, cinamon and a slight hint of dried fruit. Cloudy orange-copper in color iwth a thin white head. Flavors of caramel, brown sugar and some dried fruit with some spice and belgian yeast character. Noticable alcohol with an abrubt finish. Dry texture and a lighter body. Similar to Stille Nacht, but not nearly as good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shanereid (75) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2005
2005, Bottle, a Red-brown colour. Nice malt taste. Typical christmas spices. A very slick texture. To be enjoyed, not gulped. Enjoy this wisely!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Vintage 2005. In the bomber bottle. Pours a reddish brown color with a yellow ocher head. Just a beautiful beer in the Tulip- walls of lace and contrasting colors. Aroma is fruity- DíAnjou pears and bing cherries. The malty sweetness is clear in the taste, but thereís enough tart bitterness to allow it. Slightly medicinal, but whoo boy, the big flavor here is a super strong cherry taste. The finish is at first a little bit smokey, but you canít really tell after a couple of swallows. The residual alcohol burn lingers in the alimentary canal long after all other senses have subsided.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonsiii (165) - Fredericia, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2005
Bottle 2004, rated 2005. Tasted this beer last year but didnít add it to ratebeer. Alcohol is more pronounced than what i remember from last year, but still a very good christmas ale (still, 10% alc..). Smooth texture and a lot of different christmas spices.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - DEC 15, 2005
From bottle at Cafe Delibere. Dark brown colour, off white rocky head, no lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, dark fruits, grass, orange citrus, raisin, light alcohol. Flavour is spicy and malty, medium bodied, more sweet than bitter. More malty medium-lenght finish, but not very pronounced. Alcohol is well-hidden.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Palidor19 (2948) - Brandon, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Merry Christmas!!! The ultimate X-mas beer, A velvetly smooth taste of spices with taste of colilander, caramel wrapped up with a smooth texture like cola syrup. Truly to be enjoyed for the holidays.


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