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

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RATINGS: 1453   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 22, 2006
Bottle, 700 ml. Pours clear brown/amber with a lasting tan head. Nose is spicy with lots of sweetish dark malt. The flavor is sweet, mainly malt and fruit (raisins, plums, dates and citrus). Also yeast and alcohol. Medium to full body. Well balanced, slight acidic/bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - DEC 22, 2006
750 ml. bottle- color of amber , small stark white large bubble head - nose of prunes , yeast , molasses , dark fruit , mocha , malt , and spicy taste of red fruit , tawny port , red wine , milk chocolate - body is low in carbonated , and creamy aftertaste is slightly acidic , Citrus (mostly orange) and red fruit

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chicagobears (431) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Pours reddish brown with a bready head. Awesome label with the pink elephant wearing a santa hat. The aroma is full of fruits, figs, and Belgian sweetness. Tastes of plums, prunes, peaches, and some spices. The alcohol is noticable and warming. A smokiness lingers. A great winter warmer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MacDaddyOJake (274) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Featured at "steal the glass" night at Capital ale house in Innsbrooke. Nice reddish brown body with a small white head. Aroma of citrus and apple juice, somewhat like wine. Slightly sweet, faint detection of alcohol. Warms as it goes down, all you need is one sip to be sure that this one will get the job done. A pleasant surprise to say the least. I would definitely get this one again next winter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 19, 2006
Reddish brown fairly translucent body with ruby-red highlights and about an inch of off-white head. Smells like citrus and grape with just a hint of banana. Tastes like citrus, apple, and grape, with hints of what tastes like banana. Fairly crisp and dry on the finish with a little alcohol flavor and warming. On the lighter side of medium-bodied. Pleasant, but not sure something Id get again. There are beers that are cheeper and just as good.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2006
Pours a dark, murky brown with lots of sediment. Very light head. Aroma is very bready Thought it was a "christmas" ale ("noel") but not as spicy as Id expected. Other than that, pretty good example of a belgium ale. Malty, yeasty, high abv is slightly noticeable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2006
Pours a nice ruby color with thick head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is belgian yeast, fruit with a bit of spice. The taste is very light and fruity and very enjoyable. The alcohol is very well masked. This is a very good BSA and I would definitely buy this again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
undsioux7 (841) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2007 Bottle. Pours deep copper/brown with a dark tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, bread and cherries. Taste is sweet dark fruits, yeast and alchohol

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 16, 2006
#964, Bottle, sampled at the Champaign Urbana Beer Club meeting in December of 2006. Yeah its a belgian.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SHIG (3914) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 16, 2006
Bottle: Pored an amberish brown with a off white head. Spicy fruit aroma with a melow ton of hops. Bitter at first but developed into a burnt spicy after taste.


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