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


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RATINGS: 1545   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2007
body is amber topped with very little head. Light malty aroma and a taste of malt and cat urine (at least how cat urine smells). Jose pistolas philadelphia $9 12 oz. Tulip.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2007
750ml. thanks jim. tawny chestnut toffee color. sweet caramel malt aroma. light yeast, clove and allspice notes. toffee and peanut brittle with faint but recognizable hops hiding in back. rich spicy taste with a full robust palate. a nice belgian brown ale. finish is clean and estery, with a touch of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Embrouille (2835) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 25, 2007
Bottled 33cl. It pours a copper beer with a small brownish head. The nose is of cherries, coriander and some vinous notes. Slightly bready aroma too. The taste is overly sweet, cloying and woody. Cherries and coriander again in the flavors. Full bodied. Slightly peppery. Grassy and buttery. Lots of bubblegum int the taste too... Quite an alcoholic punch before a warming dry bitter finish with a hint of licorice and woody elements. A bit too violent for my liking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (5863) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 24, 2007
2007 version 330ml bottle. Pours orange . copper with a small dirty tan head. The aroma has bread, toffee, cream cheese, light spice, meringue, banana and light cotton candy. Medium body with semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with some caramel, Belgium yeast, mustiness, raisins, spices and richness. The finish is lightly metallic and astringent. I like this a lot better than last years version, but remember this as being much better in the past. On sampling some vintages Ill hopefully be able to add to the notes and bump up the score as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 23, 2007
750 ml bottle from Wholefoods. Clear rich golden amber with almost no head. Apricot aroma with hints of sourness and spice. Nice fruity tart taste with a good breadiness and some mild spice to the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2007
2007 vintage. Hazy brown with white head. Caramel, dark fruits, winter spices, and yeast. Similar flavor with a little bit of a rough finish - but then again, I prefer this beer after 12 months of aging. 3

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bonbright7 (181) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2007
The sweet aroma of the Christmas ale let me know that the ale was going to be different from the Belgians of my past. The sweet sugary taste of left me wondering what it was. Very smooth and drinkable after a few minutes of air with the distinct tastes of raisins made the finish easy .

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2007
sampled at Cellars Wine & Spirits in St Paul, MN. A 2007 vintage. Pours a slight hazy caramel brew with a fast dissolving off-white head that disipates to a fine film and ring. Aroma of caramel malt, a touch of raisin, yeast, some dry spice and some toffee. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonation , with flavors of dried pitted fruit, cramel malt and some holiday spice. Finish has a high alcohol metallic texture with a caramel and spice aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hammster (187) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2007
750 ml. bottle. Poured a medium brown with a modest off white head. Aroma is malty spiced and yeastey. The flavor is pretty strong fruit notes. Finish is warm and smooth. ABV is well hidden. Good beer nothing spectactular. Not especially seasonal flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 16, 2007
2006 vintage 33cl bottle. Pours to a vibrant reddish amber body thats full of medium particulate. Likely broken up chunks of settled yeast. A thin creamy white head sits on top. The aroma is very strong with yeasts, yellow apples, light cinnamon. The flavor is a nice yeasty apple bomb with cinnamon and nutmeg. The palate is sweet, smooth, nicely carbonated, and warming.

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