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

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RATINGS: 1424   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wxman (1491) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Pours a bright amber with antique lace head with the large bubbles typical of belgian ales. Pleasant sour malt aroma. Sour citrus flavor with a dryness not unlike wine. Spices, sweet maltiness and mild hop bitterness are there as well. Very warming alcohol feel after swallowing. A delicious winter warmer type of belgian.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2006
750 ml corked and caged. Dark amber colour, fast fading off-white head. Toast and plums with some spicy notes. Light peachiness and some soft sweet caramel malt. Simple yeast, but has enough spiciness to keep things interesting. Clove, peach, light apple and brown sugar. Flavour is quite sweet, toast and brown sugar, plums, apple, orange and some lingering spice on the finish. Orange peel and pith flavour. Some light herbal hop flavour. Becomes a bit vineous as it warms. Well balanced, lightly peppery on the finish. Pretty nice beer.

3.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 2, 2006
Robe rouge aux reflets palpables. Mousse beige épaisse qui s’estompe. Arômes de caramel, de compote de pomme et de rhubarbe. Saveurs de métal, de liège et de sucre.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (21151) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 2, 2006
Bottled. Brown/amber opaque, longlasting mediumsized beige head. Aroma is toffee, caramel, alcohol, malts and some fruit. Enormous malts in flavour along with spices and dry fruit. Finish and aftertaste is mostly malts and alcohol. Pleasant winterbrew.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (5104) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2006
Bottled. Rich, frothy head on a amber brown pour. Strong, sweet malty aroma, oranges and heavy spices. Hint of bugspray. Super spciy taste, sugary sweetness is second, alcohol slick third. Alcohol burns through the end. I think I prefer the tremens.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 22, 2006
2004. Amber/brown. Well formed, off white head. Beware the wrath of chunky. Nose: toasty caramel, rich malt, funky yeast, past ripe fruit, and subtle spice. Same flavors plus a bit of berry and nice hops. Full, balanced body. Excellent.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gnoff (8007) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 15, 2006
Draught at Bishops Arms (Avenyn) Gothenurg, Sweden in December 2005.
Red/brown color with a creamy head. Typical Belgian strong beer scent and flavour. Not really a Christmas beer though, since I didn’t find it very spicy at all. Not too much different from their Nocturnum as I can recall it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - APR 10, 2006
Poured a red copper color with a long creamy head and light lacing. Fruity aroma, apple citrusy with a touch of mustiness. Quite malty and on the sweet side, fruity with a light spiciness-cinnamon, clove-flavors blend well together, soft mouthfeel. Dryish finish with just a touch of booziness. Tasty rounded flavor with an underlying warmth-I liked this one and will try it again. 2002.

2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Boutip (4920) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2006
Bottle: Poured a medium amber color ale with a super huge foamy and creamy off-white head with perfect retention. Aroma of cinnamon and another spices which results in a weird perfume that doesn’t excite my olfactory sense. Taste is also dominated by that weird perfume that I have a hard time to pinpoint. I also noticed some sweet malt. Body is real creamy with a good lacing. Alcohol is very well hidden. Even though Belgian Christmas beer is not a well-defined style, there are still some things that I expect (high ABV, full body, spice mix…) which I couldn’t find in here.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (8587) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 14, 2006
750ml on unusual coloured and designed bottles. Red top with campagne cork. Hazy brown in colour. Off-white, short lived foam. A bit yeasty aroma. Crispated body. Very complex in flavours. Acidulous, but with notes of lemon and spices. Bitter ending with warming alcohol. The strength of the beer is very well hidden. One bottle was consumed to a heavy chocolate cake. The bitter and sourish drink stands very well to a sweet dessert. Perfect combination! I have one bottle left in the cellar and will try to keep it for the next new years eve (07.01.2006 and 11.03.2006)


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