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

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RATINGS: 1457   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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3.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tennisjoel (1223) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2006
2005 vintage. Pours a dirty orange reddish color. Particalia floating throughout (which by the way does not normally bother me). Banana/clove, but a high spice presence (cinnamon, nutmeg) makes its way to the nose. Great nose here. Nice flavors which are pretty balanced. The negative here is that the beer becomes slightly cloying. I like this better than Pawal Kwak though. Has some of the same characteristics as that beer, but the flavor is better. Kwak was a drain pour, this is drinkable. Okay beer, but I dont plan on spending close to $10 for one of these in the future.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Fruity sweet aroma and rich red color. The flavor was a little sour and otherwise typically Belgian. Very warming and fairly pleasant.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffLover (105) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2006
Its that time of year. Aroma of green apple and other fruits. Hazy tan/brown color with a decent light tan head. Flavor of fruits and spices - very festive. Palate was a little fizzy. Overall a good, atypical seasonal.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11493) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2008 Bottle. Pours deliciously dark burgundy with first a fizzy head that settles as a cm off-white cream on top. Stunning aroma - berries, coriander, yeast and sweetness. Much fuller than youd expect. Flavours begind sweet with heavy malty tones - quite musty. Then the fruityness prevails ending with subtle bitterness (in a toffee way) with an alcoholic tone at the end.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 2, 2006
Bottle. Pours hazy caramel, off white head. Aroma is fruit, malt, spices. Flavor is very fruity, malt, spices.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4657) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2006
Big beer aroma - stewed fruity, candied, brown sugar, a bit musty, alcohol. Fun label, faux-crockery bottle, red foil covered cork-n-cradle, mostly clear medium brown beer, thin head earn good appearance marks. Too tart. Spicy and warming, woody bittering, not too sweet, vanilla. Tart-bitter finish with some candied/caramelized aftertastes. Technically good, I didnt enjoy it as much as I was hoping.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
smartlung (159) - Valrico, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2006
from Total Wine - thin dark head, spicy with coriander, full with malty body and cant put my finger on all the other spices, finishes very smooth with lite alcohol but you feel the warmth. Most enjoyable and my 3 brothers enjoyed this the most of all beers tried so far.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
asheft (2705) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2006
[big bottle] Sour aroma; lemon mixed with noble hops that predicts a dry drink. Pours a clear dark amber, effervescent wit a lasting white foam. Sweet and sour beer: smooth, sweet, nutty, toasty grainbill with lemony noble hops. The sourness is in harmony with the sweetness and gentle bittering. Full body, high carbonation, warming.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (14468) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 26, 2006
Bottle at Lbaren - shared with Bager. Clear deep red - white head. Fruity, licorice, high sweetness, spicy, too high carbonation - kills some flavors. Not complex enough.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mabjork (677) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 25, 2006
Bottled. Clear dark red/brown in colour. Bubbly and creamy beige head. Lacings. The aroma is yeasty and fruity.The flavour then... The flavour is fruity, some malt a sweetness and alcohol as well. Very enjoyable.


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