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

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RATINGS: 1314   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2005
A bit confused about this one... hints at spice, but a dull malt is the only product in the aftertaste. Not the best Belgian out there. Mediocre.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skaughty (643) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Starts with a bang, with some potent fig and apple in the aroma. Looks beautiful murky brown with a solid tan head. Flavor is heavily spiced, with a short toffee punch. The taste in the finish is over immediately, but the (over-)acidity lingers.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JAN 22, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2006 Re-rate, Bottled: Aroma of sweet apple and orange. Red color, beige head, good lace. Very sweet, sourness underneath, light bitter, orange, light spices. Pretty full and warming. Nicely balanced. Jan 2005, 2.7, Tap: On tap at ít Tribunaal in Tilburg. Very spicy, malty aroma. Dark brown color, off-white head that diminishes fast, fair lace. Sweet, overwhelming spices, malty, full, little sticky, warming. Too much of it all for me. Couldnít finish a whole glass.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbabybeer (39) - langley, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2005
750ml btl. a rather darkish, murky beer with a big, yet smooth white head. taste is pretty well balanced considering itís a.b.v. tastes of malt, dried fruit, and some sweet citrus as well as some rum and raisin notes in there. a bit nutty too, goes down smooth, although it isnít much of a party in the mouth. this beer does not have a huge release of gasses after the intitial head forms, which leaves the taste a bit flat. the aroma is nice, smells mostly of fruity earth and carmel pastry, something like that. cheers.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Bottle. Dark amber with a quick head. Some spices, hops and citrus in the aroma. Considering the alcohol content, it was hidden rather well. Itís pretty well balanced with spices, fruit, hops, and malt, but nothing really wowed me. It has that distinctive dusty taste in the other deliriums. To me, this one feels like they repacked Tremens, slapped a Santa hat on the elephant and called it a Christmas beer. Nothing special.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2005
Dark amber with a huge creamy beige head. Aroma of yeast and malt. Flavor of yeast, sweet malt, spices, and some sourness. Pretty drinkable considering the alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 15, 2005
Cloves orange rum and raisin aroma, deep mulled wine red body tan head. Initial hit of sweet malt with warm spicey followup and long burn of alcohol followed by an immensity of bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 12, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2008 (Bottled) Clear, dark amber color with a smallish, mostly fading head. Strongly caramely-malty, dark-fruity, spicy and sweet aroma with alcohol hints. Sweetish-toffee-malty, spicy, very fruity flavor with plums and raisins. Actually pretty sahti-like. Medium to full body, quite thick and slightly sticky, smooth carbonation. Dangerously drinkable for the ABV, and less sweet than the other Delirium line. Not very complex, but a sweet-n-solid, sahti-like winter warmer nonetheless.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Pours a somewhat cloudy coppery color with a thin layer of tan foam.Lotsaí lacing on this glass.Nose is a smashing complex blend of overipe bananas,and more tropical fruit you might find in a Middle Eastern market ,aromatic spices and that lovely Belgian yeast.Taste is just as complex.I tossed my cork out and do not have the year on this but I have had a 2002 and it was a little tastier,not by much.This is like some funked out dessert in a Turkish restaurant.Lovely spices and dark fruit and those bananas.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Pours into the snifter a strangely darkened yet beautiful murk of orangey brown, borderline leathery looking; moderately high creamy cap of dusted yellow foam sits atop, which slips away at an average rate. Keeps a thin collar and the lace is drippy, clinging in some glaring tones and globby spots. Aroma is a wild tropical fruit display of sharp dark fruits fronting a grapey, raisiny, pruney thing; quite tangy for sure, a nice nose to behold. And as it sits for a bit the yeasty spices start to intertwine over the fruity tang as some banana and pear begin to push aside the other fruits and a smokey alcoholic tinge floats among the last slice of air leaving tiny bits of phenols dancing underneath. Taste is fruitfully tanged with a fairly large supply of raisin, a crate or two of dates, a couple shelves of prunes, a basket full of ripe pears, and to finish it off in the finish along with a caramel smoothness is a bunch of bananas. A tropical salad in a glass! Smooth, rich, full, kinda sugary, with more of a brown sugar and maple syrup ascent to it that is fully enjoyable. It lasts and lasts, yet still begs to be consumed. Feel is quite full and yeasty with a sugary coating across a sweet taming ride of tangy fruitfulness. Edged with a certain alcoholic kick with phenols that fits just right. Very well-rounded and smooth with a chewy little afterbite that sticks nicely across the palate leaving all sorts of left over fruity bits, then to the spices, then a unique subtle drying, way, way, super late. Slight burn of alcohol too, just to keep you, and it, all in check. Nearly perfect! A very nice Holiday treat.


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