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

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RATINGS: 1330   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2005
Quite a strong tasting ale. Pours out deep copper with little head. Reminds me somewhat of a barley wine with a good amout of hops. Not at all spiced as you might expect from a "Christmas beer." Would be good any time.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TerryR (383) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2005
750 bottle. Amber color with virtually no head. Aroma is a mix of spice, fruit and alcohol. Flavor starts very sweet and spicy. Fig and raisin flavors. Warming alcohol finish. Very nice, not great.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fordest (1972) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - APR 4, 2005
Draft at San Diego Brewing Co. Amber in color with a medium head. Fruity aroma and a sweet/bitter flavor. Slightly alcohol aftertaste, but the 10% was just what I needed.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2005
Poured a medium amber color. Aromas and flavors were fruity. Picked up mostly peaches. Sweet malt, dark fruit, and some spice. Medium bodied. Not as complex as some of the other big name Belgian holiday beers.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
highlandlad (1416) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAR 16, 2005
Wanted something decent for my 300th listing. Canít say this is all my Christmases coming at once but itís a reasonably satisfying winter warmer. Poured the colour of Christmas pud, with a monstrous pillowy head that took an eternity to settle. Aroma of cloves, sultanas, figs - and yes, some Christmas pudding. Firm, syrupy body. Oodles of sweet dark malt up front, raisins, peppery alcohol and chocolate orange. The finish is all about warming alcohol, rather than hops but thatís hardly surprising, given the abv. Itís a touch too sweet and the alcohol is a little unintegrated. By the end of the bottle I had that Christmas Day feeling - Iíve had too much alcohol and sugar. (Bottle, branded "Delirium Christmas", best before Sep 2006)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ivan9856 (187) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2005
Corked and caged 750ml bottle pours a small tan head with a foggy copper body. Citrus and spice aroma. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated, the initial palate is syrupy sweet with strong orange, clove, raisin and plum flavors developing mid-palate. An ordinary finish needs a splash more hops although the pleasant alcohol taste is just right. This is quite a lot like the standard Delirium Tremens.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2005
Tasted in San Jose. Obtained from Fredís Market in Berkeley. Appearance is copper/orange with very little thin white head. Mirky. Aroma has a slight spice, with berries, plums and figs and a hint of candyfloss. Flavour is sweet, syrupy. Somewhat overpowering on the sweet side. Fairly typical of Huyghe. Not that dissimilar from Tremens.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 7, 2005
On Tap at Archers Nice aroma of port, sugar some spices and apple. Big head on a darker amber body with nice lacing. Being served in its proper glass probably helps. Nice and smooth with noticeable spice and fruit in the front but ends slightly alcoholic with a bit.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2005
Pink elephants. tiny earth. Plum aroma, faint but candy like. At first the taste was indecipherable, harsh and insane. Then it mellowed into skittles candy. Predominantly orange flavors. Finished the same with hearty grains.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
yousee (48) - BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2005
amber coloured beer with almost no head at all. The alcohol is overwhelming the spicyness and fruitness of this beer. The sweet and caramellic aftertaste makes it nice to drink.


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