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

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RATINGS: 1327   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 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2005
Pours a cloudyt golden amber, a lacing white head rings the glass. Smells of some spice and alcohol, but nothing really special. Thick mouthfeel. Tastes a little sweet with the typical Belgian spices. Doesnít taste like an xmas beer. Balanced very well to hide the strong alcohol it packs.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nmatheis (4) - USA - JAN 23, 2005 does not count
Picked up 750ml at Belmont Station & sampled the same evening. I sampled this at between fridge & room temperatures, as I prefer most Belgians to warm a bit to encourage full development of their unique spice/yeast characteristics. Even so, the beer exhibited a haze not unlike chill haze - kind of like the shimmer of a good Witbier. No excessive foaming as with some Belgians - just a nice 1cm cap of foam or so. Amber colored beer. Smelled of malt & coriander to my nose - and tasted pretty much the same. Pretty simple flavor profile, actually - tasted to me like they use mostly Pils malt with some light/medium colored caramel/crystal malts to get the flavor - a caramelly sweetness. They also must add some sugar to the kettle, as the mouthfeel isnít as viscous as a 10% beer would be otherwise - a little more viscous than your average ale, but not overwhelming. Goes down quite easily for such a strong brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Brown and murky, initial christmas spice and toffee character is offset slightly by a phenol/fusel hotness, still on the positive side though, flavor balance wise. Tastes sufficiently "Belgian" and packs a fairly decent wallop!

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.


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