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

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1457   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
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2005
A spicey, malt, yeast aroma, cloudy, pomegranate colour, pours a huge, rocky custard head, a continuous stream of bubbles. Candied malt flavour, treacle, red plums, grapefruit, metalic notes, yeast and almonds. Medium bodied, very well balanced, complex, warming to the tongue, pleasantly sweet, dangerously easy to drink, nicely bitter. Wonderful! Joyeux Noel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2005
On tap at The Map Room. Clear amber with a nice looking frothy head. Dark fruit and sour cherries that give way to a nice warm finish. A nice winter brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 25, 2005
Enjoyed this one on Christmas Eve 2005. Pours a hazy brownish amber with a small off white nicely lacing head. Aroma of spicy belgian yeast, dark fruits, citrus, apples, cherries and caramel. Flavor of sweet apples, caramel and a few of the other things I was picking up in the aroma. A nice Belgian Strong Ale for sure.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2005
Pours red copper with a frothy off-white head and nice lacing on the glass. Alcohol is evident in the aroma and has hints of apples and spices. Flavor is sweet with creamy sour finish. A nice Christmas brew!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2005
750ml bottle bought 1 year ago after Christmas and cellared pour a dark copper with a creamy offwhite head that stays very well and laces the sides of the Trappist Glass. Aroma is apple, candied sugar, caramel malt and some vegetal residue. Flavor is nice and sweet brown sugar, apple, caramel malt and a touch of cinnamon. Palate is light airy and very nice in the mouth like velvet. Very trappist-like. No sign of the alcohol in the flavor but you can sure feel the warmth. Nice brew for sure.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (11155) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2005
Red copper ale with a thick white head. Aroma of boiled vegetables, sweet corn, very DMS, and alcohol. In mouth, sweet malt, gin alcohol, and light spicey notes. Watery bodied and uninspiring. Enjoyed at YEHa!05 Christmas Party on Dec. 17th, 2005.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 25, 2005
750ml bottle. Merry Xmas! Pours an amber color with a foamy off white head. Nose is sweet candies, lightly malty. Taste is sweet sugary, light candies, some brown sugar, caramel sweet malt. Finishes lightly bitter with and leaves a nice velvet layer in the mouth.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nekronos (3742) - Xalapa, MEXICO - DEC 24, 2005
UPDATED: APR 30, 2006 Very nice, sweet and soft, but very strong, nice prcentage and is not tiring in alcohol flavor, I am glad I found it.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2005
Clear orange beer with a thin fast disappearing off white head. Malty and yeasty aroma with a peach fruityness and a light alcohol note. Malty flavor with a sharp alcohol note, light peppery dry finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2005
heres a confectionary delight. this is christmas eye candy with its faux crockery and foil and fantasy elephants. its kiddy candy in its caramel and fruitcake sweetness-- and adult candy in its artful and easily imbibed potency. the color is the warm, toasted orange of a st. bernard, the head is frothy enough to dollop atop a cup of cocoa. to rival any potpourri basket is an aroma rife with a melange of dried fruits: pineapple, papaya, plum, rum raisin and almond. there is gourmet hop butter and the mold that grows on old brown apples, there is a musty old auditorium where the aging polished pine mingles with a dozen generations of sweat and mildew. the flavor is predictably sweet: hummingbirds would not only drink it, but would compose epic narratives about its sublime and magical properties. noel has a gentle carb, a full body, light acidity, and acres of peachy plenitude, orange danish, enough bourbon to open a bar, enough yeast to open a bakery, enough good vibes to open a holistic healing center. happy holidays, rejoice --follow your own holy star, hob nob with wise men-- and after a couple of these you might find yourself waking up in a manger.


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