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

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RATINGS: 1451   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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
hereís a confectionary delight. this is christmas eye candy with itís faux crockery and foil and fantasy elephants. itís kiddy candy in itís caramel and fruitcake sweetness-- and adult candy in itís 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 itís 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2005
What a nice christmas brew. The soul of tremens is in there, with the typical phenolic belgian yeast notes. Cinnamon takes over after the very initial impression on the tongue. Medium-bodied not too carbonated. The spices and yeast notes cover up the alcohol really well.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Finn (4681) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - DEC 20, 2005
A pretty beer: Golden brown colour with a lasting, tanned head. Spicy aroma. Cinnamon and other spices in the taste. An unvaried aftertaste where you notice the alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 19, 2005
Dark brown and red color, big lasting beige head. Strongly spicy aroma, mild caramel and sweetness, also some alcohol in aroma. Medium to full bodied. Caramel, spices, medium alcohol in flavor, spices last in aftertaste with some alcohol and dryness, but not for very long. Nice lace in glass. Fine christmas brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
antzman (315) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2005
750 ml. Pours a dark copper red with a thin head. The aroma is loaded with spices... cinnamon, clove, a hint of cherry. The flavor is excellent. You can tell there is some Tremens hiding in there, but the winter spices just add to the flavor. Nice cherry finish. The alcohol is masked well, and could cause a rough night if the drinker is not aware

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hershiser2 (1328) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Bottle. Deep coppery color with a small white head. Spicy aroma, sinnamon and clove maybe. Lots of spice in the flavor as well. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MPA (860) - Amager (form. NÝrrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - DEC 17, 2005
Bottle. Poured nicely with a good size head. Aroma of spices and yeast (no elephant dung though - what a shame). Spices, malt and caramel on the tongue (still no elephant dung). The 10% alcohol in this is not that apparent, so itíll hit you hard - and thus, the pink elephant (without dung).


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