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

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RATINGS: 1313   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lunkie (1363) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAY 26, 2004
Fruit spiritus aroma with dark red colour and littel head. Spiritus malt flavourn with smooth fizzy palate.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2004
Aroma of barnyard, sweet malt. Flavor of dark fruit, barnyard, herbs, and a mild bubblegum. Medium body.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fly (1394) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAY 13, 2004
Far better than my first run in with this brewery. Much less sharp and abrasive, rather pleasant actually. Full blown Belgian style head and lacing. Fruit (cherry mostly what I catch) and for being 10% its not the abrasive wallop that their Delerium can be. Rather enjoyed this and wish I hadnt been so hesitant to pick up another bottle or two as it was practically being given away when I bought it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - MAY 2, 2004
The Aussie (?) version of this is called Christmas. Perhaps it is simply because the distributor here is named Noel that he didnt want to be associated with this beer. Dont know why though. This presents beautifully in the glass with a rich ruby colour and good but even creamy head. The beer laces very well down the glass. The nose is one of typical Belgian fruit but not one of harshness as is often associated with this brewer. There are sultanas, currants and plums in the high ABV influenced mouthfeel with a very good carbonation and subtle dryness on the back palate. Perhaps I got a very good bottle but I would rate this as the best of the Huyghe beers I have sampled.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - APR 28, 2004
bottled: this one sat around a while since i bought it in probably xmas 2002. so it was time....so i thought.....poured dark mahogany brown, with a slightly tan head. nose was sweet and malty. had same feel in the mouth crystal, choc malt, rock candy, sweet, prunes. this wasnt that enjoyable or complex to me, just real chewy and heavy...made you scrunch the nose after a large swig, suppose this stuff could fyou up if ya drink much of it. the rates on this one are kinda funny, one high, one low, one, high one low...wonder how big/bad it was 2 yrs ago?

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 9, 2004
(2001) dark amber color with red overtones quick developing head bubbly, aroma is spicy and alcoholic, hints of hops with definite fruit smells present; flavor is bitter, yet has a sweetness like wine, a bit spicy and alcoholic

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 3, 2004
750ml champagne corked bottle under the name "Delrium Christmas". Crimson/brown colour. Aroma of cork, rubber and glace cherry, some fairy floss. Pretty sweet, but not as sweet as expected, but, as expected theirs a pretty big shot of alcohol at the end. Palate is a little short and one dimesnional aswell, some spicyness, yeasty. Dissapointing, and a bit "crude" as silktork would say. I guess it was kind of what i expected though, typical Huyghe- i.e pretty lame. This stuff ain't cheap either, bloody hell.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 14, 2004
Chestnut colour with profuse loose head. Big sweet cherry, spicy and slightly alcoholic aroma. Flavour is also very sweet and malty, also slightly spiced and very alcoholic. It lacks subtlety but for a Huyghe product it's quite good. I actually like it.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 11, 2004
Clear deep red colour, good head retention. Looks great. Aroma is quite good also - lots of spicy cinnamon, sultanas, cherry brandy and some alcohol all kind of masking that Huyghe dirt aroma, but it works well. Flavour is pretty thin, only lightly malty and fairly bitter with really none of the flavours that the aroma promises. I guess it tasted more like what I was expecting but it really smelled better than expected.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2004
Translusent, bronze with a moderate white head. Aroma of cherry and alcohol. Flavor is sweet and fruity(did I mention cherries) and dry. There is no syrupy stickness here, but it does have an average body for the style. I guess I was expecting lots of Dark Belgian candi sugar and yeast(there was some yeast favors too), this was a pleasant surprise.


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