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


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RATINGS: 1340   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2004
Got a chance to sample this brew at my regular shop. They had just recieved it as a sample form the distributor and a couple of us got a chance to share. I enjoyed this BSA and hop to see it more often.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 26, 2004
Amber-caramel color. Aroma and flavor of caramel, spices and alcohol. Light to medium body, slightly liquorous texture, medium carbonation. Not bad but I expect more than that in a Chrismas beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 26, 2004
Nutty, sweet candy sugar aroma. Perfumey with tangerine, some yeast and spices. Cleaar amber-brown with thin, tan head that diminishes to ring. Caramel malt flavour with plenty of alcohol apparent. Candy sugar and spices emerge toward the end of the flavour. Mild bitterness takes the edge off the almost cloying sweetness in the finish. Small bubbled carbonation keeps the tongue interested. Strong alcohol warming. Surprisingly light body. Bottle enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, Rastacouere and a gang of bierophoux.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6134) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2004
Nice white 750mL bottle. Appearance is darkish orange, very ncie color actually although the head is limited to an off-white ring. Extremely sweet and phenolic aroma, tons of belgian candi sugar, powder sugar even. It feels very candyish yet has a big yeast backbone though seemingly not adding much to the melting pot. Surprisingly thin body, like thicker sparkling water. Huge sweetness on the tongue in an herbal fashion(clover and the likes). Very warming sensation, spicy alcoholic middle-mouth to finish. Notes of honey, sucre díorge, plums. A bit cloying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2004
The aroma is full of spice and candy. Flavor is big and powerful, mostly sweet but not sticky. The yeast comes through as well. Alcohol is noticeably warming, but not unpleasant. Body is fizzy and soda-like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Pours a nice copper with hints of ruby when held up to the light. A nice frothy foamy white head erupts when poured and loads of lacing spider web down the side of the glass. The typical Belgian. Aromas of dark fruits, tons of malts, some chocolate, hints of spices and lots of alcohol. Many deep flavors that adapted more than usual as this beer warmed to about 65 degrees. Raisins, Plums, Apricots, Figs...Yummy!!!! Very malty as well and the alcohol was well hidden in this beer. Extreamly drinkable too, especially at 10%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zeppelinsoul (20) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Santa definatley carries some as he transcends time and space each year. And drinker of this fine beverage will attain such a feeling. Its a delicious counsin to the tremens and nocuturnus. IF this beer can light that jolly ole cowboyís fire, it can light mine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 26, 2004
A luscious belgian I had on vacation. Beautiful dark beer I liked much more than its Tremens brethren. Light lacing with a rich caramel color. Burst on my palate. Would buy it again!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
doubletriple (52) - Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2004
750ml into tulip glass. Quite honestly one of the best beers Ive ever had. The bottle was over 3 years old, still fizzy when poured with a nice head. Sweet with a nice hop balance. This was a joy to sip and just sniff the aroma. Shared the bottle and we both got a buzz from out of nowhere. The tastes of various fruits changed and evolved with each sip, with that belgian yeasty mustiness in the background. Almost perfect brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vanvenlo (1255) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2004
9 May 2004 - Intense cherry hop malt aroma. light lacing, bubbly head that dissapates, cloudy light brown red colour. Good hop fruit malt balance, with some bitterness. Fizzy, lingering and long but could be subtler.

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