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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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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 17, 2004
This one pours a copper/red; thick head, perennial; spicy, fruity aroma; tastes quite sweet, syrupy with strong clove and spice tones; no hops flavor to speak of; feels rich and slilky on the tounge. Seems very drinkable for a 10 ABV. A bit too heavy on the spice side for me, but good nonetheless.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TChrome (1409) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2004
Appearance rating gets one full point for the incredible label art and nice painted bottle. Beer pours amber/ruby red with a big off white head that mostly dissipates. Aroma is strongly candy sugar with some yeast and a dash of spice. Flavor is very nice with dried fruit on the front end, some wonderful yeast notes and a nice dry, spicy lingering finish. Very nice holiday beer. I think I am going to go back and pick up another one for my cellar.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dobb1392 (36) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 14, 2004
Compared to mother strong Belgian ales its fairs about average. Little white head, dark amber color and full spicy palate. Alcohol peaks through slightly.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BelgianGirl (89) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2004
You can taste the high alcohol content in your first sip. Very fruity taste, highly carbonated.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 10, 2004
Bottle. Pours a beautiful ruby color with off-white head. Raisons and maybe fig aroma with an alcohol backing. Taste is warm and smooth with raison and malty alcohol. Wonderful beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3115) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 9, 2004
This is a hazy orange beer that comes out of the bottle with a rich, but quickly diappearing head. Strong raisin and alcohol in the nose which turns spicy as the beer warms. A slightly watery, cold brandy. It needs to hide it's alcohol better to suit me.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JAN 6, 2004
12/2/03. On tap at Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, CA 12/2/03. Pours a dark amber-brown with light-to-decent head and not much lacing. Light scent that's fruity with a little caramel and candi sugar. Pretty harsh carbonation and alcohol on this beer. Harsh bitterness and spice. This beer is hot! Golden tart yeastiness and sugary malt. Numbingly dry and bitter. I'm not crazy about this beer, nor any of Delirium's beers really, but it is pretty decent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
DCopperfields (145) - Alabama, USA - JAN 3, 2004
Pours a hazy orange-bronze. Head is off white, lace is nil. This beer is hazy, regardless of the fact that I poured it carefully after allowing ample time to settle. Nose is fruit candy, caramel, molasses and old wine. There is a great deal of complexity here, and I expect a worthy brew. Keep in mind I wrote this part on a paper napkin prior to appearing on the Cold Pizza show. OK, we popped this cork after the show, as it didn't seem possible to do it during the show. Shared it with a few members of the crew, and my loyal assistant. Whoa. Nice front flavor of rich malt, candy sugar and rich, port depth. Smooth, fruity and delightful. I imagine sitting in front of a warm fireplace, roasting my toes and sipping this from a chalice as I read my favorite book. Cheers.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2004
Pours with a great creamy head with good retention. Taste is so full and malty, the mouthfeel ends up being more important than the actual taste. Slightly sweet with some esters (plum?), with a roasty bitterness in the finish. Great beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 1, 2004
On tap at Hopleaf, Chicago, December 2003. I didn't take great notes on this one, alas -- too drunk by then, or just reeling from the nectar that was Girardin? Never mind, this was an excellent spicy brownish strong concoction, with nice raisins and brown sugar along with hints of allspice and cinnamon. Not the most complex thing out there, but very drinkable and balanced.


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