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

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RATINGS: 1453   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6426) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 6, 2005
A well aged corked bottle that I have had around for quite some time and just now got around to drinking, served in my St Bernardus chalice, some cork leakage detected on the bottle:

Displays a deep bronze hue with a quickly disappearing fizzy head but traces of carbonation still come forth, leaves a oily film on the glassware. The aroma has notes of ripe apricot and fig, juniper berry and light coriander, caramelized and bready malts, honey and other earthy and vinous esters. The taste starts with sweet ripened fruits and heavy malting with an interesting twang on the sides of the tongue that is both spicy and even a bit salty. There is a bit of sherry like note giving a vinous quality to the finish. While the beer is warming, it is not powerful and seem to flame out at the end. The aftertaste had both lingering white pepper and honey notes. Smooth and lush but much like the taste it falls just short of a knockout. Aging may have mellowed it out too much, I donít know. My least favorite of the three Delirium releases but still worthy of another try .

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (13159) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2005
(Bottle at Delirium Cafe, Bryssels) Hazy amber, nice offwhite head. Aroma from cinnamon, juniperberries, fruity from grapes and some sweet fruits. Malty vinous flavor with figs, nuts, vanilla and some alcohol. Vinous finish.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 26, 2005
Poured a true brown, with a very vocal tan head that didnít last very long at all. Aromas of caramel, malt and dried figs. The flavour is very more-ish, with a nice bitter finish. I was not a fan of the way it seemed to fizz up in my mouth, much like that (in)famous soft drink, leaving me burping after every mouthfull. However, the aroma and flavour outweighed this and I quite enjoyed this beer. Anglo version (Delirium Christmas) BB September 06.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2005
Every aspect of this holiday Belgian Winter Ale is admirable. Attratcive rusty-amber color under a durable tan head. Luscious aromas of caramel, spices and dark dried fruits. Silky smooth mouthfeel. A clean, but satisfying palate of sweet cinnamon rolls, apricot, fig and caramel malts. That being said, there is also a certain washed-out whimpiness to this 10% ale that just doesnít seem to hit you between the eyes like other Belgians of its genre. Maybe just a bit too delicate?

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8388) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUN 26, 2005
Off-white head, red-amber beer. Alcoholic-sweet nose, strongly perfumed. Some malts, coloured and other under all the alcohol-sweet onslaught. Very alcoholic and spicey taste: coriander, but also something else. Donít know what, but it resembles sweet woodruff, ending in juniper. Despite the dilution by the alcohol, itís still well-bodied. Alcoholwarming obvious. Itís quite OK, just nothing truly grand - which is a major victory IMO for this brewery.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5062) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2005
Hazy dark brown coloured body with crimson highlihgts and a thinnish off-white head. Aroma of yeast, curacao, coriander seed and honey. Medium-bodied; Strong sweetness-curacao and a bit of spice very noticeable up front. Aftertaste clean, but shows a lot of sugars and yeast. Overall, a nice beer but not my favourite tripel. I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased by my brother in law earlier in the day from Dean & Deluca in Georgetown (Washington, D.C.) on 09-January-2005.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 8, 2005
bottled.. Poured a dark ruby red color with a small white head. Aroma is spicy with a sweet malt.. Flavor is malty sweet with oranges and spices.. Flavor is close to a barley wine.. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2005
From the 750ml bottle. 2004 on the cork. Pours a deep reddish brown with a light tan head. Smell is fruity. Spiced apples, cherries and clove. Quite festive. Taste is of those tart spiced apples again. Cloves and cinnamon. Somewhat yeasty and spicy. Sticky sweet, dare I use the dreaded "cloyingly"? A bit too sweet which cuts down quite a bit on the drinkability for me. But not a bad beer to sip on for an hour or so. Very thick and chewy. Good thing itís a seasonal, once a year will suffice for me.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 3, 2005
750ml bottle. Murky copper color with creamy head and lacing. Spicy and fruit in the nose. Great fruit, spice, and malt in the flavor. Very creamy and smooth for a 10%abv beer.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2431) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2005
Thin foam head with just a little carbonation. I expected much more head and effervescence from this brew. Caramel, apricots and a bit of spices round out a great aroma. Murky orange/mahagony in color. Damn this has a nice aroma. Flavor ainít to bad either. Slightly fizzy in the mouth. More apricots and dried fruit. Spicey and yeasty with a nice alcohol kick and warms nicly as it goes down. Very slight sour finish and is thick and coating. A very good belgian. Dang, this brew tastes good. Maybe it is because I just spent the last week in Puerto Rico where they have absolute $hit for beer. Ahhhh, it is good to be home.


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