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

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RATINGS: 1314   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2004 A robust Christmas tree filled with candy canes, eclectic spices and gentle fieldberries...Brown sugar frost, pure alcohol shooters and coriander hints...At once sweet and sour, this is like a cross of Trois-Pistoles and Cheval Blancís Snoreau on the flavor profile, but with less class and an absence of organization...

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ddipaolo (26) - USA - AUG 17, 2002
Excellent Belgian ale. Smooth, sweet, very aromatic. One of the best Iíve ever had.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2002
AN enjoyable strong ale for the holidays. Like brewbandit said, quite similar to Delirium Tremens.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 19, 2002
A slightly stronger version of the Tremens. Has a touch more spiciness.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 6, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2003 Christmas morning 2001,what a gift to myself.7/5/8/4/17 Rerated 12/27/03 light amber in color with amedium white head.Yeast,spicy aroma.Malty/bready/yeasty flavor with a touch of spice.Warming alcohol mouthfeel.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 7, 2002
UPDATED: APR 6, 2003 Murky brown body with virtually no head. Aroma is moderately sweet, fruity (orange), bubblegum, and spicy. Taste is mildly sweet, fruity (orange and cherry), yeasty, and only slightly alcohol (less than would be expected with 10% ABV). Finishes with slight alcohol burn.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 23, 2002
OHHHH! MAN is that good! Not for the light of heart. I have to get one every Christmas. Great hop flavor. An absolutely beautiful belgian ale. One of the best!

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BjorBok Freysa (28) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - JAN 11, 2002
Nice aroma and a good looking label but the taste i too fruity though. I didnít find that christmas feeling i oftend experience in christmasbrews. Does NOT taste like christmas in a bottle! : )

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2003 Head is initially large, fizzy, off-white, fair lacing, mostly diminishing. Body is murky medium amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel), lightly hoppy (flowers), lightly yeasty (mold/dishrag), with notes of sugar/bubblegum, peach, orange, and apricot. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, creamy and syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Less than enticing Huyghe house character, but the aroma is fairly pleasant otherwise (fruity). Sugary sweet, but with enough tart and bitter qualities to keep it drinkable. Not bad for this brewer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 29, 2001
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2006 Bottle: Hazy brown orange with a thin white head, starts and ends sweet, aroma has apples, spices and bread. Watch out for the cork, mine hit the celling and came back fast. Great beer, but for the price Iíd rather have two Unibroueís


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