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

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RATINGS: 1539   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Kleur en uitzicht: Kastanje amber. Een fijn, wit, romig en wandklevend schuim. Geur: Een complex geheel van caramelmout, fruitigheid, kruidigheid, zoetheid van de alcohol. Smaak: Flinke portie alcohol, sterk kruidig, lichte bitterheid. De afdronk is zoet, kruidig en licht bitterig.


2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Skinnyviking (8597) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2005
Dark orange, lang lasting white head, sour, long aftertaste. Maybe served too warm.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Bottle. Pours a cloudy deep orange-red with a few black floaties and a thin, but retentive, whitish head. The aroma is orange zest, clove, some malt, and other spices. There is a caramel sweet maltiness up front, with a quick hit of the alcohol close behind. There are a lot of autumnal spices detectable, and the finish is largely clove and maybe cinnamon. This is definitely good for drinking in the cold around a fire.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (3213) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2005 bottle. I definitely had to revisit this beer while the season is still here. pours a very cloudy dark orange with a sturdy white head and plenty of floaties. The aroma is of peaches, dry citrus, and a little sweet malt. The flavor is nicely complex, some cloves, nutmeg, a little honey. It’s very spicy and warming. Perfectly appropriate for the winter season. Not much alcohol burn for the %. This is moderately aggressive., certainly not too bad.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (4807) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2005
Spicey and very christmas like. Strong alcohol presence and traces of fruit and a lot of other things. Not to be gulped-drinky slowly and enjoy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3544) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 11, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2006 Keith-Typical Delirium taste for the most part. Stong aroma, but nothing special. Typical christmas additives like fig, nutmeg, and spice. Tasty and worth a try. Eric-Man, i had a friend bring a bottle from 2001 over the other night-what a treat! pours deep mahogony amber with a very light sudsy white head. much less carbonation than i was expecting. aroma of vineous cherries, light dusty esters, light funk, candy sugar, dark belgian malts0lots of dark fruit here! Wow! flavors of sugar coated cherries, big belgian malts and some nice brown spices. This aged so nicely. not any oxidized flavors, just a more round feel to it all. Alcohol is much lighter than when fresh. Man, this is a treat!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2005
Hazy amber, nice head. Aroma from figs, red wine and almond. Figs in flavor, nutty, floral and with some alcohol. Vanilla in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6527) - 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 (17127) - 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?


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