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

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RATINGS: 1454   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DMLINAZ (326) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2012
At Total Wine’s "Winter Brew" tasting class 11/29/12. Good, strong aroma of malts; flavor is malty and smooth. Need more of this to get a sense of the different flavors. Finishes smoothly at the back of the throat. Deceiving - easy to drink despite the high alcohol content.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (1980) - - JUL 5, 2015
Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass Appearance- Served a clear mahogany colored brew with a two finger white head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a thin film and very little lacing. Smell- The smell is full of sweet smells of a darker fruit nature as well as a sugary aroma. The darker fruits are mainly cherry and plum in nature while the sugary smell has a somewhat candy like aroma. Mixed with these are lighter smells of some citrus as well as a yeasty smell. In accord with this being a Noel brew, there are also some notes of a spice aroma, although these are rather light. Taste – The taste begins with the fruit(mostly cherry and plum) that was detected in the nose. With this is some caramel sweetness as well as a light candy flavor. Some spices and yeast then come to the tongue with the sweet lessening up to some degree and a very light biscuit flavor entering the taste. While this is occurring an alcohol flavor, which is light at first, also begins building. As the taste builds to the end a moderate brandy flavor is left on the tongue, which mingles well with the fruity and sugary flavors and leaves a warming sweet taste on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the somewhat creamier side with a carbonation level that is a bit above normal. The carbonation is quite “peppery” with the bubbles tingling the tongue as they pop. This when combined with the creamy body give a rather exciting, but yet at the same time soothing feel. Overall- A quite tasty and enjoyable Belgian strong. It has a somewhat complex but very enjoyable taste with a feel that complements the flavors and alcohol nicely.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (6881) - Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2015
750 ml bottle from notes. Pours a hazy amber brown color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have sweet caramel, brown sugar, candied fruit, holiday spices, some alcohol, raisins, fig, nutmeg, some boozy notes with the flavor, but overall this is a pretty decent offering.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drmet (228) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - MAY 28, 2015
T: -very reminiscent of mulled wine -cherries,plums,figs,raisins,spices F: - carbonation -alcohol coming through,giving it a "nutmeg character O: very fine beer,perfect for cold winter nights

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nickel (612) - - MAY 23, 2015
Explosive aroma of spices balanced by fruits notes and polished by scent of flowers. Taste of oranges, caramel, malt. Slightly sour. Long lasting fruit-n-spicy aftertaste

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
minutemat (2415) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2015
330ml bottle from Chez Sophie, Shrewsbury. Pours deep rosy red with medium white head. Spicy, fruity aroma. Taste is fruity, malty and lightly spicy. One of the better Christmas beers.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
josanguapo (203) - SPAIN - APR 26, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2015 Compra: www.cervezasespeciales.com. Opinión: Genial. Aunque sigo prefiriendo la delirium normal. Cuidado que se sube y no te das ni cuenta!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Franckg (440) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 5, 2015
Robe brune tirant sur le orange, trouble, quelques particules en suspension et une mousse blanchâtre enveloppe le liquide tout le long de la dégustation. Arômes très maltées, épices, caramel, crème brûlée, cendre, citron. En gros, on dirait un amalgame de différentes choses qui ne s’agencent pas très bien. En bouche, un certain équilibre s’installe. Les saveurs sucrées prennent le dessus. Caramel, compote de pommes, dattes. Le tout entourés de levures épicées. Finale brève, sèche et sucrée.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
angel77 (1361) - oviedo, SPAIN - APR 3, 2015
Botella de 33 cl tomada en pacos de Oviedo en febrero de 2012. lote D hasta octubre de 2013. 10 vol. no esta mal, una de las mejores belgas de navidad hasta la fecha.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
p1meatloaf (256) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Nose of caramel candies and reminders of holiday spices. Tastes of amber malts and medium sweetness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nihtila (1622) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2015
15.12.2014. Ruby brown, big head in Rochefort glass. Aroma has sweet malts, spices, raisin, molasses. Sharp carbonation. Sweet raisinous malts, quite full, some bitterness, plums. Tasty, nice balance although a bit on the sweet side.


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