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


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RATINGS: 1452   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marduk (3636) - Tallinn, - DEC 3, 2012
330ml bottle. Hazy dark copper color, tiny head. Packed with raisins, sweet and caramel in aroma. Alcohol, raisins, bready, plums, dark fruits in flavor. Full bodied. Enjoyed every sip.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drmet (131) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nickel (578) - - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
minutemat (2265) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
josanguapo (110) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Franckg (396) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
angel77 (1288) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nihtila (1485) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BarkBarkBark (1) - - MAR 23, 2015 does not count
Decent beer, I remember it being a lot better than this however. A bit of a metallic taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kauge (610) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 13, 2015
Bottle from Tallinna Kaubamaja (€ 4.40). BB Sept 2017. What a curious label. An elephant dancing on ice, Santa throwing bottles at Snowman, and in the upper part, a row of birds falling on their beaks. What will this beer make me do I wonder. The bottle’s also interesting. How do they do that? Anyway, the beer poured a clear caramel colour, its head was big initially but dropped fast, leaving a bit of lace and a thin layer. Creamy beige colour. On the nose I got caramel, mixed with some childhood cellar shop bubblegum, it was candy-like, and as it warmed, it acquired a clovey spiciness, also a pungent alcoholic note. Some grassy hops seemed to be present as well. It tasted of alcohol and indistinct spices, dark fruits and caramel, plus a lot of herbal bitterness later on. It finished grainy and metallic and somewhat dry. Body was medium, carbonation near flat, with a velvety smooth mouthfeel and nice alcoholic warmth. Overall: nice, boozy, ballsy, sweet, strong ale. As I prefer darker Belgians I found this to be somewhat better and more interesting than, for example, Duvel, that I had before.

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