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

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RATINGS: 1422   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ads135 (3154) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Subtle aroma of spice and malt. Surprisingly bland and nondescript when compared to the other offerings from Huyghe. One expects a spice bomb, but perhaps this warrants another tasting. Tried at the Bruges bierfest in 2012 with Jess and Dave.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leghorn99 (49) - Livorno, ITALY - JAN 23, 2015
Si presenta nel bicchiere di un bell’ambrato carico con riflessi ramati, limpido; solido e generoso il cappello di schiuma, color ocra, cremoso e molto persistente. L’aroma non è di buona intensità: a fatica emergono sentori di caramello e biscotto, frutta secca, pera e canditi. L’elevatissima carbonazione è la prima cosa che risalta al palato, disturbando la percezione del gusto; buona la consistenza, il corpo è medio. Biscotto e toffee danno il benvenuto, c’è un accenno di uvetta e di frutti rossi, c’è il dolce dello zucchero candito. Il finale è sorprendentemente secco, con una lieve nota amaricante di frutta secca ed erbacea che non ti saresti mai aspettato. L’alcool (10%) è molto ben nascosto, ed è piuttosto l’elevata frizzantezza a rallentare la velocità di bevuta.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Woc (17) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 23, 2015
Pours a lovely big creamy head. Love the dark brown color. Initial taste is also very nice but what I don’t like much is the after taste. It is quite bitter and I prefer sweeter beers. But 10 % of alcohol warms you up nicely during winterand for that this is a perfect beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Svesse (6466) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 20, 2015
(Draught at Brugs Beertje, Brugge, 23 Oct 2014) Reddish brown colour with frothy, off-white head. Malty, fruity nose with dried fruit, raisins, caramel, brown sugar and red fruit. Malty, fruity taste with notes of caramel, brown sugar, dried fruit, raisins and a bitter-sweet finish. Almost full body, with a certain sweetness. Tasty, with a warming winter touch. Quite nice.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rammer (155) - Moscow, RUSSIA - JAN 20, 2015
Bottle. Not particularly appreciated. Very wheat, as if you drink a strong dark Wit.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jamesonpatz (24) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Poured from a 33cl bottle into a tulip glass. AROMA - smells of spices and tart fruits up front. A hint of alcohol in the aroma as well. APPEARANCE - Brew pours a deep amber hue with a smooth and fluffy beige head. TASTE - The attack hits you with spices and plenty of fruit flavors. It's actually much sweeter than I expected based on the aromas. Not way too sweet, but a tad syrupy. The middle of the sip continues that sweetness while the spices build then leave you with an alcohol chest warming on the finish. PALATE - has a good amount of carbonation to it, perhaps just a hair too much. But it is satisfactory. The brew remains just smooth enough that the carbonation doesn't detract from wide array flavors and rich, silky body. OVERALL - I enjoy this beer and I'm quite glad I picked up a four pack. It has a lot of flavors packed inside and is balanced fairly well. My main deduction is that the brew's aroma made me crave more tartness in the taste, but I was given an unexpected amount of sweetness. Sweetness is a good thing (although I'm not a huge fan of very sweet foods or beers), but I felt deceived. I'll take the Tremens or Nocturnum over this any other day, but this is nevertheless a good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewGoblin (494) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - JAN 16, 2015
A enjoyable lil’ number (it’s rather large however) to be sure, this pink elephant hides that hooch well under-trunk. Attractive, no, seductive in appearance, a dark, clear ruby with an everlasting off white froth blanketing the sweet contents. Everything about this big brew seems subtle. Nothing immediately grabs me taste or aroma wise; faint spices mingle with nondescript sweetness and fruity yeast. Hints of fruitcake are in the background. An enjoyable nectar nonetheless, a lightly syrupy body with zazzy carbonation puts me in the Christmas spirit...to sit and relax.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kustie (234) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 16, 2015
Bottle. Brown a bit reddish color with thick light brown head. Aroma has caramel, yeast, hops and nuts. Bitter and a bit sour taste that turns somewhat sweet aftertaste. Strong malty body but still very drinkable. Flavors of caramel, yeast, hops, spices - like coriander and some other - and also some alcohol warmth.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (2584) - BELGIUM - JAN 15, 2015
Typical Christmas beer with lightly hazy bronze colour, paler than Delirium Nocturnum, and thick, frothy, moussy head. Estery and caramelly, spiced, yeastiness, iron, cookie dough; sweet and spicy taste, caramelly, a bit sticky, a bit metallic with retronasal spiciness, lingering candi sweetness, herbal hops and warming, bourbon-like alcohol. Far from Huyghe’s worst.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MatthijsE (869) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2015
Bottle @ home. Pours a medium golden amber, with a medium white head that persists. decent lacing. Nose is malt, caramel, and dark fruit. Taste follows the nose, with a medium finish. Smooth, creamy mouth feel.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
pricey290483 (507) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2015
bottle in my box from beer hawk really not my type of beer i give it a go though. dark in colour with a big white head big malty aroma and malty taste very strong alcohol taste on the finish sadly i didn’t like it


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