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


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RATINGS: 1376   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2014
750ml served in a Prairie teku Vintage 2013 A - Pours a cloudy dark brown/amber with a 1 finger off-white head. S - Brown sugar, figs, dates, banana bread, raisins, faint spiciness, tangy fruit esters, over ripened grapes. Candy malt and orange aroma grows as it warms. T - Oxidation is the first thing I notice, phenolic mineral/metallic notes, tangy vinous fruit, herbal hop bitterness, orange alcohol, finishes with spicy alcohol. M - Slow building carbonation goes from creamy to prickly, heavy side of medium body, alcohol on the finish. The nose was very nice on this but the flavor had some odd stuff going on. Lots of oxidation and the alcohol paired with the herbal notes was not what I would call tasty. This is a one and done for me. Serving type: bottle 12-28-2013

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrHangover (2762) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle. Pours a lovely amber hazy beer with a creamy off white head on top. Aroma is slightly herbal, cinnamon, caramelized fruits, some yeasty characters. Flavor is sweet, slightly boozy, dark fruits and some earthy notes as well. Great complexity going on here. Aftertaste is quite yeasty and sweet. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mircoas (124) - ITALY - DEC 21, 2014
33cl @ bottle. Ottimo aspetto ed aroma. Solita qualit belga, probabilmente pi buona della delirium base.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bonkiedeaap (310) - Leerdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle from Dranken Verheyen in Poppel. The beer is chestnut amber and has a fine, white, creamy and sticky foam. The aroma is a complex set of caramel malt, fruitiness, spiciness and above all the sweetness of the alcohol. The taste is a huge chunk of alcohol, strong spicy, mild bitterness. The aftertaste is sweet, spicy and slightly bitter. Very nice strong Ale, my first christmas beer ever.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcnielsen (2257) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 19, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2014 Bottle. Pours a reddish brown color with white head. Yeasty, banana, clove aromas. Belgian yeast, fruity, apricot, malty flavors. Very flavorful and drinkable Belgian Christmas ale. Definitely doesnt taste like 10%

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beachmaster (174) - Oklahoma, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Bomber into a tulip. 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. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UXO (410) - CANADA - DEC 18, 2014
Pours hazy deep amber with two fat fingers of light tan head diminishing rapidly to a thin skim, spotty lacing. (4/5) Nose is dark fruit, bready malt, Belgian yeast, spices. (8/10) Taste is moderately strong sweet, moderate bitter. (8/10) Medium body, lively to moderate carbonation, off-dry mildly boozy bitter finish. (4/5) Now theres nol in a bottle. Gushed a little on opening, but I was expecting that and caught it all in my Delirium goblet. (Finally using it for the beer it came with!) Opens up very nicely as it warms. Theres an initial urge to drink it down, but pacing yourself will yield a better result, both because the very well-integrated ABV will sneak up on you in a hurry, and because theres some nice complexity there that deserves sipping and savouring. Theres a large malty sweetness at the front, along with boozy dark fruits, but its not unbalanced, and finishes nicely off-dry and bitter. Makes me wish I was back at Caf Delirium in Brussels! (16/20)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikkellund42 (582) - DENMARK - DEC 18, 2014
Bottle. Pours light hazy dark amber with large creamy white head. Aroma is sweet malt, syrup, caramel, strawberry jam, sour apples and yeast. Taste is light to medium sweet, light bitter and light umami. Body is creamy with soft carbonation. Finish is long and balanced bitter and sweet with notes of malt, brown sugar, orange juice, apple seeds, rye bread and alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
revolution2718 (264) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Pours very heady brown/red. Nose is holiday spices, Belgian yeast, a bit of dark fruits. Taste is spicy hop, yeast character, fruity esters, a bit of malty fruity sweetness but not overwhelming at all. Nice high carbonation, very effervescent. Overall very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tricksta_p (1342) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2014
Aroma of sweet malt, cloves, herbal notes, candy sugar, ripe fruity notes. Flavour is sweet. Okay, but quite sweet and sugary.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheFoamhead (80) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2014
Unfortunately, the beer welcomes me with a slight metal note that (luckily) fades quickly. Then there comes the heavy alcohol taste combined with an - for this type of beer - untypical strong sparkle. Hop bitterness sticks on your lips and the mouthfeel is somehow sirupy. Too sparkling for this beer style, not really my thing. And then its heavy, heavy, heavy

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