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

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RATINGS: 1332   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2003
Nice strong ale. Cork was hell to remove , no sound either, but the beer was lightly carbonated with a small , diminishing, creamy head. Color like a banana peel, fruity, some corky flavor, earthy. Sweet, average finish for the style. Reminded me a little of Trois Pistoles at times - a kind of cola-like taste. I enjoyed it.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2533) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Another go at the most rated and available to me list. Good chewy grain and dark red fruit. Very smooth and almost a little light for the alcohol content. Finish is a little earthy and some fruit again. Pretty nice and surprisingly easy to drink.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
langeveld12 (218) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 30, 2014
Pours an average frothy off-white head that slowly diminishes. Body is hazy copper, sparkles are visible. Aroma contains moderate malts (cookie, molasses, hay, roasted malts), light hops (orange, lime), light yeasts (leather) and raisin, grape, cola, spices and forest fruits. Flavor is light acidic, then light acidic and sweet, followed by sweet and finishing in light acidic going to bitter. Body is medium to full with syrupy texture and soft carbonation. An enjoyable christmas beer. Quite a heavy one, though, clearly a delirium.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerSkull (1289) - SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2014
(On tap att Bishops Arms LinkŲping, 2013). Sweet scent of syrup, fruit, malt and oddly enough mustard. Sweet and fruity taste with hints of malt and alcohol.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (11339) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Light brown w/ thick white head, VERY sweet, malty aroma. Medium mouth, subtle vanilla flavor, little aftertaste. "Quick and done."

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikske79 (1120) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 7, 2014
Een heel lekker kerstbier, net zoals het moet zijn met veel smaak eraan. Een aanrader

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Piero1987 (665) - Iglesias, ITALY - JUL 28, 2014
Amber color with big head. Malt caramel and candi sugar aroma. Sweet and smoth with liquorice and malt flavour.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Busick (379) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2014
What an overpowering seasonal ale! This beer about knocked me over when I first tried this brew.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sharkydodson (198) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - JUL 7, 2014
the aroma of caramel and wine with shades of dark fruits and garden berries, and toffee... the taste is caramel and malty with notes of apple, dog-rose, brown sugar, plum and passionflower... sweet, dry and warming aftertaste... wonderful ale...

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
yy0pp (495) - - JUN 27, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2014 Bottle 75cl. Brussel. Clear amber pour with creamy tan head. Aroma of caramel, bread, and some spice. Nice belgian strong ale.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
generallee08 (649) - New York, USA - JUN 22, 2014
The body has a deep, slightly reddish amber color. It has a slightly hazy appearance with some streams of very tiny little bubbles rushing up to the head. The head is tall, light tan in color and slowly fades leaving little to no lacing behind. The aroma is big and full of sweet malt and fruity notes. The flavor is big and full of fruity notes inside a deep, sweet malty base. Flavor notes of tropical fruit like papaya, pineapple, and guava pop out of the sweet malt, no doubt full of Belgian candi sugar. Yeast adds some funk and alcohol is also present in a mellow warming way that adds another nice level of complexity. There is even a slight leafy hop note than brings a hint of bitterness at one point before being surrounded by everything else. Its mouth feel is big, smooth and well rounded. Carbonation is soft and its body is a solid medium to full.


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