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

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RATINGS: 1462   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tsetlock (66) - Hartland Twp, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Medium reddish color with an off white head. Fruity-cherries abound in the aroma. Slightly sweet, tart and syrupyat once. Alcohol burn at the end of the swallow.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vipinvelp (2912) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2015
Clear light brown, brown lacing, lasting foam head. Foam kept coming out of bottle. Caramel aroma and taste, some spice (pepper?). (Velp 201508)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClassyBeagle (374) - USA - AUG 23, 2015
FROM NOTES. Excellent. THIS is what Christmas should taste like, not some over-spiced American hop-spice cluster mess. World Class for sure.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (3983) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2015
Bottle in Brussels. Hazy amber body with slight head. Nose is caramel, brown sugar and fruits. Taste is caramel, sugar, fruits, spices and quite alcy. Well done.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KennethArd (308) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 19, 2015
Amber & clear but with some sediment. Medium head. Aroma & taste is fruity with candy sugar. Medium sweet & medium sour. Medium body, sticky texture & average carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nazbion (126) - Tübingen, GERMANY - AUG 16, 2015
On tap at Delirium Cafe. Nice ruby body with off-white head. Aroma of candy-sugar, spices, estery yeast. Taste is sweet, with light bitter finish. Medium body, alcohol well inserted.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SlovakSniper (3992) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2015
Corps qui tire vers le rouge ou orange foncé avec une généreuse mousse. Le nez est pleinement malté. Je perçois aussi de la gomme à bulles, des oranges, des cerises, du massepain. Le goût va dans le même sens. Je m’attendais à des épices mais il est difficile pour moi d’y reconnaître un tel signe tant les céréales sont fruités. Au palais, le corps est moyen-fort et l’effervescence contrôlée. Agréable texture crémeuse. En finale, c’est bien malté et fruité avec une touche appropriée d’alcool.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Linnet (1324) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2015
Yeasty, malty, corn, wheat, jam, marmalade, alcohol, grassy hops, ruby colour, medium beige head, lacing, heavy sweetness, lightly bitter, warming, fullbodied, fizzy carbonation, warming finish. Solid.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TorbenJensen (828) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2015
Noël is a nice frothy ale with delicious aroma of lime, sweet berries and maybe a little marzipan. The taste varies over many different shades, indefinite fruit, light caramel, pine needles and a touch of bitterness that may remind me of the resin found in the Greek white wines ’Retsina’. Everything is fine composed of a harmony that is very vinous, reminiscent both of fruit beers, triple and strong ale. The alcohol tasted obvious, but is not destructive to the edge. Towards the end felt a little hop bitterness, which quickly dominated by a fruity acidity that puts long sentence for a wonderful ale.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (2035) - - 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 (7107) - 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.


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