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


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Brewed at Huyghe for Brouwerij Duysters/De Loterbol (Diest)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 26, 2007
Golden color; huge thick head. Aroma of malt, with some coriander, and light fruity touch. The flavor is quite ordinary, with a light malt taste and some coriander. Not bitter enough. Easy Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bov (9050) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 14, 2007
hazy reddish-amber colour with a foamy beige head; aroma of yeast and fresh cut apples; overcarbonated and quite acidic with a solid sweetness underneath; fizzy and fruity finish - confusing

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
diabel (1590) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - APR 9, 2007
Bottle Yellow to amber, clear body. Rocky, off-white head. Fruity (oranges) aroma but not intense, some honey too. Lightly bitter, somewhat alcoholic flavour. Very plain flavour and a little bit astringent. Not very interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MiP (13047) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2007
Bottle, 7%. Fruity, vinous raisin aroma. Clear dark copper/red colour. Small head. The flavour is somehow roasted, a bit as if the grain has been completely drained of every last drop of starch. Slightly sweet and quite vinous. Ending with a sweet fruitiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TaktikMTL (5546) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2007
Bouteille de 330 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de caramel avec une pointe de canelle. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée cuivrée avec une forte densité de bulle. Présence de lire ainsi que d’un énorme col mousseux avec une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’alcool fruité en arrière goût. (Rating #929)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2007
My Bottom Line:
Sweet peach juice and yeasty flaccidity cannot coalesce, as coriander spiciness attempts to freshen the experience. A weak Belgian Ale at this point in its evolution.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam settles atop the chunk-full pale orange.
-A vinegary nudge bothers the sugary fruitiness.
-Alcohol even appears in the flavor profile, which isn’t necessary at this gravity.
-The sweet fruitiness more and more resembles that of the syrup found at the bottom of canned peaches.
-Although this Belgian Ale is a month past its life expectancy, I would be rather surprised that it was considerably better a month or three ago.

Bottle; best before December ’06.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rederic (2883) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 16, 2007
Slightly amber hue, with a big rocky beige head, with some floaties of lees swirling around, yeasty, toasted malt, with a fruity note of ripe apples, hints of spicy nutmeg, coriander, brown sugar, faint hop in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a crisp yeasty toasted malt and fruity character of ripe apples, with a subtle nutmeg spiciness, floral hops, toffeeish note, leading towards a winey fruity finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bart (2941) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 17, 2006
Bottle, best before 2005. Hazy dark amber coloured with an average white head and some light carbonation. Sweet yeasty aroma with a fruity touch (citrus, apple). Full body. Finish is fruity, light bitter yeasty. Goop preserved, nice beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
scotty (1032) - SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2006
Another Jeff beer, very much a Duvel look-alike, nice and flavoursome, but not as good as the original.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Savad (58) - Den Bosch, NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2006
Frothy, even fizzy off-white head. Good lacing. Amber color. The aroma is impressive: cookie, banana, raisin, apple, fig, a bit of pine. Very energizing. The flavor though does not stand up to the aroma. Starts just fruity, even slightly sour; finishes heavy bitter with a sharp alcoholic flavor. The texture is dry, though feels somewhat fizzy in the mouth.

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