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Huyghe Artevelde Grand Cru

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

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RATINGS: 243   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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Artevelde Grand Cru features a dark red-brown colour, a firm, creamy, and cream-coloured head. The smell of roasted malt, caramel and the sweet fruitiness of the alcohol give this beer the perfect aroma. Caramel, sweet fruitiness and a pleasant bitterness are the predominant flavours. Its aftertaste reveals a pinch of toffee and date. Ingredients: water, barley malt, hops, yeast. Triple fermented.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hermod (3081) - Vantaa, FINLAND - JUL 12, 2014
33cl bottle @home. BBE 07/16. Deep brown, thick beige head. Brown sugar, spicy, toffeeish aroma, dark fruity notes. Flavor has yeast, cinnamon, dark fruits and loads of sugar. Tickles. Toasted, caramelly finish. High carbonation. Too sweet for my taste. Edit: actually as the beer warms up a little I start to enjoy the fruity and spicy notes the yeast gives. up two notches from 3.0

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RexTalionis (2369) - FINLAND - JUL 2, 2014
Bottle. Darker amber in color with an off-white head. Sweet maltyness, hints of dried fruits and notes of spicyness in aroma. Roasted malts, some fruits and sweetness in taste.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
77ships (3594) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 7, 2014
Thx! 33 cl. bottle sampled @ Gollem. Dark brown, little mocha head. Smell is intensely sweet with cough syrup, brown sugar and molasses. Tastes like coca-cola mixed with brown sugar and molasses, very sweet and artificial with a heavy metallic note, gravy and bitter herbs. Syrupy body. Far too metallic and artificial. What did they put into this? It feels like there are a ton of additives and E-numbers in here.

2.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
EdwinLitzau (320) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2014
Diep donkerbruine kleur met een stevige beige schuimkraag. Ruikt fruitig, zoet. Smaakt nogal vlak, beetje zuur. Niet lekker.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
GoufCustom (771) - HONG KONG - MAY 9, 2014


330ml bottle bought at Belgian Beer International in Tsuen Wan.

Translucent dark ruby brown colour with lots of brown yeast sediments; Explosive three finger head with lasting crumpety off-white foam; Excellent sticky lacing and quite fizzy carbonation; Very fragrant and sweet aroma of malt, with banana, light pineapple, vanilla, sweet caramel, plums, sugar, strong Bel yeast, very light phenolic and light spices; Close to light sweet taste of strong dark malt, with metallic, strong tart notes, flashes of alcohol spikes, red fruit notes, caramel, very light toffee, Bel yeast, lime and light bitter grassy hops; Full body, thick and oily palate; Mouth feel is Belgian Dark, quite strong in roasty malt taste and tartness in a very oily body. Surprisingly low sweetness, but has flashes of metallic and booze. Everything else from red fruits, caramel, phenolic, yeast and spices are really light, its overall feel is rather unbalanced. Hmm… Hoppiness is no nose, lime and light grassy hops in taste; Bitterness is typical Bel-ish low-fi for lasting low bitter-malty finish; Slightly dry after taste. Thick, roasty and quite tart to mouth.

Comments: This one has really good looks, lacey heads and some tempting strong dark ale aroma, but its taste is a mishmash of tartness, metallic and booze spikes without any sweetness or Bel yeastiness to save it. What a waste of triple fermentation. Once is enough.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goozen (2886) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - APR 6, 2014
Bottle 0,33ltr: Hazy dark brown coloured brew with an dry and slightly sour bitter taste. Hints of fruits and caramel and also some carbonation with each zip.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holmen2 (702) - NORWAY - APR 6, 2014
Dark mahogany. Persistent beige head and lacing. Aroma of dried berries, blackcurrants, roasted nuts and dark caramel. Fruity taste reminiscent of boysenberries. Refreshing and well balanced.. Above average carbonation. A hint of sourness in aftertaste.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Icedwarf (271) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - MAR 29, 2014
Bijzonder schuimend bier donker rood bruin van kleur.Smaak heeft wat van een geuze allen minder zuur.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (6588) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 7, 2014
330 ml bottle. L08. BB 07/16. From belgianbeerfactory.com.
Dark reddish brown colour with a big foamy light tan head. Spices, dark fruits, tart apple, yeast and malt in the aroma. Interesting. The flavour is tartness, apple, spices, mild sourness, some hops, cinnamon and some caramel sweetness. Quite unbalanced but somewhat interesting flavour.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VDuquerroux (228) - Airvault, FRANCE - DEC 24, 2013
Bottle. 25cL. Home. Matte dark brown beer with a beige non persistant head. Aroma of caramel, spices, sugar, berries, chocolate. Ephemeral sweetness leads to more bitterness and sourness (medium). Oily texture. Carbonated, for sure ! Bitter finish then sour. I like very much this "Grand Cru". After tasting Artevelde, I was a bit disappointed. This one looks like a wine with fruity notes.


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