Brewed by Brouwerij Huyghe
Style: Belgian Ale
Melle, Belgium


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RATINGS: 274   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 24, 2004
Dark brown, rather small head. Light refreshing kind of aroma, some arabic gum with some light dried apple. Medium bodied brew, light roasty notes, malt is well represented.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shintriad (701) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 8, 2004
Smells ridiculously fruity: plums, cheap port, grape bubblegum. Starts sweet with a bit of an acrid finish. Pretty chocolatey, malty, not so fruity; doesn’t successfully mask the alcohol bite. Good for a tasting party, but a whole bottle was overkill.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2007 There just isn’t any love for Huyghe beers around here, and in this case, I can see why. Dark brown, decent head. Lovely aroma of raisins, yeast, and Amontillado sherry. Flavors fall in line with raisins and light port notes, and some general sweetness. What is costing this beer so much in the ratings is that it really does have a thinnish palate. The flavor profiles are so closely in line with some of the great Belgians that you feel like someone watered down your Chimay. It wasn’t bad, sort of a Belgian Strong Ale Light, but I still somehow felt a tad indignant that this wasn’t better. RERATE: 11/25/07, Richmond, "industry" gathering. Deep amber, aroma of caramel and apricot. Flavor had molasses, apricot, wood, and cherry, without the thinness I had noted earlier. Will keep up my original numbers as I suspect palate fatigue at this point in the tasting, but 7,4,8,4,17.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2004
Dark brown body, head disappeared quickly. This brew has a pleasant floral, raisin aroma, but the taste certainly didn't live up to the smell. Weak fruit flavor, slighly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2004
Caramel and malt in the nose, deep brown, large toffee head. Creamy malt flavour, caramel, and a bitter aftertaste. Sweet, medium bodied, nice mouthfeel. Quite a nice offering! I agree with jercraigs, about this beer being rated so lowly?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (9877) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2004
Dark brown with a good beige head that dissipates. Sweet fruity aroma with a hint of alcohol. Big fruity sweet maltiness with slight alcoholic sourness in the finish. Touch of raisin at times, and possibly a bit of green apples. I really enjoyed this one, and am surprised it's not rated higher.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Oakes (15806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 20, 2004
Note: moved rating from wrong beer: I'd say below average for Belgian dark ale. The flavour has the typical lightly raisiny fruitiness and dark malt, but the malt doesn't develop very well and the palate is far too yeasty for my tastes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crockett (1095) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2004
I was pretty trashed by the time Smokeless Joe cracked this one open for me. Dark red/brown pour. Yeast berry aroma, some spice. Head is short and lacey. Big bodied. Lots of alcohol in the nose and flavour. Gives way to spice, fruit and chocolate/caramel. It is fairly rounded. But lacking something really special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2004
Dark ruby pour with an off white head that dissapated into a creamy little island. Aromas of bread, spice, fruit, and maple syrup. Citrus flavors of grapfruit, bread/yeast and spice (coriander or clove.)Full bodied and a hoppy spice filled finish. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 21, 2004
Dark brown color with tawny through the edges, little to no head. Aroma hints of plum & clove with a nice balanced hoppiness to balance the alcohol. Flavor is well balanced. The finish is full-bodied & refreshing. Not complex but still solid.

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