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

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RATINGS: 615   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottles: 33cl with crown cap, 75cl with cork and muselet.
Barrels: 15l, 20l and 30l.
Alcohol volume: 8.5% ABV
Colour and sight: Golden blond, multigrain beer with a very persistent, lacing head.
Scent: A complex smell, with a citrus aroma, followed by hop aromas such as Saaz, Brewers Gold and Amarillo.
Flavour: Initially rather sweet, because of the alcohol. The intense taste and roundness mask the presence of high bitterness.


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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
eoconnor101 (2) - San Diego, USA - JUL 12, 2012
The people who have floating yest in their bottles obviously had badly handled bottles and shouldn’t rate them. I had this beer on cask in the brewery in Melle. A gigantic 2.5 finger head gives way to gorgeous Belgian lace that clings to the glass. The nose is of ripe pears, pepper, damp earth, and a subtle hint of mangos. The taste is spot on belgian strong. The spicy phenolic blast is unbelievalbly smooth, the ester profile excellent. There is a cleanly balanced bitterness that drops away quickly with a low-medium hop aroma gives way to a clean finish. It is not too sweet, not cloying at all...this is an excellent beer, better than DT and on par with Duvel Triple Hop, De Graal, and Augstijn grand cru.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MMR (425) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 28, 2015
Pours a thick hazy yellow color. A very nice Strong Ale with a good complex aroma of fruity hops and spices.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlfredoGarcia (70) - Santiago, CHILE - MAR 24, 2015
330 ml bottle. Fantastic sweet smell, you can feel notes of strawberry, hops and citric. Creamy white head with a deep golden color. Taste is definitely very Belgian, fills your mouth with a little bitter aftertaste, the only "but" of this beer may be the excessive carbonation, but besides that, is very well made and balanced. Taste is conservatively great, but indeed it’s Belgium delight.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swillguzzler99 (134) - Peoria, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2015
11.2 ounce bottle. Pours golden amber with thick head and well-carbonated. Many particulates present. Nose is muted. Bitter taste, biscuity which lingers. Can taste the alcohol. Interesting beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Werthergoethe (81) - Moscow, RUSSIA - MAR 10, 2015
Хороший крепкий эль. Насыщен& вкус.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ninecats (233) - Uddevalla, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2015
Bottle at Turisten, Ljungskile. Hazy yellow with a gigantic white head, quickly dissipating leaving lots of lacings. Pale malty aroma with yeast, rustic european grassy hops. Taste is medium bitter, floral hops, nice round malty body, slight spices. Medium creamy body, low to medium carbo. Well balanced, I like the roughness in the nose.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
danielyabu (1339) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - MAR 2, 2015
large creamy white head. excellent lacing. mostly lasting. translucent sparkling thick medium amber body. aroma: moderate yeasty, bubble gum, citrus lemon, clove and vanilla. if: moderate sweet light bitter. ff: light sweet moderate bitter; long duration. palate: medium body, watery/oily texture, lively carbonation, metallic heavy alcoholic finish. Aroma bem saboroso lembra mais witbier que BSA. Sabor bem condimentado, com lembrança de cravo, coentro e noz-moscada. Presença cítrica do aroma aparece apenas no amargor de casca de limão, que é escalante. Dulçor lembra também baunilha e banana bem de longe – uma witbier sem a acidez, mais complexa. Bem saborosa, diferenciada. A forte presença alcoólica não mascara nenhuma das nuances desta interessante interpretação do meu estilo preferido. O dulçor apresesnta também background maltada. No final da cerveja, há a levíssima incursão de acidez, sem prejudicar em nada a característica do estilo.160 s

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GuideDogSaint (652) - Xiamen, CHINA - FEB 27, 2015
On tap at Kaiba, Shanghai. Pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a white head. Hoppy floral aroma with Belgian yeast. Bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HIGHB4LL (773) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Bomber from Wilbur’s. Appearance: 3 fingers white head, straw yellow, cloudy, Aroma: light grassy hops, fruity malt, light fruity yeast, slight wheat perhaps. Palate: medium light body, oily texture, dry finish, average carbonation. Taste: sweet pruney malt, into tones of yeasty fruit, ending with slight grassy bitterness. Overall, good balance, maybe not the best, but still very solid.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RedSox2004 (1384) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Golden blond with a slight haze, gigantic rocky head, great retention and nice lace. Aromas of earthy hops, cereal, yeast, herbs. Slight bitterness is offset my slight sourness and yeast-like sweetness. Full body, oily mouthfeel, soft champagne-like carbonation and a slightly metallic finish that keeps this from being an extraordinary beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rob_D_UK (1137) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2015
Pours a light and clear copper with a decent white head. Aroma is bready and the taste is bitter with yeast.


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