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


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RATINGS: 1971   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Colour and sight: Dark brown-red. A compact white-yellow, stable and lacing head. Scent: Touches of caramel, mocha and chocolate. Spices such as liquorice and coriander are also present. Flavour: Initially, a very good mouthfeel of alcohol and softness. This is followed by an increasing bitterness, partially from the hop, but also from the roasted malt and chocolate malt. Towards the end a nice balance between bitterness, sour and sweet.

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Braincage1 (147) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - SEP 27, 2007
Bottle. Ive been having a lot of pretty lame beers lately so this was a nice break from those. Very good fruit flavor, mild hops and a lot of spices thrown in which makes it fresh but almost too medicine-like. Very good

yankeefan21 (135) - New York, USA - SEP 24, 2007
Had the full pint bottle. Wow! This stuff kicked me in the liver! It poured dark and cloudy with a decent head. It smelled kind of hoppy but not amazing. Once it got passed my lips, it was quite good and got better with each taste. It got to the point where every time my mouth was dry, I simply poured more Deliruim down my throat! This was a very good ale that I will be having again.

porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - SEP 24, 2007
(330 ml bottle from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/maine/boothbay/ target=blank>1828 Vintage House) Pours murky dark orangish brown with lots of suspended solids. One finger of biege head that recedes to about 1/4" and stays. Aroma of brown sugar, candy-like maltiness and dark stewed fruit. Mouthfeel of fine bubbliness (bottle-carbonation), soft, a bit dry. Flavor is a bit winey and yeasty with the stewed fruit and some rock candy maltiness. Not particularly rich but I enjoyed it. First mouthful was very metalllic but that seemed to subside. High marks for appearance, aroma and palate.

mvcramer (243) - Lexington, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 14, 2007
750ml bottle. Cork date 2007. Liquid pours a beautiful chocolate brown with a tan/off-white head. This isn’t the best Belgian around, but it is still a very good beer. Not sure if it was a plum, fig or date aroma that I got, but it was that dried fruit note that dominated. Balanced malty flavor and a mildly sweet finish. I felt like I got some chocolate flavor as well, but not sure if that’s my brain tricking me into wanting to taste chocolate, given the beautiful color. Tremens is a better beer, but I would certainly order Nocturnum as well.

wingman333 (333) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2007
Thick, rich, brown, this one has aroma of prunes and milk chocolate and perhaps another dried fruit. The feeling on the tongue is like powdered chocolate, it rests there for a second then the sweetness melts in. Dark brown-red in color with a thick white head. Let this age.

Padron4KM (810) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2007
330 ml white bottle. 04/07 notched on the lable.

Hazy redish brown with a hefty tan head.

Aroma is fruity, dates, ripe plum and citrus.

Flavor is sweet, dark fruits, spice, with a rum like finish.

stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - SEP 2, 2007
Bottle, 33cl. Has a big white head. The color is nice burgundy/red. The aroma is rich and sweet, with notes of citrus and caramel. Flavor is rich and fruity, but still has a freshness to it. Overall a great beer.

kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 11/20/2001
Mode: Bottle
Source: Ziggy’s, Chattanooga

rusty brown, thin tan head, rich sweet aroma with strong fruity overtones, essence of dates, rich malt flavor, complex fruit character,
-------- /> Date: 04/01/2005
Mode: draft
Source: brick store

muddy brown, frothy tan head, rich dry malt flavor with lots of ripe fruit character, unlike the bottle it tends to fade after a while

Aroma: 9/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Score: **4
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ohemming (39) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2007
Bottle. Big thick head. Nice sweet and toasted aroma. Flavor is good, not great, but overall a nice beer.

bhensonb (15208) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 29, 2007
Aroma of dark fruits and some dark caramel/molasses malt. Dark ruby color (before halogen) with a finely bubbled beige head. Seems to start with strawberries*, quickly superceded by something like raisin. There is a very little yeasty spice. The body is thin to medium, and the carbonation is nearly creamy. The finish is strangely both sweet and dry, even a bit astringent. It’s good stuff, but apparently not the best in style. *one time shot - just the first mouthful.

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