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

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RATINGS: 1934   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.9
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - JUL 22, 2007
From the bottle. Aroma is peppery, clovey, fruity phenols and esters forward followed by light caramel, orange peel and dried apricot. Appearance is a hazy dark brown with a well retained off white head and great lacing. Flavor is sweet fruity malt forward, with dried fruit, alcohol, very low bittering hops, pear and a slight resinyness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, high carb evident with low bite and good warmth. This used to be my favorite beer. It’s still excellent, just has to open up a little.

3.4
bbbrew (204) - Hawaii, USA - JUL 22, 2007
bottle. sweet scent. dark reddish brown color with lingering tannish head that never fully disappears. sweet taste with hints of alcohol.

3.1
RoyceH (1200) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - JUL 19, 2007
Bottle (8.5%). Pours cloudy ruby with a big fluffly off-white head. Nose is winter fruit with hops and some sweet maltiness. Alcohol also present, but quite well disguised. Mouth tastes, wow, strong, and malty with warming alcohol ever present. Caramel malt is there, with some soft biscuit taste and some mashed dark fruit. Tastes very thick and runs off to a sweet, slightly less balanced palate, with alcohol present all the way through, could be more robust. Alcohol not well disguised. OK, but a bit too normal (and only an attempt at normal too!)

3.2
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2007
Rated 7/17/07. Beautiful Dark reddish-brown body with a pillowy off-white head that leaves behind a patchy lacing. Tiny effervescent bubbles give away the high carbonation. The aroma was primarily dark fruits, caramelized sugar, yeast, and alcohol. Oddly, the aroma seemed to be stronger when it was cold than when it warmed, which is the opposite of what I would expect from a Belgian. The flavor is mostly fig, caramel and yeast. The alcohol is noticeable, which is a bit disappointing. The body is a bit too sticky and sweet for my liking. Its overly syrupy. I wouldn’t mind splitting a small bottle with a friend for desert, but I would not make this a regular drinking beer.

3.4
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2007
Bottle @ Publick House, Brookline, MA. Pours a nice dark reddish brown with nice carbonation bubbles making their way to the top of the glass. The aroma was mostly a mixture of fruit, caramel, and sugar. The flavor is largely dark fruit with some sweet sugar notes toward the end. Alcohol and yeast somewhat noticeable. A good drinking beer, but nothing otherworldly.

3.4
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JUL 17, 2007
Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip. This beer poured a dark brown color with some amber highlights showing up around the edges of the glass. There was quite a bit of visible carbonation dancing up the sides of the glass. The head was a thick, fizzy, tan color, and it slowly faded. Some uneven lacing was left around the glass. The aroma consisted of dark fruits, yeast, sweet caramel malt, and some faint alcohol notes. The flavor was dark fruit, very sweet caramel, apple, and some bready yeast notes. The mouthfeel was slightly dry and medium-bodied. Overall, this was a very enjoyable beer. Nothing amazing, just a good, balanced beer. Worth a try.

3.4
norsedoc (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2007
Pours dark brown with nice tan head. Smells of raisin, spice, and melon. Med body. Actually a little underwhelming as far as taste. Finishes of smooth toffee.

3.6
IndianaRed (4936) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 16, 2007
Bottle pours a dar4k amber witha huge sandy colored head. ots of dark malts and pitted fruits. raisons and dates but not so sweet. Flavor was carmel and that funky belgian yeast. Nice smooth palate and very lively carbonation.

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AOF (306) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2007
Very dark amber/brown in color, full frothy head. Nose is sweet malts, raisins, dried fruit with hints of mocha and alcohol. Medium, almost full in body but smooth and creamy. Alcohol in the nose does not translate into alcohol on the tongue. No bite which really allows the flavors and aromas to dominate. A very good belgian.

3.2
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 12, 2007
Remember this being raw and rather harsh. An "ugh" reaction upon swallow... not something I would search out again . . .


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