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


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RATINGS: 1951   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
norushjohnnie (19) - Sister Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 10, 2007
Not my favorite style but very good. Color is deep reddish amber with a big brown-orange head. Aroma is primarily raisins and alcohol, big and strong. Flavors raisin, plum, and a hint of burnt malts at the finish. Interesting acidity, not what Im used to. Bitterness and alcohol warmth finish it up. The mouth feel is a little bit watery but I felt the carbonation was ideal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAR 8, 2007
750 ml bottle from 2004. Dark brown pour with a nice cramy head that lasted. Aromas were dark fruit, raisin, molasses, caramel, vanilla. flavors were similar with a lot of alcohol warming. Somewhat sweet with nice dusty flavor. Good Beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TonyDiUlio (663) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2007
very good beer, offered to me by a friend who got it in a trade. Enjoyable flavor and after taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 7, 2007
Aroma of mild hops, metal, and yeast. Light mouthfeel with noticeable alcohol presence and a dry, bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayduke (5062) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 5, 2007
The neat lookng bottle was $7.68 at my local North Coast Coop in Eureka. It poured a garnet red color wtih floating chunks I suppose must be yeast. Head is tan with big fat and long lasting bubbles. Lacing was moderate. Nose was complex and of malts, fruits, coffee, chocolate, and a little hops. Mourthfeel was excellent with smoothness and the alcohol is hidden well. Flavors are excellent and mirror the aromas. Finish good with a hint of bitterness. A simple delightful brew to drink and well worth the price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (7925) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2007
UPDATED: APR 23, 2008 I tried this right after the delirium tremens, I favored the tremens over this brew. However, this one was sweeter, still easy to drink despite the high alc content. Thanks Steve (Chef201atc)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beltramelli (470) - Campinas, BRAZIL - FEB 26, 2007
Delight, really! Dark-red coloration. It gives pra to perceive a light suspension. Dense, consistent and very persistent cream. In the nose, evident notes of chocolate, coffee and toasted malt. In the palate, the party starts of truth. Made velvety and creamy texture. Red fruits, chocolate and toasting. Perfect carbonation, almost imperceptible alcohol and incredible aftertaste. Wonderful beer.............................................. Que delcia, meu povo! Colorao escuro-avermelhada linda. D pra perceber uma leve suspenso, que no incomoda nem um pouco. Creme muito denso, consistente e persistente. No olfato, evidentes notas de chocolate, caf e malte torrado. No paladar, a festa comea de verdade. Textura aveludada e cremosa. D pra perceber frutas vermelhas, chocolate e torrefao. Carbonatao perfeita, lcool quase imperceptvel e bem colocado. Retrogosto incrvel. Uma cerveja pra apreciadores.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jalichio999 (502) - BRAZIL - FEB 25, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2008 Notas de chocolate, cereja e torrefao. Carbonatada. Amarga. lcool bem inserido. Conjunto mpar, uma vez que nunca senti essa combinao de sabores em uma cerveja.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Dark brown colored pour with a nice medium sized head. Yeasty, sweet aroma with a nice sweet nutty finish. I enjoyed this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Zymologist (30) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2007
The bottle promised me visions of pink elephants. Or at least thats what I thought. After opening and pouring and tasting, I get the feeling that Huyghe was trying to develop a beer that tastes like you are licking the skin of a pink elephant. Not awful in itself, but awful in that it thinks its better than it is. In other words, its arrogant. I hope it doesnt corrode the pipes as the rest of this goes down the drain.

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