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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
teabags14 (1) - Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2006 does not count
I dont think I can say it much better than Kepano said below. This ale seems to be trying too hard in the flavoring, while in reality there is not much below the surface in terms of the depth of its complexity, perhaps hidden because of what seems to be over-carbonation. Dont get me wrong, I did enjoy this beer and would not it turn it down, but for my money there are much better options in this catagory.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kepano (269) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 28, 2006
Chic aubergine in color but speckled with unattractive flakes of yeast and topped in a common cream foam. The nose is light and sweet but carries a distinct depth emphasized by hints of coffee and cream underlaying the fruity-spicy combination of grape juice, cassis and cherry with hazelnut, anise and allspice. The flavor is disappointingly shallow, showing a bland mixture of coffee, cream, licorice and pepper all tied together in a heavy wooden box. I remember fruit (particularly blackcurrant) making a more distinct appearance on the tongue in the few sips I stole from a friend long ago. The palate seems slightly off-balance with a fizzy carbonation and a hint of smoked salmon lingering after the swallow. A neat little beer, but perhaps better fresh.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
danimal34 (41) - Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2006
This is a very good beer, top 10 in my book. Earthy & hoppy smell, although a bit faint. Large but diminshing head. Flavor is woody carmel with hints of berries. Very complex flavor with prominant yeast and hops. But, the flavor is ripped away too quickly due to the apparent added carbonation (also screws up the head). Nonetheless...YUM!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FrankJohansen (3618) - Sabro, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2006
Bottled. Amber colour with a huge mostly lasting beige creamy head. Rich aroma and taste of malts, fruits, chocolate with some bitterness. Good beer, even better palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2006 330 ml bottle, labelled 8.5%. This drowsy beauty burst from the bottle when awoken, gushing until quickly captured in a goblet. Her outburst quickly subsided, collapsing into a soft white lacy heap. Moving closer I could feel her breath upon me, reeking of rich malty sweetness, with promising hint of forbidden fruit. Still upset from being disturbed, her dark auburn eyes flash, yet I can see they are mottled with suspended fluffy impurities, the result of a rude awakening. I drink in the sharp spicy edge of her malty annoyance which quickly fades into a foamy dry stare. Good night my lady, sleep well in the comforting darkness of my warming belly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - DEC 21, 2006
the deep brown pour reveals a beer that at first glance, looks unfiltered. the head is a dense foamy two inches, and it really sustains for the first half of the tasting. i love the look of the ceramic bottle. the aromas reveal a nougat and chocolate marshmallow that resembles the mouthfeel of Youngs DC Stout. Also in the nose there is a nice floral hoppy character, which i assume is mirrored in the flavor and on the palate. lets see With the faintest touch of light citrus and raisins, Nocturnum presents flavors of spicy hops (resembling Tremens), chocolate, caramel, and even a touch of butterscotch. This beer is playing tricks on my eyes. everything i have learned tells me this beer should not look this dark, nor produce such a sustained head. Spicy hops coat the palate, leaving a rather short finish. Complex indeed... Regardless, this is a very drinkable beer, and this, hands down, makes me want to rethink Deliriums magnificent brewing capabilities.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LadySusan (766) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2006
I had this beer at Pub St-Alexandre in Quebec. The color is dark amber. The taste is sweet almost chocolat. It has a malty aroma. The alcohol % does alot for the taste of this beer..

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
zootfinster (220) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2006
This is a bright slightly fruity malty beer with some pleasant tastes of alcohol. Pours a chocolate brown with a big yellowish head

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fightfire4beer (132) - Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2006
Bottle.pours a dark amber, a little foggy, with a thick off white head. banana, malt and soap aroma. sweet chocolate, like a tootsie roll. fruity as well. great beer. A

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pinkzambia (1928) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 5, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2006 12 oz. Bottle: Cloudy foggy brown color with a tan head. The aroma is banana bread and yeast. The taste is sweet malts, red wine and some sort of polish. As it warms up, there is also flavors of honey in the taste and finish. Nice.

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