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

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RATINGS: 1923   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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3.7
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2006 Pours a deep dark amber--can’t tell if it’s cloudy or clear-- with a moderate beige head. Smells of raisins and yeast. Tastes a litte bit of toffee and chocolate with some acohol. Slight bitter finish. I like tremens better than this one. Dunno about noel yet, but it’s hiding in my closet, so I’ll figure out in a couple days. Update: Not that it matters, but I can pick up a little graham cracker in the aroma as well. Just felt like adding it, because this is a new aroma I’m able to pick up now.

3.7
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2005
sugarplums on the nose, chocolate graham crackers in the mouth. Daresay it tastes a bit like a stuffed artichoke also. got a bit of carbonated bite, crunchy palate if there is such a thing. looks deep leather with a slight tinge of red. frothy head with fine lacing. nice!

3.9
Choos (754) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - NOV 27, 2005
Aroma: fig, brandy and bailing wire. Appearance: red highlights in a dark brown non translucent with a cappacino tan fluffy head that leaves sheet to patchy lacing. Flavour: hints of mocha and plum brandy, balanced spiritousness with barely a hint of hop presence. Palate: medium mouthfeel, gently carbonated, gives way to a mocha/carbon finish.

3.6
ukoolaid (580) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 20, 2005
Bottle. Dark brown with quickly dissapearing head. Cherry malt aroma. Feel is overly fizzy. Semi-sweet with a bit of raison. Not my favorite strong ale.

4.2
mbeem (104) - New Hope, Alabama, USA - NOV 17, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2006 Another one of my favorites! Pours a dark brown into the glass. Fruity, yeasty aroma. Peppery with a pleasant alcohol hint in the finish. This beer makes me feel all warm inside. Gotta love the bottle!!!

3.3
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Pours dark brownish red with a small head and huge chunks of yeast. Dark fruits and caramel in the aroma - plum, honey, raisins, cherry, figs, fruit cake. Lots of fruit in the taste, but it’s too thin and lacks complexity. The alcohol comes through very weaky as well. There are much better Belgians out there.

3.1
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Raosted and fruit forward nose of bread, cookies, ripe figs and plums with a touch of white pepper. Mildly acidic and fruit forward palate with a touch of candy sugar ie; Turbinado. Fast dissipating head with medium release of gases. Average beer that bores very rapidly.

3.4
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2005
Deep brown color with a small head. Aroma of fruit, alcohol and brown sugar. Flavors are a well balanced combo of malt, sugar, a hint og Belgian chocolate and sweet fruits. Finish is clean with a slight leftover taste of alcohol. Very nice beer.

3.5
tlitt2 (58) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 13, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2005 Cloudy dark brown appearance with tan head. Aroma like wine. Tastes of burnt sugar, dark fruits, and chocolate. Lingering head adds a nice creaminess. Alcohol content is obvious in finish.

3.5
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Bottle. Cloudy mahogany pour with a small tan dissipating head. Sweet flavor, almost sugary. Hint of alcohol on the finish. Well underrated in this rater’s opinion.


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