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


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RATINGS: 1938   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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
viverlee (18) - - FEB 14, 2013

Bougie thing to quaff this bougie beer from my bougie pink elephant. But I do love the glass, and the beer, it aint bad either, even if it is a mood brew.

STYLE: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

ABV: 8.5%

LOOK: Dark mirror. The only light in the house thats on is the one in the dining room, that and my laptop. Theres a nice reflection from my most-stolen-in-America tulip, with credit to this dark, dark brew. Beachy thin head with a light caramel tinge. Subtle carbonation.

NOSE: Roasted raisins, molasses, sugar cookies, apple cider vinegar.

MOUTH: A recent trip to Napa clued me in to a wine secret. That some of the better wines are better enjoyed after opening up in a decanter for up to 24 hours. Ive done the hour-before-guests come thing, but a day, that seemed overkill. Until I tried it. Its the same principle for some of the better Belgians, including this one. Honey, malted chocolates, plums, dried cranberries. Theres more here, obviously, but thats not the point. Somewhere the sweet yeasts are hiding, maybe with the tucked-away ABV, and notwithstanding the complex flavor profile and top-class warming mouth, I need a touch more tartness for balance.

Beeradvocate Rating: 89

ratebeer Rating: 94

Hayward Abbey Rating: 92

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
djcampbell (8) - Moravany, CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 22, 2017 does not count
Velice originln čern pivo. Ve vech směrech přjemně potěilo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3615) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2017
11.2 oz. bottle that was a gift from my nephew Luke. Pours a hazy, somewhat muddy brown with a thin tan head. Very pleasant aroma of caramel, figs, and brown sugar. The flavor is a bit more subdued than the aroma with caramel, figs, brown sugar, Belgian yeast and a bit of alcohol heat. Mild bitterness at the finish. Very heavily carbonated which I think took away from both the flavor and the mouthfeel. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DeliriumT (508) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2017
Pours black with white head. Aroma of clove, spice, rum and toffee. Flavour of candi syrup, faint hop taste and dark fruit ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (3637) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2017
Dark brown pour with reddish hues with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of dark fruit, licorice, and molasses. Dark fruit flavor with licorice, coriander, and some caramel. Excellent lacing. Very nice beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SebBrews (91) - Bucharest, ROMANIA - JAN 12, 2017
Pours a very murky brown-burgundy color with a thick, dense beige head. Caramel and plum jam aroma, raisins, grapes. Sweet, malty taste. Yeast, dark fruits, cloves. Creamy with average carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
I_LUV_BEER (223) - - JAN 5, 2017
Served in a snifter from a 330ml bottle. Pours dark garnet-brown colour with a thick beige head. Aroma is banana, molasses, malts and caramel. Taste is caramel, molasses, bread, banana, slightly bitter and sweet, finishes off with bitter-sweet and slightly sour combination . Full body with medium carbonation. Very nice indeed!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thechasm442 (911) - Chicago heights, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2017
750. Murky brown with a pillowy khaki head that leaves decent lacing. Aroma is full of dark stone fruits. Figs, plums, and raisins. Lots of Belgian yeast as well. Taste is fruity with dark stone fruit, lots toffee, and molasses. Heavily carbonated with a semi sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maersk (212) - MOLDOVA - JAN 2, 2017
Deep brown, clear, thick beige head. Aroma of ripe fruit, a bit rotten and metallic when cold and with more caramel after warming up. Lots of carbonation, sightly tart finish and watery body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
littleworm (2) - Chesterfield, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2016 does not count
Love this beer. Bottle at home, with a Delrium Tremens to follow. A great beer to kick off the evening.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Villyzzz (236) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2016
Bottle at home. Pours dark amber with medium sized off-white head. Aroma is yeast and banana. Taste is dried fruits and yeast.

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