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


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RATINGS: 1953   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   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 ain’t 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 that’s on is the one in the dining room, that and my laptop. There’s 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. I’ve done the hour-before-guests come thing, but a day, that seemed overkill. Until I tried it. It’s the same principle for some of the better Belgians, including this one. Honey, malted chocolates, plums, dried cranberries. There’s more here, obviously, but that’s 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

velcro220 (1) - - JAN 16, 2018 does not count
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2018 Excellent Belgium with a light brown head and a nice dark color. Smooth and rich but not at all bitter.

YantarCoast (1625) - Moscow, RUSSIA - JAN 15, 2018
330ml bottle from Pivnoi No. 1 in Moscow. Pours dark red with small beige head. Aroma is cherries, spices, yeast, caramel. Taste is light sour followed by medium sweetness, dark malt, dried fruit, spices.

aleanguz91 (182) - Grignasco (NO), ITALY - JAN 4, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2018 Bevuta il 04/01/2018 @DurtyNelly'sPub in Borgomanero (NO). Colore tonaca di frate. Abbondante schiuma beige pannosa e persistente. In bocca forti note maltate, toffee, caramello, uvetta, prugne, frutta matura, leggero speziato. Media carbonazione. Buon corpo, è vellutata, calda, riscaldante. L'alcol viene fuori piano piano senza essere fastidioso. Finale amarognolo, simile al caramello bruciato. Ottima.

maciejgmaciej (112) - POLAND - JAN 1, 2018
Niestety rozczarowanie, aromat całkiem przyjemny, kolor bardzo ładny, piana również, ale w smaku praktycznie nic tylko kwaskowe i czuć zbyt mocno alkohol.

unclefrito62 (382) - Stow, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2017
750 ml bottle at home. WOW What a wonderful beer. Beige head Dark brown and lovely on color. Very carbonated. Smooth, taste the Belgium sugars . Sweet. Just an awesome beer. Cheers!

vcsa (74) - - DEC 28, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2017 Appearance: Pours unclear dark brown with a rich and lasting creamy tan head, good lacing. 5/5 Aroma: Roasted malt, yeast, caramel and fruits, with hint of liquorice and coriander. 6/10 Taste: Yeast, caramel, cheery and ripe fruits, with a hint of coffee. Flavor is moderate sweet, nice balanced with bitterness and sour. Finish is fruity, and a little hoppy and spicy. 6/10 Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, oily slightly syruply palate, soft carbonated. 4/5 Overall 12/20

Grisza77 (895) - Poznań, POLAND - DEC 20, 2017
Miedziane piwo o dość obfitej pianie, która pozostaje do końca w formie mgiełki na powierzchni. Aromat owoce i lekki zioła. W smaku owoce, lekki karmel i przyprawy. Goryczka średnia. Ogólnie całkiem udany belgijski strong ale niczego nie urywa, ale jest dość solidny.

Alalves (1) - - DEC 17, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2017 Bom aroma. Espuma exuberante creme. Pouca gosto de álcool. Sabor cremoso. Amargor equilibrado. Muito boa

DonGregorio (619) - POLAND - DEC 17, 2017
Bottle. Clear dark red beer with large, disappearing tan head. Aroma of yeast, spice, pear, apple, dried fruit, some candy sugar. Taste is light to medium sweet and medium- bitter, of yeast, spice, pear, apple, dried fruit, light caramel, with notes of spice in the finish. Medium body, average to lively carbonation. Quite good.

caketm (422) - Czestochowa, POLAND - DEC 17, 2017
Butelka 0,33 l. Wypita 17.12.2017. Barwa rudo czerwona, zmętniona. Piana gęsta ale szybko opada. W aromacie suszone owoce. W smaku również. Bardziej wytrawne niż słodkie. Wysycenie dość wysokie.

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