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

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RATINGS: 1599   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Kleur en uitzicht: Kastanje amber. Een fijn, wit, romig en wandklevend schuim. Geur: Een complex geheel van caramelmout, fruitigheid, kruidigheid, zoetheid van de alcohol. Smaak: Flinke portie alcohol, sterk kruidig, lichte bitterheid. De afdronk is zoet, kruidig en licht bitterig.

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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ReademNwheat (174) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2008
From a bottle. Pours a hazy golden color. Aroma of dark fruits, alcohol, and some yeast. Taste is sort of wine like due to the dark fruits. notes of caramel and spice.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TikiE (368) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Whoa is the first thing I thought when I had this beer. It pours a dark golden brown with a nice head that eventually disappears. You can taste lots of malts and alcohol in this beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Light brown pour with a small off-white head. Spicy nose and a wonderfully rich dark peppery flavor. Thick mouthfeel and a warm, alcoholic finish. Very nice.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ekstedt (6627) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2008
Draught at Caf Delirium, Gteborg, Sweden. Clear reddish brown with a small off-white head. Sweet, alcoholic, and spicy. Not my favourite belgian.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 13, 2008
Small bottle. Pours a hazy light chesnut brown with not much head. Aroma of alcohol and spices. Tastes very sweet, with rich fruit cake flavours. The mouthfeel is coating but not cloying and pretty light given the strength. I was rather underwhelmed to be frank - perhaps a bigger bottle and a couple of years aging would make a big difference.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Defreni (3094) - Husum, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2008
Flaske. Udemrket Belgisk ale, mrk ravfarvet med et lille skum hoved, sd og en anelse krydret. Alkoholen er mrkbar men ikke srlig varm. Udemrket l og s er det vidst sagt.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 9, 2008
75 cl bottle. Dark caramel colored. Small but persistant off white head. Big sweet smell of dark raisons, caramel and alcohol. Massive flavors of plums, raisons, and burnt caramel. Decent mouthfeel. Nice finish with a warming alcohol on the breath. My only detraction here is that the relatively light body of the brew doesnt mesh very well with the huge flavors and big alcohol. Otherwise a great strong dark. 2002

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DenverLogan (1178) - LA, California, USA - JAN 8, 2008
Copper apricot color, small lingering head with sideburns. Half way thru this bottle are big amber chunks...major fishies!! Aroma varies with time opened, glass used, and age of brew...since 1654...Ive been drinking fresh and aged Delerium beers for years, and I love this Noel. The glass rocks also, one of my favorites out of the hundreds I own...ayieeee!! Flavors of rich malts, powder sugar, honey, amber malt, bready, minerals, persimmon, raisins, slight funky fruit rind but really a smooth and rich brew IMHO. Faults could include a very slight bandaid and bitter fruit rind, but this bottle that Im guessing is two or three years old, is really good. Ive been drinking this for over 10 years and always look forward to it fresh, and better, a couple of years old. Smokin!!!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cryotek (206) - Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 5, 2008
A medium looking brownish rusty red orangle color. Not much of the white head is visible in my slow pour. Sweet alcohol, fruity nut aroma. Sweet tasting with pepper, notes of some fruits, maybe plum or grapefruit (like in wine). Very warming, with a alcy bitter sweet dry finish. Good, only problem for this one is there are so many great Belgian Ales!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2008
12 oz shared w/ dpjuart. Pours amber-orange with a small head. Really potent nose of sour cherries, yeast, and vanilla with just a hint of alcohol. Has a VERY strong sour cherry flavor with some caramel maltiness that didnt really cut the sour. A little yeast too. Not really any bitterness, and the alcohol is remarkably well-hidden. Had a decent body. This was unrecognizable from when I tried it on tap.


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