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

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Broad Distribution

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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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - DEC 23, 2007
750 ml bottle. Amber/brown color. Big off-white head. Sweet, malty and fruity, hops and a bitter ending with a strange aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - DEC 22, 2007
Bottle poured cranberry red with a large billowy white head. Aromas of malt, sweet caramel, and raisins fill the nose. The palate is creamy and the carbonation is good Flavors of sweet malt and Belgian spices fill my mouth with a nice peppery finish Great bottle art and this thing hides the alcohol well what more could ask for in a Christmas offering

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
clueo (181) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2007
Great aroma and a nice pour with a small head. A nice milky appearance. The flavor is malty with a nice smooth finish. A very enjoyable Belgian seasonal!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2007
Bottle: Pours a deep rusty color with a fading, fizzy tan head. Soft and sweet fruity aroma. Plummy, raisiny and with a big alcohol presence. Theres also a mild herbal note peeking through. Flavor has an apparent alcohol bite. Peppery ethanol, and sweet Belgian malts. Has some sweet raisin notes as well, but thats about it. Simple and alcohol dominated. A bit of a let down.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frauditor (160) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2007
11.2 oz bottle. boy would I like to do a vertical tasting with this one and the stille nacht. poured little to zero head with varying size bubbles in the foam. Dark copper color and a subtle hint of red. smell was first prunes then honey and cherries. thick on the palate - the glare off the top of the glass was textured. taste was cherries and toast. thick malty aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2007
(Tap) Pours a hazy reddish brown color with almost no head. Light dusty aroma includes some spice... maybe clove or allspice... and light hops. Interesting taste incorporates the spice and some vanilla notes with dark fruit as well. I caught some apple notes, yeast notes, and lots of candy sugar as well. Above average mouthfeel with fine carbonation. I couldnt drink this on a daily basis, but I think its an exceptional beer overall.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (4510) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2012 Bottle, pours hazy, dark brown/ruby with a medium sized beige head. Nose with lots of burned malt and fruits. Flavour of figs, brown sugar and molasses. Slightly hoppy finish. Medium to full bodied. An ejoyable christmas beer.★★★★

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Bottle. Brownish / amber pour with lots of malt particles and a thin off-white head. Very sweet aroma; candy sugar, raisens, lightly spiced and nutty. The palate is creamy. Flavor is a little odd, lots of spices up front, with dark fruit, and malt; then it sort of transforms into a spicy juice-like substance with some hops and cinnamon. Lots of flavors, but they dont work well together and provide for an odd tasting experience.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1384) - Windermere, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2007
Poured a reddish brown color with a medium tan head that receded very quickly. The aroma was of dark malts, caramel, belgian spice, and dark fruits. The dark fruits come forward first then the spices and malts mix in to give a semi sweet taste. The alcohol is masked nicely. This has a medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture that finished with some spices and a little hop bite. Pretty good for a christmas beer.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2007
Pours cloudy dark bronze, with a head of large bubbles that fades very fast. Aroma is big alcohol upfront, with dark fruits and some candi sugar and malt backing it up. Body is suitable medium to thin for a Belgian beer. Flavor is very fruity, sweet malt, with some balancing hops, an d a bit of sharpness from the alcohol. Finish is sweet but not heavy or cloying.


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