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

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RATINGS: 1605   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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3.9
theisti (4126) - Kansas, USA - DEC 25, 2007
750 ml. bottle from my in laws (I believe they purchased at World Market), enjoyed Christmas eve. This bottle was from March, 2006. Pour is brown-copper-ruby-orange with a one 1/2 inch tan head. Aroma of Belgian yeastiness and holiday spices. Taste mirrors the nose quite closely, though is far more carbonated than it appeared. Carbonation made this very soft, and really nice with the roast dinner. I really enjoyed this one.

3.7
bhensonb (15188) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 25, 2007
March 2006 bottle. Vinous, ripened fruit aroma. Dark amber color with a orange-beige head that did not stay, though it laced lightly while departing. Medium in body with very smooth carbonation. The flavor is something of overripe plum accompanied by sweet malt and mild spice. Heat is noticeable on the way to the finish, and it ends a bit dryish with arguably floral hop. It’s very sippable. Might be a counterpart to an American barleywine.

2.3
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - DEC 25, 2007
Not for me. Too sickly sweet and cloying. I don’t know what I expected but this wasn’t it.

3.6
Padron4KM (810) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - DEC 25, 2007
Poured this on Christmas Eve while performing my "Santa" duties for my daughter and nephew.

Hazy amber, large tan head and sticky lace.

Aroma is malty sweet with a touch of candied fruit.

Flavor is sweet fruit with some spicy clove and light hops.

alcohol is well hidden.

3.7
douglas88 (9176) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 24, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2008 Bottle. Pours a nice amber/red color. I am not sure why, but there is a ton of particulates in this beer. Cherries maybe? The aroma is sweet candy canes and cherry. The taste is sweet cherries, apple, spices, some alcohol warmth and a bit of hops. Not bad at all. Merry Christmas.

3.8
leninthedesert (116) - Nevada, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Clean amber brown pour with a thin head. Aroma - citrus, malt and yeast. Fruit palate with a mild alcohol singe. Great winter pour!

3.7
alobar (3778) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Christmas! A great time for winter beers. Pours brown with a tan head. Nose of fruit, malts, and some hops. Taste of spice, vanilla, malts, and alcohol. Hot edge takes away from the complexity of this beer.

3.7
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
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
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!


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