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

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RATINGS: 1619   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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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4.4
p0urmeac0ld0ne (413) - Merthyr Tydfil, WALES - JAN 4, 2018
400th Rating! :D - One of the best beers of the year, something I have been looking forward to drinking since I brought some back from Belgium. Such a complex and delightful beer to drink; epic dark fruit flavours unfold with a sherry / fortified wine feel and alcoholic bite. Insane carbonation which made pouring a bit of a laugh but it meant that the head (and also the mouthfeel) remained consistent over the long sipping period (not long enough!). Brilliant stuff.

3.9
vinivini (3148) - Gomel, BELARUS - DEC 31, 2017
Bottle. Almost clear amber pour. Tall off-white head. Very good retention. Aroma: sweet candy, caramel, banana, spices, yeast. Medium plus body. Light sweet taste. Caramel, candy, banana, dried fruit, spices. Decently hopped. Some harsher alco on ending along with light hop bitterness. Still good.

3.4
cgil68 (50) - - DEC 31, 2017
1 pint 9 oz bottle pour at home into a tulip glass. Tan head that throws off a yeasty spicy fruity aroma. Rich mahogany color nicely effervescent. Fruity with a palate cleansing bubble that finishes with some spicy hop bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
tightslice (1530) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 27, 2017
2017 version on tap at Harry's Hofbrau in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is banana bread, spiced bread, Christmas cakes, toffee. Taste is tangy cloves, caramel, spiced breads. Very drinkable with a spiced-dry finish.

3.8
Inoven (1043) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2017
Flesje gedeeld met familie. Amberkleurig bier met weinig schuim. Aroma is hoppig en moutig. Smaak is kruidig en hoppig. Nasmaak is kruidig.

3.4
TomHendriksen (1018) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2017
Fles geproefd met BartvG bij Inoven. Het is een bronskleurig bier met een volle schuimkraag. Het heeft een zoete fruitige smaak.

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artyom (1229) - Osijek, CROATIA - DEC 26, 2017
0.33l bottle. Brown color with beige head. Aroma is fruity, toffee, some vanilla and raisins. Taste is sweet with some bitterness and alcohol warmth. Full body. Overall it's very good beer.

3.6
Dazka (182) - Milan, ITALY - DEC 25, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2017 Ar: fruity from yeast, caramel malt Ap: dark amber, creamy head T: med/high sweetness, med bitterness P: full body, long finish

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Rumbero (90) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2017
in a large snifter. this is a model 2017 Noel. Appearance: pours amber/brown with a frothy tan head that extends up about 2". unfortunately it dissipates to about 1/8" rather quickly. the beer is opaque (can still see partially into it but not across the glass). minimal lacing was observed. Aroma: Sweet dark fruits (plums, figs, dates, etc.) and estery Belgian yeast. Candy and caramel with holiday spices. Taste: lots of sweetness from malts and candy sugar combining with caramel and spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Dark fruit flavors are more subdued here. Bitterness balances well. Palate: medium to full body. rich and creamy texture with very lively carbonation, pronounced astringency. Finishes with a strong boozy warmth that slams the palate hard and lingers. Overall: a fun and pleasant holiday spiced Belgian. Definitely enjoyable at this time of the year and would probably be even better enjoyed in more wintery conditions.

3.6
ZacM612 (870) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2017 Draft at What’s on Tap. Dark copper color with white head. Caramel, Belgian yeast, Not bad.


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