Brewed by Brouwerij Huyghe
Style: Belgian Ale
Melle, Belgium


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RATINGS: 127   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Brewed according to the ancient abbey recipes. A beer brewed with love, is drunk in the right mind.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (17063) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 1, 2005
Bottled (BBE 10/2007)
Dark ruby, good tanned head. Sharp anise/metallic aroma, a bit roast and a bit plums. Carbonated, hard mouthfeel. Quite thin palate, roast, chocolate, evident alcohol, a bit toffee and raisins. Bitterish-sweetish aftertaste, some hops lingering. A bit rough and unbalanced but drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2005
(Bottle 33 cl) Dark indeed with an almost flat appearance, the CO2 is very low. Lightly sweetish with a lovely almost chocolatey aroma. Soft body with a very discreet hoppiness in the palate. An excellent abbey beer. My version was the original from Vieille Villers in Puurs. Now this is brewed by Huyghe. 080194

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - MAR 6, 2005
Bottled. Dark brown colour with a reddish tinge. Huge, frothy and thick head. Vineous aroma with notes of molasses, blackcurrant and an underlying malty sweetness. Vineous taste. Toasted malt, coffee and hints of dark fruits. Slightly vineous, alcoholic and bitter-chocolatey finish. Bitterness lasts quite a while, and turns a bit into medicine bitterness. Mediumbodied with a somewhat creamy texture. This beer is good in all the subcategories, but unfortunately some of its features dont work together that well. Still, I found it to be a bit underrated, here. From all the Belgian style beers Ive had, this one was the one leaning most to porter or stout styles, due to its bitter finish and coffee and chocolate notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 10, 2005
Sampled this Belgian old brown ale at Australian summer room temperature and found it thin and astringent. Judging by the ratings here, it benefits enormously from being chilled! It poured a teak colour with a small short-lived head. The nose is rich and tarry. Molasses and peppery alcohol. The body is too thin for the style and the alcohol too prominent. Nasty cloying spices and sour vinegary notes in the finish. (Bottle)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2004
Dark murky brown with no head. Aroma has dates, malts and bread. Taste is quite complex; malt is dominant, with spices and alcohol. Medium bodied and drinkable. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GregClow (3370) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 8, 2004
Dark reddish-brown colour with a medium sized tan head that quickly disappears. Aroma of dark fruit, sour milk, herbs & tree bark. Flavour is malty and earthy, with some bitter cocoa and medicinal/band-aid notes. Dry, spicey finish. A very interesting beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Radek Kliber (7287) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 6, 2004
Warm aroma, sweet, toffee and toasted malts. Medium bodied. Woody brown, creamy head. Sharp front, aromatic hops, fairly dry. Average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerGod (6168) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2004
Bottled. Purchased at Kulminator. Labeled Oud Vieille Villers Dubbel. Vintage 1997. Dark brown body with lovely garnet edges. Small tan head resting on top. Nose is sort of strong malts, maybe creme brulee, and watery coca with some tarter fruit notes. taste is rich and "meaty" with caramel, spices, sweetened malt, faint fruit notes and light brown sugar. Body feels a bit on the thin side but retains a decent carbonation feel and a lingering spice on the tongue. Almost a bit of tartness or sharpness as well. Finish is thin also while holding onto its spicy and cocoa flavors along with maltiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 16, 2004
Ruby red-brown with an off white head. Malty extract nose with peppery licorice and alcohol and a hint of dark passion fruits in the mouth. Too much sweetness and a roast barley notes although the extra malt is nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2004
Sweet malty aroma, with some brown sugar, molasses, and light bitter-sour hop character. Dark reddish-brown clear, with foamy off-white lacing head. Medium-heavy watery body with medium-heavy carbonation. Starts with some malty sweetness, more dry though, with mild astringent bitterness. Caramel and a little bit of molasses come through in the finish, with some stale hops, papery notes. After has a little alcohol and light nuttiness. Decent, but nothing special.

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