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Artevelde Grand Cru - Brouwerij Huyghe

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Artevelde Grand CruArtevelde Grand Cru

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69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 16.07%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-11-2002)
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Reviews by Ego:
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New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

this is from the brewers of the delicious Delirium line...
$8.99 at Home Liquors, Hackensack, NJ (1 pint)
best by date/date info listed as:
L: 1 2 3 4 (4 is checked) 0 | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 (2 is checked)
I hope this means it was bottled Feb 2004, the web link to the importer on the bottle is not valid, the web link to delirium.be doesnt help much either... they do say on their site (after using babblefish to translate) that this one can be aged for a good three years.. so, I probably won't get botulism (sweet!)

semi cloudy brown with slight amber hues, good look to the carbonation, some bubbles seem to hover in the brew, ok lacing, good near white head that dissapates rather quickly

sweet liquor, ginger ale, peaches, malt.. later on down the pint I get more of a spiced fruit/apple scent

tastes like ginger ale bread laced with honey. the carbonation might turn some off as it feels damn near like a good schweeps to me. very clean finish on the take. no overall taste of the alcohol at a decently high ABV (certainly not an ABV beast mind you).. you really taste what you smell, no deception or surprises here, it really mellows into a nice spiced apple cidery type of thing later on down. I wouldn't label this a session beer, one pint is enough to keep the interest, more than that might be a bit much for most people.

for the price I might just go with the st bernardus abt 12 if I 'need''a belgian. But for kicks and maybe a fall night this is a very nice, well crafted brew, interesting flavors and nose blend as one. it almost defies exact categorization, if you give it a quick pour you really get a nice crackling of sounds. This might be a nice alternative to a port as a digestif after a good meal, but not offset with any big cheese like gorgonzola etc.. a mild swiss or cheddar would be very very nice with this.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2004 03:36:28 | More by Ego
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

04-14-2014 04:47:04 | More by jpd7374
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3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with two finger beige head, foamy and sticky.
Big smell of caramel, dark fruit, red wine, cherries and floral honey.
Really fruity from the first sip, with nice raisin and plum, really sour cherries, banana, acidic red apple, with oranges and lemon throughout (bitter grapefruit at the end). Some red grape mustiness also. Malts are lightly roasted, but sweetened with nice caramel notes and Belgian sugars. Very spicy, with peppercorn and anise, some hints of vanilla, and fainter licorice and maple. Yeasts are a bit sour and "dusty". Hops are green and spicy, mildly bitter.
The finish is somewhat earthy and bitter from the hops and the roast, but the big acidity/sourness balances things out (mostly). Alcohol is a bit too aggressive also. Somewhat fizzy also.
In the end, it's a decent refreshing BSDA, with some off notes though that keep it in the mediocre category.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 01:11:20 | More by dcmchew
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

12-02-2013 04:05:38 | More by jaydoc
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

10-05-2013 19:43:36 | More by KJ2013

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

07-03-2013 22:39:31 | More by WOLFGANG
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2.96/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a lightly hazy amber color and is topped by a light brown head that disappears after a bit. The aroma is a mix of spicy notes, chocolate, prunes, musty earth, and figs. Quite an interesting melange of aromatics actually. The taste is sweet up front, but then moves to a spicy note in the middle. I get notes of cinnamon, figs, prunes, raisons, and a certain woodiness. This beer finishes a tad on the week side, it quickly disappears losing the rich fruity maltiness surprisingly quickly. This beer has notes that are quite reminiscent of a lightly aged beer; hints of sherry and rich meaty malt notes. This beer is reasonably tasty, in fact all of the flavors and aromas I consider quite desirable, but it just seems to be lacking in some way that makes it a bit disappointing. The flavors do not meld enough into a synchronized whole.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 10:13:18 | More by newton99
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3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was told this was rather tasty and discounted at 2 bucks it's worth a try.

A - Very little head maybe just a tiny lace ring. Color is a deep hazy chestnut brown. Mild sediment at the base so it might be as old as the other Belgiums I had tonight.

S - Strong caramel, plums and raisins, fruity yeasts, and a of rum and vinegar.

T - Despite the mild vinegar tone this beer is exceptionally good. Smooth ripe stone fruit with notes of dried sweet apricot and plums. Caramel malt sweetness throughout is also a plus.

M - Not drying at all this one drinks smooth maybe some chalky aftertaste but aged well.

Overall if it's still around I might pick up another couple. Quite a smooth easy drink Belgium strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 06:23:27 | More by DrDemento456
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

12-04-2012 22:21:52 | More by beerpadawan
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

08-31-2012 04:24:24 | More by likeemdark
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3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Big, bright and airy, this robust brew forms a massive head on top a dark, stormy body. 4.0

S: Big malts, caramelized sweetness and light floral hops with belge yeast

T: Boots in with a strong caramelized malt as to be expected from the smell, then turns out a red fruit taste and delicate bitter herb script before finishing with rebound on the sweet side

M: Medium body with a mid level of carbonation, sits a little too long on the palate

O: Although a lovely brew the bittering agent isn't balanced with the sweetness the way that I was looking for after the first few sips. Great aesthetically and a fantastic back story, I feel that it holds more love for Grand Cru enthusiasts then with someone of my bitter loving tastes.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 19:29:15 | More by MsNitch
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Dominican Republic

4/5  rDev +10.8%

06-21-2012 14:18:22 | More by CesarG
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3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle at DELICE & CAPRICES , Brussels

Dark ambery brown colour with big beige foamy head, which leaves a lot of lacing. Aroma is caramel malts, some alcohol and mild fruity- and yeastyness. Pleasant. Flavour is raisins, caramel, sweet malts, some nectary and fruityness as well as mild hopping. Alcohol shows as a very slight glueish note being in the background. Biting carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 18:24:10 | More by beerpirates
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

04-20-2012 23:51:06 | More by chasmandocharles
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

03-25-2012 20:29:54 | More by Morningstorm
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2/5  rDev -44.6%

01-14-2012 22:05:40 | More by Stoutsman
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-25-2011 15:18:00 | More by Rochefort10nh
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North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A massive Belgianesque head forms atop the dark amber colored liquid; several strands of foam stick to the sides of the tulip

Smell: Caramel, candi sugar and a Belgian yeast character that provides some stone fruit

Taste: Caramel, stone fruit and a bitter almost medicinal character provide the opening with a yeasty/nutty element that arrives by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweeter flavors re-emerge to produce a balanced finish

Mouthfeel; Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Not so crazy about the herbal/medicinal flavor but other than that, it is worth a try

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 20:45:16 | More by brentk56
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4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The serving is a bottle bought a few months ago from Beer Mania shop in Brussels, poured into a Belgian tulip-glass, which it nearly filled with huge head of sabayon-looking yellowy foam. The beer looked coffee-colored, or a deep ruby when held right up to a bright light. The smell was of a bakery -- yeast and caramelized sugar -- with some hop flower and grass or hay in the background. The taste is an explosion of toffee and caramel, allspice, nicely balanced by subdued hops with an anis character. I expected a good chew but it wasn't thick-tasting, more of a butteriness, and a tongue-numbing alcohol dose. As for drinkability, I didn't want a second, but then I am almost always content with the first, and this was especially quaffable for a beer of this character.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 22:31:56 | More by ManforallSaisons
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District of Columbia

3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nearly black with a thin tan head that doesn't last. Scant lacing.
S: Phenolic start. Aroma of sour grapes. No pun intended.
T: Roasted malts dominate, with some dark fruits in the background. Definite lacto here.
M: Thin body.
D: Not sure about this one. Would have to try it again before recommending.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 14:40:43 | More by Travlr
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2.08/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I drank this from a bottle into a Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a medium brown with a decent white head and ok lacing.

Immediately after uncapping I was hit with a smell of banana, but in a totally unpleasant way. That was the dominant smell with alcohol.

The taste is very plain and boring. A very poor effort here.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 18:39:30 | More by jrallen34
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3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tasted this brew on tap at In de Wildeman, Amsterdam, Netherlands in March 2009. It was guesting on tap and I had not heard of it, so went for it.

Served in appropriate glass, it looked nice; a very dark porter-like brew with a nice off-white head. No haze or cloudiness noted. Instant medicinal, soaked raisins aroma. The taste was alcoholic, phenolic, warming, robust and a bit metallic.

I would not describe this as easy drinking, certainly two were enough for me and I moved on to other brews.

I was glad to have had the chance to try this on tap. I would imagine the bottled version would be somewhat mellower?

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2009 08:02:28 | More by JohnfromDublin
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4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nearly headless here but the dark opaque brown color looks descent. Big aroma for such a little head; bright fruits, dried fruits, plum, cherry, red grapes, slight caramel and a smooth yeasty character. Fruity malt character also displays some earthy, hearty grain notes and much of the same fruits as in the nose. Caramelized sugars are almost smokey. Nice medium yeasty twang marries well with the fruit notes. Mouthfeel is above average with a creamy carbonation and smooth, full body. Finishes with some light spice, maple, and vanilla notes. This was quite an unexpected treat and a turnaround from a lackluster poor.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 14:44:55 | More by cabsandking
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3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2003.
Appearance : creamy and abundant foam, amber color (disturbed by yeasts)
Smell : Good aroma of malt and caramel light fragrance.
Taste and mouthfeel : slight bitterness
Drinkability : good beer in the style Belgian strong ale

Review added 11-14-2007, translated from french 1-15-2008.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 21:41:54 | More by thierrynantes
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Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Artevelde Grand Cru - 1993 Vintage.
Sampled August 2007 at the Delirium Cafe in Brussels.

330ml bottle at 14 years of age. Pours with a fine level of tanned colour head. The appearance yields deep, deep mahogany highlights. A dark brown coloured body. A tilt towards the light will showcase some clarity.

The aroma is intense! A potent harmony of dark and saturated fruits, sweet chocolate, oak, rich liqueur, anise, caramel and burnt toffee. What really stands out most is this charred, burnt (not roasted - but burnt) toffee. The caramel also is extremely present. The whole production carries a teeth rotting sweetness. I thought the Gouden Carolus line was rich - but this brings it to the next level. It is (almost) too much!

The body hasn't held up incredibly, the backbone of malt has faded but fortunately the flavours still remain. Only a trace of carbonation is left (which is more than enough for a beer of this character). A silky texture. Aging so long this has mellowed into a daze. No hint as to the alcohol but at only seven some odd percent it does come across that much lighter than other Belgian strong ales. Equally, it has held up that much less.

The taste has quite evidently mellowed with time. There is a strong presence of raisins and dates. A soft, light roast imparts an ashy or sutty quality to the malts. The flavour is dominated by figs, oak, and ripe raisins with light butterscotch topping. The yeast on the bottom is so thick I couldn't see through it even up to the light. I don't believe I've ever seen such thickness on the bottom of a bottle.

A wonderful tipple that I can only imagine finding in Belgium! I ordered it in large part because it was the same age as my sister, 14 year old beers aren't easy to come across. But I was equally impressed with how rich and tasty it was. Enjoyed!

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 17:01:39 | More by biegaman
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Artevelde Grand Cru from Brouwerij Huyghe
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