Artevelde Grand Cru - Brouwerij Huyghe
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3.54/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
01-19-2014 01:11:20 | More by dcmchew
2.96/5 rDev -18%
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.
04-04-2013 10:13:18 | More by newton99
3.88/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
01-01-2013 06:23:27 | More by DrDemento456
3.05/5 rDev -15.5%
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.
08-19-2012 19:29:15 | More by MsNitch
3.48/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
06-02-2012 18:24:10 | More by beerpirates
3.7/5 rDev +2.5%
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
05-12-2011 20:45:16 | More by brentk56
4.3/5 rDev +19.1%
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.
01-30-2010 22:31:56 | More by ManforallSaisons
District of Columbia
3.4/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
01-04-2010 14:40:43 | More by Travlr
2.08/5 rDev -42.4%
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.
08-26-2009 18:39:30 | More by jrallen34
3.9/5 rDev +8%
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?
04-09-2009 08:02:28 | More by JohnfromDublin
4.13/5 rDev +14.4%
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.
05-03-2008 14:44:55 | More by cabsandking
3.5/5 rDev -3%
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.
11-14-2007 21:41:54 | More by thierrynantes
Artevelde Grand Cru from Brouwerij Huyghe
82 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.