Brouwerij Huyghe

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Brouwerij Huyghe
Belgian Pale Strong Ale
Ranked #57
Ranked #14,731
3.93 | pDev: 8.91%
Jan 29, 2023
Jan 26, 2014
Very Good
Notes: Brewed for International Woman's Day in March.
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Rated: 3.83 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Nov 19, 2022
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Reviewed by rand from California

3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750 mL bottle into a tulip glass

Apricot-blonde color, super sudsy head with lots of sticky lacing. Floral bouquet with hints of clove and nutmeg, while the flavors carry more of those expected Belgian phenols than the bouquet. Hints of cherries and strawberries, with a fairly light complexion. Tasty and easy to drink, but nothing you’re going to chase down.
Nov 09, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by redfox405 from Virginia

Aug 11, 2022
Rated: 4 by Ushouldbeworkinh from England

Aug 04, 2022
Rated: 4.18 by Rhetion from Florida

Jul 29, 2022
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
750 ml mock ceramic bottle, from Vinmonopolet, Nettbutikken. Shared with Holmen1. ABV is 8.5%. Clear golden colour, huge white head. Spicy, herbal and floral aroma. The flavour has some warming alcohol, but is otherwise fairly lean. Spicy, herbal and floral notes again. Good beer.
Jul 18, 2022
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Reviewed by flagmantho from Washington

3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Poured from 330mL can into my BeerAdvocate teku.

Appearance: light, pale golden hue with just the lightest tiny touch of haze, and a finger of frothy ivory foam atop. Nice!

Smell: lightly malty with a light yeasty spiciness; a bit low in volume but not bad.

Taste: quite sweet with a bit of a treacly malt character. It's not bad, but it's a bit too far to the sweet & boozy side of the spectrum for my taste.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: the maltiness is good, but like I said, it's too sweet & boozy for my taste, even for this sweet & boozy style.
Jul 08, 2022
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Reviewed by HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Crystal clear straw color with a generous head of tight white foam. Sheets and globs of sticky lacing remain.

White grape juice and pear, a bit of honeysuckle and white bread.

Big white grape/white wine notes, pear and clover, white bread, vanilla, honey, and hay. Slight alcohol warmth.

Robust body with ample carbonation, easy going down, fairly clean, slightly slick and oily.

This is sweeter and less estery than Delirium Tremens, but arguably more fruity in a different way. It's an excellent golden Belgian ale.
Mar 12, 2022
Rated: 4 by Shan-man from New Jersey

Dec 24, 2021
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
12oz can from Boise Co-op. Clear golden pour, one finger foamy head, slowly fades. Malty aroma, bready, light Belgian yeast. Yeast first on the taste, sweet malt, fruity, mouth coating. Finishes dry.
Dec 02, 2021
Rated: 3.43 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Nov 29, 2021
Rated: 3.94 by BKotch from Texas

Nov 13, 2021
Rated: 4.09 by KT3418 from Colorado

Oct 30, 2021
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Reviewed by bobv from Vermont

4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
11.2 oz. can.
L1120 on bottom of can.

Vigorous pour into a Delerium Tremens snifter yields a 3/4 inch white head over a nice and bright golden body with lacing. Bubbles never stop coming up from the bottom of the glass to keep the surface white. Nose of slight citrus and slighter funk with a bit of floral aroma as well. Taste has slight peppery yeast with a slight herbal/earthy/funky quality. Quite delicious and refreshing! Nice feel and overall, a treat to be sure. Odd that I've never seen this in Vermont before being that it's been around for over seven years!
Oct 04, 2021
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass. It smelled of sweet fruits, toffee, caramel and some yeasty notes. Sweet fruity taste with toasted caramel and touch of funkiness.
Sep 29, 2021
Rated: 3.78 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Sep 26, 2021
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Reviewed by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours medium gold and crystal clear. Moderate foamy head. Great lacing. Endless streams of bubbles.

Aromas of floral and grassy hop, yeast, and grainy pale malts.

Lightly honey-kissed pale grainy malts on the tip of the tongue. And then a melange of phenols and esters arrive in midstream. White grape, apple, pear, bubblegum, peach. White peppery yeast arrives here too. A the brew slides toward the back of the palate, some lemony notes and floral and grassy hop notes arrive, along with a bit of clove and bandaid/liniment.

The brew is perhaps a bit beyond medium, but not heavy or sticky. It isn't crisp, but it has a nice drying finish with great carbonation.

Is it sacrilege for me to say I think I like this more than DT? It's drier and has more peppery yeast. Awfully good for a special-occasion brew. I would reach for this year round.
Sep 25, 2021
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Rated by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Tasted in a snifter from a 12 fl oz can at Emil's Tavern on July 29, 2021.
Sep 22, 2021
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
On tap at Das Beer Garden. Clear golden. Smells of herbal and spicy hops, light grain. Smells like a classic European lager, strangely. Tastes of herbal hops, then sweet fruity notes, sweet grain. Lightly bitter finish. Medium body, maybe medium heavy. Nice.
Sep 06, 2021
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Reviewed by BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Brilliant bubbly gold appearance with a foamy white head. Aroma of wine grapes, fruity esters, and spices. Flavor is bold with a apple cider flavor and some white wine grape residue. Finishes dry. Nice complexity and the high abv is well concealed. A definite sipper that would go well with pork chops or salmon. Very good.
Aug 31, 2021
Rated: 4.14 by jason_nwx from Oregon

Aug 27, 2021
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Reviewed by Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bought a single 11.2oz can $5.99 Village Bottle Shop
L1118 stamped on can
Smell of coriander, spices
Clear golden color
Medium mouthfeel
High carbonation
Taste of alcohol is strong, citrus, lemon, lime flavors
Overall just ok. Not what I would call Belgian Ale. Doesn't have that well-made taste I expect from a Belgian beer. Not worth buying.
Aug 20, 2021
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
11.2oz can stamped L1119 (brewed in April 2021?) poured into a tulip glass at 54° Fahrenheit 8.5% ABV. The beer pours brilliantly bright pale gold in color with nearly white head. The head recedes to a thin ring and single layer of bubbles. A web of clingy lacing stays behind as the level drops in the glass. The aroma is mild with pale malt up front and lesser notes of bubblegum and clove. The taste is pale malt followed by an immediate earthy, drying bitterness and flavors of white grape, clove, grass and bubblegum. Moderate bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, very good. This beer is slightly drier, more bitter and presents more hop flavor than most Belgian Strong Pale Ales. I very much enjoy it for all those reasons more so that most in the style.
Aug 15, 2021
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Reviewed by imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
pours a bright and clear yellow gold body with a chalk-white fizz head that billows but settles almost immediately down to a thin cap, which itself dissipates fairly quickly, ultimately leaving a thin halo behind after a few minutes. a lot of thin-bubbled lacing remains as it goes, though only a few strands tend to stick fully behind.

the aroma here is floral, sweet and sticky apple (yellow-green varieties conjured), with a little yeasty spiciness and grape must.

the taste expands the picture with a tad more hop presence at the end which bitters and balances the sweet and musty notes with a tea bag type herbal kick; honeyed yellow apples and pear with grape must and Belgian yeast-associated spice on the wings, finished by aforementioned light herbal teabag bitterness.

mouthfeel is higher carbonation and light bodied. it runs crisp and light, with prickles here and there before finishing dry and producing a bittersweet slightly herbal finish (think hot tea with honey)

I wanted to mark my 600th beer review with an entry in my favorite style. somehow, I've only just now gotten my paws on this one, and it came as a cheerful 4-pack of pink cans.
while it will be on the absolute top of no one's Belgian pale list, it is definitely noteworthy and deserves a solid nod, and certainly stands out among others in the group as an original take, expertly done. i would highly recommend to people who enjoy white wine and would like to explore the world of beer, or as part of a Belgian Pale flight. it's a little on the sweet side and hardly has any of the trademark "bubblegum" but highlights alternative shades of flavor brought on by the yeast, and doesn't have a noticeable booze hit.
Aug 10, 2021
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Reviewed by Nass from Florida

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
My vintage is the 2018 edition. I like the classic bubblegum pink Deliria can art. The pour is golden yellow. The taste is golden apple, fresh cantaloupe, yellow raisin, & the near the finish their is a bitter spice note that is reminiscent of some cracked white pepper & coriander. All in all, this was a good beer but it still does not top their flagship beer which happens to be one of my favorite beers "Delirium Tremens". Cheers! B
Jul 29, 2021
Rated: 4.05 by MutuelsMark from Kentucky

Jul 25, 2021
Rated: 3.87 by RollDamnTide from Florida

Jul 24, 2021
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Reviewed by BEERMILER12 from Maine

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Pours a golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head that sticks around for a while

S: Fruity Belgian yeast up front along with some lighter spiciness and floral undertones

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the fruity and spicy yeast character, followed by some lighter floral tones. Very light bitterness. Finishes with lingering yeast characteristics

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly standard Belgian feel

O: A solid strong golden ale that definitely hits hard with the yeast characteristics and some light hops. Very easy to drink, especially given the 8.5%. Feels much lighter than that. Worth a drink
Jul 13, 2021
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Reviewed by cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Clear golden body with a modest head that opens in the middle to form a medium thin ring. There's not a lot of lacing. A swirl brings a temporary froth, which exposes more than the musty notes with vague indications of barn yard I originally got from the beer. Sweet pear with a hint of tangerine and lemon on the fruity end; bubblegum to add sweetness; and spicy herbal hop notes (like arugula, chive,mild scallion) come out to me. The spice might be from the alcohol throwing off more typical grass hop notes, though.

Taste isn't quite as complex, but is satisfying in its relatively simpler form. Slightly sweet opening of orchard fruit and bubble gum is washed away by a nice grain and grass flavor reminiscent of a nice pale ale. The Belgian yeast definitely gives this a slightly fruity edge to me, and the beer goes dry from its midpoint until the end. Carbonation is moderate.

A good beer overall, it becomes more enjoyable to me as it drifts away from refiigerator temperatures.
Jul 09, 2021
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Mar 16, 2021
Rated: 3.64 by WynnO from Florida

Mar 15, 2021
Rated: 3.93 by lackard-b from Tennessee

Jan 23, 2021
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Reviewed by SimplySinister from Florida

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - normal pour into chalice producing a light cloudy straw colored brew sporting a cream colored 1” dissipating head. moderate to high carbonation.

S - Wheat, hops, light lemon zest citrus note.

T - Very hoppy kick up front. Huge citrus, floral, tart. Light grape And honey notes. No artificial or synthetic flavors.

M - Thin, refreshing, crisp, ends with a momentary linger.

D - Perhaps this brew could be best defined as a love child between an IPA and a Pinot Grigio. With that being said, it’s a very good brew. It might be a little one note but the note is fantastic. I’d definitely have this one again if I could find it
Dec 01, 2020
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Reviewed by jettjon from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From a bomber marked 2020 limited edition into a Perfect Pint glass. Slightly hazy golden clear color with large white head of tiny foam which fades slowly, fueled by a significant amount of precipitating carbonation. Nose of cloves and spice, a bit of honey and bread. In the mouth it’s nicely crisp as appearance advertises. A bit drier than the nose advertises, it’s more of a spiced Champaign flavor with surprisingly bitter hops at the finish. 8.5% ABV is well integrated. Overall, a solid Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Would try again.
Nov 28, 2020
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
i am a little sad that i didnt even really know this existed until i saw it at the shop, had to grab it up, a strong belgian pale from such a reputable and traditional brewer, stoked! the zero light coming into the bottle definitely helps this wish freshness, nothing tired or stale about it, which often plagues imported versions of this style in my experience. instead its extremely bright and lively and clean tasting, way more unique than anticipated, and something i was almost sad to be sharing, even in large format, and its a beer i am already thirsty for again, just great if you like the style. its blonde and bubbly, really light looking for its strength and holding a high white classically belgian looking head, pretty beer, clear through most of the bottle then softly sedimented, gorgeous and very alive. aroma and flavor are similar, some fresh herbal tea-like character from the hops which push through, lightly bitter, grassy, and floral, springy and unique without jumping way out. the yeast is crazy too, its bubblegum and pear and usual belgian esters at its coldest, but it warms to an interesting place here, light green olive brine, elderflower, and honey, peach candy, buttery biscuit, and citrusy dish soap, oddly appealing, unifying, and cohesive. the high carbonation and the very light body this has makes the texture amazing, dangerously refreshing for its strength too, and it finishes pretty quick and dry, even if the yeast is the last thing i taste, almost by itself on the swallow. simple in a way, but also wildly complex for just a few basic ingredients too, i love the layers but also just how drinkable it is. impressive in overall quality and a wonderful example of this style at its very best. a treat to drink and reasonably priced too. so glad to have experienced this!
Sep 07, 2020
Rated: 4.12 by SViterileroux74 from Texas

Aug 10, 2020
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Reviewed by TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
L: clear, golden color, thin head, minimal lacing, lots of carbonation
S: Not much on the nose, some fruit, slight hint of Belgian yeast
T: Refreshing, hints of honey and green apple
F: nice mouthfeel for a light bodied brew, slightly white wine finish
O: Very enjoyable, goes down good on a hot day
Aug 09, 2020
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
2020 vintage
Pours a fizzy airy foamy head with med retention, light lacing, crystal clear golden planner color

Nose brings nice Belgian yeast characters, fruity esters, generic tree fruit and bubblegum, grainy blond malt, light peppery phenols, mild citrus

Taste is unique, very fruity like strawberry raspberry thing, fruity esters, light peppery phenol, strange spices, little grainy cereal malt, some bitterness with mild herbal spicy hop, light warming smooth alcohol

Mouth is med bod, light warming alcohol, high effervescent almost distracting carb

Overall interesting, good base Belgian pale but the unique fruits make it a little too fruity, but otherwise good
May 22, 2020
Rated: 3.78 by Sound_Explorer from Washington

Apr 03, 2020
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