Brewed by Brasserie Val De Sambre
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Gozée, Belgium


on tap


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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Available October to December. Bière traditionnelle de haute fermentation sur lie, refermentée en bouteille, élaborée à partir d’une sélection soignée d’orge et de houblon sans additif chimique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (7831) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 16, 2013
Bottle sample at Essen Kerstbierfestival. Pours hazy brown with a medium tan head. Aroma of dough, bread and caramel. Flavour is light heavy sweet and light moderate bitter. Big fudge and toffee aspects coming out in the palate. Medium to full bodied with moderate prickly carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (11068) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2013
Sampled @ Kerstbierfestival Essen 2013. Clear deep dark red color, small beige head. Smell and taste malts, lightly sweet, a touch of herbs or spices. Medium to full body, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Swaroga (1826) - Brussels, BELGIUM - NOV 24, 2013
75cl bottle. Hazy dark brown with huge, tanned head. NOSE : cooked fruits, licorice, toffee, dried fruits like raisins and figs. burned malts, cheesy yeast aromas. Lactic notes. SIP : oily texture with moderate carbonation. Medium body. Sweet malty beginning with burned and yeasty background. Fruity middle with spiced clove and licorice. More spices further on which mixes with appearing hop aromas. The beer is delicately bitter, sweetness is dominating till the end. Aftertaste is earthy and spicy. Sweet coffee with milk like aftertaste. OVERALL : tasty and well balanced. Nice discovery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
txspartan (1000) - Berchem, BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2012
Fleeting honey aroma. Horrible strong metallic flavour. Watery texture. Some malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
barakihunter (187) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 12, 2012
Aroma is toffee, not much else. Appearance brown in colour with nice tan head. Taste is super - spices, grapes, caramel, toffee. Palate is caramel-like, thick and rich. The tastes hang into the palate. Overall, quite sweet, but not too much!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BartC (726) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - DEC 30, 2011
Bottle at Kerstbierfestival Essen. Off white head on a red brown colored beer. Complex aroma and taste. Anice, cinnamon and alcohol. A bit smoky.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Koelschtrinker (13785) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUL 4, 2011
Geruch fruchtig, deutliche Alkoholnote. Aroma: fruchtig, alkoholisch, herbe, leicht bittere Note im Abgang. Test vom 15.6.2006, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 9,9,8,8,6,8 - 8,15

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goozen (3493) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2009
Kerstbierfestival Essen bottle: Very decent christmas brew with an fine selection of spices, and the colour of the brew is dark red.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer5000 (5204) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 20, 2009
Bottled at Horsens Beerfestival. Dark red with a medium off-white head. Aroma is malt, dry fruit and a acidulous. Flavor is sweet and sour, fruity and spicy. Interesting, quite plesent and a bit funky.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bierkoning (11418) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2008
Corked bottle. Dark brown color, a head that disappears fast. Maple syrup and apple in the aroma. Thinnish, sweet, alcoholic. Apple syrup and cinnamon in the aroma. Disappointing.

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