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


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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (21553) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 20, 2007
Bottled@Kerstbierfestival, Essen. Deep amber colour, small head. Aroma is mild caramel with some mild hints of metal. Flavour is caramel, sweet malts, red berries and some hints of nuts. Slight metallicness in the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
sayravai (4677) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 18, 2007
(Bottled@Kerstbierfestival 2007, Essen) Dark red-amber with a small, completely fading head. A strange aroma of soap and pine, with some cherry. Sweet-malty flavor with nuts and low bitterness. Medium-bodied, quite low-carbonated palate. Not very clean or complex, but strange.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
yespr (33597) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2007
75 cL bottle. Pours hazy brown/orange and with a diminished off-white head. Spiced aroma. Flavour holds sweet malt, slight breadish and a mellow spice note. Sweet dried fruit. Ends with a smooth spice and fruity note. Nice but also somewhat off-balance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
faroeviking (10285) - FAROE ISLANDS - NOV 16, 2007
Bottle. Pours a red-brown colour with a big off-white head. Aroma of dark fruits, spices and roasted malt. Good mothfeel. The flavour is sweet with a roastish maltiness and caramel, dark fruits, some spices and bit of hops. Bit oxidized but still fine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grovlam (4157) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2007
Bottle vintage 2006. [Courtesy of thewolf, thanks buddy!] Huge beige creamy head that mostly lasted. Excellent lacework. Clear amber color. Aroma of fruit, bread, toffee, spice and what appears to be a light oxidation. Medium bodied with a soft carbonation. Moderated sweet flavor. Sweet fruity finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11314) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2007
Vintage 2006
Bottle, bought @ Kolding Vinhandel. Pours a deep red with a big, creamy off white head that leaves lots of lacing. Aroma is rye bread and a very well-balanced spiciness that is impossible to pin down. Full and creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is lightly oxidized, but caramel, spices, toffee and light hops still peep through. Will need to try this fresh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maria (10187) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2007
Mahogany, nice head. The aroma has notes of yeast and fruit. The flavour is initially very sweet and malty but then comes notes of plum, cocktail cherries, nuts and candy sugar along. Not a favourite...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SHIG (3791) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 18, 2006
Bottle: Pored a dark reddish brown in color with a light brown head. Smell was a spicy floral malt aroma. Sweet overall with a dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (20449) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2007 Bottled. Hazy mahogany colour, no head. Aroma of roasty malt and strawberry jam. Sweet with solid body and clean mouthfeel. Strawberry jam appears to be the one and only flavour. A straight forward very drinkable beer, where did the 9% go?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (37269) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2006
Reddish brown colour with a small head. Nice light aroma of malt and spice, slightly sour. Malty flavour of sweetness, spice and ends up with a alcoholic finish.

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