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


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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goozen (3810) - 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 (5903) - 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 (12387) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 17, 2008
75cl, last tasted at KBF2008, complex, but not balanced brew, sweet, yet easy to drink, clear, good head, nice X-Mas brew

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAR 12, 2008
Bottle@Home. Sweet raisin aroma. Reddish brown color, small beige head, few lace. Sweet, raisin, light bitter, some melon. Sticky and smooth. Not exceptional but very pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (25327) - 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 (4708) - 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 (40453) - 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 (10295) - 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 (4207) - 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.

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