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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (845) - BELGIUM - OCT 1, 2014
Bière brune sur lie, dit le brasseur pour montrer qu’il sait parler le français …, entendez plus simplement « refermentée en bouteille ». Bière titrant à 9 % abv, et mon exemplaire de 75 cl est précisément à date exacte ce 1er octobre 2014 !!! L’abbaye d’Aulne fait bien les choses … Couleur brun roux superbe (et rousse marbrée en transparence). Clarté nette. Bulles fines partout, bien vives. Mousse beige caramel bien crémeuse et dense. Arômes de figue, prune, raisin noir, malt noir, pointe de seigle. 1ère bouche soyeuse à la belle prise sur figues et raisins, avec une touche de noix. Arrière-bouche pleine, un rien mielleuse, très belle. 2ème qui s’envole sur les fruits mûrs, la levure, et une pointe de graine de moutarde du meilleur cru. La 3ème bouche développe le thème, avec quelques teintes d’automne. Arrière-bouche longue, très bien faite. La longueur donne une texture veloutée, sur de très beaux fruits et des nuances vineuses qui ne sont pas sans rappeler le Bourgogne du Clos Vougeot. Avec du malt grillé parfois et du bois de santal. La levure est épicée, fruitée, un rien poivrée Superbe. L’alcool est solide et bien progressif, d’un soutien massif aux saveurs. La finale est pareille à la demi-lune rousse qui se couche sur l’horizon en forme de coupe... CONCLUSION : une bière d’abbaye au plus haut niveau. Exemple parfait d’une vraie bière du genre. Pour moi, non pas une « strong ale » comme la classe ratebeer, mais une quadruple de haut vol (et pour plusieurs raisons).

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2005 (Bottle 75 cl) The Abbaye d’Aulne beers used to be brewed by another brewery (I don’t remember which one) but are now made by Val de Sambre. The beer is chestnut brown, clear and appears filtered (possibly with a bit of sediment). Decent, slightly brownish head. Typically, fruity ale-character, nice nutty aroma with typical fullness and sweetness. An absolutely splendid christmas beer. 241203

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (16186) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 5, 2004
Amber color; giant head. Malt nose, spices, banana. Quite sweet, but not too thick; caramel and spices; very light roasted malt. Good, easy, Christmas beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2004
Sweet malty slightly alcoholic aroma. Sweet sugar, caramel and citrus in flavour. Fresh start goes into a sweet finish. Very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - DEC 14, 2003
Dark amber body, small head. Aroma is malt, nut, caramel and some alkohol. Flavor is sweet malt, nut. Sweet alcoholic aftertaste. Sparkling palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (9793) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (6601) - 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
jmgreenuk (5615) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - DEC 18, 2013
Bottle at the Essen OBER Kerstbierfestival 2013. Poured a deep mahogany with a broken off white head. The aroma is big toffee caramel with a zesty bubbly toffee malt palate. Medium bodied with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (3022) - BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2014
Very traditional Belgian Christmas ale, as in: a spiced Scotch. Yellowish, roughly mazed, not very stable foam on a deep bronze beer with a wine-red glow, clear and transparent with vivid carbonation. Dark maltiness in the noses with hints of dates, dark chocolate, orange peel, coriander, a whiff of coffee beans, nuts, candi sugar, thyme, port wine, liquorice; tastes initially fruity with citrussy freshness and a rather harsh carbonisation, rounded and smooth mouthfeel with gentle spiciness, nutty malt base, a bit resinous, in the end chocolatey bitterish, little hops but dry due to warming alcohol. Delivers what it has to deliver in this genre but I’ve had many winter warmers in the exact same style which are a lot better.

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