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Brewed by Brasserie de l’Abbaye des Rocs
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Montignies-sur-Roc, Belgium

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RATINGS: 432   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (2328) - Edinburgh, - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle at xmas tasting. Pours murky brown, caramel and spices on nose, quite thin and fizzy, sweet caramel.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
cyrenaica (992) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2014
330ml bottle
9.0% ABV
Bar Hop (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
February 8, 2013
The beer poured a dark murky reddish-brown with a half inch tan head that lasted throughout. The aroma was plums, yeast, bread, and sugar. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was sweet malt, molasses, dark fruit, sugar, and yeast.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
darrennelson12 (414) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 16, 2014
In bottle (Brussels); very nice Noel beer .. quite light body, but very easy drinking compared to other Belgium Xmas beers .. Some cocoa, and caramel ... I wish I could buy this at home ... I would buy again for sure

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lowenbrau (1954) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - AUG 31, 2014
750ml bottle. @home 31-08-2014.
BBD: 20/11/2011. Vintage one.
In short: a sweet boozy dark ale.
Pours hazy dark copper, lots of sediment, with average tan head. Moderate head retention, poor lacing. Ripe fruit, raisins, chocolate, caramel aromas. Medium body, average carbonation, some crispy texture. Taste follows the nose, some liquor notes, alcohol noticed, ripe fruit, caramel notes, viscous texture. Still enjoyable.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
holdan (260) - USA - AUG 13, 2014
Dark cocacolaish. Aroma dark fruits with bubblegum. Taste sweetsour dark fruits, candy malt and some sourness. Full body, text smooth, alcohol hidden, finish sweet-sour.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
adster (400) - HUNGARY - AUG 9, 2014
Teához hasonló színe van, puha habja és erőteljes élesztőtartalma, melynek üledéke láthatóvá is válik a kitöltést követően, s amely alapvetően rányomja a bélyegét mind illatára, mind ízére. Leginkább ez a már-már gombás aromákat idéző, sütőipari, élesztős ízvilág a meghatározó, mely egy ecetesen savanykás, éretlen gyümölcsös keretbe van ágyazva. Kimondottan élénk, egyedi stílusú sör, az ünnepi jelleg ebben az esetben azonban nem feltétlenül lépett előtérbe, bár abban sem vagyok egészen biztos, hogy e típus minden egyes üvegének hasonló jellemvonásokkal kellene bírnia...

1.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
mikske79 (1242) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - JUL 31, 2014
Eén van de minste kerstbieren dat ik ooit geprobeerd hebt, een absolute tegenvaller

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (1824) - BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2014 Classical Belgian Christmas ale, with mousse- to rocky, off-white head and a dark amber to copper colour, clear but cloudy after adding the ’fond’, as it should be. Rich and appealing aroma of banana, pear, strawberry, passion fruit, dark chocolatey and caramel malts, aniseed, floral hops, brown rhum, cloves, ginger powder, coriander, sometimes regrettably also a hint of red cabbage (DMS). Full and deep maltiness in the mouth, caramel candy and dark fruits, leading to a gingerbread-like effect in combination with the spices, slowly increasing in bitterness towards the finish, mouth-filling toasted malts (coffee touch), gentle floral hops and some warming, vinous but never astringent alcohol. Not overspiced like several other Wallonian Christmas ales, this one manages to find the right balance. Love it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jamestulloch (1406) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 21, 2014
Bottle from Henderson Wines. Murky brown body with a thin beige head that fades. Light lacing. Aroma of raisin, wood, prune and yeast. Flavour of earthy, flowery hops, dried fruits, dark malts and spices. Medium body with a smooth, slightly foamy mouthfeel. Soft fizz. A complex, warming Belgian Ale.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5483) - Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2014
750 ml bottle sampled at a BA tasting 2007 vintage from backlog notes 07/08. Pours a hazy amber brown color with a large fluffy off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet caramel malts, yeast, some fruity character, raisins, ample holiday spices, dry yet creamy smooth, some warming alcohol to the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Moravius (503) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 20, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2014 Mai ist ja nicht die passende Zeit für ein Weihnachtsbier, aber ich wollte nicht bis Dezember warten ... - Flasche (75 cl; MHD: 5/2014) vom Bierzwerg. - Schönes Rotbraun, klar. - In der Nase Datteln (mit leicht säuerlichem Stich), Pflaumen, dunkles Malz, Bayrisch Blockmalz, Ingwer. - Antrunk überraschend schlank mit deutlichen Gewürznoten, die an Früchtebrot oder an einen Obstgarten erinnern: Vanille, Zimt, Birne, ein Hauch von Minze ... Mild rezent, eher schlank im Mund; ohne schwere malzige Süße. Auch im Abgang überwiegen Gewürznoten, Hopfen ist kaum zu schmecken. Der Nachtrunk fällt denn auch etwas kurz aus, mit schwach holziger Herbe und einer kühlen Note. - Originelles, nicht zu schwer gewürztes, schlankes und etwas untypisches Weihnachtsbier. Hier waren echte Könner am Werk.


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