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Achilles Serafijn Christmas Angel

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Brewed by Microbrouwerij Achilles
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Heist op den Berg-Itegem, Belgium

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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This hearty amber brew, well-balanced and warming, is the brewer's special celebration of this wonderful season, when the herald angels sing. A Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year to all, from Brouwerij Achilles!


2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jgb9348 (4694) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Muddied, hazy brown coloured body with a deep brass and ruby coloured body and absolutely no head or movement at all. Aroma of honey, yeast ,bread, alcohol, raisins, figs, earth, clay and a good amount of scotch - nice and complex in the smell. Medium-bodied; Assertrive prune and raisin sweetness up front with a little earthy bite at the end of malt and a thinnish, metallic twang at the end. Aftertaste is surprisingly simple and one-dimensional with just a deep earthy bitterness noticeable and some very light caramelised sugar flavours - no complexity, no sweetness and no depth. Overall, sort of an enigma where a beer with not a great look leads to an amazing smell, but is followed up by a mildish flavour and then a finish with no character at all - wierd; Decent at best and disappointing for sure. I’m glad I actually purchased this in the USA and didn’t bring it back from Belgium! I sampled this 33 cL bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors in New York, New York on 25-April-2014 for US$3,80 sampled at home in Washington on 14-July-2014 a few days before returning to New York.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbfobes (2287) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2014
Poured from 750ml bottle, pours a hazy golden orange with a thick white head, aroma is of slight spice and a little bit of Belgian yeast, flavor has a fruity front end with some spice in the finish and a touch of bubblegum, interesting.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bbbeer (586) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Dark brown, medium tan head. Aroma sweet malt, red fruit. Medium-light body, somewhat oily mouthfeel. Flavor is sweet mostly. Mostly malty. Not bad, but not a lot of complexity and a little thin for the style.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
gschrade (590) - Collinsville, USA - JAN 2, 2014
I had this at Global Brew. Pours amber with a white head. Taste sweet, earthy funky flavor. I thought this was so so. I could drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Finhead (1166) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Slightly hazy, golden pour with a thin, white head. The aroma has some sour grape and plum. It has a light, oily body with average carbonation. The taste is sweet with an easy finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wxman (1416) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2013
On tap at Global Brew. Pours a hazy orange/gold with a thin antique lace head. Faint sweet aroma. Taste is sweet roasted malt, honey, bread along with some mild funk.

3.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jayzz (318) - Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Honey aroma and caramel clear color with skimpy head. Has a slight hippy after taste and mildly sweet flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ronaldtheriot (1221) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Serafijn Christmas Angel has a medium, fizzy, spongy head, some lacing left on the glass, and an initially clear (clouds up after the caked bottom contents are swished & poured in), bubbly amber appearance. The aroma is subdued, but one can detect some spices and sweet bread. The taste, just like the aroma, is mostly of beer, with a hint of spice and bread. Mouthfeel is full and fairly prickly, and Serafijn Christmas Angel finishes dry, refreshing, easy drinking, and not the slightest bit alcohilic. Overall, this is a nice Winter beer, because the focus is on beer flavor and not gimmicky spice flavor. RJT

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
hotstuff (4069) - Indiana, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Rated on 6-15-2010 (Bottle) This beer forms a medium sized extremely fizzy white head with a short retention, lots of floaties, hazy golden body, and spotty amounts of lacing. The Aroma is biscuit malt, sweet, spicy, fruity, grassy and floral hops. The Taste is sweet, spicy, lightly malty, and spicy. The Palate is lively and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, this beer was a gusher when opened, easy to drink at 8%ABV, but I did not enjoy the flavor as it seemed disjointed.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillWyce (717) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2013
From notes: Poured hazy orange-amber with a thick, creamy 1-finger off-white head. Sweet, orangey aroma with a very light peppery note and some earthy yeast. Body is medium, with a slight thickness and a dry finish. Flavor is citrusy with a touch of spice, maybe coriander. The dryness in the finish becomes more pronounced as it warms.


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