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


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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JAN 16, 2008
This beer, like the other beer I tried from this brewery, suffers from mediocrity. There’s nothing to shout about this beer or to bash, even in the slightest so what you wind up with is a ho-hum Belgian Christmas beer that cannot stand up next to the heavyweights like Scaldis Noel, St. Bernardus Christmas beer or even Affligen Noel and others. The aroma on this beer is babypowder, dried apricots, bubblegum and some undiscernable spices. Appearance is a burnt orange color with a very small head. Suprised to see such a small head really. Flavors of light fruit, yeast, light malts, and alcohol. Too much carbonation for my liking and too much alcohol. All too common characteristics found in some Belgian beers which, for my liking, drops it some points off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2008
Pours a transparent deep copper amber with a well-lacing off-white head. Aroma of sweet doughy caramely Belgian malt has some earthy floral hop notes. Body starts fairly full and bready malty with some nice caramel sweetness and hay notes and earthy bittering hops. Finishes slightly drier and biscuity. A nice Belgian strong ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2008
Clouded amber appearance, adequate off-white head. Big aromatics, large, loud yeast, plenty of fruit, apples, pears, cherries, melon, somewhere between sweet and sour...just this side of funky, and entirely reminiscent of the that essence found in the best trappists. Love it! Tastin’...fairly fizzy in the mouthfeel, a little too tingly on the tongue, but the fruit continues, the funky fresh feelintg in the flavor, and lingers in the finish. A spicy kick drives through the drink. Warm, slightly boozy, bready, plenty of malt and yeast, and everything I look for in a holiday ale. Nice one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5727) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2008
Gold and hazy in color. Aroma is light fruit, yeast, and a little skunk funk. Light and fruity flavor. Yeasty esters, banana, and spice. Big carbonation with a nice medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (2694) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2008
The beer pours with a large head but it quickly fades into an surface covering lacing first but eventually into a hairline thick ring. It’s got a very hazy, orange/copper body with a medium clarity. Aroma first starts with nice sweet banana esters and then there are faint granny smith apple skins. Light sweet grainy cereal there as well. Taste is a sort of reduced version of the aroma light cereal, banana, apple skin. Medium body with a strong carbonation. Nothing "special" except an easy drinking yet full beer.
11.2oz bottle, Shelton Bros winter mix pack, Corsendonk tulip glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JAN 11, 2008
Bottle, from Christmas in Belgium gift pack. Not sure what im missing here, but I thought this was great. Nice amber color, spicy, earthy nose, and a nice warming hoppy flavor. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 9, 2008
The Dan Journal #146. Tasted 12/15/07. 750ml bottle. Hazy apple cider hue. Sparse white head. Musty aromas with a touch of citrus and spice. Medium to full bodied with a good cocoa note and a moderate burn. Banana yeast and a nice melding of flavors. Mild peppery spice. Tight effervescence. Mild holiday spice. Good but not great.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
artistsatwork (25) - USA - JAN 7, 2008
Saying it was the best of the Christmas in Belgium 2007 gift pack sounds more impressive than it really is. I hope next year Shelton Brothers finds better beers to consider special enough to give to give to your friends.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Warming is a word used foundly, not here. The warming sensation you get with this beer is sweet but weird tasting, lots of alcohol and straw taste, not recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (10554) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2008
Bottle poured a hazy golden amber with a lasting off white head. Aromas of straw, pear, spice and yeast. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of pear, apple, spice, light straw and light yeast with a smooth slightly warming bittersweet finish.

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