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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bleeng (1548) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2008
750 bottle. Dark copper with nose of hops, spices, alcohol and more spices. Body is a bit thin and well carbonated-very "fluffy". Alcohol hits first then the spices-not real subtle. An OK beer but not one I’d seek out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2008
750ml bottle: This has a clear amber body with a foamy off-white head. Doesn’t last too very long. It has an aroma of sweet apples and pears, sugary light malts, and soapy yeast. Medium-to-light-bodied, its fruitiness carries the flavor along with some supportive malt, a soapy bitterness balancing it out. Right at the finish you can get a feel of its sturdy alcohol content. Excepty for that, this seems like a pleasant, sessionable ale.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDalkoholic (2185) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 31, 2007
11.2 oz bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar. Poured as a burnt orange hue with a firm topping of head. The nose was a soapy and mild aroma of hop, yeast and malt with none of the elements dominating over the other. The flavor has a delicate sweetness to it and a undeniable spice presence of coriander, and pepper. Aftertaste is somewhat resembling of soap and vinaigrette.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexanderj (3349) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Bottle from a Christmas in VBelgium gift pack sold at bevmo. Poured a ruddy, orange-amber with a short lasting off white head. Aroma of fruit, apple, yeast and sugar. Pretty straightforwad and spicy brew. Alot of sugary sweetness in the beginning, which gave way too fruit and spice. Medium bodied with a moe assertive alcohol presence than expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 27, 2007
From a Christmas in Belgium pack--Poured a nice amber hazy body with a decent off-white head. Nose of sweet chalky semi-sweet and spicy malts. A bit of an alcohol bite but nothing overwhelming. Solid mouth feel--good balance of carbonation and flavor. Finished mild, but overall impression was quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - DEC 26, 2007
(330 ml bottle (part of a Shelton Bros. Christmas gift pack) from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/maine/topsham/b target=blank>Bootleggers) Pretty decent, fruity and sweet...Pours cloudy amber with one finger of biege head. Aroma of stewed fruit, alcohol, a bit of red wine and rock candy sweetness. Mouthfeel medium-full, lots of fine carbonaton, actually quite syrupy-sticky as it warms. Light rings of lacing. Flavor of stewed fruits and candyish malt sweetness. Definitely on the sweet side. Moderate alcohol burn. Seems a little over-carbonated as well. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6422) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2007
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy/fizzy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain, cookie), lightly hoppy (flowers, herbs, apricot), lightly yeasty (basement), with notes of dried pineapple/mango, gum, alcohol, coriander. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Very watery and fairly fizzy too, not much of a mouthfeel to speak of here. Attractive fruity nose, but pretty run of the mill overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (3341) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 24, 2007
Pour is a hazy orange with a huge white head. Aroma is a very sweet fruit with some caramel and a touch of yeast. Flavor is heavily spiced with some nutmeg and lemon peel. Finish is a bit bitter and candi sugar. A bit different but nothing earth shaking as its kind of a one trick pony with all the spice. More of a spiced ale than anything.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10243) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2007
33 cL bottle purchased at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Pours hazy amber with an average, frothy, off-white head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is average malt (cookie, caramel), average hops (perfume, flowers), average yeast (horse blanket) with notes of alcohol, nutmeg, and brown sugar. Full bodied, alcoholic texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - DEC 18, 2007
nice amber orange, clear, with a lasting head. mild on the holiday spices (good imho, other seasonals can be over bearing). Flavor is musty with barnyard hops and sweet but mild malt presence.

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