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


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RATINGS: 147   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Date: December 30, 2010
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
Appearance: clear gold, creamy white head, heavy lace
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, light spicyness
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor, candied fruit, light spicyness, just a touch of bitterness
Overall: light and sweet and very drinkable but I like a bit more depth in a Christmas beer
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ** /4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2011
Amber and slightly hazy. Smells a little bit plasticy with light orchard fruits. Has some phenols with alcohol, very light fruit and some mild hop spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - NOV 12, 2011
33cl bottle. Orange amber color with a big white head. Bread, cherry, and faint wet straw with lemon zest aroma. Dry with modest alcohol presence and a little mealy malt. Fruity alcohol and A little ripe melon. Light bodied and highly carbonated. Decent pale strong ale but nothing outstanding. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
craftycarl21 (2254) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Bottle thanks to GT2. Hazy golden pour with a fairly large fluffy white head. Nose holds big fruit esters, nectarine sweetness, a touch of caramel oxidation, licorice, and some dark fruit notes in the form of raisin and plum. Flavor brings more intense fruity sweetness along with some bread and angel food cake. Fairly nice, but very sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 3, 2011
A moderately hazy orange pour with mounds of yeast residuals floating in suspension. The head starts out small and white, quickly fading to a ring veneer. Sweet angelfood cake dough gives way to boozy citrus, mild oxidation, buttery toffee, and doughy dark fruits. Graham cracker booze, yeasty dough, and oxidation come out further in the flavor. Thick and sweet palate with a smacking sticky finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (8742) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 3, 2011
750mL. Pours a clear, light orange with lots of yeast particulate. A thick, sheen, beige head erupts. Good retention. Extremely estery nose with diacetyl hints...margarine. Taste is incredibly sweet with licorice, fruit cake, and yellow raisin. Decently cloying with such a wallop of candi sugar. Definitely has Christmas Belgian Strong Ale character despite its SRM. Has some of the old fruit cake character of Gouden Carolus Noel but lacks the black cherry dessert aspect. Overall, too sweet for me and estery to the maximum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (13422) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 2, 2011
Bottle courtesy of GT2, thanks! Bright golden color, thick white head. Aroma of white pepper and straw. Taste is smoothly bitter but plain.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3888) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 22, 2011
330 ml bottle (bb 08/08/12) from a Belgian Christmas Sampler Pack at Bevmo Salinas. Nose is candi sugar, caramel, yeast, and cloves, lightly hazy orange gold with a big, long lasting, heavy lacing, pale yellow head. Flavor is caramel apples, cloves, white pepperiness, and light bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimhilt (2430) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 25, 2011
Pours five+ finger white head that fades very slowly, leaving some lace. Hazy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Grass and malt nose and flavor has malt, hints of honey - nice mellow sweetness. $3.99 for a 330ml bottle from Julios Liquors Westborough, Ma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAY 13, 2011
750 mL bottle. Pours bold orange with lots of floaties and a big whitish head. The aroma is peppery with a few tropical fruit notes, plenty of yeast, some clove, and hints of raisin, rum, and alcohol. The flavor is raisin, mango, a little bit of strawberry, white pepper, clove, coriander, and a little bit of candy sugar. There is a warm yeasty bran muffin quality for a moment, then a dry finish. Mouthfeel is dry, almost to the point of being astringent, but not quite. Not bad.

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