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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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 12/20
GT2 (8269) - 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 (9998) - 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 (3805) - 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 (2389) - 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 Julio’s 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (6970) - Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2011
750ml bottle. Pours a nice amber/honey color with a decent quickly dissipating head. It smells very fruity with apples, peaches, a hint of pineapple. Like juice, there is just enough yeast to make it smell beery. The taste is very much of caramel, with some yeasty twang. The mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side, though the carbonation is there, it seems the malt flavors come off a bit watery, while the fruity yeast hits home carried by the carbonation. This is a basic Belgian Strong Pale, there’s nothign distincitvly wintery or Christmasy about it besides the fruity scent. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-26-2009 21:36:43

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gription79 (2235) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JAN 22, 2011
11.2 oz bottle. Pours golden with a tall off-white head. Nose was butterscotch and fruity, with sweetness/graininess of pilsner malts. Highly carbonated, slight fruitiness and sweet toffee in the finish. Sweet, Belgian Christmas beer...it had sugar plums (or just sugar) dancing in my head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (5644) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2011
draft at Blue Monk, Buffalo, NY. somewhat darker amber pour. Bready, fruity Belgian yeast. Good flavor. Caramel malts, light to medium floral fruitiness. 8% pretty well hidden. Decent

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mansquito (3281) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2011
New Beer Distributors, NY 11.2oz ($3.80): Pours a brownish red color with a proper looking head. Aroma is actually quite nice, very sweet and fruity, with some nice yeasts and all that. However, the taste is lacking. It is sweet, but not excessively so. Has a kinda flat spiciness going throughout. Alcohol is sufficiently well covered. Good, but not great and the aroma makes you think that you will be getting a different beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 12, 2011
THOUGHTS: Exploded on opening. This was overly sweet. Probably not something I would try again unless I was in Belgium and I could be sure it’s fresh. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a hazy, medium orangey gold with a large, slightly off-white head that kept a nice sheet and left good lacing. It also had tiny, small and medium particles in the body of a thick density. It was bottle conditioned. The aroma had light molasses, caramel and fruitcake; moderate to heavy dough and horse blanket yeast; along with candied fruit, alcohol, honey, candy sugar and apricot. The initial flavor was rather sweet; while the finish was heavily sweet and lightly bitter with an average to long duration. There was honey, candy sugar, caramel, light herbal hops just to balance all the sweetness, lots of yeast, sort of doughy yeast, sugar water and apricot. The medium body was syrupy with fairly soft yet tingly carbonation and an ever so slightly alcoholic finish.

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