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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dorwart (2412) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2010
Decent sized head of white bubbles and light carbonation. Aroma is a bit on the skunky side with some cardboard, light fruit and candy sugar. Color is a hazy dark orange. Light and fruity flavor with some sweet malts, sugar and a touchof yeast. Flavor is better than expected based on the aroma but is still not very good for a belgian strong ale. Finishes, sweet and sticky. Would not recommend.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmEricanbrew (6181) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - APR 8, 2010
Clear orange yellow color with white foam. Nice Christmas spicy sweet aromas. medium body. Decent lightly spiced, earthy fruity pale malt flavors. 33cl bottle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ROGUE (2145) - Newark, Delaware, USA - FEB 12, 2010
750ml bottle. Poured a hazy goldish amber with a thick fine bubbled white head. Smells of sweet malt and candy sugar, along with banana, cherry and apple with some slight alcohol. Fruits are everywhere on the initial taste, but are toned down quickly to leave a dry and surprisingly balanced beer. Not too sweet, as the aroma would suggest. This is a tasty brew and makes for a decent Christmas beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Pours a cloudy dark amber/orange color with golden orange hues and a two finger bubbly white head that slowly settles into a lasting cap. Sporadic spots of lacing. Slightly earthy spicy aroma with lots of estery Belgian yeast notes. Hints of light fruit especially apple, pear and strawberry. Peppery zest and spice with cinnamon, Christmas pastr, earthy grass and subtle hops. Highly carbonated up front with a slightly creamy and very earthy medium body. Lots of dry earthy grass(hemp?) notes followed by subtle malt backbone with plenty of estery Belgian yeast and candy sugar. Hints of apple, pear and berry with lots of sharp and dry spicy, peppery character. Also, a good bit of Christmas cake ans slight alcohol. Dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3600) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 15, 2010
750ml bottle shared at a tasting thanks to Arbitrator on BA. Pours a mostly clear orangish-golden color with a fairly large off-white head that lasts. Aroma is sweet malt, spices, and candi sugar. Smells Christmasy and Belgian for sure. Flavor is very malty and sweet with caramel, bready notes, caramel, honey, and spice. Smooth on the palate with medium body and soft carbonation. Pretty nice beer overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (5905) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2010
Bottle split with Dallas. Pours a slightly hazy orange body. Aroma is sharp malt. Taste is basic malt, not a ton of flavor - the aroma is significantly better than the taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DeputyAndy (632) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2010
hazy yellow color. nice sour nose got me excited. was let down on the taste. sweet with no sourness. empty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FishManLA (337) - Abita Springs, Louisiana, USA - DEC 23, 2009
Pours an orangy amber with a fairly large off white fizzy head. Notes of fruit and some floral hints in the nose. First note noticed in the taste is hay/grass with some citrus, wood, and caramel notes coming on just a beat later. Mouthfeel is tingly and slightly chalky. Finish is dry and very slightly spicy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
deyholla (7587) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear orangish amber with an off-white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma has sweet notes with candy sugar and caramel clearly present. Also a bit of underlying nutmeg. Flavor is sweet as well with undertones of nutmeg and alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nearbeer (4008) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 25, 2009
750 ml. Hazy orange with a medium-sized head. Aroma of citrus, caramel, dry grass and wood. Tastes of resiny wood, dark bread, beeswax, spicy orange, and peppermint. Light body is too fizzy for me, has some spice and alcohol warmth, and finishes dry.

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