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


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RATINGS: 151   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 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 (9993) - 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 (4835) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arayaga2 (2114) - portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 8, 2009
Orange with big speckled white head. Aroma is sweet and fruity with prominent banana and caramel. Dry and bready with a hint of grass. Very light, with evaporating alcohol finishing on the palate. $6/750

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (3090) - Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2009
The aroma is ripened fruit, apple, banana, peach, bread, booze (especially as it warms). The appearance is a nice hazy orange, off-white head, particulate matter visible. The flavor is caramel malts, candy sugar, bread. the finish is sweet, slight hop bittering, spicy. Decent, if not actually great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2009
Deep orange/amber color with rich white head. Aroms is malty sweetness with some peachy sugars coming through. Flavor is bready malt with sweet fruits and spices. Very enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DalzAle (2020) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2009
Bottle. Dark brown/orange pour, a little carbonation and plenty of floaties. Aroma was banana, spices, clove and very bready. Flavor of malts, candi sugar, a little alcoholo and finished very sweet. Overall a very good beer, but nothing great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - APR 30, 2009
Bottle. Earthy, musty, fruity aroma. Cloudy orange/red with a very fast dissipating head. Sweet cidery taste with a tiny sour after taste. Medium bodied with lively carbonation and smooth mouth feel. This is a nice beer, a good sipper for a late night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (13344) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2009
Bottle from Belmont Party. Poured cloudy orange brown color with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate spicy apple and yeast aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet warming finish of moderate duration. Good brew and my expectations where met.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (9394) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 1, 2009
Huge, fine-yellowish head over deep orange beer, hazy. Dry, spicy, white candi sugar. Bit flowery, and alcohol lurking. Very dry, spicy taste, bit of liquorice. Vague celeri, or other vegetable - even cilandro. Again, suspicion of white candi sugar. Warming up, almonds, and, strangely enough, some hops coming up. Alcoholwarming, meidum bodied, slick, quite carbonated. Good beer, but nothing original to it.

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