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


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RATINGS: 143   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2009
Hazy orange, ok head goes down fast. Clovish sprucy aroma, gingerbread. Semi-sweet flavor, with surprising dose of piney hops. Medium-thick bodied. A lot of yeast-feel towards the end. Amazing how all of these "Christmas in Belgium" beers taste so similar despite being different, and I mean this, Pere Noel, Kerstmutske, and Zinnebir X-mas, I haven’t gotten to Winterkoninkske yet. Watch that one taste inexplicably like a Christmas tree.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4053) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Look is copper colored and clear with a nice looking off white lacy head. Smell is paper, hops, malts, candy cane, and fruits. Taste is malts, toffee, sweetness, and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2009
(750ml bottle) Pours a cloudy amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of spruce, plastic, floral, apricot, pineapple, and coriander. Flavor of caramel malt, floral, raisins, spruce, and coriander.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6021) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2009
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, good golden yellow color, strong foam head, nose is sour lemon, minty fruity flavor, finish is lively

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (4879) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2009
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. nice golden pour with a thin cream head. nose of alcohol, spices and earthy yeast. quite smooth on the palate with a musky belgian yeast flavor. some fruits and a slightly carbonated finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jerre (2702) - Waregem, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2008
Bottle, 75 cl. Tasted last sunday 28.12.2008. (with Paul, Leen, Marc) Little hazy amber color with a small head. Aroma sweet, fruits (apples), bit spices. Medium body. Taste bit nice bitter, and sweet, alcohol touch. Good and better than kerstlicht.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 24, 2008
2008 Bottle - Aroma is citrusy, spicy and fresh, pours reddish with a decent off white head...flavour is the obligatory belgian banana and clove, but also tart and fresh fruit, very nice...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 27, 2008
A huge spritzy head shoots up and quickly recedes. The color on this baby is like honey. Sweet and spicy aromas. Full nectar with ample residual effers. Driven by a malty Mac truck through a spice factory. The finish is long, mildly sweet, and spicy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - AUG 27, 2008
Bottle - Poured a darkish amber in color with a foamy white head. Some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is quite sweet with spices... cinnamon, coriander... along with a nice sour yeastiness with plenty of fruity esters... banana and citrus. Flavor is also sweet with *lots* of fruit... especially banana... along with some Belgian yeast and spices. Medium palate. Alcohol is completely hidden. Fizzy... slightly over carbonated. Finish is slightly bitter and sour (yeast?). I liked this one...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2008
Bottle. Pours an amber body with an off white head. Aroma is sweet some cinnamon, and other spices, a bit hot, and some light citrus fruit. Easy to drink and the 8% does it part. Good beer.

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