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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (5074) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2009
The appearance of cloudy tea with a nice white foamy head that has good retention. Aroma is yeast and fruit, even a bit funky. Flavor is peppery spice, fruity with plenty of esters. It is sweet but not sugary. Feel is medium bodied with peppery zing. Alcohol sneaks up on you. Temperature does good things to this beer. Enjoyable, refreshing, and just plain good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 27, 2009
11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. ASCA is burnt orange with ruby highlights in color. The head starts off large but settles quickly leaving nice lacing. This is an attractive beer. The aroma is mostly banana and yeast. If the aroma was a tad stronger it would be better. The body is on the thick side and heavy on the carbonation. I taste alcohol, light tangerine and plantains. There is a touch of spice that isn’t cinnamon, nutmeg, clove or garlic though. I am having a hard time pinpointing it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5759) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 26, 2009
75cl, exclusive brew, from the brewery, complex brew, yet easy to drink, balanced, hazy, good head, good X-Mas brew

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
paiste2002 (185) - Saugus, California, USA - JAN 21, 2009
Bottle from the Christmas in Belgium sampler pack. Pours amber with a nice white head. Aroma is spicy sweet with some yeasty earthiness. Flavor is caramel malty, some spice with a slight hoppy bitterness (citrus/spruciness) in the finish. Not bad, not great!

   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 (4168) - 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 (6036) - 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 (4960) - 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 (2723) - 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.

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