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


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RATINGS: 149   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (5065) - 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 (3019) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Attractive, deep caramel pour. The nose is yeast and banana. The flavor is sweet complexities and malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rayOfBeer (673) - El Cerrito, California, USA - APR 28, 2008
Poured from 33ml bottle an amber orange with off-white medium sized head that faded quickly and low carbonation. Aromas of rising dough with bubblegum and a yeasty tartness. Flavors of light toasted bread, caramel, some soft fruit hints like pineapple and mango, and a bit of bubblegum. It has a nice balance between sweet and dry. Palate is mildly sweet with a yeasty tartness and very mild spiciness. I liked this beer. Wish it had better carbonation which would drive up the spice, but I’d buy this one again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RSRIZZO (1905) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2008
Aroma is fruity with banana and pineapple tones. Color is a hazy orange with very low carbonation and the head dissipates quickly to nothing at all. Taste is light and fruity. Starting with a light/medium body it goes down smooth with a slight fizzy feel. Finish comes in fruity with an apple and pineapple flavor followed by just a tiny bitterness. After taste is clean with a warm feel and just a hint of alcohol. This is a tasty brew and makes for a nice Christmas brew. This is the fourth beer from a box set called Christmas in Belgium and is the best one so far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (7712) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2008
[1114-20080220] 11.2floz (w/ jerc). Sweet honeyed and roasted pineapple aroma with mango hints. Hazy, dark orange body with a medium-lasting foamy off-white head. Sweet malty pineapple flavour has a slightly tangy finish. Medium body. Enjoyable.

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