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

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RATINGS: 140   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2010

Bottle 750ml.

[ Vintage BBF 0910 ]. Clear medium to dark amber yellow orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted - caramel, moderate to light heavy yeasty, overripped fruit. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, overriped fruit, malty. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20101022]

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (20004) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 22, 2010
Bottled@fonefan, Golden colour, not much head. Aroma is fruits, wooden earth and some spices, alcohol and malts. Pleasant. Flavour is quite simiilar, rather sweet, but still

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (11812) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2011
Amber and slightly hazy. Smells a little bit plasticy with light orchard fruits. Has some phenols with alcohol, very light fruit and some mild hop spice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11760) - 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.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 10, 2007
(750ml bottle) Murky amber body topped by medium beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, Curacao, rose perfume, alcohol, some spice. Taste is moderately sweet, alcohol (boozy), orange, light fig. Medium-full body, light effervescence.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Date: December 30, 2010
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
Appearance: clear gold, creamy white head, heavy lace
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, light spicyness
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor, candied fruit, light spicyness, just a touch of bitterness
Overall: light and sweet and very drinkable but I like a bit more depth in a Christmas beer
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ** /4

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (10352) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Warm, caramel malty aroma. Light amber color with a vigorus off-white head. Thin to medium in body, with a very mild carbonation. Starts with sweet caramel malt, offset with something like n-amyl acetate. Light belgian spice notes. A little heat. Something like hop offsets the malt. The finish is dry and "sweetly astringent". A little floral/veg hangs around. Perhaps some vanilla arrives at the end. Interesting, tasty, and very drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10086) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 2, 2011
Bottle courtesy of GT2, thanks! Bright golden color, thick white head. Aroma of white pepper and straw. Taste is smoothly bitter but plain.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9094) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2007
33 cL bottle purchased at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Pours hazy amber with an average, frothy, off-white head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is average malt (cookie, caramel), average hops (perfume, flowers), average yeast (horse blanket) with notes of alcohol, nutmeg, and brown sugar. Full bodied, alcoholic texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness.


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