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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nuplastikk (5797) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2008 11.2 oz bottle. Slightly murky red-amber color. Deliciously creamy and mellow despite the ABV. A little candi sugar sweetness graces the tongue, and it finishes light and airy, with a perfect amber malt taste. Awesome beer. Must...get...more..Achilles...beers....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pintocb (652) - Hoon, Georgia, USA - DEC 29, 2010
Golden color. A little cloudy. White head. Aroma is faint, but I got grain and some spice. Clean flavor, apples and pears. Very effervescent. My fav beer of the night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimhilt (2559) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 25, 2011
Pours five+ finger white head that fades very slowly, leaving some lace. Hazy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Grass and malt nose and flavor has malt, hints of honey - nice mellow sweetness. $3.99 for a 330ml bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jerre (3235) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kayres (827) - , Georgia, USA - AUG 23, 2012
Pours orange with a tan head. Sweet plummy aroma. Big bodied, and apple pear and plum. Finish is dry ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bulk_Carrier (3884) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Thanks Chris for sending. This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a semi - hazy orange to amber color with a decent transparency about it. There was a fairly filmy somewhat thick lacing. The smell had a nice sweet candied fruity goodness. A nice Belgian sugary sticky spice enters in as it warms. Light vanilla came across as well. The taste was mainly sticky sweet through the Belgian spices and sugars. Still, a nice sweet tropical fruit settles over my tongue in a super nice way. Vanilla settles over pretty nicely. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was good and smooth and it carried a nice somewhat crisp settling feeling rolling over my tongue. Overall, really nice Belgian Strong pale ale, I’d have it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 10, 2007
Bottle. Brew poured a light orange amber with a nice creamy off white head that stuck around. Nice lacing on the glass as well. Nose was a bit fruity and had some hints of honey and clove. Flavor was fruity and yeasty. Not my favorite Belgian, but a good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2008
Clouded amber appearance, adequate off-white head. Big aromatics, large, loud yeast, plenty of fruit, apples, pears, cherries, melon, somewhere between sweet and sour...just this side of funky, and entirely reminiscent of the that essence found in the best trappists. Love it! Tastin’...fairly fizzy in the mouthfeel, a little too tingly on the tongue, but the fruit continues, the funky fresh feelintg in the flavor, and lingers in the finish. A spicy kick drives through the drink. Warm, slightly boozy, bready, plenty of malt and yeast, and everything I look for in a holiday ale. Nice one!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
valpoaj (730) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Delayed entry from Tasting at Holiday Beerfest in Omaha: Medium amber pour with a pretty good whitish head. Aroma is very sweet with accents of light citrus fruits...nicely done! Flavor is very good...caramel malts, some spice (nutmeg noted), light fruits (peach noted), with a warming aftertaste. Good mouthfeel. One of the best I tried at the tasting!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 29, 2008
Deep amber-orange colour with a thick very white head. Aroma is quite sweet with lots of pale Belgian malt. Light rummy brown sugar in a pale malt base. Fruity with some peachy lightness as well as some heavier date and sweet plum character. Rich and fairly bready maltiness. Sweet and quite bockish base malts but with a fairly fruity yeasty accent. Softly spicy throughout. Well-integrated, big and complex, but still quite drinkable. A very enjoyable brew.

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