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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - 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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (13466) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DalzAle (2020) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2009
Bottle. Dark brown/orange pour, a little carbonation and plenty of floaties. Aroma was banana, spices, clove and very bready. Flavor of malts, candi sugar, a little alcoholo and finished very sweet. Overall a very good beer, but nothing great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (3094) - Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2009
The aroma is ripened fruit, apple, banana, peach, bread, booze (especially as it warms). The appearance is a nice hazy orange, off-white head, particulate matter visible. The flavor is caramel malts, candy sugar, bread. the finish is sweet, slight hop bittering, spicy. Decent, if not actually great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DeputyAndy (636) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2010
hazy yellow color. nice sour nose got me excited. was let down on the taste. sweet with no sourness. empty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
back (1842) - Holstebro, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2010
Aroma:humle malt brød citron gær Ud.:gylden klar Skum:hvidt lidt E.smag:sød lidt bitter moderat Krop:medium til fuld For.:cremet Brus:livlig f 75cl @f1fan 22/10-10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (4065) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2010
I just celebrated Christmas Eve dinner, sharing a bottle of this with my brother-in-law. I had aged the bottle two or three years, and the aging didn’t hurt it any though it’s impossible to say what it would have been fresh. It’s an attractive pour, with a big initial head and a somewhat oily body, with a hazy range of colors, like a sunset in brown-to-yellow spectra. The flavor wasn’t all that exceptional, but is reasonably well balanced with some alcohol lifting the aroma and flavor and some yeast, bread, citrus, and very mild hops. Body a little flat (a product of aging?) Decent, drinkable, though not a particularly good complement to a dinner of BBQ ribs (a family Christmas Eve tradition). 750 ml. bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Pours a clear orange color with a long lasting pillowy head. Aroma is grain, toast, honey, clove, some citrus, and very herbal. Flavor is honey, orange, coriander, spice, herbal, and a light peppery finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (11345) - Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2011
750ml bottle. Pours a nice amber/honey color with a decent quickly dissipating head. It smells very fruity with apples, peaches, a hint of pineapple. Like juice, there is just enough yeast to make it smell beery. The taste is very much of caramel, with some yeasty twang. The mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side, though the carbonation is there, it seems the malt flavors come off a bit watery, while the fruity yeast hits home carried by the carbonation. This is a basic Belgian Strong Pale, there’s nothign distincitvly wintery or Christmasy about it besides the fruity scent. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-26-2009 21:36:43

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAY 13, 2011
750 mL bottle. Pours bold orange with lots of floaties and a big whitish head. The aroma is peppery with a few tropical fruit notes, plenty of yeast, some clove, and hints of raisin, rum, and alcohol. The flavor is raisin, mango, a little bit of strawberry, white pepper, clove, coriander, and a little bit of candy sugar. There is a warm yeasty bran muffin quality for a moment, then a dry finish. Mouthfeel is dry, almost to the point of being astringent, but not quite. Not bad.

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