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

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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   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!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (2749) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DeputyAndy (632) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
back (1296) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (3665) - 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.

3.5
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (6970) - 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

3.5
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillWyce (698) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2013
From notes: Poured hazy orange-amber with a thick, creamy 1-finger off-white head. Sweet, orangey aroma with a very light peppery note and some earthy yeast. Body is medium, with a slight thickness and a dry finish. Flavor is citrusy with a touch of spice, maybe coriander. The dryness in the finish becomes more pronounced as it warms.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wxman (1395) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2013
On tap at Global Brew. Pours a hazy orange/gold with a thin antique lace head. Faint sweet aroma. Taste is sweet roasted malt, honey, bread along with some mild funk.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Finhead (1151) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Slightly hazy, golden pour with a thin, white head. The aroma has some sour grape and plum. It has a light, oily body with average carbonation. The taste is sweet with an easy finish.


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