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

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RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   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!


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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
annunz123 (880) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Aroma has bread, candy sugar, and some herbal. Flavor starts sweet and bready, with Belgian yeast, caramel, bread, and orange. Fruity bitterness, spice, and a little alcohol in the flavor. Another great Belgian beer.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (5054) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Draft at Churchkey. Poured a hazy amber color with a medium sized head. Aroma was light sweet candi notes, sweet malt. Nice sweet malt flavor. Pretty tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (4478) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Not a bad beer, about halfway between a strong dark and a strong pale. Pours hazy amber with good head and lacing. Some sweetness and florals in this. Tap at Churchkey.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Iphonephan (3635) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2014
On draft at ChurchKey DC. Pours a clear orange gold with an off white head. Butterscotch aroma. Flavors of caramel and some spice. Smooth, but somewhat thin, body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bulk_Carrier (2264) - Juneau, Alaska, 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, Iíd have it again.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (6084) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2014
"pours an amber orange, the thick white head quickly dissapates. more sludge around inner rim, and heavy sediment beyond the expected yeast on bottom...no worry though...poured clear. aroma is of soft spices and fruit (peach and/or apricot?). flavor is close to the same. alcohol becomes noticeable as it warms past the 50 degrees i served it at. overall it was fairly pleasant, and complex, but not something iíll likely get again. the aroma promises slightly more than the flavor delivered."

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jgb9348 (4848) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Muddied, hazy brown coloured body with a deep brass and ruby coloured body and absolutely no head or movement at all. Aroma of honey, yeast ,bread, alcohol, raisins, figs, earth, clay and a good amount of scotch - nice and complex in the smell. Medium-bodied; Assertrive prune and raisin sweetness up front with a little earthy bite at the end of malt and a thinnish, metallic twang at the end. Aftertaste is surprisingly simple and one-dimensional with just a deep earthy bitterness noticeable and some very light caramelised sugar flavours - no complexity, no sweetness and no depth. Overall, sort of an enigma where a beer with not a great look leads to an amazing smell, but is followed up by a mildish flavour and then a finish with no character at all - wierd; Decent at best and disappointing for sure. Iím glad I actually purchased this in the USA and didnít bring it back from Belgium! I sampled this 33 cL bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors in New York, New York on 25-April-2014 for US$3,80 sampled at home in Washington on 14-July-2014 a few days before returning to New York.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbfobes (2344) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 1, 2014
Poured from 750ml bottle, pours a hazy golden orange with a thick white head, aroma is of slight spice and a little bit of Belgian yeast, flavor has a fruity front end with some spice in the finish and a touch of bubblegum, interesting.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bbbeer (592) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Dark brown, medium tan head. Aroma sweet malt, red fruit. Medium-light body, somewhat oily mouthfeel. Flavor is sweet mostly. Mostly malty. Not bad, but not a lot of complexity and a little thin for the style.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
gschrade (775) - Collinsville, USA - JAN 2, 2014
I had this at Global Brew. Pours amber with a white head. Taste sweet, earthy funky flavor. I thought this was so so. I could drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Finhead (1215) - 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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