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


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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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For the Christmas and New Year celebrations Achiel Van de Moer brews this dark Christmas ale with a spicey bitter sweet palate and a mildly bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - DEC 12, 2005
(bottle, Absdrinks) Light brown colour with an amber teint. Small white frothy head, not too long lasting. Sweet malts, orange peels, alcohol, nuts, spices, herbs. Vivid spicy mouthfeel. Light bitter initial flavour, more spicy medium-lasting finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2005
(Bottle 33 cl) Amber golden and extremely unclear with big amounts of floating impurities. Small cappuchino-like head. Pronounced sweetness and a slightly perfumy nose. Things even a bit out with a distinct bitterness in the finish. 120304

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
bierkoning (10208) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2004
Orange color, cloudy, chunks of yeast. Pineapple aroma. Yeastbitter flavor with a touch of pineapple. Yeasty aftertaste with an upcoming nasty cabbage-like bitterness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
MiP (13598) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2004
Bottle. Programme says 8%. Sour aroma. Slightly cloudy amber colour. Sour flavour with some citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7365) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2004
Cloudy orange colour. Spices and herbs in the aroma. Some hops. Oranges in the flavour. I didn’t detect too much else going on. Clean and fresh, if sweet. Slightly sour acidic finish. Not bad, but nothing to rave about. Beer Circus, Croydon (Belgian Christmas Beer Festival).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2004
Bottle. Sweet, lightly floral, spicy aroma. Some nice melony fruit, citrus rind and pepper, finishes dry, pretty decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2004
Citrus and spice aroma, slight clove and bread. Orange-gold with a white head. Sweet orange, kiwifruit? spices, malty yet dry and bitter. Medium bodied. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (7912) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 4, 2004
Clear orange, faint haze; yellow-orange thick & dense head, with confluent bubbles. Creamy nose, like spiced coffee milk. Ginger & some citrus, I suspect white candi sugar. Very toasted & spiced malt. This is not spiced, but spiKed orange juice, with the peel pressed in. Bitterish-earthy surrounding flavour, while deep down below there’s (quite) some sweet pale malt. Well bodied, some alcohol, rather dry. No individual faults, just not very exciting. Rather a sweeter tripel than an X-mas special.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2004
Bottle from Pitfield Beer Shop, London. 330ml. Served in a chalice. Murky orange. Unfermented brown sugar in the aroma. Unfermented brown sugar flavour. Unfermented brown sugar in a glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (14552) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2004
Copper color; beautiful, rocky head; Belgian lace. Very nice, hoppy aroma, with some fruitness (most of all hop flowers). Smooth, very spicy, dry malt, good hop line (lovely hop flowers!); dry caramel at the end, when the bitterness comes out a bit more. Long and strong final. Excellent!

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