Brewed by Amager Bryghus
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Kastrup, Denmark


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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Danish: Ved juletid er det helt i orden at være hemmelighedsfuld og overraske hinanden. Og Amager Bryghus er ingen undtagelse, da vi gerne vil glæde jer. Gennem det seneste år har vi derfor holdt skjult, at vi har lagret en unik øl af quadrupel-typen i vores kælder. Vi har lagret den på egetræ og grannåle, og smagen går i den sødlige retning, mens næsen får tankerne hen på moden frugt, eg, slik og marcipan.
I samarbejde med vores hjælpenisser har vi dermed brygget det eksklusive bryg, du har her i hånden, og som er så julet, at selv Julemanden kun drikker den på de allerhelligste dage. Secret Santa er fyldt med de allerbedste råvarer. Der er ikke mange flasker Secret Santa, en øl så hemmelig, at den knapt nok eksisterer – så det var ikke med hjælpenissernes gode vilje, at vi fik lov til at udgive den. Flå den derfor ned af hylderne, hvis du skulle være så heldig at finde den. Du vil ikke blive skuffet, men måske en lille smule bimmelim, idet den holder hele 10,5% alkohol.
Ingredienser: Det gode kommunevand fra Amager, bygmalt, mørk sirup, kandissirup, rørsukker, humle og trappistgær.

English: At Christmas it’s okay to be secretive and surprise each other. And Amager Brewery is no exception as we want to rejoice. Over the past years we have therefore concealed the fact that we have matured a unique beer of quadrupel type in our basement. We have stored it in oak and pine needles, and the flavor is in the sweet direction, while the nose gets reminiscent of ripe fruit, oak, sweets and marzipan.
In collaboration with our help, goblins, we thus brewed the exclusive brew, you have here in hand and are so julet that even Santa Claus only drink it on the holiest day. Secret Santa is filled with the finest ingredients. There are not many bottles of Secret Santa, a beer so secret that it barely exists - so it was not with the help nissernes good will that we were allowed to publish it. Rip it off the shelves, therefore, should you be lucky enough to find it. You will not be disappointed, but maybe a little bit bimmelim, keeping the entire 10.5% alcohol.

MPA's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MPA (866) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), - DEC 25, 2012
Bottle. Thx Morten. Beautiful hazy amber with beige head. Syrupy aroma with pine notes. Sweet flavour with lots of sugar along with a spicy, bitterness in the end. Lovely beer from the best allround brewery in Denmark.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tom10101 (4234) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 12, 2015
How: Bottle (500 ml) at home. Batch 917 (BB 12/2016). From boutip, thanks! Split 2-ways.

>>> A dried fruits forward quadrupel that lack a bit of body and is borderline cloying.

+ It’s really dried fruits forward (raisins, plums, figs) and it’s fun profile, but it’s almost too much
+ The moderate spiciness blends well with the alcohol and the fruitiness
Despite a rather high alcohol content (that isn’t hidden), the body is a bit thin for the style
It doesn’t have the depth of the best from the style

Flavors: Dried fruits (raisins, figs, plums), molasses, candy sugar, alcohol

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (3423) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 8, 2015
Brown bottle, 50 cl, batch917, best before 12/2016, via Philippe Boutin (merci!), savoured on August 8 2015; eye: mahogany, hazy, ring of beige head, nice lacing; nose: malt, caramel, fig, light spices (including clove); mouth: malt, caramel, fig, slight alcohol, spices (including clove), finale in malt with good presence of caramel, medium body, below-average carbonation, mildly sweet, syrupy texture; overall: correct FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 50 cl, lot 917, meilleure avant 12/2016, via Philippe Boutin (merci!), savourée le 8 août 2015; œil : acajou, trouble, anneau de mousse beige, bonne dentelle; nez : malt, caramel, figue, léger épices (dont clou de girofle); bouche : malt, caramel, figue, très léger alcool, épices (dont clou de girofle), finale en malt avec bonne présence de caramel, corps moyen, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture sirupeuse; en résumé : correct

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holmen2 (2190) - NORWAY - JUL 10, 2015
Backlog. At Mi2 at Cardinal 25.03.13. Uncleae pale copper. Small head. Aroma of newly crushed malt, some caramel, alkohol and blackcurrant. Taste of marmelade and sweet chocolate. Fruity aftertaste of syrup, prunes and blue plums. Very round mouthfeel. To be enjoyed in small glasses.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (5351) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2015
Bottle: Poured a clear brown color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry raisins, plums and caramelized malt with light candy ester and light residual sugar notes. Taste is also dominated by dry raisins and dry plums notes with some residual sugar notes and light candy ester. Body is a bit light for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I really enjoy this beer which is drinking like a lighter Rochefort.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jamaty (1542) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 10, 2015
Marrón oscura, algo rojiza y nebulosa. Espuma beige. Dulce aroma malteado, a caramelo y algo alcohólico. Sabor combina dulce con amargor moderado, pero predomina este último. Buen cuerpo y final más dulce y alcohólico.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ogniskowicz (517) - POLAND - FEB 20, 2015
Aromat: cukierki ślazowe, fenole owocowe, banany, goździki, lekko w tle alkohol. Aromat raczej stonowany. Smak: bardzo belgijskie, ale przełamane słodkim marcepanowym posmakiem, goryczka średnia, wysycenie ciut za niskie jak na styl. Spodziewałem się wytrawnego, musującego piwa, a dostałem dość gęste, nisko wysycone monstrum ze słodu. Bardzo degustacyjne piwo. Smaczne, aczkolwiek niekoniecznie do powtarzania.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tide (2442) - Espoo, FINLAND - FEB 14, 2015
Bottle at WilliamK. Dark brown color, beige head. Bittersweet taste with citrus, toffee, raisins, syrup and malts. Biittersweet toffee, citrus, syrup and malts. Good brew, although a bit too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrepintado (2140) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - JAN 29, 2015
50cl bottle thanks to Papsoe. Dark copper, brown color. Thin head. High sweetness. Light bitterness. Aroma is smoke, malt, chocolate, fruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jookos (3901) - FINLAND - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle@wka. Brown. Sweet malty, quite spicy. Cloves, some star anise, syrupy sweet malts. Med full bodied. slight oily. Some dry rye bread, syrup, dark malty bread. Not really my thing. Overly sweet. And apicy. Lota of flavours though, but just hard to drink after the first few sips.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lobs_ols (448) - LATVIA - JAN 21, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2015 Clear crimson, medium white head. Marzipan, caramel and spice on the nose. Sweet, caramely and spicy, finishes warming and spicy. Quite nice, though very sweet indeed.

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