Brewed by Brasserie Du Bocq
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Purnode-Yvoir, Belgium


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RATINGS: 364   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
Appearance : dark colour, clear, fine and generous white head. Flair : rich with a scent of coriander and liquorice. Taste : full mouthed, heady, pleasant aroma of the typical special malts. Remark : tasting between 8° and 12°C. Typical beer for the end of the year. High range beer to taste together with family or friends.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jobyone (234) - Charlotte, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Purs dark brown with off white head. Sweet maltness in teh aroma. The flavor has a good bitterness to it along with the nice sweetness. Nice finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
armando629 (2453) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 16, 2008
Happy Santa Claus on the label, devilish beer inside...Dark ruby body with a tan, superb and delicious head. Complex aroma with some wild fruits, dried plum, coffe and caramel, some spicy perfume like clove and vanilla. Thick body, oily texture, sweet candy sugar in the taste with a lot of fruitiness, dark chocolate and coffee. Strong character with a freaky santa:)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Embrouille (2831) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 15, 2008
Bottled 33cl. Appearance: It pours a beautiful clear deep ruby beer with a creamy beige head of an average size which leaves a nice lacework. Aroma: Huge amounts of brown sugar, maple syrup and nutmeg which are accompanied by notes of honey, aniseed and mince pies. Some walnuts sneaking in? Very Christmassy in my opinion and extremely pleasant. Flavor and palate: Sweet. Really smooth. Full bodied. Malty. Hints of maple syrup, brown sugar, nutmeg, plums, licorice, rosemary and honey. Yeasty. Aniseed showing up with the swallow. Perfectly balanced. Peppery. Residual sugars in the finish which is malty with reminiscent aniseed, plums, yeast and cinnamon. But some slight unpleasant characteristics appear: Vegetable notes and a slight sourness. Definately dissapointing comparing with all the outstanding components. Overall impression: Flawless strong, extremely pleasant aroma, beautiful, rich and complex. A great Christmas beer. Thanks a lot Bov for this one!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
psilosophy (589) - vitry en artois, FRANCE - JAN 27, 2012
Bouteille de 33 cl. Une brune à la mousse abondante et de très belle tenue. Palette aromatique riche : fruits confits, réglisse, pain d’épice, frangipane... Une noël vraiment douce, facile à boire, soyeuse en bouche avec sa texture crëmeuse et légère. Un régal! Trouvée à Vanuxeem - Ploegstaert.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2526) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2003 Deep copper brown. Zero foam. Yeast laden aroma. Underlying notes of ginger, toasted bread, mint, port wine, fruit cake, and wood. Lovely mouthfeel with with lots of fluffiness, which is yielded by a wonderful job of the bottle conditioning. Huge malt notes of crystal and a trace of peatiness. Very unique and delicious flavors compliment the sweet malts ingeniously with spruce, juicy fruit gum, herbal traits, and pepper. Long malty finish with a perfect touch of numbing spice. Very Christmasy and just what I was seeking in this spicy Bruin style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sayravai (4700) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 23, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2009 (Bottled, 0.75l) Hazy orangeish brown color with medium, beige head. Quite spicy, fruity and bitter-hoppy aroma with toffee hints. Sweetish-malty, nicely spicy, toffee flavor with a strong anise finish. Smooth, medium to full-bodied, slightly sugary-sticky and wineous, quite bitter palate with some alcohol and foamy carbonation. A very enjoyable, full-bodied and spicy Belgian christmas ale - like a mixture of Orval and Westmalle Dubbel. Tastes great even at room temp. (0.33l bottle) Quite sweet, no Orval sourness, simpler than a big bottle. Would score 3.7.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skortila (4914) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAR 13, 2004
Yeasty, malty-sweetish and fruity aroma with some hints of pepper or other spices. Quite decent. Cloudy, dark brown coloured with a thin, lasting and off-white head. Yeasty, sweetish-roasted malty taste (toffee) with some spices (pepper again?) and fruits (grapefruit). More bitter in the middle and in the finish. Dry and bitterness in the end. Very decent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (14780) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 4, 2004
Bottled (75cl) (BB 04/2006)
Clear deep red, huge cloudy brown head. Strong aroma of malts and leather. Smooth, carbonated palate. Loads of licorice, malts and salt. Balanced, warming palate, salty aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
The Etruscan (583) - Tuscany, ITALY - NOV 11, 2005
Beige foamy full lasting head. Dark brown, almost black color. Aroma is fruity with floral, spicy, liquorice, banana, apricots notes. Flavor is initially balanced turning soon sweet with fruity (banana, raisins), vanilla and light spicy notes, ending in a long fruity finish. Medium to full bodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (21867) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2006
[Bottled as Regal Christmas Millennium 9.0% in January 2000] Dark brown, lively. Yeasty with funky blue cheese aroma. Like a French Bière de garde, but with more power.

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