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Brewed by Boelens
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Belsele, Belgium

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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Camons (5958) - Hasselager, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2013
Bottle as Santa Bee @ Studenterbaren, Århus. Pours slightly hazy amber with a white head. Aroma of malt, yeast, candy sugar, caramel, little fruit. Flavor is malty, caramel, yeast, dark fruits, light sourness, little spice. Medium body, lively carbonation. 161113

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sic1314 (3286) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - OCT 7, 2013
Bottle of Santa Bee. Poured deep ruby red, thick, bubbly tan head. Aroma of sweet candy and caramel malt, quite spicy and zesty. Medium body, lively flavour of yeasty cherry,

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Erzengel (2607) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - OCT 6, 2013
Bottle as Santa Bee: Tief dunkle Farbe, würziger Geruch. Der Antrunk ist weich- süßlich, sehr mild-weich. Diese mild-weiche Note setzt sich zum Hauptteil noch deutlicher durch, sehe schön malzig mit leichten, aber angenemen Röstaromen und einer herb-kräuterigen Note, die im Nachgeschmack noch deutlicher hervortritt! Sehr toll und die leicht süßliche Honignote passt auch sehr gut zu dem Gesamtbild! Sehr sehr tolles Winterbier! Nicht zu süß, malzig-würzig mit tollem Kräuterfinish!! Die 8,5% fallen nicht auf!! Sehr zu empfehlen!! --> A 14 / Sü 13 / Ng 15 / ges 14

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MarcoDL (2180) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 29, 2013
Very sweet christmas beer. The usual thing for this style: lots of malt, spices and yeast.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Holmen1 (2467) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUN 1, 2013
Flaske fra Belgisk Bryg: flott skum som det ofte er på belgiske. Aroma som minner om umodne kirsebær. Smaken bringer også tankene i retning av sure kirsebær. Lett munnfølelse, og de 8,7 (iflg. etiketten, ikke 8,5 som RB sier) vitaminene er slett ikke sjenerende til stede. Kort ettersmak. Hva den har med julen å gjøre, kanskje skal den være en motvekt til den fete julematen?

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
saxo (14044) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2013
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are dried fruits, malt, caramel, candy sugar and hops.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silvan7 (698) - Samarate, ITALY - APR 18, 2013
Bottle @ home. Versione natalizia della Bieken, la supera in quasi tutti gli aspetti. Al profumo erbaceo e floreale agiung edelle note speziate molto interessanti tipo vin brulé ( chiiodi di garofano / zenzero, etc.). Il colore è scuro, mogano e con riflessi rossastri, non è trasparente me è più limpida della versiona standard, anche se non è filtrata. La schiuma è comunque biancastra e compatta. In bocca il miele è più evidente e anche la luppolatura è meno generosa per lasciar spazio ai gusti speziati delle birre natalizie. Qualcosa mi ricorda le bevande al chinotto. Finale più appiccicoso e lungo.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ShivanDragon (1579) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 20, 2013
aroma: floraal, mout, zuur, metaal, zoet.
smaken: mout, floraal, metaal, zuur, gerstemoutm caramout, wijn.
licht/medium body, dun van textuur, normale co2.
indruk: vreemde smaakcombinatie, afdronk drook, matig bier.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jbird13 (6) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 6, 2013 does not count
Dark brown belgian. Citrus seems to make for beer that is a bit sweet and a bit too sour. Plenty of ’christmas spices’. OK as a winter beer, but definitely not top tier.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
erickok (3533) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - JAN 4, 2013
Dark ruby with small tan head. Dark malts, figs, strawberry jam and wintery hops. Taste is more complex with sweetness of lots of cherry. Caramel malts to add. Different approach than the dark brown, roasted and spiced Belgian winter beers, but very Christmas y still. Nice. (33cl bottle from De Bierwinkel Leiden)


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