Brewed by Boelens
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Belsele, Belgium


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RATINGS: 157   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
murran (560) - - DEC 24, 2014
Pours a hazy dark brown body with a medium head. Pleasent sweet aroma. Nice and balanced fruity taste with a hoppy feel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alengrin (4604) - BELGIUM - DEC 23, 2014
Better known nowadays as Santa Bee, another stereotypical Scotch-based Belgian Christmas ale, deep bronze with dense, off-white head; malty and estery aroma, honey, sweet spiciness, candied fruits; malty taste, fruity, candi sugar, caramelly, yeasty, sourish touch with a dryish finish with some warming alcohol and roasted coffee bitterishness, but solvents as well. Quite alright but there are better Belgians to choose from in this time of the year.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Werckmeister (2285) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - DEC 22, 2014
red, cloudy color. fruity / fresh smell of cherries and carbonation. light spicy and light sour aroma. body feels light. sour taste, some vegetables, a bit of spices. light bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - DEC 15, 2014
330 ml bottle. Pours clear dark orange amber with an eggshell white head. Odd spicy aroma, mingled with some caramel. Medium body, body and taste kind of blend. Not waauwed...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ManVsBeer (8772) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2014
Draught @ Le Trappiste, Brugge. Practically black with a thin head. Has a sugary sweet winter fruit aroma and taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
vtafro (6731) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2014
(backlog) Bottle at a tasting at maxxdaddy’s, As Santa bee. Hazy brown pour with tan head. Spice, yeast, sweet malt, and other belgian tones.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (7313) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 25, 2014
Lasting huge beige head. Clear deep brown body. Vinous honey aroma with apple and spice notes. Dry-sweet spicy honey taste with apple notes. Mid-to-full body. Mildish mouthfeel. Dryish spicy honey aftertaste with buttery notes. Nice, vivid, drinkable. (0.33l bottle from the brewery.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KnutAlbert (6713) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 16, 2014
Bottle from the brewery as Santa Bee. Dar. Candy sugar, nutmeg, the honey in this is not very prominent. Burned sugar, flowers, soot. Complex, highly enjoyable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
corkyrory66 (1431) - BELGIUM - MAY 6, 2014
Bière de Noël de 8,5 % abv, ceci peut convenir pour la force, restent les saveurs … Couleur brun roux, et roux en transparence. Un peu de levure en suspension, malgré une absence de dégagement gazeux au décapsulage. Bulles moyennes partout, bien vives. Mousse beige moyen qui nappe bien. Arômes de groseille rouge, melon, madère, pointe de myrtille et de grenade. 1ère bouche souple avec des épices en tête, du malt torréfié, dans un ensemble plutôt hétéroclite. Arrière-bouche plutôt agréable mais pas très définie. 2ème très orientée sur les fleurs/épices, sans vraie caractéristique. 3ème de même style, mais le fondu est plus joli. Arrière-bouche plus longue, plus harmonieuse. La longueur commence sur des herbes des bois, du cerfeuil, un peu de fenouil, quelques amandes pilées. Agréable, et surtout en progression sur les 1ères bouches. Par la suite, on passe sur un aspect un peu vineux, avec des effluves de fût. La levure un peu terreuse, mais assez structurée pour développer cette bière. L’alcool est en progression lente et magnifique pour travailler la longueur dans tout son potentiel. La finale développe bien le thème épices/vin. CONCLUSION : il est bien dommage que les 1ères bouches aient tardé à se préciser, parce que cette bière avait un grand potentiel. Il s’est révélé sur la longueur, c’est déjà très bien... Une Christmas sympathique.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2014
[Bottle] Marketed as ’Santa Bee’. 2010 vintage. Dark amber color with garnet colored highlights. About a half inch of dense cream colored head. Aroma of bubblegum, sherry, honey and grass is kind of all over the place. Includes strawberry, licorice, yeasty phenols, fig and spice in the taste. Carbonation levels reminiscent of tonic water. Full bodied and borderline syrupy. Tasting notes from 12/2011.

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