Brewed by Boelens
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Belsele, Belgium


on tap


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RATINGS: 150   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 26, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2009 33cl, alias Santa Bee, from De Hopduvel Gent, complex, balanced honey ale, cloudy, good head, good X-Mas brew

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Erzengel (5495) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2003
Sweet n' sour flavour, acidic, sourness, is nice, but out of place. Spicy (cinamon), caramelly, toffee, some citrus in the finish. Good amount of yeast floating around aswell.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bragesnak (5395) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2009
From Voldby, DK. Bottled, 050109. Santa-Bee. Brown with beige head. Aroma of yeasty fruit and spices. Flavor of caramel and fruit. High carbonation

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjs (5314) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 23, 2010
(Bottle, 0.33 l, as Santa-Bee at Oud Arsenaal) The beer poured dark brown and almost clear. Its head was medium sized, long lasting and lightly brown shaded white. Aroma had cloves, malts and yeast. Palate was medium bodied and dry with medium carbonation. Flavours were clove, spices, hops, malts, yeast and bitterness. Aftertaste was dry and malty. Ok beer but bit too spicy and also boring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 1, 2005
Orange brown beer with lots of sediments and a thin off white head. Sweet fruity aroma with a light yeastyness. Very sweet flavor, lots of berries, light yeasty and a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (5137) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 9, 2004
The DM & Hotstuff’s European Honeymoon trip beer number 38. This bottled brew from the ’t Brugs Beertje pub in Brugge poured a medium sized head of fine to medium sized long lasting off-white colored bubbles that left behind a uncarbonated transparent dark brown colored body. It had a mild vinous aroma and a strong vinous malty palate that smoothened in the finish. Very good flavor. Goes down very easily.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thebeertourist (5098) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 27, 2007
Bottle of Santa Bee. Reddish brown colour, offwhite head. Sweet fruity aroma with hints of honey. Sweet fruity flavourswith honey and molasses, little else. Drinkable, but not much more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5071) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 21, 2008
11.2oz Santa Bee bottle purchased in Belgium. Dark, thick, brown-amber color. Sweet with a honey-candi sugar finish. Mellow and drinkable and smooth for 8.5%. A very well-balanced Belgian Christmas Ale. I really have enjoyed all of this brewery’s honey beers, and this may be my favorite yet.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter. The pour brings a beer that is dark brownish-red with a very slight head. There is a pretty good lace presence throughout. While the appearance was nice, it went straight to hell from there. After one sniff of the nose, I really didn’t know if I’d ever be able to ingest any of this, though I powered on. The nose is a really strange piney smell--almost like a chemical cleaner. There is a bit of detergent in there and also strong bleach. Pine Sol and solvent. It’s really, really bad. Finally, I take the plunge and go for a sip. All of the disgusting-ness of the nose is present, though the notes aren’t quite as pungent. Inexplicably, there is a light bit of raspberry flavor along with the pine and solvent. The feel is really bitter and a bit sour. Light body and low carbonation. This is bad, bad, bad. To sum up: "it smells like burning." Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 11-18-2010

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