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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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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnar (5157) - Sandnes, NORWAY - DEC 22, 2009
Bottle as Santa Bee. Pours dark hazy reddish/brown with a big off-white head. Lots of sediments in glass. Aroma is strong fruity malts, spices, rasins and alcohol as well. Sweet malty taste, flowery notes, dark strong malts at the end.Filling beer.

1.2
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAR 4, 2002
UPDATED: APR 25, 2008 Bottle@Home, Apr 08, 3.8: Flowers, raisin and spices aroma. Dark brown, creamy off-white head, perfect lacing. However gushing on opening like Old Faithful. Sweet, full bodied, very spicy, hops, raisin, carbonation, smooth. Average long sweet soft finish. Very flavorful.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (4927) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thebeertourist (4774) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 22, 2006
(Bottled) Muddy dark brown with a small but lasting head (did burst out of the bottle, too). Dark-malty, somewhat earthy aroma with some dried fruit and an inch of sourness. Sourish-malty, ashy and "experimental" flavor. Slightly salty ashtray finish. Not very clean, but remains on the more pleasant side. Medium-bodied, a bit thin palate with medium carbonation. Hides the ABV well. Interesting, but not excellent by any means.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjs (4498) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
skortila (4436) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2004
Malty and fruity aroma reminded me a little of the westmalle dubbel. Good so far. Hazy, brown-orange coloured with a lasting, off-white head. Taste is a little alcoholic, malty, fruity, sweet, sugary. Perhaps a little winey indeed. Not really my kind of beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4299) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grovlam (4152) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2008
Bottle. Labeled Santa-Bee. Large creamy off-white head that mostly lasted. Good display of lacework. Muddy dark brown color. Aroma of sweet almond, toasted malt, caramel, fruit, citrus and mild chocolate. Over the palate came heavy sweet notes of caramel, fruit, toasted malt and again chocolate. Medium bodied with an average carbonation and light alcoholic texture. Heavy sweet flavor with maybe a twist of acidic and bitterness in there. Lingering caramel, toasted malt and mild chocolate finish. I love it even if it was quite sweet.


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