Brigand Xmas
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Brewed by Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Ingelmunster, Belgium


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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mansquito (3509) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAR 13, 2014
At some bar in Amsterdam as Brigand Winter: Pours slightly cloudy orange with white head. Aroma is lightly fruity and somewhat yeasty. There is no alcohol burn. Taste is a bit sweet. Body is somewhere in the range of medium. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JulienHuxley (3330) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - JAN 11, 2014
Tap at In de Wildeman as Brigand Winter. Pretty clear gold pour with thick rocky Belgian head. Aroma is spicy, cloves, belgian yeast, light banana fruitiness. Taste is also spicy, not too sweet, light fruitiness, enjoyable warming alcohol finish. Palate is med-dry, good strong carbonation. Classic, decent Belgian beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kermis (5582) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2014
Draft at In De Wildeman as Brigand Winter. Pours clear golden with a big off white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast and fruit. Flavour is over moderate to heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter. Big citrus coming out in the palate. Medium bodied with light carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Douberd (2464) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2013
On tap, 250 ml glass as Winter Brigand, at cafe Moortgat, Arnhem. Cler body, bright golden orange colour on it. Steady white foam, thick, one finger in size. Good retention. Light lacing on the glass. Aroma of yeast, malts, peaches. Taste is light fruity with peaches, quite sweet and malty, the alcohol very obvious and notable, some yeast too. Mild bitterness on the aftertaste with average duration. Medium thin body, good carbonation. Overall quite good, i would have enjoyed more at home I believe where I could sip it slower.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DwarfeD (1097) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2013
Draught at Lobbes as "Winter Brigand". Clear golden/orange with a medium white head. Medium body with ditto carbonation. Sweet with some bitter notes. Herbs, orange, honey and some spices. A decent winter beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (3542) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - DEC 14, 2013
Pours clear blonde Big white head Grainy smell Bit bitter , bit medicinal . Meh , pretty weak

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tricksta_p (1258) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - DEC 10, 2013
"Brigand Winterbier". Pours a hazy yellow/orange with a white head. Aroma of yeast, hops, spices, with a noticeable apple presence. Manages to hide its alcohol well. Decent brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MarcoDL (2330) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2013
Very sweet beer, even for a christmas beer. Quite thin body, with lots of sugar and spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (20809) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 14, 2013
Draught (Shared with KB, thanks!). Orangeish golden colour with a small white head. Aroma is toffee, fruits, hops, herbs and caramel. Nice floral notes as well. Flavour is sices, yeast, mild alcohol, fruits and some toffee in a nice balance. Quite longlasting and burning alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Xstream (172) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 16, 2013
This is one hell of a brew. And quite a kicker too. Take 2 and youíll get woozy for sure :) I got this labeled as Xmas and "Wintervriend". Since the latter doesnít exist iím guessing it was the Xmas. Got it from tap. This one was riped for a year as well, giving it that bit of a extra ripeness to it. Any proper bar does this. Itís a full on sweet malty flavor with some spices balancing out the typical belgium yeast like flavor to keep itís own character. The belgium yeast can get quite boring and overpowering, but this one really has itís own character, balancing those typical yeast flavors out. Together with some deep ripe tropical fruits and some dark slighly sweet en little hop bitter kick makes it a highly recommended beer. If you come across it, try it, you wonít be dissapointed! If there was a downside, it might be the slight metallic after taste to it. Other then that itís perfect.

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