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Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Rongy, Belgium

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RATINGS: 163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Top fermented and bottle conditioned beer. An exceptionally spicy aroma of rare malts and hops are blended in this Christmas Ale.


3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (6201) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2012
Dumpy 33cl bottle, best before Oct 2013, poured into a Westmalle chalice in March 2012, no sediment left the bottle. Clear body of a red/light brown colour, on top a poor, thin covering of off-white bubbles that started as a wisp and collar before settling into a even thinner top. The smell was of a banana milk shake with a liquorice stick in it. The taste also had banana overtones but the spritzy, lively mouthfeel ensured the milkshake thoughts (from the aromas) where eradicated straight away: it has a malty sweetness but no creamy/rich texture. Interesting, but very un-Christmassy in the flavours I picked up. The alcohol content sits below the surface nicely, so something is strong and powerful within the brew, Im just missing the major points somehow. I liked it, but Id never have guessed this was a Christmas beer from the taste and smell.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (9011) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 7, 2012
Bottle from Total Wine, Sacramento. Pours dark brown with a nice beige head and a treacle and candi sugar aroma. There is a hearty dark malt flavor with candi sugar and a lot of spice. There is a soapy finish that detracts from the otherwise good brew.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VITUSBEERHOUSE (216) - SANTIAGO DE LOS CABALLEROS, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - FEB 24, 2012
OLOR A MALTA Y ANIS,LIGERERMENTE DE CITRICOS,AL PALADAR UNA SENSACION FUERTE A REGALIZ Y ANIS CON TOQUES CITRICOS Y BUEN LUPULO,MEDIAMENTE CARBONATADA TIENE UNA BUENA GRADACION ALCHOOLICA Y ES BASTANTE AGRADABLE

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ads135 (4129) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Spicy and sweet aroma and flavor with cloves and cinammon. Medium body. Pour a deep amber. Tried at the Kerstbierfestival in Essen in 2011.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borup (11291) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2012
Bottle from Belgisk Bryg. Unclear amber colour with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of fruit, malt and spice.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Oysteib (112) - NORWAY - JAN 8, 2012
From bottle. Cloudy, amber color. Some citrus on the nose, orange peel? On the palate it is surprisingly refreshing for this alcohol content. Nice caramel sweetness, and lots of spice, cloves, some cinnamon, licorice and orange peel, but not so much spice that it becomes dominant. Wonderfully balanced. A great christmas beer.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2011
Bottled: Unclear orange-red beer with a short but foamy light orange head. Aroma is malty and spicy with strong notes of cloces, cinnamon, star anise and nutmeg. Taste is medium sweet, spicy and light bitter. The spices are too harsh and overpowering. Body is medium, texture is creamy, carbonation is soft. Much too much x-mas here.....

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Name: Abbaye de Saint-Martin Cuvee de Noel
Date: July 02, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, bsp
Appearance: hazy amber, creamy beige head
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, nice spicyness
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor, nice spicyness, light bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.9/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
abemorsten (3508) - Mostery, NORWAY - DEC 18, 2011
Clear copper body and a creamy, tan colored head. Banana, pineapple, peach and caramel on the nose. Most inviting. Medium body. Sweet, fruity and light salty. Gentle carbonation. Fails to deliver the promise of the fumes.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
solidfunk (7351) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Some faint florals, a decent aroma but no lingering aftertaste. Not much aftertaste at all, really.


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