Brewed by Brunehaut
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Rongy, Belgium


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RATINGS: 151   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Top fermented and bottle conditioned beer. An exceptionally spicy aroma of rare malts and hops are blended in this Christmas Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
teddybeer (2224) - Madrid, SPAIN - NOV 26, 2011
33cl bottle. Poured a brown beer with tan head, with good lacing and medium to high persistence. Aroma is toasted, caramel, spicy, anise and coffee with milk. Flavour is sweet, spicy, slightly sweet at the beginning with a final moderate bittery and pehaps a little watery. Carbonation is medium. Texture is more than thin. Body is full.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Panzerfaust (561) - Hanga Roa, Easter Island, CHILE - NOV 19, 2011
Pours a dark brown color with a big brown head that diminishes slowly. Aroma is malty and spicy with notes of clove, Weinachtsstollen, cinnamon, brandy and aniseed. Fantastic. Flavor is sweet, spicy, but not too strong. Notes of brown sugar, cookies, rye bread, Baileys cream and christmas spices. Medium to full bodied, a little evanescent in the finish. Warming. A good christmas beer but not overwhelming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
suprchunk (2250) - Crestview, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Toffee/light mahogany colored pour. Off-white, almost tan, head. Bountiful is it, and leaves lacing behind. Smells like a fruit cake; spices, bananas, sugary. Peppery tasting. Diluted malty sweetness. A bit too much alcohol warmth. Too spicy with something just not quite right.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
onceblind (4078) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Bottled (bomber) as "Winter Ale", took me a while to find this on the site. Bottled on Sept 2010, so about 1 year aged. Very dark amber with ruby tones, with a light tan head that starts huge, settles to a tight cap. Aroma is malty grains and dark fruit with wintery spice notes of nutmeg and clove--which becomes more pronounced as the beer warms up. Flavor is pretty candy sweet with slight bitterness at the end. Flavorful, but a semi medium body with a watery texture. Very malty all around, some caramel, dark fruit, sweetness...pretty average tasting dark belgo-strong ale aside from the very slight winter spices in the aftertaste. Still a good brew I would buy again/reccomend.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (8246) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 10, 2011
Dark amber, medium brown / red colored beer. Smell something spicy, though not dominant. Ok taste, very nice full carbo and body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
DutchDrebus (4035) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUN 25, 2011
Took 5 minutes to find this one on this site.. Colour was very nice. Smell and mouthfeel a bit dissapointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Frank (2882) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2011
This bottle gushed on me but I suppose I cant really hold that against it given that its a Christmas beer that only found its way into my glass in June. It looks nice enough once its poured. A creamy head sits on a murky brown beer. Its rather appealing. Sharp spice and huge banana and fruit elements smack you in the face w/ this one. Its a nice smell but intense in a way that cloys just a little bit. The texture is creamy on this raisin sweet and lightly tart brew. This is good enough now that I really want to try one fresh if a new batch finds its way to my local liquor store this year.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2011
What a gusher. The beer pours a murky, mahogany color with a full, beige, fizzy head which settles to a thin, pillowy layer an leaves nice Belgian lace. The nose is full of anise, peppery phenols, raisin, date, alcohol, and a medicinal note. The flavor is similar but not as medicinal; still anise, Belgian chocolate, clove, date, cinnamon, and brown sugar. The palate is medium to full, seemingly thinner, nearly lively, and round but watery? The beer finishes still sweet and spicy with cinnamon and pepper, brown sugar, and a slight earth. An overabundance of anise for me, lack of malt depth, and thoroughly lacking palate keep this beer as a quite pedestrian Belgian. Honestly, there were nice parts to the beer but too many deficiencies to be good.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2011
The beer pours a medium murky brown, not particularly appealing. The head is about 2 fingers off a very light tan, almost tope. It fades quickly but leaves a full soapy top. The lacing is pretty decent. The aroma is light, mostly spice, star anise??? with some alcohol. The taste is way to spicy, its almost dominated by spice which is not appealing. It tastes powdery with alcohol and a small amount of smoke and bitterness at the end. The feel is decent, not drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2011
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy/fizzy, off-white to light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is medium to dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain, caramel), with notes of nutmeg, clove, brown sugar. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean. Medium body, watery texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Spice-heavy nose, but its not unattractive. Overly sweet and thin bodied (for its size). Sweetness lingers far too long in the finish, as if artificial. Unpleasant to drink, ok to smell.

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