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Brewed by Brunehaut
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Rongy, Belgium

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RATINGS: 157   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.


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 (2916) - 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 (4491) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
stouby (3822) - Holbk, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2011
Bottle at DE tasting. Slight hazy red-orangey with alight brown head. Aroma quite spicy (cinnamon, licorice/star anise), moderate malty (caramel, roasted). Flavor medium sweet and spicy, balanced with bitterness from spices and hops. Light body despite the strength. Nice.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Pours a hazy medium orangish amber color. Aroma is lightly malty, hoppy, yeasty, with a touch of fruit. Flavor is a nice mixture of malts and fruits.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
teddybeer (2347) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Panzerfaust (563) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
suprchunk (2343) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
onceblind (4602) - 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.


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