Brewed by Brunehaut
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Rongy, Belgium


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RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Top fermented and bottle conditioned beer. An exceptionally spicy aroma of rare malts and hops are blended in this Christmas Ale.

corkyrory66's rating

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
corkyrory66 (1112) - - FEB 2, 2013
Que se passe-t-il à Brunehaut à la Noël ? Eh bien on récolte des cerises et de la grenade pour la bière de Noël … J’invente bien sûr, mais cela doit ressembler à cela... Façon assez bizarre de concevoir une bière de Noël pour cette brasserie, et sans doute une des cotes les plus basses sur ce genre de bière sur toute la planète. Donc on va dire que Brunehaut n’est pas en Belgique... et pourtant malheureusement oui !!! Couleur roux foncé dense. Clarté quasi opaque sauf en transparence. Bulles moyennes très vives au centre du verre. Mousse beige claire, qui nappe légèrement sans crème... Odeurs (aîîîîe) de cerises pour kriek (donc amères!!!), vin rouge très jeune (le gros rouge à bon papa...), pêche et groseilles rouges. Drôle de cirque.... Volume assez liquide. 1ère bouche très sèche avec épices, grenade, cuberdon …. et aspirine !!! Arrière-bouche très droite, et le gros rouge qui revient en force... (« la ferme, papi »). 2ème bouche très plate, un peu dans le style pomme de terre bintje... 3ème bouche avec une pointe de cannelle du vin chaud (ben oui, marché de Noël, populaire et gros gobelet à boire avec des moufles …). Longueur toujours avec la grenade, des épices de la famille de la girofle. La levure est jolie mais piquante et granuleuse. Alcool oui, sans plus. En finale, rien ne vient emballer cette bière... On croit rêver d’un pareil brassin pour Noël... A part la petite note de cannelle à la 3ème bouche, mais c’est cher payé !!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (9603) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 27, 2015
Bottle. Strong cinnamon, nutmeg, and chocolate malt aroma. Cloudy brown with small head. Sweet earthy cinnamon, light nutmeg, chocolate malt and mildly bitter herbal flavor. Very good - spicy but doesn’t taste like a mulled wine or pumpkin pie.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (5430) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - AUG 14, 2015
Bottle: Cloudy, deep brown with a frothy white ring. Very spicy....cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, raisin aroma. Taste is sweet, rich caramel malt, cinnamon, holiday spices, dark fruit..a little chile pepper heat.... Really tasty.....wonderful nose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AlfredoGarcia (222) - Santiago, CHILE - FEB 6, 2015
Smell of cherry with dark amber color. Lot of foam. Taste wasn’t good, felt a little bit like they put some Tide in it. For an expensive noël Belgian beer i was disappointed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rasmus40 (15165) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle from Prima Beer. Clear amber brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and spicy. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet and moderate bitter finish. Very short finish. 251214

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlazerT (356) - POLAND - DEC 24, 2014
Heavy, spicy Christmas Ale. Not very drinkable, tons of malts and spices. Weird mineral taste and flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmgreenuk (6495) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle at the OBER Kerstbier festival, Essen 2014. Poured a murky medium brown with a thin broken off white head. The aroma is caramel, sweet malt. The flavour is moderate sweet with a light mineral aspirin earthy palate. Light bodied with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheFoamhead (247) - Vught, NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2014
Aïïï, why this metal note…? Grrrr….. But then, you get a beer with a sour character, which surprised me, combined with again clove and star anise and other christmas spices. The body is medium and the carbonation too intense. Its ends with a licorice dry taste. A lot of controversial tastes though.... Not my beer, too distracting - I miss the clear line and a well balanced composition of the different tastes. It’s interesting, that’s true, but I won’t consider it on my christmas list.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (12234) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2014
Bottle. Frothy White good mostly lasting head. Yellow colour. Moderate malty and hoppy and light yeasty aroma. Caramellic. Moderate bitter flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kaser (4900) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Thick brown bright with floaty things and tan head. Sweet taste. Brown sugar aroma. Poured from a bottle at Delilahs Christmas tasting. Nutmeg and cinnamon. Interesting brew

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (3861) - BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2014
Typical Belgian Christmas ale and typically overspiced. Light beige, creamy but rather thin head, bronze colour. Strong aroma of sweet fruits (banana, candied dates) enhanced with spices (star anise, coriander, cardamom), raisins, candi sugar. Taste kicks off spicy, which is usually a bad omen for the rest of the palate. Caramel malt sweetness, liquorice, some harsh bittery tones, finish lightly hoppy with warming alcohol, not well balanced. They should have kept the Saint-Martin Lumière d’Hiver, which was for more balanced and far more elegant, if I remember well.

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