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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.


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bathory (458) - Bryne, - JAN 15, 2013
Pours a hazy brown colour with a white head. The aroma is a bit supprising, loads of spices, peticular aniseed, together with some roastiness, and nuts. The smell reminds me of Nøgne Ø’s "Underlig Jul" (Peculiar Christmas). Loads of christmas spices. Quite interresting. Flavour is wierd. Don’t know if it’s the good or the bad wierd. No balance at all, but it’s actually quite interesting. There are datesfruit, cardamom, pepper, nuts, cough drops, vanilla, aniseed, raisins, with some chocolate and coffee in the end. That’s my suggest for the different flavours in this beer. Soft carbonation, medium bodied with a really smooth mouthfeel. I acctually really liked it, it was so different and wierd, almost a new experience. I recommend everyone to try this one, most wont like it, but everyone wouls appriciate that they tried it in my opinion.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rasmus40 (11992) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlazerT (82) - POLAND - DEC 24, 2014
Heavy, spicy Christmas Ale. Not very drinkable, tons of malts and spices. Weird mineral taste and flavour.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmgreenuk (5014) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - 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.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheFoamhead (90) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (10870) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kaser (3126) - 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

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (2464) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kevnic2008 (8513) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - JUN 23, 2014
Mahogany color with not persistent head, some gushing in bottle. Candi sugar and caramel malt aroma, light sweet with finish in little bitterness.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
tderoeck (5148) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 6, 2014
16/IV/14 - 33cl bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ home - BB: X/2014 (2014-369)

Clear red brown beer, big creamy beige head, pretty stable, adhesive. Aroma: lots of overripe banana, no really, just like a school bag banana after two weeks of daily walks to school and back with a bunch of books on it. Also quite some liquorish and aniseed that are enforcing the overripe banana smell. Some cloves, gingerbread. MF: lots of carbon, medium body. Taste: wow, easy on the spiced there, jack *sses... Nothing but spices here, liquorice, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, aniseed, bleurk... Aftertaste: unpleasant bitterness, cinnamon challenge, some chocolate, overripe banana, bit sweet. Very undrinkable. Used it to marinade my pork shoulder for pulled pork.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
goozen (3073) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - APR 4, 2014
Bottle 0,33ltr: Dark brown/red coloured brew with an nice bitter taste with hints of spices, speculoos and anise. Very good Christmasbeer even to drink in April.


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