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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.


pivnizub's rating

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
pivnizub (8868) - Bochum, Porúří, - JUN 17, 2013
Bouteille: Hazy, reddish-amber coloured, stable off-white foamy layer, (x-mas-)spicy nose with a delicate chocolatey touch; barely medium bodied, moderate sweet flavour; delicate sweet malty finish with an even more delicate bitter aftertaste. Pretty awful…!


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (1743) - 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 (8092) - 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 (4696) - 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 (2941) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmrmwel (959) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 30, 2014
Bottle. Pours maroon with an airy head. Aroma is sweet, with roasted malts, caramel, toffee and kandi, as well as some spicy camphor. Medium body with soft to average carbonation. Flavour is sweet malts with quite an herby sting, as well as a rather sticky syrupy sweetness.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Countbeer (4429) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle: Past BB: Served in a Chouffe glass: Medium sized vanilla ish colored foamy head on top of a clear ruby colored beer. Aromas of sweat socks, cloves, chalk, some pear, some wood, some sweetwood, some peach and lots of ginger. Flavours of ginger bread, ginger, malts, grains, bitters, toast, light spiced, cloves, light pepper, some nuts and some herbs. Aftertaste is a mix of ginger, bitter, cloves, malts and yeast. Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied and a creamy texture. Too much ginger, don’t like it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ShivanDragon (1590) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 5, 2014
donker rood amber met witte kraag aroma van stevige kardemom, zoethout, lichte ster anijs, licht gember De smaken zijn gelijk aan die van het aroma uitgebreid met een klein peperig tintje, matig bittertje, matig zoet, redelijke smaken, fruitigheid van dadels/vijg redelijk kruidig zoals een kerstbiertje hoort. medium body, mooie co2, al met al een kruidig kerstbier

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
hapjydeuce (940) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 30, 2014
33cl bottle, imported. A random pick-6 from my local bottle shop. Can’t really make out the bottle date, but it looks old and the "09" is marked, I assume a 2009 vintage. Initial pour has some carbonation & head, quickly dissipating into a flat ruby-brown mixture with yeast chunks. Really looks awful. Typical Noel beer aroma; lots of clove, cinnamon & nutmeg with burnt brown sugar. Flavor follows suit with cloying malt base and not enough hops bitterness to balance it all out. Slightly oily on the palate with light effervescence. Maybe past its prime.

1.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
CosmicScherzo (6) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2014 does not count
Is this RateCherryDrPepper? Belgian esters, but overly sweet and one dimensional. Hardly drinkable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puboflyons (2151) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 27, 2014
750 ml. corked, caged bottled marked September 2011 It pours reddish to chestnut brown with a modest tan to cream-colored head and delicate carbonation bubbles streaming up the glass. Varying sensations on the nose include spices such as nutmeg, coriander, and allspice along with dark figgy fruits and raisin. Roasted malts more subtle. Medium to full body. Easy drinking for 8.5% ABV with no alcohol bite whatsoever but plenty of dark fruit, spices, and a mildly bitter finish. Caramel malts are more noticeable in the taste. I was rather surprised not to find this one in the Rate Beer database.


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