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Style: Belgian Strong Ale
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RATINGS: 161   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   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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2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
hapjydeuce (996) - Carlsbad, 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.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heavy (2569) - Split, CROATIA - JUN 15, 2016
Feb. ’16. A 0.33 l traditional fat little Belgian bottle, an incredible gusher like I’ve never seen before, I messed up everything around. Hazy brown body. Fine, sweet aroma of chocolate, caramel, banana, spices like pepper, coriander...lots of things here, very complex. Flavor was less sweet, and less complex but still enjoyable. Caramel, light bread/yeast, spiced up with coriander, oak wood and touch of smoke. Medium bodied with moderately long woody and caramel finish. Alcohol was quite well hidden, only warmed a bit at the end. Very good!
And I see now how underestimated is here on RB, with just the opposite of the two relatively ugly beers I just had before! Ah...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (10224) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (5776) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AlfredoGarcia (254) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rasmus40 (16625) - 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 (440) - 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 (7080) - 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.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheFoamhead (260) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (12810) - 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 (5312) - 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


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