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Carlsberg Semper Ardens Christmas Ale

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Brewed by Carlsberg Brewery
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark

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RATINGS: 183   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Danish: Christmas Ale blev i 2004 kåret som Årets Ølnyhed af Danske Ølentusiaster. Her oplever du en krydret og fyldig juleøl med mange komplekse noter af brændt karamel og nødder og en let syrlighed. Duften bærer moden frugt, lakrids og julekrydderier. I glasset står den rødgyldent mahognifarvet med et råhvidt skum.

English: Star anise and coriander, combined with a Danish ale yeast give the beer a distinct Christmas flavour of ripe fruit, liquorice and spices.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DraftDodger (456) - - FEB 18, 2015
Copenhagen 20/11 2014. 63 cl bottle from Netto. Pours reddish brown with yellowish head. Subsides slowly. Aroma is distinct and malty with some overripe fruit, caramel and alcohol. Quite soft carbonation. Taste follows the nose. Dark and rich with very distinct notes of alcohol. It's not a thirst quencher.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
teddybeer (2759) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 5, 2015
Bottle 2010. Brown color with a quickly diminishing off-white head. Aroma has notes of caramel, ripe red fruits and spices. Flavor is slightly sweet at the beggining, ripe fruit, spiced notes mainly anise and coriander, alcohol hidden by candy notes. Slightly bitterness in the final with yeasty and caramelish notes.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ochniczek (157) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2014
63cl bottle. deep dark red colour, slightly hazy. very rich whitehead. little lacing. aroma of caramel, dried fruit and some spice - quite pleasant. taste of rum, strong alcoholic, trufles and praline accents. low bitterness. high carbonation

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lukasmh (544) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle 2013. Pours cloudy dark amber with creamy tan head. Aroma is toasty malts, dried fruits, molasses. Taste is sweet toffee with some chocolate and dry slight bitter finish. Creamy medium body with some soft carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gorkogrlo (225) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 26, 2014
Bottle 0.63 l, bottled: 2014. Dark red color. Medium head. In nose cherry, rum, dust. Very strong smell, something liquor/prosecco like. In flavor again rum, dust, dark fruits, alcohol. Complex. Sweet. Probably medium body. Overall: good beer, but maybe too much spices. Too alcoholic off flavors also.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (6684) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 26, 2014
Big brown head. Clear brown body with light carbonation. Deep fruity spicy caramelly aroma with earthy chocolatey notes. Dry-sweet roasty earthy dried fruit taste with bread dough and spice notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft, fluffy mouthfeel. Dryish roasty chocolatey spicy aftertaste with earthy notes. The aroma and initial flavour of this one are just excellent, and the mouthfeel is great. In the aftertaste the earth and chocolate join together and dominate in a way I don’t really like, but this is very, very close to being a fantastic beer. Maybe if I drank it colder (as the brewer probably intended) it really would be fantastic. Anyway, nice to see Carlsberg doing what everyone knows they can do when they want to. (0.75l bottle, from Føtex, Frederikshavn.)

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
llkc (722) - århus, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2014
duft: malt. karamel. lidt blommer. smag: malt. lidt halm. karamel. appelsin

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
StoutHead (852) - DENMARK - NOV 20, 2014
2014 bottle. Pours cloudy red with a one-finger off-white head. Aroma of malt, spices and berries. Taste is of malt, caramel, spices, ripe dark fruits, bread and marzipan. Sweet with a slightly bitter finish. Full-ish body and average carbonation. Seems quite complex - and very much like a Belgian ale too, but is IMO a bit too spicy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
martin00sr (1585) - Haderslev, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2014
Clear, dark red Brown. Stable, offwhite head. Malty aroma with some caramel and alcohol. Flavour has a rather complex spicyness, caramel, fruityness and warming alcohol. Full, creamy mouthfeel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergaard (197) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2014
Bottle at home - 2014 vintage. Beautiful red brown color, off-white head. Quite spicy, malty and christmasy aroma with some alcohol pressence as well. Spicy, malty and slightly alcoholic taste as well but with clear notes of Christmas Herbs and spices. Not bad for a Carlsberg.


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