Brewed by Brasserie de Cazeau
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Templeuve, Belgium


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RATINGS: 208   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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"Roundness to be enjoyed by the side of an open fire! We wanted to create a more palateful, stronger beer, but without spices, unlike the majority of Christmas beers. The work therefore first of all focused on the selection of the barley malts. We needed a mixture of five different barley malts for obtaining the dark ruby colour and the body that we wanted. Then, we wanted hops that were not too strong, in order to contribute to that typical roundness of winter beers. This is why we have mainly opted for the Slovenian Styrian Golding, not very bitter, but used in great quantity and combined with a little Cascade, for a very fine hopping."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (15436) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 21, 2007
Courtesy of Jacob (Hildigöltur)
Dark brown to black color; huge head. Good Belgian aroma, with some roasted malt, dark chocolate, very light spices and Belgian yeast. The mouthfeel is quite dry, with some dark chocolate flavor and a very light sour touch; at the end the mouthfeel is even a bit harsh. The aroma was better, but overall not so great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsniclas (5827) - Billdal, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2007
Draught at Den Tatoverede Enke, Copenhagen. Black with a small, creamy, beige head. Light and fresh aroma. Slightly metallic flavour. Dark chocolate. Perfume-ish. Pretty harsh bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (11937) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 12, 2007
Draught at Den Tatoverede Enke, Copenhagen. Dark amber, nice creamy offwhite head. Malty aroma some leather (!). Malty, spicy, fruity flavor with leather notes. Malty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (13912) - Sřnderborg, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2013 Bottle, 8.2%. Good sweet aroma with a little dried fruit. Very dark brown colour, small light brown head. The flavour is slightly sweet with OK fruitiness and a roasted malt bitterness. Finishes with liquorice and yeast. An atypical Belgian, but good. 7 3 8 3 17

Draught at ZBF09. Good dark malt aroma. Cloudy dark brown colour. Good stable light brown head. The flavour is nicely malty, not sweet but OK. Slightly roasted with just a hint of cream. 7 3 7 3 16

Bottle, 8.2%. 5 years past BB date, but kept well in my own cellar. Yeasty aroma, slightly oxidised. Almost black colour, seems hazy. Stable light brown head. The flavour is sweet and spicy, has a little roasted malt notes. Creamy finish with a nice coffee note. 7 3 7 4 17

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeinDahlem (1347) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - OCT 22, 2007
Bottle @ Brassigaume fest. Dark brown beer with a puffy, dark beige head that fades. Malty nose with dark brown sugar. Roasted malty flavor with a dusting of hops and an light touch of smoke. Any spices are coming from real beer ingredients, I think, and not actual spices. Really tasty, good balance. Quite dry. Enjoyed it thoroughly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (14207) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2007
Unclear dark brown with fine creamy brown head. Looking like a fine stout and smells like a fine stout. Chocolate & dried fruits in the aroma. Taste is of of roasted malts, coffee, spices, chocolate, dried fruits & alcohol. Smooth, warm & filling. Long end... Very nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25076) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2007
(Bottle 33 cl) Hazy, dark brown with a vague, reddish tint and a dense, beige head leaving some lacework. Fat aroma of hard roasted malts - lightly burned actually. Quite a full body with plenty of burned malt, lightly sweet with an underlying spiciness and then a burned, slightly ashy finish. Quite decent but atypically Belgian with these almost stout-like characteristics. 180807

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - AUG 28, 2007
Bottle, 33cl. Nice foamy lightbrown head. Aroma is fruity with raisin/plum notes. Rich flavor with notes of alcohol, spicy mouthfeel that stays in the mouth long after the beer is gone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jerre (2756) - Waregem, BELGIUM - AUG 19, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2007 Bottle, 75 cl. (bought @ ZBF) Black color, little beige head. Aroma very roasted malts. Medium body. Taste is complex but good in balance. Sweet with fruits, a bit spices, very roasted malts. A typical chistmas beer. Sticky finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wim (2958) - Weelde, BELGIUM - JUL 5, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2013 dark brown coloured body with a average off white head a yeasty spicy malty chocolate aroma a spicy malty caramel bitter taste with a alcholic bitter finish

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