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


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RATINGS: 212   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
"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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (23583) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 19, 2007
Bottled@Kerstbierfestival, Essen. Deep brown colour, mediumsized beige head. Aroma is spices, caramel and some sourness. Flavour is spices, malts and some mild hints of hops and yeast. Not much how much of an Christmasbeer this tastes like though...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sayravai (4700) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 18, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2008 (Bottled@Kerstbierfestival 2007, Essen) Very dark brown with a smallish, creamy and tanned head. Roasty, lightly burned-malty aroma with licorice and smoke. Roasty-ashy-burned-malty, licoricey, sweetish flavor with some bitterness and smoke underneath. Medium-bodied, slicky palate with soft carbonation. Surprisingly enjoyable and balanced being this burned. Not bad, but wouldn’t probably have the whole bottle. (Re-rate, one year old) Smoother, sweeter, and no more burned. Quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KnutAlbert (6397) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 25, 2007
On tap at Bier Circus, Brussels, November 07. A Saison??? Lovely sweet and spicy, enough of a body to cope with both candy sugar and spiciness. Dark, warming beer. Maybe they changed the recipe?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Defreni (2866) - Husum, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2007
Fad. Mørk nærmest porter agtigt udseende. Rigtig gode brændte toner bakkede op af en diskret sødme. Var meget imponeret af denne øl som var aftenens bedste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (16924) - 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 (6243) - 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 (15303) - 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 (14562) - Sønderborg, 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 (1396) - 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 (14915) - 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!

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