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


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RATINGS: 223   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2008
Objectively speaking: Rather spicy brown beer that did not quite match my usual expectations for a Saison.
I like: Absolutely authentic carbonation and palate. Its Christmas aspirations is confirmed by the Christmas spiciness reminding of cloves, pepper, nutmeg. Appealing toasty/chocolatey notes. Convincing herbal, leafy finish. Fair attenuation for its colour.
I dislike: Rather nondescript yeastiness is very present, but not too characterful, limited to bready and spicy notions.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9369) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2008
My Bottom Line:
Nutty caramel and cocoa sweetness efficiently tackle the double-edged bitterness of roasted malts and leafy hops. This Belgian Strong Ale is not as festive as the best Belgian Christmas ales, but you cannot knock it for being unpleasant or improperly made.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the hazy brown.
-It sometimes tastes like an English Brown Ale brewed with Belgian yeast and know-how.
-A subtle spiciness might recall nutmeg, but it might just be a function of the house yeast.
-All flavors are proud and upfront, which leads me to imagine that this bottle must be very fresh.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quevillon (2897) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2008
Bière #22 au Mondial 08 (29/5/08), bouteilleBrune très foncée, moyen collet. Arome de café fruité, un peu de cacao. Goût de malte cafiné, avec des notes de fruits rouges et une finission choco-sûrette. C’est une saison?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjs (6459) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 11, 2008
(0.75 l bottle at One Pint on 2008-04-08) Very dark brown. Small beige head. Fruity and malty nose. Full bodied. Liquorice and spices in taste. A bit boring.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (9591) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2008
Bottle from Dranken Geers, Gent, Belgium Poured very dark brown with a nice beige foamy sticky looking head. Some rum notes on the aroma and dark sticky fruits, spice and malt. Starts with a dash of sourness but this quickly gets pushed aside by a glorious charge of chocolate. The chocolate is quite superb initially smooth and creamy but then some dark cocoa and bitterness tied in with some coffee at the end. The aroma and appearance of this beer indicated good things were to come and it certainly didn’t disappoint, this was a marvellous little surprise that I hadn’t really expected great things from.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Dark brown colored pour with a very creamy head. Roasted coffee, fruity, malty aroma. Nice sweet, slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - JAN 22, 2008
Draught at Kerstbierfest 2007: Almost black with an ok cappuccino colored head. Aroma of roasted malt, hops, chocolate, spice, and coffee. Taste is less bitter/coffee than the aroma wants you to believe. dark fruits blended with sweet roasted chocolate and toffee that ends dry, pulling out some roast bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10420) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2008
Hazy brown with medium head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt and fruits. Flavor is roasted with sweet caramel notes. Ends dry and bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
daniele (8009) - ITALY - JAN 1, 2008
scura buona schiuma persistente note tostato caramello liquirizia nota piccola acidula buona luppolo presente nel finale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2007
A Mes rate: Bottle at Kerstfest, Essen.
Totally black with a good off white head. Aroma of smoked malt, fruit and slight caramel. More, almost rauch-like, smokyness in the flavour. Yeast, burnt toast and more smokyness by the sip. Unusual and interesting.

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