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

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RATINGS: 209   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"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."


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hanoi (554) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2014
Nose is sweet, cloves, dates, slight, woody note, licorice, slight hazelnut. Taste is very faithful to the nos - very nutty, light wood, dates, a little licorice, a gentle chocolate emerges in the finish, leading to light spices. Mouthfeel is quite thin for a Christmas beer . I am a little underwhelmed by this, it’s nice enough, but I find the nut flavours overwhelm.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lobs_ols (306) - LATVIA - DEC 3, 2014
Opaque dark red, strong white head. Very vague aroma, some licorice and roastiness. Sweet and spicy, but not obnoxiously so. Chocolate and toffee notes. Finishes a bit watery. Quite nice, could be more full-bodied.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (2928) - BELGIUM - OCT 24, 2014
Cazeau’s Christmas ale, a very dark brown beer with light beige head; sweet and malty, candied dates, blackcurrant, caramelly and somewhat chocolatey maltiness with a gentle coffee-like roasted bitterness in the end. Again a Christmas beer in the old Scotch style without explicitly admitting it’s a Scotch. Very good, though.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
edgallow (2570) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 9, 2014
11.2 oz bottle pours brown with a light tan head. Aroma of malts, fruit, toffee and grain. Taste of caramel, raisins and toffee.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Yves (2484) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - SEP 4, 2014
Alone at home. Dark brown colored beer with medium brown head and medium carbonation. Malty hopped aroma with some fruity hints. Full sparkling palate. Finish is fruited caramel sweet.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kermis (6185) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 3, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to Deanso. Pours hazy dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruits, raisins and sweet malt. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and light moderate bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
deanso (6216) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 3, 2014
33cl bottle from Speciaalbier. Thick white head. Clear deep amber pour. A decent Xmas beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikske79 (1277) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 16, 2014
Een kerstbier zoals kerstbieren horen te zijn: een goede, stevige, volle smaak.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RW80 (1103) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 8, 2014
33cl Bottle Appearance: eddish brown with a creamy beige head Aroma: Dark aroma of malt, caramel and roast with a hint of chocolat, and some dark fruits. Taste: Sweet flavour of caramel malt with some sweetsourish fruity notes (Grapes ?) with some spices, Finishes with some nice chocalate bitteness, soft carbonation, medium body, oily texture. Good brew but it’s not your typical Belgian Strong Ale.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (810) - BELGIUM - JAN 4, 2014
Splendide étiquette, comme toujours dans la série des Tournay. Cette bière de Noël titre à 8,2 % abv, et est constituée de 5 malts et 3 houblons. Couleur quasi noire. Clarté nette (en transparence bien sûr). Bulles fines partout et vives. Mousse café crème qui nappe bien. Arômes de terre noire, tourbe, viande grillée, sureau, avec une pointe de poivre noir et de vin de noix. 1ère bouche au volume soyeux mais très puissante sur un café turc, du chocolat noir à 80 % de cacao, des truffes au chocolat noir. Arrière-bouche de malt torréfié. 2ème bouche plus équilibrée, plus pleine, quasi dense. Arrière-bouche superbe, intense. 3ème bouche très ronde sur des fruits mûrs et des malts noirs complexes. Arrière-bouche très complète. La longueur commence avec un équilibre magnifique, puis développe la complexité. La levure est forte, construite, belle. L’alcool fait parfaitement son travail, en progression constante, et avec un apport de chaleur mais pas exagéré. Très bien. La finale est attendue et ne déçoit pas : cette bière a encore des choses à vous démontrer à ce moment-là. Magnifique. Conclusion : très grande bière de Noël, avec du caractère certes, mais d’une part ce n’est pas interdit en hiver, et d’autre part elle s’inscrit très bien dans la lignée des Tournay.


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