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


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RATINGS: 224   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kermis (11268) - Where the wild whales are, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
deanso (9213) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 3, 2014
33cl bottle from Speciaalbier. Thick white head. Clear deep amber pour. A decent Xmas beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikske79 (1500) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 16, 2014
Een kerstbier zoals kerstbieren horen te zijn: een goede, stevige, volle smaak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RW80 (2052) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1433) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mmahut (1846) - CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 31, 2013
Pours in dark amber with low head. Aroma is caramel, nutty, earthy. Taste is sweet, nutty with low bitterness. Body is flat, full with medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Plovmand (7883) - Helsinge, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with a creamy beige head. The aroma is hoppy and dark fruity with light spicy and yeasty notes. Lighter orange notes. The flavor is quite yeasty with nice dark caramel notes and ripe fruit. Alcohol well hidden. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EddyBeer1 (1058) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 19, 2013
Brun acajou, effervescence faible, col beige tombe vite. Malts caramel légèrement torréfiés, un peu aqueuse, amertume un rien réglissée et petite présence de fruits noirs. Pas vraiment une bière de Noël...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
77ships (8211) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2013
33 cl. bottle sampled @ Kerstbierfestival Essen 2013. Darker amber with a tanned head. Nose is sweet sugar, caramel, sticky malts, sweet coffee & Christmas spices. Sweet herbal taste, touch bitter bark, coffee, candy sugar, sticky malts, touch cake, light hops & cloves. Fuller body. Pretty nice stuff here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
berntholer (1589) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2013
light beige yellowish head disappears with lacing. brown colour. aroma yeasty, pepper, bit boozy, candysugar, cheesy hops. aroma more cheesy hops, bit wry, wood, roasted malts. aftertaste nice bitterness. despite the cheesiness i really liked this one, almost like an x-mas ipa :) bottle 33 cl @ kerstbierfest 2013

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