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


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RATINGS: 211   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bamsen78 (4445) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2013
Bottle. Pours cloudy dark ruby / copper brown with airy tan head. Dark aroma of malt, caramel and roast with a hintof chocolate. Sweet flavour of caramel malt with sourish notes of coffee beans and a touch of chocolate. Sour-sweet finish. Warm alcohol presence. Low carbonation. Very well balanced and delicious but very far from the style under which it is categorised here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
The Etruscan (583) - Tuscany, ITALY - SEP 13, 2013
Beige foamy full lasting head. Dark brown colour. Aroma is malty with dark fruits and light licorice and roasty notes. Flavor is malty too with light fruity (walnut and cherry) tones, ending in a moderately fruity, slightly metallic finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DiarmaidBHK (3785) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2013
Pours dark brown with an inch khaki foam that leaves a lot of lacing Big caramel and malt and mistletoe on the nose. First whiff smelled like Christmas Lots of sweetness on the tongue , with a nice amount of breadiness Finishes clean Overall very nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (4083) - Georgia, USA - APR 23, 2013
Pours a somewhat hazy sepia with a fairly thick and foamy light tan head. Robust aroma has an overtone of caramel with touches of cloves and cinnamon and a hoppy hint. Flavor has a bold sweet malty note plus caramel, spice and hoppy tones, a hint of licorice, a touch of fresh-cut wood. Thick, syrupy flavor has some good fizz, if not a lot. A very enjoyable ale any time of year.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tderoeck (6464) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 12, 2013
8/III/13 - 33cl bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ home - BB: IX/2014 (2013-224)

Clear dark brown beer, small beige head, unstable, bit adhesive. Aroma: spicy, some cloves, paint, chocolate, overripe fruit. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: some caramel, dried fruits, spices, bitter hops, cloves. Aftertaste: some caramel, little bitter, overripe fruits, some mocha, spicy, alcohol, hoppy ending.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pentaz (1256) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear dark red with a light lacing and full lasting dense off-white medium head. Aroma is malty, black currant, dark toffee, prune, strawberries, pear-drop, banana, roasted malt, hops, nut, straw, bubblegum, spices. Taste is near medium sweet, bitter with a well integrated light sourness. Body is medium+, texture is creamy, carbonation is medium. Finish is rather short malty and a little warming. Nice balance between malts, hops and the yeast-signature. The beer is primarily malt-driven, but packs more hops than expected, and the esters arenít overwhelming. The light sourness makes it almost refreshing too. There isnít a lot of taste as such, but the balance is great as long it doesnít get near lukewarm.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dEnk (4199) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 16, 2013
Bottle @ tasting. Aroma is caramel malts, oliebollen and winter spices. Flavour is caramel, malts, slight roast and christmas spices. Too spicy for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vaiz (3867) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 16, 2013
Bottle at home. Hazy brown pour, thin white head. Aroma is quite spicy with speculaas, slightly roasty and cardamom. Flavor is bitter spicy, but mostly sweet with sugary malts. Decent balance and body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
karlsnes (47) - NORWAY - JAN 11, 2013
11.01.13 Ølkonsortiets julekalender. Uts: klar, dyp kobberfarget, rikelig og holdbart beige skum. Duft: fruktig og fyldig, sødme og noe humle. Smak: fyldig og søtlig, noe tørket frukt og god balanse. Deilig ettersmak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
erickok (4322) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - DEC 28, 2012
Dark brown, mostly clear with big frothy tan head. Malty dark base, roasty, cereal and nuts. Good amount of hop backup. Tinteling palate that packs a good amount of flavour, both bitter and roasted. Warming ending. Surprising winter beer that?s hop forward yet still works very well as end of the year treat. Awesome! (33cl bottle from De Bierwinkel Leiden)

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