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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1431) - 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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Stefano (1972) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2007
Dark brown almost black colour with small brown head. Spicy aroma. Very fruity flavour with notes of coffe and dark chocolate, ends up choco-like and little sour. Ends up very tasty and the alcohol are well hidded indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
erickok (5462) - Leuven, BELGIUM - 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)

   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - JAN 18, 2007
(on bottle)Dark red/brown, steady beige head. Complex aroma of brumbles and fig, along wih strokes of an old tobaccofuniture. Very nive. Allmoste watery, easy drinkable one could say, a bit weak on the alcohol here. The fine carbonation helps the fruity notes to a plesent , allmost port-dry finish giving this saison(?) a few more strings to pla with.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - NOV 18, 2010
750 ml bottle A hazy dark brown beer with a large, frothy, creamy, mostly lasting off-white head. The aroma is moderately malty, lightly hoppy, lighlty yeasty.There are notes of toasted/roasted grain/bread, caramel, chocolate, flowers, dough, berries, cloves. The flavour is moderately to heavily sweet, lightlly sour, lightly bitter. Medium body, velvety yexture, average/lively carbonation, long finish with medium bitterness, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Very interesting beer, not overly sweet, reasonably complex, and rather warming. Not a Saison, however, in my opinion, more like a normal Belgian Strong Ale. Another good stuff from Cazeau.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (12970) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2011
A reddish brown head with a thick lacing brown head. In aroma, a smooth licorice malt with light chocolate, very nice. In mouth, a nice sweet treacle with dark fruits, molasse, licorice, nicely spiced, roasted moka coffee, nice. Bieropholie import, tasted Sept. 5 2011. BB 02-10.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Icedwarf (1312) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - SEP 24, 2016
Zwart bier met stevig schuim. Smaak is krachtig, bitter hoppig met iets van rook, karamel, bramen en bessen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (12136) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2006
Pours almost black with no head. Liquirice aroma with clear fruitiness. Complex and yeasty - good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2006
Bottle at home - shared with Mette. Almost black - light brown head. Aroma: Sourish, berries, burned. Taste: Chokolate, fruit, light coffee, burned, roasted, yeast, spices.

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