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Brewed by Brouwerij Huyghe
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Melle, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1449   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 22, 2006
2004. Amber/brown. Well formed, off white head. Beware the wrath of chunky. Nose: toasty caramel, rich malt, funky yeast, past ripe fruit, and subtle spice. Same flavors plus a bit of berry and nice hops. Full, balanced body. Excellent.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gnoff (8150) - Mlndal, SWEDEN - APR 15, 2006
Draught at Bishops Arms (Avenyn) Gothenurg, Sweden in December 2005.
Red/brown color with a creamy head. Typical Belgian strong beer scent and flavour. Not really a Christmas beer though, since I didnt find it very spicy at all. Not too much different from their Nocturnum as I can recall it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - APR 10, 2006
Poured a red copper color with a long creamy head and light lacing. Fruity aroma, apple citrusy with a touch of mustiness. Quite malty and on the sweet side, fruity with a light spiciness-cinnamon, clove-flavors blend well together, soft mouthfeel. Dryish finish with just a touch of booziness. Tasty rounded flavor with an underlying warmth-I liked this one and will try it again. 2002.

2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Boutip (5025) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2006
Bottle: Poured a medium amber color ale with a super huge foamy and creamy off-white head with perfect retention. Aroma of cinnamon and another spices which results in a weird perfume that doesnt excite my olfactory sense. Taste is also dominated by that weird perfume that I have a hard time to pinpoint. I also noticed some sweet malt. Body is real creamy with a good lacing. Alcohol is very well hidden. Even though Belgian Christmas beer is not a well-defined style, there are still some things that I expect (high ABV, full body, spice mix) which I couldnt find in here.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (8927) - Troms, NORWAY - MAR 14, 2006
750ml on unusual coloured and designed bottles. Red top with campagne cork. Hazy brown in colour. Off-white, short lived foam. A bit yeasty aroma. Crispated body. Very complex in flavours. Acidulous, but with notes of lemon and spices. Bitter ending with warming alcohol. The strength of the beer is very well hidden. One bottle was consumed to a heavy chocolate cake. The bitter and sourish drink stands very well to a sweet dessert. Perfect combination! I have one bottle left in the cellar and will try to keep it for the next new years eve (07.01.2006 and 11.03.2006)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2006
Pours a beautiful clear amber brown sunset with medium size froth that is short lived. Ample residual effers. Bananna malted nose. medium palate of dry, woodsy tobacco, earth, dried citrus rinds and smoke. Becomes more fruity as it warms. Drinks better warm.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (14622) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2006
33cl bottle from Dorstvlegel, Antwerp. Russet, lots of sediment in suspension, lasting beige head. Surprising passion fruit and mango aroma. Malty in mouth. Sharpish on end with more fruit. Not as malty as the Gouden and Corsendonk Xmas ales I had before this. Fine.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 3, 2006
Bottle from Jims Foodmart - Houghton, MI Pours a rusty golden, with a silky lacing head of ivory and amber. Aroma is wicking spicy fig and pear, with heavy vinous tart grape skins and light floral cognac. Flavor is an intense heavy malt, mulled with a touch of spice and blended with a biting yeasty bread crust and a touch of wheat. Complex and fulfulling with a real glowing character. Unfortunately the alcohol comes on a little hot. Back end runs with light floral fruits and light colored fruits like pears, apricots, and apples. A hint of white chocolate. Finishes with a good smack in the face from the alcohol. Deliciously warming though.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Bomber courtesy of and shared with gputty. Orange/brown pour with a beige head. Fruity esters and yeast in the nose, with some spiciness (cinnamon, nutmeg and coriander). The aroma is rather pungent, almost perfumelike. Slightly over carbonated for my taste. Flavor follows the strong nose, albeit weakly. Slight alcohol burn and a dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2006
From bottle. Poured an orange brown with tan head. Nose has a huge prune aroma with some spices and banana as well. Body is over carbonated though and only a thin rendition of the nose. Alcohol is noticeable.


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