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


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RATINGS: 1545   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Kleur en uitzicht: Kastanje amber. Een fijn, wit, romig en wandklevend schuim. Geur: Een complex geheel van caramelmout, fruitigheid, kruidigheid, zoetheid van de alcohol. Smaak: Flinke portie alcohol, sterk kruidig, lichte bitterheid. De afdronk is zoet, kruidig en licht bitterig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16503) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 8, 2006
Bottled, 75cl champagne-style. 2004-vintage. Sold as Delirium Christmas in Norway. Copper/red with a nice off-white head. Carbonation and lacings. Sweet, cellar, candi, some caramel and dried fruits in the aroma. Flavor has yeast, cellar, dried fruits, some alcohol and candi. Full-bodied and sweet. Nice beer, both on its own, and with food. (060527)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wxman (1744) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Pours a bright amber with antique lace head with the large bubbles typical of belgian ales. Pleasant sour malt aroma. Sour citrus flavor with a dryness not unlike wine. Spices, sweet maltiness and mild hop bitterness are there as well. Very warming alcohol feel after swallowing. A delicious winter warmer type of belgian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2006
750 ml corked and caged. Dark amber colour, fast fading off-white head. Toast and plums with some spicy notes. Light peachiness and some soft sweet caramel malt. Simple yeast, but has enough spiciness to keep things interesting. Clove, peach, light apple and brown sugar. Flavour is quite sweet, toast and brown sugar, plums, apple, orange and some lingering spice on the finish. Orange peel and pith flavour. Some light herbal hop flavour. Becomes a bit vineous as it warms. Well balanced, lightly peppery on the finish. Pretty nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 2, 2006
Robe rouge aux reflets palpables. Mousse beige épaisse qui s’estompe. Arômes de caramel, de compote de pomme et de rhubarbe. Saveurs de métal, de liège et de sucre.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (25327) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 2, 2006
Bottled. Brown/amber opaque, longlasting mediumsized beige head. Aroma is toffee, caramel, alcohol, malts and some fruit. Enormous malts in flavour along with spices and dry fruit. Finish and aftertaste is mostly malts and alcohol. Pleasant winterbrew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (5612) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2006
Bottled. Rich, frothy head on a amber brown pour. Strong, sweet malty aroma, oranges and heavy spices. Hint of bugspray. Super spciy taste, sugary sweetness is second, alcohol slick third. Alcohol burns through the end. I think I prefer the tremens.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gnoff (9569) - Mölndal, 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 didn’t find it very spicy at all. Not too much different from their Nocturnum as I can recall it.

   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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Boutip (5898) - 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 doesn’t 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 couldn’t find in here.

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