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RATINGS: 294   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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2013 vintage - 8.5% abv

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - JAN 22, 2008
draught at Kerstbierfestival 2007: medium to dark copper with yellow highlights. Cream colored head doesn’t stick around too long. Aroma of yeast, tart fruits, somewhat earthy hops, and the usual spices. Caramel malt flavors with nutty notes, ambiguous mixed fruits, and yeast character. Some earthiness comes through in the finish. Not a bad beer but it lacks interest.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 22, 2008
Cloudy dull orange/copper. Large off-white belgian head that diminishes moderately quick, but leaves plenty of lacing. For a 8.5% Belgian Christmas beer, this one takes life lightly. Its yeast is delicate, procuring soft pear esters while the clean malts offer a nutty milky brazil nut tang. No spiciness noticed outside an unconfident nutmeg/cinnamon character. Hops are a no show as well despite occasionnal mildly earthy/leafy touches. Still, while not dry, it never feels too sweet. Almost no bitterness, but the finish still fits the flavour development. No particular intense flavour seem to grow on, even as it becomes warm. It remains a pleasant drinking beer, but more for its texture than actual flavours. Creamy, soft texture and engaging gentle carbonation might be its best features.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 16, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2008 12oz bottle from 4 Seasons in Hadley MA. They said that this is the best Belgian Winter Beer that they had. It tastes like a spicy double. There are some nutty sweet flavs and some spice rack cinnamon and spice. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 15, 2008
Bottle. Opaque amber pour with light tan head. Aroma is of raisens and dried mango, and candy sugar. Flavor is similar with some bready malt coming in near the finish. Like a less sweet, slightly bready version of a typical belgian strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (2525) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2008
Wow, only the second U.S. rating, beaten out by sheatripper, a fellow NYer. Different label, applied by Shelton Bros. and it states the beer is brewed in a castle, cool. The beer pours a dark murky brown color with amber highlights, absolutely no clarity. The medium head is at first very bubbly but fades rather quickly and leaves nothing behind. Aroma is a mix of light topical fruit and dark plum/raisin fruits. There is an light airy brown sugar/black bread. Taste is similar to the aroma, not very sweet because the plum/raisin dark fruits comes in at the end of the flavor. A lightly thick body offset by a strong carbonation (actually tickles my tongue because I just ate a lot of garlic). Makes the beer very easy drinking.
11.2 oz bottle (cap stamped L1010909, maybe best by 01/09), Corsendonk tulip glass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Christian (11276) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2008
Cloudy dark ruby with a lasting white head. Toffee and butterscotch dominates a very malty aroma. Sweet and malty flavour with a bunch of cinnamon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2007
33 cl. bottle. Poured a cloudy dark orange with a frothy almond colored head. Kind of a fruitcake aroma--dried berries and candied peel with some underlying maltiness and spices. Moderately sweet flavor of caramel/toffee malts with dried fruits and herbal notes, and a bit of spice. Off-dry finish. Nice flavors in this, nothing over the top. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4534) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 25, 2007
Pours deep amber into a tulip. Offwhite head recedes to skim surface. Fruity caramel and spices from front to back.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jerre (2723) - Waregem, BELGIUM - DEC 24, 2007
Bottle, 33 cl. (first @ Kerstbierfestival, yesterday again @ De Heerlijkheid) Copper - orange color with a off-white head. Aroma yeast, fruits spice. Medium tot full body. Taste = fruits, spice, yeast and hops. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thebeertourist (4901) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 18, 2007
On tap at 13e Kerstbierfestival, Essen. Slightly yellowish copper colour with a rather small head. sweet and fruity aroma. Flavours range from vegetables with some spices thrown in for good measure and a dry finish. Points for originality rather than craftmanship.

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