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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12405) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2013
(330ml bottle) Pours a clear copper body with a small off-white head. Aroma of raisins, plum, earth, and caramel. Flavor of candi sugar, yeast, raisins, grain, and caramel.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hamirubi (405) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - JAN 19, 2016
33cl draft from tap at Vooruit, Ghent (19 I 2016). What a classic winter beer this is. The caramel, candy and artificial dextrose flavours already welcome the taster. The looks are pretty fine, with a reddish brown coloured brew and a beige head - although the foam is not long lasting.Teh taste is medium sweet (almost heavy to be honest), with some pleasant malts too. The beer has a medium carbonation, and a lack of true bitterness. A pitty. The trump cards are the banana, caramel sweetness. One could also hint the herbs and spices notes. This is pretty spirit-like warming for a 6.5% ABV ale.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Danieln (11) - Wezemaal, BELGIUM - JAN 2, 2016
Zoet bitter donker bier met een zeer bruisend karakter. Een zachte karamelsmaak geeft een zachte einde aan het bier. Het ziet er goed uit, maar blijft voor de drinkers die graag donker boer drinken.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rdb84 (448) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2015
Ruby red, modest head. A: sweet but round aroma, cherry, bubblegum, pepper, choco, hint of Bock. T: Belgian Double with vanilla lacing, fruity Bock, aftertaste mildly sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (5387) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2015
33cl bottle into a ’Chimay’ badged chalice at home on 20th Dec 2015. Beige head on the deep brown bodied beer, a red hue to the colouring when held to the light. Malts and red berries in the aroma and taste, fairly sweet flavour with some herb like notes within the brew to give it a seasonal warmth.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DwarfeD (2077) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - DEC 18, 2015
33cl bottle at our holiday home at Ameland. Clear dark amber with small white soapy head which disappeared pretty quick. Medium sweetness with subtle herbal bitterness. Caramel, malts, brown sugar, herbs and spices. Mediocre herbal sweet brew.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ogivlado (6818) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 15, 2015
Bottled 330ml. -at Pivkan beer fest. Dark amber coloured, small to medium sized airy off-white head, caramel in the nose. Toasted malt, caramel, notes of spices and brown sugar with touch of dried fruits and alcohol in the finish.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
corkyrory66 (1119) - BELGIUM - NOV 24, 2015
Bière spéciale d’hiver non refermentée (!!??), qualifiée étrangement de blonde foncée (ou donkerblond) par son brasseur, alors qu’elle est brun roux ...Niveau abv de 6,5 %. Couleur comme dit précédemment brun roux, et roux en transparence, à la clarté nette (non refermentée, nous l’avons dit aussi …). Bulles fines par centaines en colonne centrale très belle. Mousse beige clair bien crémeuse, stable à 3 mm. Arômes de malt car, pointe de café, moka, cassonade, prune, pointe de figue. 1ère bouche très souple à l’entame sur un malt cara et pointe d’anis. Arrière-bouche agréable, mais assez aqueuse. 2ème sur du malt légèrement torréfié, et un peu d’épices. Arrière-bouche un rien plus pleine que la 1ère, avec une pointe de réglisse. 3ème du même style. La longueur descend nettement, avec moins de notes heureuses. Jambes fines, groupées. Levure d’une ligne faible. Alcool beaucoup trop faible, il ne peut tenir ni les arrière-bouches, ni la longueur. Finale faible. CONCLUSION : une bière parfois agréable, mais aux ambitions trop limitées (niveau abv, densité des matières, non refermentée). Elle manque donc complètement sa cible, qui est d’être une bière de fête, au coin du feu de bois... Pas assez riche mon fils !!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sigmund (6117) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 15, 2015
330 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 6.5%. Clear chestnut to mahogany colour, moderate to low off-white to beige head. Aroma with strong notes of caramel and brown sugar, also notes of mild Christmas spices. Medium sweet flavour, again with caramel and mild Christmas spices. Is this really the same beer as Brassin de Noël (ABV is the same), or is the recipe slightly different?

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bornyensis (321) - BELGIUM - NOV 14, 2015
Een zoete-bittere smaak. Toetsen van kruiden, karamel. Een donkere kleur, weinig schuimkraag.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Holmen1 (4125) - Stavanger, NORWAY - NOV 13, 2015
Fra flaske på DSJT, Cardinal nov-15: klar mahognyfarge med ok skum. Søtlig smak med litt humle, ikke spor av (jule)krydder eller særpreg. En jule/vinterøl for de lettlurte.


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