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Brewed by Gulpener Bierbrouwerij
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Gulpen, Netherlands

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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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A royal Special top-fermenting beer for a heart-warming wintery day...

New recipe, ingredients: water, malt - barley, wheat, hops, spices. NOTE: 2008 is actually released in the winter 2008/2009.


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3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bonkiedeaap (350) - Leerdam, - DEC 10, 2013
Bought a bottle at the Albert Heijn in Gorinchem. The beer is brown colored with a red glow, the head is a dissapears quickly and the CO2 level is a little low. In the aroma tones of liquorice and juniper berries. The taste is full and rich with tones of drop and laurel. The finish is long and has a full-bodied taste. I miss the warmth of the alcohol, which I aspect in a winter beer. Further it’s a nice one.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maarten1993 (413) - - FEB 12, 2015
Drank with Kaspar at home 11-12-2014. Nice beer. Has some taste. Not that special but an okay winter beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
markschiedon (311) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 12, 2015
Drinking blind from a 33cl bottle. In the aroma alcohol, raisins, syrup, licorice (zoethout). The clear, brown beer has a small brown head. In the taste liqorice (drop), chocolate and caramel. Medium carbonated.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SimplySike (1018) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 8, 2015
30cl. Bottle.
Pours clear reddish brown with tan head.
Aroma spice, sweet caramel, roasted malts.
Taste caramel sweet, little bitter.
Mouthfeel creamy, thin.
Bit to sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joopvandijk (6) - Kampen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2015 does not count
Jammer genoeg geen schuimkraag. Smaak is kruidig. Mooie kleur. Zoet in begin, zuurtje komt voorbij, kruidig, bittertje in afdronk, goed seizoensbier.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
MelvinKalksma (33) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - JAN 24, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2015 Beer tastes very sweet, with little hints of bitterness. Very dark beer with almost no foam.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ansjelaah (1564) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - JAN 24, 2015
Tap @Palacio Oirschot. Dark amber to brown with an off-white head. Smells and tastes malty, sweet, syrup, red fruit. Too sweet.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DutchDrebus (4422) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JAN 24, 2015
Tap @ Palacio, Oirschot. Dark amber to brown colour with a small but dense offwhite head. Smells sweetish, malts, nothing fancy. Tastes sweet with a hint of caramel and maybe even some cocoa. Thin to medium body, soft carbo.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jur (414) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 15, 2015
Draught @ Ysbreeker, Amsterdam. Pours clear, red-brown, full beige head. Apple syrup nose, taste too with cara, boozy. Very sweet, but one dimensional.

1.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Daanminator (191) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2015
Het bier is zwart van kleur en ruikt redelijk zoet. Smaak wat zoet/bitter. Niet echt minn ding.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daniele (6003) - ITALY - JAN 1, 2015
Ambrato carico quasi marrone buona schiuma piuttosto persistente deciso sentore maltato lieve tostato caramello molto dolce lieve speziature pepata una nota riscaldante


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