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


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RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   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.

MrMaerzen's rating

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MrMaerzen (28) - Utrecht, - JAN 23, 2013
Doesn’t deliver on the promise written on the backside. The aroma is quite dull, hardly any tones of the promised spices. Malty taste. A bit old taste although the bottle is fresh. Regular bitter finish, mix of hop and malt

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheFoamhead (80) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 5, 2014
It’s a winterbeer. It’s a winter warmer without being as heavy as a Barley Wine. The body is still medium, the taste dominated by sweet caramel flavor. But the use of gin berries and sweetwood create a very special, spicy-bitter note that is very pleasent and interesting. The wintervrund is what it pretends to be: a winter friend. It’ll warm and accompany you winter evenings at home and you will love to sip it slowly.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
caesar (5317) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 1, 2014
Bottle from local AH, BB Dec 15, large sample. Clear copper color, short frothy off-white head. Aroma of dark chocolate, spicy, dung, juniper berries. Sticky sweet caramel in taste, molasses, spicy, alcohol. Not my style, but not that bad. Except for the weird smell.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Neorej80 (146) - - NOV 30, 2014
Cinamon , caramel and a bit sour aroma. Nice dark colour and a small white head (disappears after a while). Flavours of coffee, caramel and a bit spicey. Bitter and caramel/coffee aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ha1ag (739) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2014
Bottled from AH. Chestnut brown colo with mediumsized tan head. Spicey nose. Aroma is spicy, sour with caramel malts and alcoholic notes. Flavour is slightly fruity (plum?) alcohol and spicy and bit of hops but bitterness is subdued. A bit overdone I say.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MonsterMagnet (326) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 25, 2014
Bottle, bb 3-2015. Pours dark amber brown with an off white head. Aroma: wood, dark fruit, sugar, light alcohol . Taste: raisins, figs, caramel, clove, cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, wood. Medium sweet, moderate light bitter, medium body. Sweet spicy finish. Nice winter beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
tricksta_p (1338) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - DEC 4, 2014
Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, raisins, candy sugar. Flavour is heavy sweet with a light bittersweet finish. Aroma and body are ok, unfortunately the sweetness is overwhelming and cloying. Not for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ZodiacM (140) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 11, 2014
Bruinrood van kleur met een lichte schuimkraag. Geur van gebrande mout en caramel, chocola. Smaak van gebrande mout, caramel, chocola en heel licht koffie. Kruidig en zoet-bitter. De nasmaak is helaas wat kort, had wat langer kunnen blijven hangen. Had wat meer body kunnen hebben, maar voor een grote brouwer een lekker seizoensbier.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ruuurd (35) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 30, 2014
Warm, caramel, spices. Interesting beer. Typically a winter beer! ...............

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DutchMark (193) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 30, 2014
Not bad but also not great. Strong winterbeer with aparent alcohol but not boozy. Nice dark colour with a small white head and moderate carbonation. Flavor is of caramel sweet malts licorice cloves and bitter hops. Nice balance in sweet and bitter. Still with all this going on it is not complex and has no full body. It just does not impress which I want in a season’s special. Certainly enjoyed it but I can see why it is not available all year round.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
GSAP (525) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 7, 2014
Smaak wat toffee en schnaps, aroma dikkig zoet zonder nuance. Smaak niet heel sterk, wat zuur in nasmaak. Weinig CO2. 10 in dozijn, gaat richting Kanon en consorten.

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