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

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RATINGS: 91   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.


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3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
spkevin (383) - Doetinchem, - MAR 5, 2012
Bottle. Dark amber pour with a good white head. Some lacing on the glass. Berries and other fruits in the aroma. Berries again in the taste with alcohol hints. Some Bock hints. A bit too much alcohol hints but surely drinkable.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
VincentKabel (197) - Haarlem, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2014
Winter beers usually can’t please me. They overdo the sweetness and alcohol kick wich makes it taste like a coughsyrup in stead of a beer. This one though is a very good one. Ofcourse it is sweet and herbal (like cough syrup) but it doesn’t get overwhelming. The alcohol is definitely there but it’s warming and not dominant. It’s slightly roasted, some chocolate, caramel and pretty herbal in it’s taste. Very well done Gulpener!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JefVerstraete (1275) - BELGIUM - APR 16, 2014
Strange to see such low scores. Tap @ De Zwarte Ruiter, Gulpen. Medium carbonation. Aroma of roasted malts with hints of chocolate. Fruity with bitter finish. Very nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (7168) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 8, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein leicht trübes dunkel bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch hefig, sehr fruchtig malzig, leicht würzig, alkoholisch. Geschmack trocken malzig süß, fruchtig, alkoholisch, hefig.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaartenRF10 (1586) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2014
Tap in zwarte ruiter, gulpen. Donkerbruin bier. Zoet en kruidig winterbier. Caramel en zwart fruit.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (4483) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - FEB 19, 2014
Bottled. 33cl sample. The aroma has raisin, caramel, hint of grassy hops. Clear, brown coloured beer with an off-white head. The taste is sweet, has some bitterness to it. Sweetness is within acceptable borders regarding my expectations. Taste has caramel, raisin, some grass. Medium-full body. Slightly sticky mouthfeel, but still a bit more dry in the end. Actually pretty nice.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nearbeer (3677) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 5, 2014
30 cl bottle thanks to Gem! Pours a copper-chestnut with an enduring spit and ring of foam. Nose is orange toffee, cocoa and corn with a few disconcerting whiffs of gunmetal and peaty bog. Taste is toffee, raisin, apple peel, roasted maize, a touch of orange chocolate and some metal and dry grass on the finish. Light-medium body has low carbonation and a nice balance. Lots of aroma and flavor going on here but seems like they’re not very well integrated and a little off-kilter.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MarcoDL (2146) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 1, 2014
Should be some kind of winter beer, but it’s too flat for that. Needs more malt, yeast and herbs.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rikstar (731) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 25, 2014
0,3l fles, donkerbruin met een crème kraag. Geur is donkere mout en zoet, smaak is ook vol zoet en alkoholwarm met een beetje cacao en ook de sinaasappelschil. Body valt tegen.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbtallguy (125) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2014
In fles van 33cl: rood/ chocolade kleur met een matige schuimkop. Duidelijke knisper aanwezig. Qua smaak een mooie afstemming van gerst en hop.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sbron (209) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2014
Fles 30cl. Donkere Rode kleur, witte schuimkraag. Eerste smaakimpressie : chocolade, zoet, drop. Lekker biertje. .


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