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Brewed by Brasserie Du Bocq
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Purnode-Yvoir, Belgium

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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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Christmas beer brewed for Danish importer Roskilde Øl.


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2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
sneevel (71) - - NOV 15, 2012
Pours brownish copper with an off white head. Aromas of dried fruit and some metallic notes. The same metallic aromas in the mouth, a little bit of spice and sweetness. Fairly Chistmassy but needs more concentration and less metallic taste.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Foffern (1168) - Bodø, NORWAY - DEC 20, 2013
Bottle at home. One year old. Pours a hazy reddish brown colour with a big, beige, creamy head. Aroma of dried fruit, wood, leather, brown sugar and some chocolate. Has a even more sweet flavour which is pretty similar to the aroma with more dried fruit. Has a rich mouth feel, and a light bitterness. A complex and sweet Belgian strong ale. Nice enough.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
teddybeer (2165) - Madrid, SPAIN - FEB 14, 2013
Bottled. Dark brown colour with a beige head with medium duration. Aroma is Belgian yeasty, chocolate, chocolate plumbcake and toasty. Flavor is sweet, brown sugar, toasted malts, cookies and chocolate, slightly citrus notes and a light bitterness in the final very good compensated with the sweetness.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Palme (3237) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 14, 2013
0.33l bottle. Finally! Have been chasing and missing this the last two years, so have been waiting for this. It’s a deep dark ruby-brown beer with a nice medium sized heavy lacing light brown-ish top. It has a nose that contains of candied sugar, dark malts, Belgian yeast and traces of both chocolate and not much more to be honest. A nice non-extreme one. It has an average+ carbonation level and a oily mouthfeel. In the taste there is more Belgian flavors. Both the yeasty thing and the sweet candied sugar, but also a slightly vanilla-like tone also. Traces of cinnamon and cardamom also shines through, but more subtle. It’s a bit sweeter than what I had imagined, but I like it. Worth waiting for - even though it doesn’t stand to much out of the crowd. A couple of things that don’t make to much sense with this: 1: The name? Julemandens Trøst? Well, OK, a Danish name because it for a Danish importer, brewed by a Belgian brewer in Italy? And the label on the bottle almost makes it look like a soda for children. Makes it quite interesting and a bit mysterious if you ask me. 29.11.2012

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tfredvik (1056) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2013
A bit more red than usual is mixed in this clear dark brown christmas beer, and the head is quite large, creamy and light-brown. Some lacing are left on the glass, the head isn’t very long-lived. The aroma is quite strong with lovely notes of belgian yeast, sweet dried dark fruits, dust and lightly roasted coffee in the back. Light to moderate sweet initial taste (i.e. a bit less sweet than the average christmas beer) that is balanced by a moderate bitter and long-lasting and slightly dry finish. The belgian yeast is very obvious in the flavour profile, also lots of spices and sweet dried dark fruits. Medium to full body, the texture is very smooth and pleasant, and the carbonation is quite lively. A very nice one!
[50 cl bottle, enjoyed 3 years before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Online]

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (10803) - DENMARK - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle, 8.1%. Brown/red with big beige head. Aroma is malt, yeast, dark fruits and candy sugar. Flavour is malt, yeast, dark fruits, sweet, candy sugar, caramel, hop and a little bitter.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BillHick420 (419) - North Dakota, NORWAY - DEC 23, 2012
Pours dark copper with a thick, lasting, off white head. Nose of sweet malts and some yeast. Aroma of sweet malts, peach, and fruityness, maybe hints of caramel. Decent.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borup (5676) - Albertslund, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2012
Bottle. Dark amber colour iwth an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of caramel, malt, dark dried fruit and yeast.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Arve_Christian (3000) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 16, 2012
Backlog nov/dec 2010. On bottle from Vinmonopolet (or systembolaget?). Golden color, ok foam. Medium body & complexity. A bit bland fot this kinf of beer, but pretty ok

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TEJA (1262) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 18, 2012
Bottle at Pikkulintu, Hellsinki. Thick brown head. Red-amber colro. Fruit aroma with lots of cherries (drink cherries) and angostura bitter. The fruit also dominates the taste with some fine belgian notes in the back to make it more complex. Sweet and smooth. Small to medium drinkabillity as the fruit will get to overpowering after 1 bottle.


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