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Brewed by Van Den Bossche
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
St. Lievens-Esse/Herzele, Belgium

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RATINGS: 347   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
De Kerstpater is diep donkerbruin met een streepje rood en heeft een beige schuim. Zoals bij de bruine Pater Lieven wordt ook hier de geur overheerst door chocolade met panachévulling, maar daar komt nog zoet bij van kandij en karamel en de warmte van alcohol. In de mond overheerst kandijzoet, maar een bitterheid zoals in zwarte chocolade of cacao verhinderen dat het zoet plakkerig wordt. De afdronk is lang, vooral het zoet blijft hangen.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blackisle (1790) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - JAN 9, 2016
Bottle 33cl. Deep dark brown, small foamy tan head, mostly diminishing, almost no lacing; aroma roasted malts, overripe fruit, apple syrup, licorice; taste is medium sweet and slightly sour, fruity, candied cherries, spicy notes, average to long duration, mild sweet and sour aftertaste, cinnamon notes, bit woody, light bitter touch in the finish; medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation; expected more bitterness and less sourness, disappointing.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
tricksta_p (3024) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2015
Bottle at home. Aroma is sweet malt, candy sugar, caramel, marzipan, candy, raisins, spicy notes. Flavour is quite sugary sweet with some bitterness in the finish. Body is medium. Good if you like übersweet beers I suppose, it’s just not for me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TychoJames (917) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2015
Flaska belgoklubben. Brun kulör med eldoranget sken. Söt och fruktig doft. Sockrade äpplen, sirap och jäst. Smak av mosiga äpplen i sockerlag. Viss bitterhet

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
themightylazza (108) - - DEC 23, 2015
Dark Christmas ale, aroma of marzipan, fruitcake. A sweet palate of berry fruit and a dryish fruity finish. Lacking the rich complexity of the best seasonal beers, and a little too sweet, not bad.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Desverger (7027) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2015
Tap@Taphouse, Copenhagen (08/11/2015) - pours hazy reddish brown with a beige head. Sweet malty aroma and taste, brown sugar, caramel, dark dried fruits, yeasty, some spices, medium body, pretty decent overall.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DroolYeast (869) - Aalborg, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2015
Tap @ basement beer bar, Aalborg. Aroma of dark dried fruits, vanilla. Clear dark red with off-white head, mostly diminishing. Moderate sweetness, watery, fruity, light bitterness. Full body, soapy texture, light carb., sweet fruity finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bosbouw (2510) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - DEC 10, 2015
Donkere roodbruine kleur met een mooie volle kraag. Ruikt kruidig, mout, overrijp fruit. Smaakt zoetig, kruiden, caramel, basterd suiker.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LLaurin (223) - Motala, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2015
X-Maß closing up. This beer pours in Christmas colour Darm amber with red tones. Head small but firm and tanned. Taste is with bread spices and sweet hints of raisins and other dried fruit. Complex but a little short on the palate. From Belgoklubben. Will match nicely at the X-mast buffet.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vjohans (666) - SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2015
coffee, caramel, nuts, herbs, spruce, grass, resin, alcohol, vanilla, brown, hazy, white foam, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, sticky, average carbonation, long finish, decent but with this ABV i expect more

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (5487) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2015
Bottle share at Centrum Hotel, Beersel. 9% BB 2020. Very, very dark brown, red hue, small ring of off-white foam. Aroma is plums, raisin, some minty booze. Body is medium, tingly carbonation, smooth. Taste is raisin, earthy, sweet, resin, dry finish with some booze. Decent.


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