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


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RATINGS: 320   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
envane (568) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Odd beer. Dark, almost black colour. Aroma is non-existant for the style. Big prune and cola flavour. Overly sweet, but a slight acidity tempers it a bit. Cut down the sugar and add some spiceyness, and this would be great. I like that sourness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsniclas (6145) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2004
Bottled. Dark brown with a firm beige head. Malty and sweet/sugary aroma with cocoa. Fresh, light and fruity with abit too short taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2004
Dark, brown. Quite malty. Alcohol very well hidden. Long sweet, fruity aftertaste. No head at all. A bit too much candy in this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2004
Very deep red/brown colour. I got herbs in the aroma, along with caramel and candy sugar. Spicy and fruity flavour, but also something else that I can’t quite put my finger on. Smooth mouthfeel, a bit sweet. Definitely Christmassy. Bottled at the Beer Circus, Croydon (Belgian Christmas Beer Festival).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2004
Bottled. Dark brown. Chocolatey nose with tones of menthol plus a little lactic - very nice! Very rounded mouthfeel, flavour brings dried fruits and chocolate. Gives a fresh feel although it’s been stored for at least a year.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6748) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2005 Bottle, Brussels, Nov 2004. Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark brown, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, cookie), lightly yeasty (cobwebs, mold), with light notes of licorice and cherry. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. FInish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Fairly simple and weak nose and a sourish flavor doesn’t work for me...it’s almost like an accidental Flemish Sour, but not really. "Vague" describes this beer very well, methinks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2004
Bottled. A very dark almost black beer with an off white head. The aroma is sweet with candy sugar. Lots of sweetness in the taste which could have done with more body, but still drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2004
Light choc/caramel aroma. Black with a tan head. Light choclate, sugar and spice. Medium bodied. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8570) - Ursel, BELGIUM - DEC 3, 2004
Nearly stoutlike blackness; brown head, very creamy. Very heavy dark malt, grassy, autumn leaves. Perfumed, but in a nice way. Very sweet, with again leafy notes, lots of liquorice and a perfumed side flavour, maybe some subtle spice. Bit oily, medium bodied, alcohol comes out after some time. Not bad as sweet beers go, but people might find this sickly sweet, I reckon. It seems to beg for a bag of mulled wine spices, and a hot poker from the fire. Perfect to "style", then.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4691) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 26, 2004
(Bottled) Dark brown color with a medium, foamy head. Not very strong, neutral aroma with some cherry and sour apple. Very sweet and malty flavor. Medium to full-bodied, smooth-carbonated palate. A decent, but quite sweet Belgian strong.

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