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


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RATINGS: 328   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 6, 2005
Clear dark red with a thin head and some lacing. Creamy texture. Spice, chocolate, coffee and soy (oxidation) flavors. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2005
75cL bottle. Brown color with medium head. The aroma is sweet, chocolaty, a bit of a burnt character is there, and some coffee is noticeable. The flavor is similar to most imperial porters with some spices added like ginger. It has one of our favorite flavors: soy sauce. Usually that is from oxidation but we are not sure with this one. Great beer! Thanks Humulone Red!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2005
Dark brown with a filmy head. Sour grape aroma and flavor through and throuh. Very sour dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Bottle from Feb 2002. Dark brown color, light brown head, good lace. Sweet, spicy, plum, vanilla light smooth body. No alcohol flavors or burn. Long lasting hoppy and spicy finish and a little dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pailhead (6032) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Bottle: Lots of grape in the aroma with something else that I can’t pinpoint. Pours a dark brown with red hilights and an off-white head. Strong sour and tart grape from start to finish. Some spice in the finish. A little too sour grape.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Bottle from Styles. Nice BSA. Hoppy, malty. Really nice balance. Deep brown color. Near opaque. Deep brown head is long lived. Decent lacing. Tasty. Good BSA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (6539) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2007 Rerate Seemed a bit thicker this time around - good Christmas cheer. Original 3.6 750 ml bottle - Knightly Liquors, Orlando, Fl. Dark brown, cola-like pour with a thin, khaki colored head, no lacing. Aroma of raisins, peppermint, faint chocolate, but overall, not very aromatic. Flavor has some dates, raisins, cherries, all blended together nicely. Smooth drinking. Mouthfeel has a a bit of spritziness to it but is a bit thin. All in all though, an above average Christmas brew, most enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2004
Black with hints of brown with hints of red in the translucent middle with a persistent, brown head. Aroma is overall sour but chocolate, dark fruit, and cream are all in the background. WOW, this is complex. A little lambic twang mixed with chocolate milk. This is the type of beer I wished I would have shared with a friend so somebody could have enjoyed it too. But what the hell, it is Christmas, we are buried under snow and ice and I have been holding onto this bottle for a couple of years. A perfect residual sweetness and milk chocolate flavor make a perfect contrast to the sourness of this beer.

   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 (6247) - 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.

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