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

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RATINGS: 302   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 6, 2004
Pours with a huge coolwhip like head. Aroma is of winey-cider. Flavor is of cider, dark fruit, a mild spice, a mild chocolate and a bit of alcohol. Although the flavors I described may sound big it is actually a fairly mild beer. It was nice but it didn’t have me constently reaching for another sip as very good beers do.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 26, 2004
Malty, cramy, Belgian yeast aroma with a touch of chocolate as well. Nice dark brown color with a thick, but shrinking, off-white head. For me, the alcohol is the predominant flavor, but there are some spices and a little bit of bitter fruit. I think there's a little bit too much carbonation for my taste, but the aftertaste is very smooth. For all I've said about what don't like in this beer, the sum is better than the parts. It works pretty well.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madsberg (10309) - Søborg, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2004
Bottled: Dark dark ruby red. Beige lasting head. Malt, sweets and fruit in the aroma. Very sweet flavour. Notes of malt, chocolate and alcahol. Almost cloing end, dominated by sweet fruit notes.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rauchbier (3617) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2004
Bottle conditioned. Deep ruby red almost black, excellent thick and rocky off white head with good condition. Fruity aromas, slightly grapey with hints of chocolate and some noticable alcohol. Fruity chocolate notes again in the mouth with a little roasted barley rearing its head, lingering into the finish and becoming dry with a fruity edge.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2004
Dark brown verging on black ale with a nice mousse, very musty/cobwebs and strange nose, good but bordering on over-ripe. Grapey/ aged flavor, some what butterscotch and roasty but not Diacetyl-like or for that matter, TOO roasty. Good but perhaps not ideal, more "acceptable but unique"....

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
SilkTork (5231) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2004
Bottle Conditioned. From Bottles, London. BBE May 04. Dark brown almost black with off white lasting thin head. Malty aroma. Pleasantly sweetish malty flavours with some small but lively carbonation. Thinnish body for strength. An attractive beer, but nothing special.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2004
BeanDip was the person that gave me this beer, I believe it was from her beer of the month club, THANKS BEANDIP!
What the hell is in this beer? There are giant chunks of sediment, so big they clogged the neck of the bottle and no beer would come out! The body is extremely dark brown / crimson and creates a giant caramel colored head. Big malty presents in the aroma: molasses, caramel, toffee, mocha, and almonds, smells tasty.
The flavor also pulls huge toffee malt notes. Very much like a loaf of pumpernickel bread then covered with honey butter. Rather sweet, big use of grains, very nutty as well, walnut and almond, some lingering notes of vanilla. The palate is unfortunately lumpy due to the giant chunks of shmegma floating around, but other than that, I really like this stuff. I ‘ll have to buy a 750ml during next years release; only 12 months remain.
This beer would have been rated higher but the crazy oatmeal size chunks of sediment freak me out.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alanC (36) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 6, 2004
I did not like this beer fresh (in 2002). I felt it was way overspiced. But I cellared a few bottles and revisited for Xmas 2003. Much improved! Good deep caramel flavor emerged through the now-subdued spiciness. Dark brown in color, light hops. Good beer if you give it time.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Pours to a massive puffy off-white head. Very dark. Being a Belgian Strong, it smells like yeast and candy sugars. First kick is very musty and a bit moldy, lots of earthen barnyard character. Bit of dark fruit, some raisin, maybe a bit of port-esque richness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Clear dark ruby with a foamy light brown head. Yeasty, candy sugar aroma. Lots of overripe fruit and musty yeast flavors. The flavor falls a bit flat after the initial taste. The body is medium with some alcohol notes. Overall ok but not outstanding.


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