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


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RATINGS: 351   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 27, 2005
Earthy aroma is likely corked with notes of cherry, coriander and doughy yeast. Clear, dark brown body is topped by a low, off white head that is mostly diminishing. Earthy, dirty fruit flavour with tangy spiciness and a lasting herbal finish. Medium light body with aggressive but short-lived carbonation. Bottle sampled at the Montreal YEHa’05.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2005
Clear medium-dark brown pour wearing a fading off-white head. Weirdly spicy nose pushing on plasticy phenols. Boldish toasted caramel and licorice notes allow cinnamon undertones to peak through, but the dominant characteristic remains the spoiled cork humidity in the nose. Tartish spiciness appears in mouth, reminiscent of rhubarb and mild leafiness. Not really focusing on malts, rather diverging toward cork and alcohol muted flavours. Unattractive carbonation, not cleansing at all, light-medium bodied. More hops would help for one, they contribute to nothing here and malt flavour focus would be preferable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Dark Brown Coloring with Tan Head. Sweet Pine Taste. Belgian Spices Evident as Well. Very Clean and Very Sweet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lubiere (12935) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2005
Burgundy brown ale with a thin moka head. Sweet cherries in aroma, light earthy notes, but corlked. Sweet diluted malt with fruits, earthy notes, cherries, flat, troublesome. Enjoyed at YEHa!05 Christmas Party on Dec. 17th, 2005.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nekronos (4110) - Xalapa, MEXICO - DEC 24, 2005
UPDATED: APR 30, 2006 Very good, nice colour, nice aroma, like Chocolate, very nice foam, but not like other orange beers. Very strong.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
CapFlu (5101) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2005
(750ml bottle) Sampled at TiggMTL’s Montreal Crew YEHa!05 Christmas Party on December 17, 2005. Thin, white head with a deep brown-red body. Corked, sweet and rubbery nose. Nicely malted flavour with a bitter finish. Didn’t last the trip across the pond.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 20, 2005
Aroma:Humidity,basement,light fruity.... Appearance:Dark brown,light head.. Flavor:Light caramel,weird flavor...Probably a cork probleme like martin t says.....

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 18, 2005
The Lure:
Overwhelming cork aroma and musty yeast trample the cherries and bury the malt sweetness. Fizzy carbonation shows its nose, I am not looking forward to diving in.

The Festivities:
Thankfully, the cork wafts haven’t affected the beer that much yet. Black grapes, cherries and subtle roasted malt contact the musty soil. They strike up a polite conversation, heated by some brown rum and fluffy, sparse bubbles. They soon move on from their unmemorable encounter.

I think we should buy a new Christmas tree, dad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2005
Bottle. Dark brown with small head. Sweet, molasses, candy - yes, sweetness dominates, low bitterness, low complexity but quite nice for what it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (4884) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Dark brown color with a medium head. Aroma is very dry malt and spearmint. Taste maintains the good malt base, but has some added celery and vegetable roots. Corriander on the finish.

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