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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.


3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alusmamuts (1389) - LATVIA - NOV 25, 2015
Dark brown with medium beige head. Bit sweet and herbal aroma. Sweet taste with some sourness and herbal notes. Slightly sweet aftertaste.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (16006) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2015
Bottle split at hotel centrum, Beersel, 20/11/15. Extremely dark mahogany brown with a decent light tan covering. Nose is sweet malt, dark fruit rinds, marzipan, spice, stollen cake, dates, herbal. Taste comprises rich fruit cake, sweet licks, tarte red berry, dates, brown sugar. Full bodied, fine carbonation with a little prickle that aids the drinkability, sweet close with a boost. Ok if a touch overly sweet.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (10684) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 19, 2015
100ml draught at Taphouse, Kbh. Patchy surface to a clear dark brown coloured body. Fragile lacing on the glass. Mid-sweet aroma of earth and brown malts. Taste of dark malts with hints of both caramel and chocolate as well as liquorice, yeasty esters beneath it all. Rounded mouth feel that lingers well. Sweet, but not overly so. Advent feel (drinking in Copenhagen 13.11.2015).

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sigmund (6284) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 18, 2015
330 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 9.0%. Very dark brown / mahogany colour, moderate beige head. Pleasant aroma of caramel, brown kandij sugar and various mild Christmas spices. Plenty of caramel and brown kandij sugar in the medium sweet flavour too, again fairly distinct notes of Christmas spices. Warming mouthfeel.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MrOrla (1980) - Odense C, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2015
Sample c4. Pour brown with a tan head. Aroma yeast, spice, touch of diactyl, dried fruit, butterscotch. Taste is moderate sweet, light butter spice, yeasty, fruity.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StilleStorm (1311) - Stavanger, NORWAY - NOV 8, 2015
DWFADSJT; Bottle. Poured clear dark brown with a moderate lasting, frothy, off-white head. Nose is moderate to heavy, toasted malt, caramel, rasin, moderate yeast, spice, light wood and perfumed. Taste is heavy sweet and light bitter with a warming, spice, candy dried fruit, lasting finish. Body is medium to full, texture is oily to creamy, carbonation is avarage. Sweet, warming Christmas candy.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
altonbrownd (5168) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - SEP 29, 2015
1/20/2012 11:04:45 PM On tap at Delirium Tap House. Dark brown with tall head. Smoky nose. Taste is sweet and roasty with lots of sugar. Sweet. Okay.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JanEric (1166) - Meppel, NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2015
Dark brown, minimal head, low carbo. Low i hops. Sweet taste, flat, low hop in the taste. Too sweet, with some liquorice.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Icedwarf (1143) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - MAR 22, 2015
Zwart bier met veel schuim. Smaak is zoet en krachtig, chokolade, caramel en ietwat anijs, verder lichte citrus. Goed bier, helaas iets te waterig, wat redelijk lang blijft hangen.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (4159) - BELGIUM - FEB 3, 2015
Classic Christmas ale with deep burgundy colour and thinnish, off-white head. Rich malty and estery aroma, yeasty, fruity with spicy notes, caramelly, chocolate accents, dried orange peel, brown rhum. Malty taste with full and creamy mouthfeel, sweet, candied cherries, port wine, cocoa hints, caramelly, smooth with retronasal spiciness, a toasted hint in the finish, some herbal hops and warming alcohol. Very enjoyable winter warmer, one of the best products of this brewery in my opinion, with good ageing potential too.


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