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


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RATINGS: 318   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Trappist1 (615) - Diest, BELGIUM - DEC 5, 2013
From tap @ Delirium. Dark, brown with copper glance and a fat sticky looking brown head, disappearing. Caramel, roasted malts, yeast. Finish is bitter, dry. The taste is correct, but pretty straight forward. If anything, alcoholic.The moment you expect this beer is going to deliver, it falls through. pretty short finish, would expect more for a winter beer. but still, correct beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geiserich (3519) - Linz, AUSTRIA - DEC 3, 2013
Bottle: Dark brown color, off-white head. Dark chocolate, light fruity aroma. Flavor with malts, cacao, milk chocolate, berries, alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrW (440) - Londerzeel, BELGIUM - NOV 27, 2013
From tap @ The Capital, Leuven. Aroma has malts, dark fruits, caramel, chocolat. Pours dark brown, reddish shine, tan creamy head, fading. Taste is soft, dark fruits, dries fruits, malts, caramel. Sweet soft finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mmahut (1260) - CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 25, 2013
Dark color with almost no head. Aroma has a lot of chocolate complexity, dark caramel, roasty with high alcohol and licorice, dark sugar. Also some fruity mango notes. Taste is sweet with low bitterness. Body is full with low carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
MatrosDK (5) - - NOV 23, 2013 does not count
God mørk øl med masser af smag, næsten over i det voldsomme. Man lægger ikke mærke til den høje alkohol procent. God at sidde og nyde over lang tid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Japalo (1321) - DENMARK - NOV 6, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2014 Bottle@home. Small head. Dark brown. Spicy almond Caramalty notes. Dry sweet mouthfell. Medium body. Strange almond bitterness. Strange fruits. Retasted 4/11-14. Sweet spicy. Bitter chocolate. Better no almond flavoured esters.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (11518) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - AUG 31, 2013
Würzig malziger Antrunk, vollmundig. Die Malzigkeit hält an, angenehme Kräuternoten sind hintergründig im Einsatz. Kernig, dezent bitter und leicht hopfig. Ab dem späten Mittelteil würziger, spritzig, erstaunlich süffig. Getrockene Früchte zum Ende. 9/10/10/9/9/10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holmen1 (3022) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAY 27, 2013
Flaske fra Belgisk Bryg, delt med Ovesen: flott (gardin)skum og nydelig aroma av håndlaget dessert av moreller og kirsebær Eminent munnfylde og stilriktig mørk/søtlig smak. Et øl å hygge seg med. En så liten flaske er egentlig en enkeltmannspakke.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holmen2 (1406) - NORWAY - MAY 27, 2013
Brown in colour, creamy beige head. Aroma of dark Belgian abbey beers, dark caramel, cherries and overripe bananas. Round body with a slick texture. Aftertaste is complex, but has also in it something not so fresh, perhaps still reminiscent of overripe bananas?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Swaroga (1582) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2013
33cl bottle. Dark red/brown with small to medium, tanned head. Nose : yeast, chocolate, dried fruits like dates and raisins. Vanilla. Sip : medium body with creamy texture and decent carbonation. Sweet and full of dried fruits and toffee notes. Add some spices and chocolate. The beer is sweet till the end. Hides well the alcohol. Tasty but can get cloying.

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