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

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RATINGS: 301   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (34222) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2006
Bottle. Very dark brown color with large light brown head. Chocolate malty and yeasty aroma, little sweet and some alcoholic hints next to some caramel touches. Smouth body, little sweet, again some brown sugar, chocolate and fruit. Full body, nice bitter-sweer finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (30689) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 1, 2006
25 cL bottle. Pours with brown head which quickly disappears. Dark brown colour. Clear small of spice. ligourice and fruits (raisins, figs and blum). Carbonated, maltly smell and liqourice/malty taste and elements of cinnamon, caramel. Very complex brew that needs some adjustment but quite enjoyable!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29081) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 21, 2006
[An aged sampled I believe I’ve had it for two years - and now it is about to expire] A deep red beer with some chunks of yeast, underneath a lazing dark brown head. The aroma is lovely with notes of candy sugar, alcohol, chocolate, raisins, wood, and yeast - very complex. The flavor is sweet and has strong notes of chocolate, combined with notes of prunes - in a lovely combination, but also notes of alcohol - a bit like an old Sherry, as well as wood and hints of tobacco. Mysteriously the body feels a bit thin, but the aftertaste lingers for a long time.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2005 (Bottle 25 cl) Vintage 2003 at 9% ABV: very dark brown, almost opaque. Pronounced impurities from the bottle fermentation. Weak, light brown head. Extremely delicious malt aromas, slightly smoked and rather dry but not sharp at all with a rather subdued bitterness. The alcohol is scaringly well hidden. 040505 As "Kerstpater" 6,5% ABV, probably vintage 1997. 7/4/7/3/14=3,5

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (20493) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 28, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown coloured with an off white head. Sweet fruity aroma of caramel. Spicy flavour of caramel with notes of fruits, dried fruits and alcohol.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20217) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 5, 2005
Bottled. Black/dark ruby red colour, mediumsized dark beige head. Sweet caramellish aroma with some hints of sweet malts and raisins. Flavour is sweet malts and plum, raisins and some hops in finish. Aftertaste is caramellish hoppy. Very pleasant.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (19192) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2005
Bottled. Dark ruby, no head. Aroma of black currant. Sweet and malty with a hint of balsamic acidity as well as black cherries and raspberries. Roasty with notes of licorice. Salty finish. Complex and very good!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16277) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2007
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Spicy malty aroma with some hints of yeast. Sweet warming spicy malty flavor with hints of cinnamon and yeast. Has awarming spicy finish with hints of anise and cinnamon.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14312) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2011
30th November 2007
Warning! Early amateur rating! Startling! Complex beer with sacharrin sweet notes, a dry finish and a clear coca cola flavour and feel. Some herbal notes as well. Maybe the refrementation sugar is making this beer a bit off the beaten track!

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (14294) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 24, 2003
Dark amber color. Dry aroma, soapy. Quite good body, malty, liquorice, but a bit metallic.


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