Brewed by Pirlot
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Zandhoven, Belgium


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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.23/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
All vintages from 2011 and onwards should be rated here. Previous vintages where brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vickey9 (786) - Brussels, - MAR 5, 2013
Light mber with no head. Nose is herby and candy. Body is medium, carbon as well. Palate is predominated by yeast, herbs and spices. B@H

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjs (5471) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 19, 2015
(Bottle, 0.33 l - 2014 vintage, at Stadin Panimobaari, 20150919) The beer poured golden and hazy. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had fruitiness, citricness and yeast. Palate was medium bodied and warming with medium carbonation. Flavours were sweetness, yeast, grass, tartness, malts and bitterness. Aftertaste was fruity, tart and bitter. An interesting brew but the tartness made me suspect a possible contamination.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
corkyrory66 (970) - BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2015
Spéciale de Noël de 9 % abv, et niveau ebu de 32. Malt Munich, froment, avoine, maïs (??). Mon exemplaire avait 2 ans d’âge, brassin du 6 septembre 2013. Couleur ambre clair (16 ebc). Clarté nette. Bulles fines partout, assez vives. Mousse blanc cassé, qui fait un nappage crémeux, très correct. Arômes de malt blanc, fruits blancs très mûrs, pointe de girofle, kirsch, mirabelle, magnolia. Nez très festif. 1ère bouche veloutée sur du malt grillé très fin, pointe de genièvre et anis. Arrière-bouche à la fois maltée et fleurie. 2ème aux céréales bien travaillées, avec épices de circonstance (Noël). Arrière-bouche tout à fait d’une spéciale : fruit/fleur/épice. 3ème avec de la suavité, beaucoup de saveurs, dont quelques exotiques. Arrière-bouche bien maltée, fleurie et petit piquant de girofle. Longueur avec un nez aux accents de vin blanc moelleux. Une très belle texture. Grandes nuances épice/fleur. Un peu de bois aussi. Jambes très fines, très groupées. Levure douce, ligne correcte. Alcool progressif, mais pas trop fort, il soutient les saveurs. Finale très belle, réel envol sur la longueur. CONCLUSION : bière qui a de nombreux atouts, bien dans le type de la Xmas, un rien trop épicée quand même pour faire du très haut vol, mais tout à fait défendable. Ma cote est sévère.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JanEric (1134) - Meppel, NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2015
Bottle from lekkerbier. Dark blonde, small head. Herbal aroma, some hops too. Herbal bitter taste, good lacing, low carbo. Full bodied, nice!. Maybe a bit less herbs imo.,, but for a christmas beer it is acceptable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vipinvelp (3055) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2015
Light opaqye golden yellow, small off-white lacing foam head. Light barley aroma, some fruit notes. Taste dominated by alcohol barley, good. (Velp 201501)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bosbouw (2136) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2014
Oranje bruine kleur met een volle kraag. Ruikt beetje muf, mout, kruiden. Smaakt zoetig, zurig. Niet bijzonder.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
deanso (6975) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2014 33cl bottle from Den Goiwen Aar, Thick white head. Hazy golden pour.. Slightly sour. Not great,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fonefan (39783) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2014

Bottle 500ml.

[ As Kerstvuur 2011 ].
Clear medium orange yellow color with a small to average, frothy and open, good lacing, mostly lasting to diminishing, off-white head. pale malt, fruity, earthy notes. Flavour is moderate sweet with a average duration, fruity sweet, cherries. Body is medium to light, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20140705]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikske79 (1317) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 9, 2014
Een van de beste kerstbieren dat ik ooit al geprobeerd heb. Een lekkere volle smaak zoals het hoort

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rasmus40 (14429) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and yeasty. Flavor is quite sweet and light bitter. Sweet finish. 050714

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Enjoyit (3625) - Vadum, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2014
Amber of color with something swimming around in my beer. Got a white head. An aroma of herbs, spice, honey and sweets. A flavor of yeast, honey, plastic, spice and sweet malt

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