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Kerstvuur (Pirlot) (-2010)

Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Zandhoven, Belgium


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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Brewed for Pirlot, Pulderbos, as Christmas’ pendant to their "Kempisch Vuur". Pirlot stopped brewing Kerstvuur at De Proefbrouwerij after 2010, later vintages are brewed by Pirlot themselves and should be rated accordingly.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Alengrin (4458) - BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2014
Christmas tripel formerly made at ’Proef’ for Guy Pirlot. Thick, sticky, cream white head, peach blonde colour, equally hazy. Strong spicy and fruity aroma of orange, banana, sweet curry, tomato, white pepper, coriander, apple, paprika. Sweet malty onset, freshened by citrus, caramel, honeyish, very spicy with lots of coriander and other spices, dry finish with badly hidden, bit astringent alcohol and floral hops. Too spicy and too alcoholic to be really pleasing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olio (9211) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 7, 2013
33 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20101210.
Pours hazy golden color with a small head. Aroma of ripe fruits, spices and yeast. Flavor is the same with some caramel and malts.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ration (2126) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 16, 2013
This review is exported from olutopas.info with no comment. Original rating date 10.12.2010

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GRM (3698) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 30, 2012
Brown bottle, 33 cl, bottled on 20/10/08, best before 20/10/13, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savoured April 25 2012; eye: golden, somewhat opaque, nice effervescence, a bit of suspended matter, big ring of white head, no lacing; nose: Belgian yeast, malt, clove, nutmeg, slight Madeira, fruity; mouth: Belgian yeast, clove, nutmeg, slight Madeira, alcohol, toffee, fruity, malt, finale in spices with presence of toffee, medium body, average carbonation, slightly bitter, lightly alcoholic texture; overall: correct FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 33 cl, embouteillée le 20/10/08, meilleure avant 20/10/13, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savourée le 25 avril 2012; œil : dorée, une touche opaque, bonne effervescence, petite matière en suspension, gros anneau de mousse blanche, pas de dentelle; nez : levure belge, malt, clou de girofle, muscade, très léger madère, fruité; bouche : levure belge, clou de girofle, muscade, très léger madère, alcool, caramel écossais, fruité, malt, finale en épices avec présence de caramel écossais, corps moyen, carbonatation moyenne, très légèrement amère, moyennement sucrée, texture légèrement alcoolique; en résumé : correct

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bosskie (726) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2011
Brown hayish cloudy beer with a weak foamy head. No carbonation. Smells very much like gluhwein! Cinnamon, clove, brown cake smell with all the Christmas spices, with hints of fruit; plum, and a nice warm glowing alcoholic twangy fizzy sweetness. The taste is fleshy chocolaty, bit rotten, almost like some kind of beef roast. Acid bitter aftertaste with a liquor-like alcoholic feel. The fizzy spiciness lingers long on the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ober (2813) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2011
Tap @ Kertbierfestival In Essen (B) 2011. A hazy yellow colored beer, with a white head. The aroma Of fruits, malts and some spices. The taste of malts with bitter and fruits. The aftertaste of some fruity sweet with bitter notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (12027) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2011
Bottle, bought @ Delirium, Brussels.
[vintage 2005]
Pours pale amber with a small, creamy, off-white film head. Aroma is sweet, slight cellar notes, caramel, liqourice, cloves, bread, pickled strawberries. Medium to high carbonation, fine dry and creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is pretty lovely, caramel, Belgian sugar, softly vinious, plums, pine, red berries, oranges and tangerine. Just the slightest hint of cellar. Yum!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
deanso (8680) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2011
15cl draft sample @ Essen Kerstbierfestival 2011 Huge amounts of foam. Amber pour. Quite nice after I managed to get thru the large head on it

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2011
300ml bottle from glouglouburp. Hazy gold, plenty of floaties - large fizzy/frothy diminishing white head. Tart, borderline sour lemon aroma, background sweet fruity malt, mild yeast, middling alcohol. Taste is - aged fruitcake drenched in rum or gin - sweet, candyish, fruity, slightly funky - nice, really. Light, watery, undercarbonated, quick-finishing, slightly boozy and dry. Maybe aging a bit, but I quite liked the sourness juxtaposed with the candied fruit sweetness, and it really didn’t seem like 9%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (12783) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 25, 2011
2008 vintage. An amber ale with floaties and a thick collapsing white head. In aroma, sweet maderized malt with orange peels, light doughy characted, signs of age. In mouth, a smooth sweet honey malt with musty notes, curacao, oxidized but still good. Bieropholie import.

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