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Brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Ertvelde, Belgium

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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2010
I don’t know much about this one except that it is brewed by Van Stennberge in Ertvelde, Belgium, about a half hour north of Gent. This is yet another of the Christmas beer I brought back from Belgium. It pours a fairly clear orangey-copper with an enormous fluffy white head. Smells of very fruity, very spicy pale malt. Spiced apple and cidery aromas. Ripe pear and even ripe banana. Peppery, gingery aromas too. Again, spiced apples and cidery in the mouth. A distinct alcohol flavor, some herbal, almost juniper flavors help balance the sweetness. Peppery spice, a bright fruitiness, touch of lemon. bready, lots going on in here. Sweet and fruity aftertaste and finish. Nicely done.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielyabu (1235) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - MAY 8, 2013
small frothy white head. dark orangeish-amber flat thick body. td. aroma: honey, spicy, nutmeg, cookies. if: moderate bitter sweet. ff: moderate sweet light bitter; long duration. palate: medium full body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation, light alcoholic metallic finish. dulçor de mel. toque de especiarias (noz moscada), condimentada. excelente cerveja, complexa. medio aquecimento alcoolico. 275s 155czech crowns.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pinkano (56) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 25, 2011
A - very nice hazy dark orange color with sediment since it ferments in the bottle S - creamy smell of the malt mixed with peaches, apples and cider T - effortless taste of peaches, cider, apples and port wine. Very well balanced, mixed and diffused. Perfectly well hidden alcohol. M - very nice carbonation D - very very drinkable, but be careful of the high ABV!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lukeoto (3) - SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2014 does not count
When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. While pouring a Boucanier Christmas Ale into a trappist glass, and marinating your body and soul in its warming spirit, one cannot imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter. La Bière du Boucanier Christmas is of the finest type; Belgian strong ale. It weighs in at 9.5% ABV (which is very well concealed), with emphasized hints of Christmas spices, brown sugar, yeast, banana bread, nectar and lost youth. It is very reminiscent of Chimay Bleue but less complex, to instead be lighter, fresher and sweeter. The skeleton-colored head dies quickly. Especially recommended to breaded whole-muscle ham, strong mustard and one-liner quotes from Karl-Bertil Jonssons Julafton.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorqui (2110) - Brescia, ITALY - NOV 21, 2008
Bottled 0,33L. Much bulky and abundant head, lively, optimal duration. Dark orange color, much dense and fraught. Powerful and solid aroma, a lot perfumed and sweet-smelling. Notes of alcohol, honey, dry flowers, yeast. Extremely warm, wrapping, alcoholic and of optimal duration.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6004) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Clear dark golden color with white foam. Earthy pale malt, sweet spices, light fruit aroma. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Pineapple, sweet spices, light fruit flavors with a warm drying finish--very good Christmas brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMA (209) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2014
Cloudy amber color. Big airy head. Aroma of green apples. Some chemical note. Soft, smooth fresh body. Taste of sugar, caramel. Sweet, low bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jerre (2723) - Waregem, BELGIUM - DEC 24, 2007
Bottle, 33 cl. Taste the first time @ Essen on 15th dec., yesterday again @ home. Orange-amber color, off-white head. Aroma fruity, malts, bit sweet. Medium body. Taste very fruity, malts, sweet and alcoholic touch. Dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevoj (2319) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Dark and slick, malt with dried fruit, honey and some coriander. Spare beige head, sweet and spicy at the same time. On tap at Tres Bonne Cuisine.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yy0pp (620) - - JUN 26, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2014 Bottle 33cl. Klub malých pivovarů. Hazy orange beer with a large head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy malty, roasted, fruity and alcohol.


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