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Brewed by Brouwerij Huyghe
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Melle, Belgium

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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (9998) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Sexy bottle is quite noteworthy. The beer itself is straw-colored and lively. Aroma of citrus and black pepper. Flavor is an interesting balance of sour and bitter, malt and hop combo is enhanced by light spice, maybe coriander. Medium body, nothing exceptional. Interesting Christmas beer, but not as special as the bottle might imply.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Yves (2073) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - DEC 27, 2009
Clear blond coloured beer with small white head and medium carbonation. A hoppy aroma with some spices. Full palate. Finish is fruity hoppy ending with a dry spicy touch.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goozen (2727) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2009
Kerstbierfestival, Essen bottle: Golden clear heavy sweet but no so sweet christman brew, with an fruity taste.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KyotoLefty (5914) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 13, 2009
Bottle. A spiced Christmas ale, but actually not very exciting at all. Tastes a lot like Delerium Tremens with a bit more spice in it (and there is already too much). Lacking a punch, lacking any kind of strong definition. It was very disappointing, especially compared to the label!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mxthem (19) - ITALY - JUN 24, 2009
Molto liquorosa nonostante la non estremamente alta gradazione. Nel freddo dell’inverno è gradevole, tra le altre cose, perchè non essendo corposissima pur avendo una schiuma molto persistente, può ricordare chiare estive. Bevuta alla spina in co2 presso la Pazzeria di Milano.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Plovmand (6178) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2009
Bottle. Clear yellow body with a frothy longlasting white head. Very spicy coriander like aroma with lots of lovely fruity notes like banana and peach. Flavour is Sweet malty with lots of banana and some clove. Light fruity. Medium bodied. Nice trippel.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 1, 2009
A 0.33L bottle tasted at One Pint Pub. Pale large head. Slightly hazy pale golden colour with some small particles. Sour hoppy tatse. Slight hints of apple in the nose.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - FEB 5, 2009
33cl bottle at home, iRate: pours a dark gold with a tall white fading head. Lots of translucent floaties. Pale malt with pear juice. Low background banana and even bubblegum. Creamy yeast and an indescribable spice. Spritzy CO2 pushes a decent pale malt through with banana bread. Yeast punch with mixed pale fruit. Slight oxidation, but it works with the sweet pale malt. Unfortunately the floaties are noticable in my mouth. I don’t tend to like chunks with my beer. Alcohol and banana bread finish out the beer with a medium-light but definite hop bitterness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (9672) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2009
Bottled, 330ml clay coated. Yellow gold with white head. Quite an alcohol fueled start to the beer, plenty of vinous, wine notes leading to quite a sweet flavour. Always drinkable throughout, rather to be sipped than quaffed, there is some herby, lemony tang to cut the sweetness. Pretty reasonable overall.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
eManu (434) - Kuala Lumpur & Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 2, 2009
La Mère Noël (Mother X-mas or Santa’s wife, lucky him) I think this beer is basiclly just for the fun bottle label. Anyway it is a good blond beer a quite strong malty taste.


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