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


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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
erickok (3793) - Tours (and Paris), - JAN 20, 2013
Light misty golden body and white firm head. Sweaty base, orange peel, sugar, banana candy and corn flakes. Big carbonation, light mouth feel although a bit sticky. Yeasty start taste, sweet peach candy like middle and yeast and sticky ending. Like Lemoncello. Not quite my idea of a Christmas beer, but alcohol warmth does a lot. Not refined at all, but I like it. (75cl bottle from Cave Gambrinus)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ruigo (1244) - PORTUGAL - DEC 9, 2014
33cl bottle. Clear golden colour with a nice white head. Grains, hay, herbs and yeast in the aroma. Average to low carbonation and medium body. Taste is... normal for a Belgian Ale. Overall, nothing special about it. I was expecting more for a Xmas beer and from Mother Christmas.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Alengrin (2431) - BELGIUM - AUG 27, 2014
Christmas ale Huyghe took over from Duwac, with kind of camp label. Yellowish white foam, not thick but stable, deep colour of ’old gold’, cloudy yeast. Fruity nose of orange, pear, apricot, caramel, herbal hops, pepper, cinnamon; fresh fruity onset with sweetness (gingerbread, honey, red apple) nicely playing with sourishness (citrus peel), but leading nowhere, since there is no structural finish worth mentioning, though dryer in the end than in the beginning.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Renobob (830) - Besançon, FRANCE - JUL 11, 2014
Bue en bouteille de 33cl. Comme on pouvait s’y attendre en voyant ’étiquette, bière marketing sans intérêt. De l’alcool et un mauvais équilibre des saveurs...

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
freretoc (826) - Besançon, FRANCE - JUL 4, 2014
Bue en bouteille de 33cl, couleur brunatrre, peu de mousse effervescence moyenne, c’est tout ce que j’aime pas trop sucrée trop anisée trop réglisse...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Countbeer (4726) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - APR 18, 2014
Bottle: Served in a Shaker: Medium sized airy white foamy head on top of a clear orange colored beer. Aromas of yeast, grains, hay, some herbs, corn, light fruity, hint of malts and some grass... Flavours of grains, perfume, yeast, bitters, wet, hay, light spice, light herbal tones, some corn, light fruity and some glue/nail polish remover/alcohol. Aftertaste is a mix of bitters, herbs, yeast, grains, spice and some alcohol... Low carbo, creamy spicy mouthfeel, medium bodied and a creamy texture. Unbalanced... To say the least...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
angel77 (1091) - oviedo, SPAIN - APR 2, 2014
Botella de 33cl en pacos. Diciembre de 2012. Una de navidad sin mucho que decir. Sabores herbáceos y dulces con un cuerpo interesante de 8.5 vol. Buena.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Melkart (316) - Porto Alegre, BRAZIL - JAN 26, 2014
Complex taste. Herbal aroma and herbal taste. Full body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SimonBeer (103) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JAN 21, 2014
(Drinking date: 21 January 2014) Clear golden colour with a small layer of thin foam. A lot of carbonation is visible. Not a really special aroma. A bit of metal, a bit of yeast and a bit of grass. Nothing more. The taste is a bit better, but still not special. It is a normal taste for a blonde beer. But it has a quite strange aftertaste, I think it tastes a bit like metal. The beer tastes, like I said, not really special. It has a strange bitterness in it, which I don’t really like. The body is dry and the taste is a bit sour. The beer has a lot of carbonation, which doesn’t feel very pleasant in my mouth. But, the beer, or, the alcohol in the beer leaves a nice warm feeling in my mouth and throath. Overall, I didn’t really enjoy the beer. It is a beer that I won’t drink again, because it has no special aromas and no special taste, and because it doesn’t feel pleasant in my mouth due to the fizzy carbonation. Like I read in an other review of this beer: it is a refreshing beer, but not one that scratches your tasting buds and makes you remember it for longer. I agree with that. The beer is OK, but nothing more than that. That’s why it gets the total score of 2.9

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Silvan7 (749) - Samarate, ITALY - JAN 12, 2014
On tap @ B-MAT. Schiuma bianca fine e persistente. Birra giallo dorato cristallina. Aroma fruttato di uva bianca, lievito, un poco vinoso. Non molto intenso ne complesso. Gusto dolce abboccato, piuttosto acida, poco amara anche nel finale. Molto metallica. Anche il gusto é fruttato. Poco corposa, molto carbonata, calda. Non una grande birra.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sinte (362) - Udine, ITALY - JAN 6, 2014
Bottle 0.33L. Deep golden body with a huge, frothy, white head, mostly lasting with nice lacing; high density of small particles. Moderate malty (grains) and yeasty aroma with light hoppy (orange) character; intense notes of spices (coriander). Moderate sweet and light acidic flavour with light-to-moderate bitterness in the finish. Medium body with oily texture; average carbonation.

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