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Brewed by Brasserie Artisanale de Rulles
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Rulles, Belgium

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RATINGS: 323   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jookos (1908) - - FEB 1, 2013
0.75 bottle. Dark red brown. Dark fruity, plums and raisins,yeast. Dark malts and some spices. Medium bodied, soft dark bready. A bit of hardish hops, not that subtle. A found this a bit bland, was expecting more from an xmas belgian. But quite nice anyway.

-- beerbasher/harmattan (N9)


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
poech73 (148) - Nivelles, BELGIUM - JUL 11, 2014
Bouteille de 75cl Delhaize@ Florenville. Bière de Noël dégustée en été. Assez décevante à cause de son profil trop sucré. Elle offre un beau nez assez complexe que le caramel domine suivi du sucre, de la levure, un léger boisé et un houblon herbacé, quelques effluves de café. En bouche, c’est du lourd: la gorgée bien qu’ assez aqueuse se présente avec un profil sirupeux au goût de café fort terminé par une certaine acreté assez fine. Le houblonnage en final titille la langue sur des notes minérales. Les arômes reviennent en rétro-nasal avec des saveurs légèrement fruitées (prunaux, figues,..) accompagnées de relents de pain d’épice laissant le palais assez sec. Je reste avec un drôle de goût sucré écoeurant jusquà mon gosier avec trop de persistance.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UXO (112) - CANADA - JUL 2, 2014
Pours a slightly hazy medium brown with a fluffy two finger tan head, great retention, and moderate sticky lacing. Nose is dark fruit, chocolate, brown sugar, cola. Taste starts out sweet and slightly tart, finishes moderately bitter and slightly tart, with a little spiciness. Medium body and slightly slick, with moderate to low carbonation, with a bitter slightly warming finish. Yes, OK, it’s a wintereenmas beer, fine. I have to start paying more attention to expiry dates in my bottle shops - this one had a best before of February 2014 but I bought it in June. There’s no significant hop profile in this, but perhaps that can be attributed to being past its recommended maximum age of eighteen months. That being said, it doesn’t seem off in any way. An inoffensive Belgian dark, malt dominated and easy drinking.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thepeter (278) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2014
Not what I expected. frothy head with nice lacing and lasts throughout. Smells of fruit, berries, nuts, yeast, candy and metal. Nutty and yeasty ester to begin with, really quite dry and not so sweet but still a bit of spice and a slight heat from booze at the end. Smooth on the palate good carbonation quite a bit lighter than expected as well. Different than most Xmas beers but still pretty good.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Taboada (262) - Compostela (Galiza), - JUN 3, 2014
Tasted on tap at 02/06/2014. Dark brown with a small head. The taste is dark fruites, cola and veeery sweet. Aftertaste is a little waterly and the only intensive in the taste is the sweetness. Next one please!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
glennmastrange (2205) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Bottle. Moderate to heavy cookie and cereal for the malt, light cooked orange and dough for the hops and yeast, with a hint of toffee. Head is small, frothy turning wispy, off-white with slippery lacing and is mostly diminshing. Color is murky dark brown. Flavor starts moderatly sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes moderately acidic and bitter. Palate is medium, a little slick with a lively carbonation and a lightyl alcoholic finish. A tasty Belgian Strong Ale with a nice warming quality.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jfb (3679) - GERMANY - MAY 26, 2014
(bottle) pours a hazy ruby-brown colour with a creamy light beige head. aroma of cactus juice, nettles and pears, slightly yeasty, with notes of tobacco, brown sugar, peanuts and roasted malts. flavour is mostly roasted malts and peanuts, with a light sweetness, some cappuccino, herbal hops, grass and a hint of alcohol in the finish. heavy-bodied with average carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerandbeyond (656) - ISRAEL - MAY 3, 2014
On tap at the Delirium Cafe in Brussels. Hazy yellow color, small white head. Citrus, yeast, wheat, floral and fruity nose. Yeast flavors, apricot, medium bitterness, orange, bread, light malt. Dry, medium bodied and quite nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iznogud (565) - CROATIA - APR 11, 2014
Bottle 750 ml at Pivkan, Zagreb Pours hazy red with small head. Spicy malty aroma. Roasted malts and caramel in flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nisse666 (4029) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2014
Big bottle from SB cons 2014-03-29 Göteborg AR: yeasty, wee roasted malt, when poured little caramel and perhaps banana bread AP: hazy mahogny , high frothy stouthy beige head F: fizzy, caramel, roasted malt, yeasty, bananas

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Slipstream (1976) - USA - MAR 23, 2014
Thanks again to Greg. There was a stubbled, louche-looking elf on the label. Dark brown pour with a good-sized Belgian topper. A light amber-brown ale that seems more American than Belgian. It had a little (unwelcome) Coca-Cola flavor and light spiciness. There was a dash of earthy tang and some sweetness in the aroma. I didn’t really go for the astringent taste - it seemed amber-like to me, and I’m not a fan of most amber ales.


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