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Brewed by Birrificio Lambrate
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Milano, Italy

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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.43/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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Christmas Beer.
Ale in Belgian Speciality Ale style. Christmas amber coloured beer with orange reflections which give vigour during cold winter nights. On the nose, it features notes of mixed blossom honey, peach and apricot in syrup, with a light spicy taste of ginger. In the mouth, it brings out notes of syruped fruit and honey, and fragrance of dried fruit in the end, almond in particular. It has a delicate bitter taste which is not in contrast with the sweet taste of the dominating fruity notes. 19°


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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kosmokrator (516) - - JAN 11, 2013
Color ambrato/aranciato con un cappello di schiuma bianca persistente. Aroma fruttato che ricorda la marmellata di agrumi con un tocco di spezie, sentori di caramello e malto. Gusto dolce, fruttato con note di zucchero a velo e agrumi canditi. Liscia e setosa al palato, l’abv è ben mascherato e il corpo è più lieve dell’atteso (e sperato!). Riesce ad essere dolce e beverina senza essere stucchevole, buona birra natalizia!!


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SinH4 (271) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 17, 2014
Nice golden color with small head. Very hoppy, a little bit of spices from the yeast as well, but that’s not really coming through enough. Still quite nice and better than expected.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (9944) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2014
Tap at Open Baladin, Roma, 09/02/14. Lightly hazed golden amber with a thinnish off white covering/pond. Nose is dark fruits, herbal twang, bitter orange, spice, earthy, boozey notes, red grapefruit. Taste comprises orange peel, bread dough, earthy, light booze, herbal qualities, tangerine, tangy tropicals, sugars. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, sweet closure. Quite a sweet number, ABV well disguised making it a fairly easy drinker for almost 9%, though it lacks any great depth for said ABV.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thebeertourist (4904) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 2, 2014
On tap at the brewpub. Clear deep amber, big head. Fruity nose followed by fruit and caramel flavours, ending semi-dry. Some acidity. Decent.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
zaf (248) - ITALY - JAN 24, 2013
aroma: caramel, bread, vanilla, apparenza: golden, cloudy, minimal head, gusto: heavy cloying sweetness palato: light body, creamy, flat, long finish, birra troppo troppo dolce..bionda,minima schiuma,aroma di caramello e malto..gusto veramente estremamente dolce,un misto di miele e caramello che non concede nemmeno un piccolo finale luppolato al quale aggrapparsi per trovare stimoli in un altro sorso..ho faticato a berla..solo per chi davvero ama le birre DOLCI! bevuta col magico ciccio al pub lambrate

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
77ships (4298) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 27, 2012
Draft @ Brassigaume 2012. Clear golden / amber with a white head. Smells of sweet marmalade, oranges, light nail polish, booze. Sweet marmalade taste, fruits, caramel, thick malts, jam, light nail polish, touch booze. I am not surprised by their description that this is their most alcoholic beer.. Oily, creamy. Raw, unpolished stuff and not very Belgian either but I certainly enjoyed it and further than that my appraisals don’t go.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sebletitje (6895) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 22, 2012
Draft @ Brassigaume 2012. Cuivrée léger, col fin beige. Arôme malté caramel, fruité noir léger avec une note alcoolisé phénol-pomme, le tout laisse apparaitre des notes d’épices de noël. Palais rappelle de suite ce côté festif, entre girofle, note herbacée presque de camomille et ce fini rappelant les pomme d’amour de part ce côté caramélisé. Pas mauvaise, mais garde cette impression que qcq chose manque pour mettre cette bière un peu plus haut.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bolofab (21) - - JAN 6, 2012
Birra in versione 2011. Si presenta con un colore quasi ambrato, arancio direi, schiuma abbondante e persistente. Il suo sapore non si avvicina alle classiche birre natalizie ma punta dritto al genere delle strong ale, una birra veramente buona e assolutamente da provare

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bibendum (117) - ITALY - JAN 6, 2012
Bevuta in versione speciale 2011. Birra che supera le aspettative. Già dall’aspetto, bel colore ambrato con schiuma molto persistente. Anche se nasce come birra di natale, si sente chiaramente l’appartenenza alle belgian strong ale. Una piacevole sorpresa.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vinegar92 (61) - Matera, ITALY - JAN 5, 2012
Ottima birra dall’aspetto chiaro tendente all’arancione. Bellissima schiuma molto corposa e conpatta che accompagna per tutta la bevuta. Gusto molto particolare, che, a mio parere tende ad uscire un po dal suo stile d’origine. Il risultato è un ottima birra da bere durante le festività natalizie con gli amici.


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