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RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Editor's note: Brewed by Ølfabrikken at Het Anker, Mechelen, Belgium.

This Christmas beer is our interpretation of the Belgian saison type. It is dark, spicy with a dry finish and powerful carbonation from refermentation in the bottle. The beer presents itself with a hefty nose of anise leading to a a slightly sweet beer with light body and a flavor dominated by notes of cocoa, caramel and rye bread leading to a long dry finish. Of course unfiltered, unpasteurized and refermented in the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (17308) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - APR 7, 2015
Oxidierter Antrunk, Schokolade, etwas scharf. Vollmundig, etwas abnehmende Malzigkeit, nur minimale Hopfung. Etwas Kräuter, hefig, starke Karbonisierung. 9/10/10/10/11//11

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (9283) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 15, 2014
75 cl bottle @ Beer Hunter’s. Bottled 27.09.2010.
Pours clear amber color with a small head. Strong ripe fruits first thing on the nose, anise, dark berries, bread, malts and molasses. Sweet malty and caramel flavor, molasses, bread notes, wood and faint licorice. Would never have guessed this to be a Saison, more like a Belgian Strong Ale. Decent but way too sweet. Seems to be meant for ageing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (7693) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 15, 2014
750 ml bottle @ Beer Hunters, Pori. Vintage 2010. Pours a dark amber colour with a small white head. Aroma of sweet syrup, pear, orange zest and spiciness. Sweet flavour with dark syrupy sweetness, bread, ripe banana and spiciness. Medium bodied and dry, warming, bready finish. Does not feel like a saison at all. I’d guess this is a doppelbock or a belgian strong ale in a blind tasting, as weird as it sounds. Alcohol dominates here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Japalo (1833) - DENMARK - FEB 11, 2014
Bottle@home. Dark brown. Clear two finger foam. Spicy sweet aromas. Strange fruity port notes blended with dark raisins. A hint of glühwein. A kinky brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
agfr (2) - Svendborg, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2014 does not count
Fantastisk juleøl ! Har lige smagt den sidste 4 år efter den blev tappet. Mørk, men ikke brændt, fyldig, maltsødme, behagelig krydret, harmonisk. Synd at den ikke brygges mere !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
back (1842) - Holstebro, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2013
Sort klar skum meget Anis koriander korn vinøs træ melon Bitter lidt sød meget Blød sirup 9/2-13@home Fra 2008

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MiP (15272) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2012
Bottle, 8.5%. 2008 version, drunk in 2012. Sweet roasted malt aroma, a little soy and a yeasty, citric note. Unclear dark brown colour, red shine. Small stable brown head. The flavour is quite sweet to begin with, also a little citric and yeasty. Tastes like a funky, yeasty quad. OK citric, malty and yeasty finish. The aniseed and orange peel are subdued, but I somehow still feel they add to the overall flavour.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
POLK (2219) - Hørning, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2012
Dark brown color with fine head. Strong anise aroma and taste. Roasted finnish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Camons (10201) - Hasselager, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2011
Bottle @ Home, vintage 2009. Pours dark broen with a fading offwhite head, leaving some lacings. Aroma of malt, caramel, sweet fruit, apricot, anis. Taste is malt, caramel, milk chocolate, apricot, oranges, licorice, anis. Medium body, low carbonation, alcohol very well hidden. Very sweet, but aged nicely. 221211

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
esox (1226) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 21, 2011
A bottle from 2009 (bb 1.1.2014) Intense dry fruity nose has apricots, sweet orange, honey, raisins, coriander, minerals, sweet herbal notes, creamy/buttery candy notes and a hint of booze. Somehow reminds me of sweet dessert wines. Finishes lightly almondy and dryfruity. Medium body hides alcohol completely. Velvety soft texture. A true dessert beer. Loved it!

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