Brewed by Bavik-De Brabandere
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Harelbeke, Belgium


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RATINGS: 162   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Caramel Red-fermenting beer. This child of the Peter Family Christmas is only brewed in November. Its mild flavor is the perfect starting point for pleasant holidays.

TheCrowsNest's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheCrowsNest (76) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Dark reddish brown with a thick, cream colored head. Aromas of dates, raisins, dark dried fruit, sweet caramel, apple skin; complex. Raisins, fruit cake are the easiest to identify along with a slight hop bitterness. Finishes with a nice, lingering dryness. It’s missing something in the mid-palate, maybe they fermented it out a little too much. Still an interesting Belgian seasonal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cattaneopapa (242) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2015
750ml bottle from LCBO. 9% alc / vol. Pours a deep amber colour with a small off white head. Aroma of caramel, nutmeg, and cherries. Taste matches the aroma with notes of bourbon and has a dry and spicy finish. Moderate carbonation. Has a sticky mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
robinvboyer (3696) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2015
Clear copper pour, medium beige head. Sweet dark fruit, sweet, fruity malts. Malts are quite bready, but a touch boozy. Soft boozy cherry notes, some earthiness, with nice straw, and dried grass. Soft mouth feel, medium carb. Finish is sweet, but also low to medium bitter. Touches of minerals, and some metals, malty cereals, sweet boozy malts. A good sipper, but would benefit from some age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thorongil2 (1967) - , Ontario, CANADA - NOV 10, 2015
(bottle) clear, bright reddish amber colour with a small brown head; aroma of spice, toffee; somewhat thick palate; balanced flavour with a long, very long bitter finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ametras (929) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 8, 2015
750ml bottle. Clear dark mahogany with a foamy khaki head. Flavors are toasted cereals, gingerbread, brown sugar, molasses, banana, chocolate, dried fruits (cherry, raisin, plum) and spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, clove) with nutty notes. Medium to full body, good carbonation, smooth texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJester (2244) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2015
750 mL bottle. Dark, copper brown with a small beige head. Nice looking beer. Nose of ripe fruit, malt and yeast. The flavour is pretty much the same. Alcohol is not apparent. Simple, decent ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
probstblueribbon (3400) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2015
750 ml bottle from LCBO, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.

App.: Clear mahogany with a pretty decent tan head. Aroma: Richly malty with dark bread crust, dark dried fruit, treacle, somewhat spiced with nutmeg and clove mainly, brown sugar, like a moderately spicy Dubbel. Palate: Medium-full body, fairly full, fine carbonation. Flav.: Richly malty again with restrained spice notes, like dark ginger bread with some nice brown sugar, moderate dark dried fruits, ginger zing, not bad for a spiced beer; lightly sweet with low bitterness and a rich malty and lightly spicy finish.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bill Becker (610) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - SEP 14, 2015
Clear mahogany brew with a great head of foam and lacing. Smells very malt forward with caramel and fruity with raisins and plums. Some spice that I notice. ..nutmeg. Tastes exactly like it smells. Super smooth, no intrusion by the alcohol. Kinda reminds me of an aged English Old Ale or Barleywine. Nice mouthfeel. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wekker84 (2004) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - JUN 24, 2015
Bottle a brown colored beer with a white head aroma malts caramel dried fruits spicy and some hops flavor malts caramel fruits dried fruits spicy and hops

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5255) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 6, 2015
750ml bottle. Burgundy brown unfiltered body. Steady beige head. Creamy, sweet. Almost has a cinnamon nutmeg allspice thing going on, pumpkin meets christmas beer spices, but really quite mellow and well incorporated into the amber malts. Somewhat like a big Dubbel as well. I have always enjoyed the creamy, doughy mouthfeel of Petrus beers, and I enjoy this one as well. Brown chocolate, raisin, hints of cherry. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (7259) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2015
A pleasant beer, this was an aged keg- between 2-3 years old if I heard correctly.. Dark Amber .. Solid foam aspects .. Dark fruit, fruit cake and soft sugar .. Mouth was fine, finish was ample ., . Pressure gauge is at 30 psi

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