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


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RATINGS: 140   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcr (2221) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2013
750 ml. Deep amber body. Frothy, off-white head, slowly diminishing. Aroma of spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, toasted grain, alcohol. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Thin to medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation. Tastes like spice-infused water with some hot alcohol. Unrefined. Overly spiced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (3476) - Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Comes out of tap clear mahogany with a thick, fine-bubbled, and very persistent cream-buff head that leaves very generous lacing. Aroma has malty core and sharp fruit overtone with a hint of clove. Bold flavor has notes of malt, apple, pear, cloves, and caramel, with a sharp alcohol bite. Texture is smooth and fizzy, if not too firm. Welcome winter - brews.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shag (2636) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Copper color with a white head. Aroma contains some caramel, raisins, cherries, and alcohol. The flavor is quite malty with some caramel, dark fruit, cherries, and spices. The alcohol is not very present in the flavor. Overall a smooth malty belgian. Easy sippin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rehkopff (13) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2014
Sød, sød, sød kraftig jule ale. Flot krydret med stærke noter af nilliker. Kan ikke stå alene, men gør sig godt til dessert eller som deleøl. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Christian (11274) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2014
Copper colour with a small off-white head. Aroma of cookie dough, cinnamon and other spices, and a hint of sweet cherry. Sweet, cloying flavour of caramel and spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
markoijelena (675) - Belgrade, SERBIA - DEC 8, 2014
Bottle 0.75l taste sample with tdoreck at Petrus stand Horeca Expo Ghent Belgium 2014.Pour it dark amber color with medium white head.On the nose banana and cloves.Taste and aroma are little bit roasted malt, sweet fruits, caramel and coffee.All around beer and very interesting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (13167) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Bottle. Clear maroon color, off white head. Aroma of cherry, raisins, vanilla. Taste is similar. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlimHabib (223) - California, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Bottle pour. Cloudy reddish brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is sweet dark fruits, spices, cinnamon, and caramel. Full creamy body. Sweet dark fruit taste with light malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
poech73 (214) - Nivelles, BELGIUM - NOV 16, 2014
Bière de Noël au caractère flamand bien prononcé BB 05/11/2015. Nez fort caramel, malts fort rôtis, réglisse, un petite acidité, pas d’amertume. La bouche est bien lourde en sucre avec un goût de caramel très fort accompagné de réglisse; donc fort ronde légèrement surupeuse voire lactée. La fin est doucement acide, presque pas d’amertume. Ses malts de froment torréfiés, associés aux épices, la réglisse notamment, développant des saveurs de pain d’épices, rendent cette bière assez spéciale. Le tout très peu subtil en goût et en saveur sauf cette légère acidité. Eventuellement.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Diabobale (235) - ITALY - NOV 11, 2014
Una belgian strong ale caratterizzata dai malti caramellati, buoni sentori di frutta e di buona bevuta

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (2128) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2014
Beautifully packaged in a large red bottle (2013? BB date stamp of July 2015) with gold-colored wire retaining the cork. Served at a starting temperature of about 45F in a Belgian snifter. Pours clear and dark; a lovely red-brown color with a small head that displays good retention and coats the glass upon tipping. Aroma: appealing and faintly sweet and fruity over dark bread. Flavor: little if any spicing in the winter ale, but some hints of spicing from, I believe, the yeast. Starts lightly sweet and finished mildly bitter. Hints of dark fruits including dried plums and raisins, as well as toffee. Feel: smooth but a touch too much astringency. Appropriately soft carbonation.

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