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


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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tomciccateri (1009) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Bottle. Pours a deep mahogany color with a frothy tan head. Mostly malty aromas. Full body with big mouthfeel. Big malty sweet flavor flavor balance. Mellow raisiny notes. Late alcohol character. Very clean and smooth. A nice big Belgian ale without overpowering Belgian yeast character. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikske79 (1246) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 15, 2014
Een van de beste winterbieren dat ik ooit al geprobeerd heb. Een bier met veel smaak aan zoals het hoort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (3049) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - DEC 16, 2012
This is a very nice winter beer. Really, a dessert beer, as this tastes overwhelmingly like banana bread. If you can embrace this, this is the beer for you. Vaughn brought this one to the winter beer tasting in Dec. 2012.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HippieRN (23) - thornton, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2013
Pours a beautiful deep ruby with no head or lacing. The taste is mildly sweet. Flavors of sweet malt, spice, bread, candied fruit, and perhaps hints of citrus. Dry finish and hardly any aftertaste. Medium-light body and soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbastard (698) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 15, 2011
This is pretty good. Mildly complex, very clean and well balanced flavors of spices and fruits. Pleasent sweetness. It finishes well, nothing off flavored. For me it is very enjoyable. Make sure to get it again next year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (2892) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JAN 27, 2012
Dark amber colour, fluffy off-white head. Spicy aroma, caramel, quite fruity. Flavour light sweet, quite earthy, malts, dried fruits, caramel. Bitter and sweet earthy finish, reminding of barley wine. Nice!
(Draught @ Café We gaan beginnen, Nijmegen, The Netherlands)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (2690) - Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2012
750 ml bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but I believe this was from Winter 2011. Pours fairly crystal clear reddish copper color with a nice 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings to the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big apple skin, clove, pear, caramel, cinnamon, allspice, toast, gingerbread, nutmeg, and light earth. Pretty nice aromas with decent balance; the apple skins overpower most of the aromas. Taste of caramel, apple, toast, gingerbread, pear, cinnamon, clove, allspice, toast, nutmeg, brown sugar, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruit, toast, caramel, gingerbread, cinnamon, clove, allspice, nutmeg, brown sugar, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor balance with good complexity; nice malt/spice balance; zero cloying flavors on the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a fairly slick, creamy, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice seasonal Belgian ale! Nice flavor balance and complexity; very smooth and crisp to sip on. Really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BartC (726) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - DEC 22, 2012
Dark amber colored beer. Aroma of dark malts, caramel and candy. Mild herbal taste, some alcohol warming and malty sweetness too. Very nicely balanced. A very good winter beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dexcansino (463) - Andalucía, SPAIN - DEC 22, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2012 Cerveza rojiza, oscura. Con poca espuma. Olor a afrutado a plátano. Sabor dulce, a plátano, canela, a miel de caña. Mucho gas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (4539) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - MAR 9, 2013
Bottle: Medium sized, vast and slow disappearing creamy beige foamy head. A clear darker amber colored beer. Aromas of caramel, vinous, spices, yeast, creamy roasted malts, some raisin, brown sugars. Flavours of caramel, spices, chalk, toast, bitter, toffee, vinous, wood, sugars, raisin, cream, barleys, malts, Aftertaste of caramel, bitter, malts. Low carbo, soft close to silky mouthfeel, medium to lightly fuller body and a creamy light oily texture. Balanced, good and I like it!

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