Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Oostvleteren, Belgium


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RATINGS: 265   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Bottle conditioned.
Ingredients: Barley malt, hops, cane sugar, yeast and spices. Aged in port barrels

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zaf (260) - - JUL 28, 2013
è bellissima..ambrata/rossa con schiuma a grana medio fine molto persistente e di colore leggermente marroncino..aroma superfruttato,uno dei più forti che ho mai sentito..simile al fruttato val dieu ma oltre al normale probabilmente derivante da lieviti e zucchero c’è in dolciastro particolare che azzarderei derivi dall’invecchiamento in porto..anche l’alcool si sente abbastanza..nel gusto sicuramente domina molto il dolce (zucchero di canna,tripel,invecchiamento in porto..direi anche abbastanza normale come cosa) ,sentori fruttati come nell’aroma ed è molto piacevole al palato,riscaldante e con corpo pieno e carbonazione bassa..luppolo presente in piccolissime note e come al solito solo verso la fine,,la trovo molto simile alla stille nacht per certi versi,ma forse qui il dolce si sente in maniera troppo eccessiva e quindi la reputo leggermente inferiore..insomma: birra natalizia ottima,veramente ben fatta,invecchiata in botti di porto per un anno che le lasciano quel tocco in più,un dolciastro non completamente derivante da lieviti e zucchero che quindi la rende intrigante e pregiata..salute!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
martjoobolut (1248) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 30, 2015
0,33L bottle (as a gift). Pours amber with beige head. The head doesn’t stay. Aroma is sweet, some buttery notes, sugar, malt, fruits. Flavor is sweet, caramel, malt, candy, fruits, some vinous notes. Overall: interesting brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nihtila (1296) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2015
24.12.2014. Color is quite bright orange/red. Aroma of caramel, dried fruits, malts, oak. Tastes dry oak/wood, dried fruits, toffee. A bit too much dried fruit and oak. But ok. Not port though, only oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3969) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 21, 2015
330 ml. bottle. Pours reddish brown with a decent beige head. Aroma of malt, fruit, port, and yeast. Taste is caramel malt, fruit, yeast, port, and spice. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
diabel (1619) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - MAR 21, 2015
Amber body. Off-white creamy head. Aroma of alcohol (unpleasant), grapes, caramel. Moderately sweet, moderately bitter. Very complex and warming mouthfeel. Well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marduk (3476) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 21, 2015
330ml bottle (thanks martjoobolut). Clear amber color. Medium size, white head, stays. Caramel, malty, alcohol, raisins in aroma. Sweet, malty, bit of dead yeast, candy cane, straw, woody in taste. Sweet plums in aftertaste. Damn it’s sweet. Carbonation is bit too high too. Boozy brew!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (9979) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 20, 2015
330ml bottle - shared by martjoobolut - thanks!
Softish sweet aroma, some gentle marzipan, a little bit of rubber and plastic. Orange, tight head. More wine than port influenced to me in the taste. Sweetish, candisugar clear. Thinned by the barrel ageing, but I prefer the heavier original for a relaxing sipper. Finish has a gentle bitter hopping, which is possibly the best bit about it. This is not a fireside sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
suurjuust (1530) - ESTONIA - MAR 20, 2015
Copper orange beer, off-white head. Nose is sugary, vinous notes, malt, fruit, caramel, wood. Flavor is a smooth mix of fruit, caramel, malt. Pretty boozy finish, caramel. Port is felt rather than tasted. Nice. Shared by martjoobolut, thanks!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fletchfighters (1198) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 20, 2015
330 ML bottle Dark orange amber color. Off white head, falls to a thick collar. Good retention though. Nose is soft oak, port, orange peel, white grape, and candied sugar. Taste is candied sugar, banana, clove, orange peel, caramel, bubble gum, grape. Well integrated. Medium bodied, light carbonation, slightly coying in the end. Just flashes of port and barrel. Great beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (4309) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 18, 2015
Aroma is grapes/dark fruit, malts and a hint of sweetness. The flavor is malts, grapes/dark fruit, fruit and a medium sweet/very slightly cloying finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cagou007 (396) - FRANCE - MAR 17, 2015
Pours hazy brown with thin white head. Nose is sweet and fruity. Aromas are toasted malts, caramel, dark fruits, hazelnut. Medium carbonation, full body. Sweet and fruity finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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