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

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RATINGS: 224   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned.
Ingredients: Barley malt, hops, cane sugar, yeast and spices. Aged in port barrels


zaf's rating

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zaf (248) - - 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!


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
k0mpsa (1351) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - DEC 18, 2014
Bottle from mikkeller and friends. Hazy copper color, tanned head. Aroma is sweet, portwine, fruity and sour notes. Taste is same.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (2916) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle @ Appellation Comely Bank tasting thanks to allmyvinyl. Appearance - amber brown with a decent head. Nose - dried oranges, some light spice (cinammon and vanilla) but quite dry. Taste - again not as generous as a recent tasting of the Bourbon barrel version. More dried orange peel and raisins. Not much of the dark fruit notes you’d hope to get from the Port barrel either. It seems to have dried it out. Palate - medium bodied with a dry crunchy texture and a well balanced finish. Overall - it’s a very nice beer, just disappointed compared to what I was expecting.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (3538) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle at Appellation. Pours orange amber, nose is toffee, caramel, berries, taste is fruity, dry sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (4219) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2014
Bottle at tasting. Pours amber with a light haze, thin white head. Aromas of candi sugar, dried fruit, orange peel. Taste is boozy, light sweet with more caramel. Not getting much port, but a nice beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sjorsvdg (91) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2014
Een heerlijk warm, en rijk bier. De portvaten proef je, evenals specerijen en gist. Heerlijk.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (5954) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 13, 2014
33 cl bottle as ˝Reserva PBA Vintage 2011” @ tiong, BBE 26-12-2017
Aroma has rather strong porto notes, sweet sweet malt and toffee. Flavour is very sweet with toasted sugar, porto, candid sugar, caramel and any other expressions teling about excessive sweetness. Also vanilla and licorice – and alcohol trying to balance the sweetness. But that is not enough.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (6523) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 13, 2014
330 ml bottle. Pours a hazy orange copper colour with a small head. Aroma of dried apricot, red wine, biscuit and some caramel. Flavour of sweet caramel, strong metallic notes, biscuit, dried apricot, wood and some port wine. Mild tannine notes. Medium bodied. Sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiong (4010) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 13, 2014
330ml bottle

2011 vintage, vertical with BBA - Pours dark brown with a smooth white head. Aroma of sweet ripe fruits, toffee, syrup, caramel, hints of wood and vinous notes. Taste is sweetish, vinous and woody with some sweet ripe fruits, caramel, toffee and syrup. Finish is metallic, stingy and vinous with some sweet fruits, caramel, toffee and syrup. A bit more vinous than the BBA version, feels a bit metallic too.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gramity (1440) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
Pours cloudy brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of yeast, candy, caramel, spice and vinous aspects. Flavour is heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Full bodied with soft prickly carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike_77 (3378) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - DEC 7, 2014
Hazy red colour. Aroma is very yeasty and sweet with some bitter orange peel. A sticky and sweet taste with bread dough and yeast. Port is not particularly prominent but there’s a sticky finish on the lips.


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