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t Smisje Kerst

Formerly brewed at Brouwerij De Regenboog
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Assebroek-Brugge, Belgium


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RATINGS: 291   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Belgian Winter Ale brewed with spices (coriander and grain of paradise) ABV 11-12%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sayravai (4677) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 3, 2006
(Bottled) Very hazy red-amber color with a smallish, quite tight head. Slightly sweet, barley-wineous, fruity and berryish aroma. Sweet, extremely (exotic-)fruity flavor with toffee notes. Very smooth, medium to full-carbonated palate. Hides the ABV well behind sweetness. A smooth and pleasant brew, but a bit too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
ARMed (613) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2006
Popped open a 2001 brew for tasting hoping that it matured rather nicely, but was significantly disappointed. The taste was bitter and sour with a heavy aftertaste. Poor lacing and a very cloudy appearance. The beer has a very dominant licorice taste with a high alocohol feel. Warms the body but disappoints to palate. Not my kind of beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2006
a sim rate: (bottled from Belgian Belly in Chorlton) Cinnamon and nutmeg and chocolate and orange in the aroma. Watery despite its thick flavour. Same things in aroma are in the flavour. Toffee, caramel, sugary-sweet. Very very sweet finish with big hit of alcohol. Finish is worst thing about this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2005
Couleur marron, bonne quantité de mousse blanche tachetée. Arômes de pain aux dattes, de figues, et d’épices. Flaveurs très parfumées, sucre brun, gâteau aux fruits, épices, clou de girofle, nous conduisent verts le mordant d’alcool arrivant en finale. Étalement long et complexe, corps d’épaisseur pleine, faible carbonatation. En fût ZBF, voyage Europe 2005

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2005
ZBF 2005. Pours a cloudy dark brown. Aroma is sweet and alcojol. Taste is sweet and spicy, with some alcohol burning

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2006 Zythos Beer Festival, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium 2005. Hazy brown colour with a baige head. Sweet fruity aroma and a sweet malty fruity alcoholic taste. Medium to full body and a sweet alcoholic finish. A bit tomuch alcohol. 7-4-6-4-14. Re-Rate. Bottle. 6-4-6-4-15. Orange brown colour with a beige head. Hay, fruits and alcohol in the aroma and taste, smooth. Medium to full body with a sweet light alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiggmtl (4547) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 16, 2005
2001 Vintage: Sour cherries, light pleasant vinegary note to the generally sweet and sugary aroma. Opaque tan-brown with decent and lasting cover of off-white head. Burnt brown sugar, cooked balsamic flavours with mild fruitiness of mixed berries and cherries. Some hints of alcohol peeking through the fair spiciness. Medium body with gentle, soft but engaging carbonation. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT, Olivier and Rastacouere.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2005
2001, first batch. Muddy brown, light off-white cover. Very fruity nose containing a dense creamed berries flavor topped over by fresh bananas, blueberries, cherries etc. Interesting sour hint, mostly fruity. More fruits come out as it warms, notably peaches. Extremely sweet, cream soda level, yet in the genre, this is fun and works well. Just as fruity taste, pie-like, an alcoholic meringous to my senses. Sugary whipped cream strawberries. Very creamy palate enhanced by very light carbonation. Understated spiciness all throughout, I couldn’t name one, I could feel many. Long sweet aftertaste. A big candy. Nice treat, gracias to New York babblers Bill and Warren.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2005
(2001 vintage in 2005; Thanks Warren and Bill!!):

The Lure:
Plump sweet and sour cherries give their complexity to the citrusy and dessert-y spices. Alcohol reminds of the potency of this brew, but never attacks or worries.

The Festivities:
Yeast floats abundantly within the alcoholic fruit salad, as burnt sugar and cake wafts create interest. Citrus acidity induces curiosity and pleases the palate.

An unpretentious yet creative arrangement beautifies the Christmas fireplace.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
rauchbier (3645) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2005
Tap, at Essen Kerstbierfestival 2004. Muddy orange brown, no head and minimal condition. Very sweet aromas of honey and caramel with some traces of malt. Syrupy sweet wort and honey mix in the mouth and linger into the finish. Not fully fermented.

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