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


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RATINGS: 295   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Belgian Winter Ale brewed with spices (coriander and grain of paradise) ABV 11-12%

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2003
Pours a cloudy brown color with a medium sized, lingering off-white head. The aroma is malty and alcoholic with touches of prunes spices. Full body with lots of carbonation, the flavor is malty and bready, with strong yeast and fruity tones. The alcohol is well hidden. A fantastic brew, too bad it is not available in the states.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
haukur (1801) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - DEC 20, 2003
a very overwhelming earthly aroma. This ale is VERY smooth, dry, bitter, with spicy malt tones.. for a 11%abv.. this is just absurd! the ABV is very well hidden and very smooth, I could drink this all night.. the best christms beer this year!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2010
This one is bottled in a green glass stubby with a red bottlecap. Very festive! It’s a luminous reddish-copper with a thinnish ivory head. Smells of lightly fruity malt with significant floral, noble hops aromas. Faint spice. Huge fruity sweetness, ripe cherries and black currant, hints of pear with a distinct coriander flavor underneath. Very sweet with a touch of alcohol flavor in the finish. It says it’s an 11% ABV beer but you’d never know it. I would’ve guessed it was a beer that was 2/3 that strong. Sticky sweet finish and spicy aftertaste. Delicious beer and very drinkable! I’d get it again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tderoeck (8200) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2011
19/02/2011 - 33cl bottle @ home - BB: unknown, label with sleigh. (2011-61)

Cloudy reddish amber beer, beige creamy head, adhesive and somewhat stable. Aroma: citrus fruits, hops, caramel, sweet malts, spices and alcohol. MF: nice carbon, medium to full body, bit syrupy texture, not cloying though. Taste: roasted malts, hop bitter, fruity (red fruits). Aftertaste: sweet malts, some hop bitters, a general fruity touch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 2, 2012
THOUGHTS: Very intense. The head lasted incredibly long. A sort of peppery burn in the throat. Hid alcohol fairly well for the high ABV. My bottle was 12% ABV. It became more spicy as it warmed. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark, reddish amber with beautiful carbonation and an average, creamy, cream-colored head that fully lasted and left excellent lacing. The aroma had moderate caramel; moderate cobweb yeast; slight doughy yeast; rip and sour fruit; Butterscotch; lots of spices and some citrus. The initial flavor was moderately sweet, slightly acidic and lightly sour; while the finish was heavily sweet, light to mod acidic, ever so slightly bitter and lightly sour. There was pepper, some citrus, cherry, sour cherry, spicy yeast, caramel, molasses, orange, sour orange, dusty yeast, fruit jelly and spices. The medium to full body was oily, slightly sticky on the lips, then very dry with fizzy carbonation and a slightly metallic and light to moderately alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - JAN 18, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2008 Bottiglia da 33cl al Mulino a Villaromagnano; si versa nel bicchiere con buona schiuma candida ma il colore è piuttosto scuro, maron. Come il tinello di quella canzone di Paolo Conte ("abbiamo comprato un tinello maron"). L’aroma è sottile ma conquista con stramberie floreali e un particolare sentore di frutta fresca (nespole? nespole!! ma anche pesche e albicocca); il sapore all’inizio si deve decifrare un poco, soprattutto se è troppo fredda; ma col passare del tempo l’alcool lascia il passo ad una complessità quasi inaudita, non aggressiva ma carezzevole in mille modi diversi. La frutta prende il sopravvento ma veramente ci si possono sentire molte cose: minchia, ho bevuto ora un goccio di lievito che era rimasto e mi sembrava una cassata siciliana andata a male. Straordinaria. Rivotata dopo averla assaggiata di nuovo al Mulino, impressione ancora migliore della precedente.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bill Becker (819) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - JAN 3, 2015
It pours a very hazy/cloudy dark honey colour, 1 finger head of foam with the usual Belgian quality re retention and lacing. The smell is of dark fruits, black cherries amongst them?, yeasty, some light spiciness. The taste is stronger than the nose but not as impressive to me. Dark pitted fruits, yeasty, orange peel bitterness, has some woody notes and light Port(more of that please), vanilla,..to me, a tad over complex and not everything comes together in total harmony. Top end of medium bodied, medium carbo, very good mouthfeel. So, in the end analysis, I reckon, despite what I said about the complexity above, this IS a very good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2005
Very sweet, yes. But very very well made - heavenly bready and like pudding - tastes of some bark and leafiness. Soft pine or perhaps balsa wood. Delicious, even though sweeter than I prefer. Deeply *natural*, I guess that’s the word.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2006
Bottled. A hazy reddy brown coloured beer with a minimal head. The aroma is fruity, bready, vinuous and warming. It has lots of malts and is really inviting. The taste is full-bodied and long. Tons of fruit. Excellent alcohol. Riasins and dates. Warming, tasty and beautiful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jerre (3235) - Waregem, BELGIUM - SEP 19, 2007
Bottle, 33 cl. Cloudy reddish amberbrown with a small off-white head. Aroma sweet, fruits, berries. Mdium body. Taste bit sweet, malts, touche of fruits. Warm, alcoholic mouthfeel at the finish. One of the best Regenboog beers !

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