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Brewed by Haacht
Style: Belgian Ale
Boortmeerbeek, Belgium

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RATINGS: 212   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ST247 (448) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 29, 2014
Bottle @home. Pours light copper with a creamy off-white head. Aroma is metallic, fruity. Taste hints of caramel, fruity, bit metallic.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
schuimkroaat (427) - Leuven, BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2005
33cl bottle, - out of date- bbe 8th Feb 05. Orval-coloured, turbid, small head. Malt with some peach, and unmistakeably alcohol in the aroma. Flat, rubbery and with a strange bitterness. Aging apparently does not improve this beer, will try a fresh version again (which I remember as being somewhat better).

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2005
Dark golden, white head. Aroma from figs, cream and almond. Creamy, nutty flavor with fruits. Malty at first, thean turning hoppy and bitter.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bonkiedeaap (400) - Leerdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle from Dranken Verheyen in Poppel. The beer is amber colored and has a long staying small white head, with average carbonation. The beer has an aroma with tones of spices, fruits and hops. The taste is a little sweet with tones of candy sugar and some some hoppy bitterness in the background. The finish is a little dry and medium bitter. Not what I expect from a Christmas Ale. I miss the warming alcohol and the full body.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SNL (386) - - DEC 16, 2014
On tap. Clear caramel color, small White head. Sweet malty Nose, malty taste, with a slightly bitter finish. Medium body, soft carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wimpie133 (381) - Brugge, BELGIUM - APR 13, 2010
Bottle, 33 cl. Amber coloured beer with mediium white head. Smell of hops, some malts, light sweetness and spices. Taste is hoppy, dry, surrounded with some malts and sweetness. Not what I expect from a Christmas beer, but also lacking a bit in pallet. Not the strongest style of the Tongerlo beers.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
petewhitley (379) - JAPAN - MAR 28, 2015
spruce, citrus, floral, orange, cloudy, rocky head, medium sweetness, lightly sour, medium body, sticky. Deep orange, cloudy with a substantial rocky head of foam. Spicy, hoppy aroma. Sweet, fruity taste. Quite sticky on the lips, almost distractingly so. Overall a very nice beer to sip on, but the sweetness/stickiness would prevent me from asking for another.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tulle (369) - DENMARK - NOV 22, 2012
orange, cloudy, minimal head, white foam, hay, roasty, herbs, earthy, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, oily feel, average carbonation,

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DraftDodger (366) - - FEB 18, 2015
Copenhagen 13/11 2014. 75 cl bottle from FaktaQuick. Pours clear reddish brown with white head. Dissipates rather quickly. Spicy malty aroma tinged with alcohol. Medium carbonation. Intense sweet taste in the traditional yeasty Belgian style with a little sourness especially in the aftertaste. Good Belgian Christmas beer.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CPH2200 (325) - DENMARK - OCT 28, 2013
75 cl bottle 7.0% abv. Amber colour, sweet alcoholic aroma. Taste is sweet with caramel and alcohol heat. Pretty boring, will store some bottles for next xmas and see if the bottle fermentation does any wonders.


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