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Brewed by Verhaeghe
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Vichte, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

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RATINGS: 153   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A light blond christmas beer.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nekronos (3594) - Xalapa, MEXICO - DEC 23, 2005
UPDATED: APR 30, 2006 Was a little different in name. So, maybe can be difficult to find here. It was a little soft, but very good in flavour. Dark too.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorqui (2056) - Brescia, ITALY - DEC 9, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2007 Bottled 0,25L. Compact and adherent foam, good persistence. Yellow/orange much fraught color; lightly fizzy. Enough stable. Rich and complex scent; notes of sweet malty and cellar, light talk of must and clear withered grape. Pungent taste, much alcoholic and mellow. It seems aged and enhanced of aromas. Long and sweetish final. Overbearing and long-lasting alcohol.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
anders37 (15489) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2005
Golden colour with nice white head. Aroma is a little spicy and a little fruity. Sweet in flavour and malty. some bitterness and hints of spices too. You can also feel the high alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 22, 2005
(Bottle 25 cl) Golden beer with a nice, white head. Sweetish in the beginning but a fruity freshness balances thing very well. Not very full-bodied or bitter. Another very unusual Belgian Christmas beer - nice that they vary so much in style. 260198

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (28448) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2005
An amber beer with a nice off-white head. The is quite complex, with notes of spices, coriander, yeast, caramel, wood, as well as slight alcohol. The flavor is a bit dusty, form the spices, where coriander are most dominant, but it also contains notes of yeast and caramel, the dustyness keeps on being present thruout giving it a dry end. After awhile the alcohol burns thru leaving some warmth.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rauchbier (3559) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2005
Bottled, at Essen Kerstbierfestival 2004. Gold, low white head and gentle condition. Sweet caramel and fruity esters in the aroma, low sweet graininess in the mouth and short sweet malty finish.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2004
Bottle brought back from Belgium in September. Into a Duvel glass this was golden with a nice fluffy head. Aroma is malty and fruity but also very sour and unpleasent. The first taste isnít quite as bad as the aroma would suggest - but itís not great. Sweet and malty, fruity sour and bitter. Plenty of off flavours. Itís a shame that Belgian beers are so hit or miss, as well as the posibility of them being brilliant there is always the posibility that they will be very poor. I guess that this isnít actually so bad - itís drinkable if nothing else.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MiP (13046) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2004
Bottle. Slight bonbon aroma. Slightly darker than yellow colour, small white head. Not far from a cheap German lager.

2.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Jeppe (2631) - ōlbutikken, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2004
Frothy white head, clear dark yellow body. Sweet and rather cloying aroma of yeast, fruit and sugar. Apricot and peach tones. Flavor starts sweet but turns very harsh and bitter, I think something must have been wrong with this one?! Some fruity notes.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 15, 2004
Light amber/golden color with a huge head and nice lace. Yeasty spice aroma with bannana tones. Lightly hoppy, lightly sour, floral tones, berry tones. Aftertaste is metalic and fairly harsh.


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