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


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RATINGS: 165   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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A light blond christmas beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, USA - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
fiulijn (15378) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 3, 2004
Golden color. Grass aroma, paper, plastic, salame. Strong body, but too grassy, non interesting. Not really aromatic, but at least strong final.
Unexpected bad beer, by Verhaeghe!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
diabel (1611) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2004
Very bright, blond body. White creamy head, fairly lacing. Mostly diminishing head. Sweet aroma. Lightly sweet, moderately bitter initial flavour. Harshly bitter finish. Dry mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jerohen (2044) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - JAN 30, 2004
Bottled, BB 05-2003. Clear golden coloured, beautiful big head (at least in my champagne glass). Aroma of a sweet white wine, but with less alcohol. Quite nice actually. Sweet malty flavour. I liked this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (20182) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 25, 2004
Bottled. Lightly hazy golden with minimal head. Vinous aroma. Sweet, rounded and medium bodied. Fruity with concentrated red berry flavour. Low bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bierkoning (10659) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 5, 2004
Golden color, frothy head. Malty peararoma. Just a bit dusty. Firm hopbitter flavor. Some caramel and pear. Strong bitter and metal aftertaste. Just a bit alcoholic. Not bad, but the metal annoys a bit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madsberg (10524) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2003
Bottled: Yellow coloured. Has a white head. Sweet and malty aroma. Has some spices in the flavour. Light malty and fruity. Has a sour and acidic aftertaste. Quite refreshing, but otherwise nothing great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8098) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 10, 2003
Totally clear, colour of old gold; yellowish small, but rather stable head. Sweet, honey, mannah aromas, with hints of lactic acid and lemon zest. Dry taste, rather spicey (coriander), but obviously missing the wheat character of a witbier. Dry mouthfeel, with a persistent burning sensation, part malt, part alcohol. I do not think there's been a style description for Christmas ales anywhere, but would there ever be one, I don't think this would fit. In character, it is a strong spiced lager with a touch of Oud Bruin in the nose.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
skortila (4648) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - NOV 16, 2003
Smell is okay, malty sweet and fruity. Clear golden coloured, short head. Taste is weak, sweet and dirty. Verhaeghe can do better.

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