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

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RATINGS: 159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A light blond christmas beer.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerViking (2688) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2014
Dark gold with a lasting thin head, tart lemony nose, interesting mix of sweet, spicy, grassy bitterness and lightly acidic citrus.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jgb9348 (4845) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2014
2013 Bottle (I believe) - Best By Date of 2014 / 05 / 12 Completely crisp golden coloured body with a very fast-just oily topped off-white head. Aroma of cereal, bread, malt, yeast, wort and more grain - not too pleasant at all. Medium-bodied; Assertive effeverscence with a cereal and grain kick, some mild earthiness and an unfinished wort quality that doesn’t lend to a solid finish. Aftertaste shows some malt, a hint of sugars and the unfinished yeastiness that isn’t pleasant. Overall, a sub par beer, and a poor Christmas/winter beer regardless of where you are, especially in Belgium! Not worth buying and especially not worth bringing back across the pond. I sampled this 25 cL bottle purchased from De Bier Tempel in Bruges, Belgium on 14-August-2013 for €2,00 sampled at home in Washington, after Christmas 2013 on 05-January-2014.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BoltonDK (561) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle at home, thnx Hansi! Sweet malty nose, pepper notes. Clear dark yellow color small white head. Medium body, crisp, sharp bubbles, sweet, spicy, metalic aftertaste. :) Bolton Brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maekchu (2283) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle from Yamaichi. Light yeastiness, pureed fruit, some spice. Lightly hazy golden/amber color, thin head. Mild sweet fruity initial / some oxidation and then sugar / a small acidic note, and then it simpers down into tiny sweetness in finish. Medium body, slight astringency. Okay.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borresteijn (4919) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2014
25cl Bottle from Lost Property. Clear golden colour, white head. Aroma is quite malty, cake, bread, coups be imagination but I found it Christmassy in a way, fruity esters. Flavour is malts, bread, cake, a hint of alcohol and fruity tartness, grape, light spicy, light-tart/bitter finish. Light to medium-bodied. Nice beer IMHO.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
spacecube (970) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2013
250ml bottle, pours golden brown with a foamy billowy white head over a clear golden body. On pouring, the nostrils receive a healthy banana aroma. In the mouth it’s more refined, with additional belgian yeast aromas and caramel. The finish is balanced, short and crisp. Very decent blonde Belgian ale,

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mothroy (82) - - DEC 26, 2013
Bottle at home. Golden amber colour. Farmyard aroma but not unpleasant. Very subtle, vanilla with a gentle sourness, soft and fruity with a hint of the aroma in the taste. Unusual Christmas blonde, very drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StilleStorm (874) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 23, 2013
DAA; Bottle 250ml. Pours light golden with lasting off-white head. Aroma is sour, fruity, yeasty and malty. Taste is less. Medium body, slick texture. Bitter, short finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Calisky (1115) - ALSACE, FRANCE - DEC 22, 2013
Couleur dorée, belle mousse blanche. Nez de pomme acidulée, fermentée. Très bonne carbonation. Gout acidulé, fruité, avec note malté et un peu métaliques. Longue fin de bouche...gout fermenté, bière particulière.... pas mal

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Plovmand (6596) - Helsinge, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear yellow with a creamy dense white head. The aroma is yeast, light spice and fruit with some caramel notes. The flavor is light acidic with spicy yeast and malty notes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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