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

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RATINGS: 156   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maekchu (2200) - 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 (4792) - 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 (892) - 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 (81) - - 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 (765) - 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 (875) - 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 (6528) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kraddel (3471) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - DEC 14, 2013
Pours yellow No foam Smells bitter Good carbo Bit bitter , bit sweet , grains . Ok , pretty standard

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Japalo (1226) - DENMARK - DEC 7, 2013
Bottle@home. Two finger well lasting foam. Dark golden clear. Bread honey yeasty notes. Medium sweet-like bugwheatty mouthfeel. Simpel but nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
77ships (4135) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 8, 2013
1998 Vintage. 25 cl. bottle (bottle states 25 cl. / 33 cl. oddly but looks like 25 cl. to me) sampled @ Kulminator as “Noël Chirstmas Weihnacht”. Golden amber with little white head. Nose is oxidized but in a solid way, sticky toffee, caramel, lots of sugar, very simple but holding up very well considering the age with some light dust. Taste is similar, oxidation but well, sweet caramel, toffee, simple brown sugar, dusty (but restrained), syrup, sticky, pretty boozy with an almost cognac edge to it,.. Syrupy, sticky, little carb. Pretty simple but has survived well, probably thx to it sugary simplicity. Solid enough still.


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