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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.


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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBiker (1412) - Odense, - NOV 14, 2009
[On tap - Blindtasting at Pegasus.] First impression was Poperinge Hommelbier and I did not accept, that is was a belgo x-mas beer, due to the lack of spices. Lots of hops and heavy fruits in the triple way. Some dust and horse. Fresh and nice!


2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Brandman (1992) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 3, 2014
Clear golden body, white head. Aroma has yeast, some spices, cardamon. Sweet malt and alcohol.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
erickok (3185) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - MAR 8, 2014
Boring looking golden body and medium white bubbly head. Very sweet malts, grainy, cheap appeal. it of hay perhaps. White sugar, simple malt. Only the end has some spice and saltyness to it. Really a standard Belgian blond. No character, nothing Christmas about this. Everything that is wrong about Belgian beer (while there is so much good about it). (25cl bottle from Cave Gambrinus SPdC)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grzesiek79 (2969) - Radom, POLAND - FEB 16, 2014
Dobre i chmielne, nieco cytrusowe w zapachu, przypominalo mi amerykanskie pale ale, byc moze dodano tu chmielu rodem z USA. Niewielka piana, zlocisty kolor, brak drozdzowego osadu. Delikatne i lekkie, co dziwi przy wyzszym stezeniu alkocholu.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Zita (4280) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2014
light sour aroma,pale, clear, white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, oily feel, flat,

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerViking (2085) - 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 (4490) - 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 doesnít lend to a solid finish. Aftertaste shows some malt, a hint of sugars and the unfinished yeastiness that isnít 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 Ä2,00 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 (521) - 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 (1772) - 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 (4407) - 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 (658) - 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 itís more refined, with additional belgian yeast aromas and caramel. The finish is balanced, short and crisp. Very decent blonde Belgian ale,


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