Brewed by Brasserie de la Senne
Style: Belgian Ale
Brussels, Belgium


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RATINGS: 162   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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Production stopped in 2008, resumed in 2011.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
deanso (5250) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 16, 2012
Sample at the Essen Xmas beer festival. Thick white head. Clear burgundy pour. Nice enough brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ZwartePiet (59) - BELGIUM - DEC 13, 2012
Version 2012 Ambrée presque noire. Nez légèrement fruité, un petit peu alcool Un debut de bouche frais, l’amertume prenant le pas après. Fort sur le grain torrefié. Un arôme café persistant en bouche. Note caramel, réglisse en début de bouche.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
txspartan (966) - Wilrijk, BELGIUM - DEC 12, 2012
Nice chocolate malty aroma. Strong head. Likewise taste with a balanced bitterness to boot. Tiny bubbels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ekstedt (5435) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2012
Bottle (33 cl) from beerplanet.be. Clear mahogny to chestnut with medium beige head. Nutty and slightly toasted aroma with some spicy phenolics and herbal hops. Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation. Semi dry with medium bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flavio_b (277) - ROME, ITALY - DEC 8, 2012
On tap @Moeder Lambic. Spicy, with a dark red colour, it has a persistent foam. Sweet smell with a light bitter aftertaste. Malt and toasted notes. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Yves (2231) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - DEC 8, 2012
Brown coloured beer with large diminishing brownish head and no carbonation visible. Spicy sweet roasted aroma. Full slight creamy and sparkling palate. Finish is roasted spciy bitter (rather bitter).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RoyceH (1196) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - NOV 26, 2012
Bottle, 2012 vintage, from mi-orge, mi-houblon. Opaque dark brown, beige head, some lacing. Nose is yeasty funk, some light summery peaches, grapefruit, then dark plums, raisin, cinammon and ripe cherry. Malty, touch of sour. Mouth is busy, light fruitiness, grape, white grape, some other fresh fruit before the domination of bitterness comes along. Quickly dies to leave spiced maltiness, cinnamon, brown sugar caramelised raisins. Sweet, gentle end, touch of booze. Creeping bitterness long after the swallow. Good, but not brilliant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pentaz (1239) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear dark amber/red with minimal white lasting head. Aroma is malt, raisin, apple?, fruits, wood. Taste is black currant, spices, raisins, hops and sweet malts. Medium sweet. Body is medium, oily. Finishes woody-dry, somewhat hoppy and malty, the taste lingers for quite a while.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hirigalzkar (2289) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 19, 2012
Bottle. Nah... I can’t really put my finger on it. A lot of things going on here... heavy on the malts and a vinous elegance... yet quite anonymous?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorgeLee (1189) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2012
On tap at Poechenellekelder. Deep brown in colour with a thick white head. Initial impression malty, with some Belgian yeasty spice in there, but then a surprisingly strong floral hop character comes through. Finish is medium bitter. Hides alcohol strength well, but still a little warming. A very nice hoppy take on a traditional winter ale.

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