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

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RATINGS: 164   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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Production stopped in 2008, resumed in 2011.


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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (634) - BELGIUM - JAN 17, 2014
Voici un très beau sujet de discussion... D’abord cette bière n’est pas une « belgian ale » mais bien un stout dans le bon style, mais comme ratebeer appelle les stouts hors zone de « foreign stout » voici donc un « foreign stout de Noël »... Ensuite une bière de Noël est souvent assez forte, mais ici nous avons un modeste 7,8 % abv. Enfin l’étiquette n’est pas très adpatée au style des Christmas, avec cette BD de style polar moderne … mais on sait que les temps changent … déjà depuis Dylan … Couleur quasi noire, et brun roux foncé en transparence. Clarté nette, pure. Bulles très fines par centaines au centre, et pourtant dans un grand verre ballon. Mousse café crème qui nappe à 2 mm. Arômes de fruits secs, café, orge, millet, avoine, épeautre, pain complet, pointe de candi brun et épices fleuries. 1ère bouche à la texture soyeuse sur du café moka, du chocolat noir, pain grillé fortement, whisky d’islay. Arrière-bouche pleine, forte, longue avec une pointe fine de tabac. 2ème bouche à l’équilibre superbe sur le malt légèrement torréfié. Arrière-bouche de fruits mûrs, longue. 3ème bouche où on part sur un ensemble plutôt vineux. Arrière-bouche bien tempérée sur du malt/houblon et quelques épices. La longueur donne un début en douceur, puis se renforce. La levure est très belle, profonde, rigoureuse. L’alcool est très bien, juste adéquat pour un stout spécial, et même s’il est faible pour une Christmas, il fait très bien son travail. La finale est très vineuse, avec du fût de vieillissement et du chai des grands crus. Conclusion : un très grand stout, qui même s’il est un « foreign stout », en vaut beaucoup de « non foreign »... Et évidemment pour une bière de Noël, c’est un genre peu commun, mais bien agréable. Il suffit de connaître d’ailleurs les capacités brassicoles de la Senne pour savoir que ce produit sera tout sauf quelconque ….

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mike_77 (3221) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2014
Dark brown with lasting head. Aroma and flavour have bittersweet roasted malts, caramel and strong dried fruit, especially figs. Finish is pleasantly dry which balances the initial sweetness well.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CharlyBeer (90) - Bruxelles, BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2014
J’ai adoré boire cette bière avec du saucisson de sanglier, enorme! La couleur n’est pas éclatante mais son gout est unique!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Swaroga (1389) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 30, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2013 33cl bottle. Hazy brown with thick, ivory head. NOSE : dough and citrus notes as the first layer, then burned malts with fresh coffee like aromas. Dried dark fruits and toffee. Wet stone, vanilla and spices. SIP : medium to thick body with oily texture. Decent carbonation. The beer is sweet and malty. It gets covered more and more by hoppy citrus and pine aromas. The sweet gets more toffee like and the hops are getting bitter. On the finish malt sweetness is still there in the background with toffee notes. It warms. The burned malts notes become bitter like black chocolate or coffee. Hops add freshness of zest, more like orange peel. Dry black chocolate with orange peel would be best to compare to. Finish reveal some spices and dry, earth residue on the tongue. OVERALL : it has a perfect balance. It’s malty but well hopped and bitter. Dry but with sweet flavors. It hides well the booze but it still warms. How about that. Really good beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
theisti (3258) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - NOV 6, 2009
750 ml bottle purchased at Blue Max in Burnsville Minnesota. Pour is a hazy cloudy burnt orange and brown with a 3 inch tan head which is very lasting. Lacing coats the glass as it falls. Aroma of hay and earthy straw right away, followed by grainy malt and yeast spiciness. Taste reverses the order a bit, starting with bright cilantro and white pepper spice, followed by a very natural straw and grass flavor. The transition between the two is quite smooth. In the finish there is some chewy, semi-sweet maltiness that rounds this up nicely. As it warms, the dry yeast spiciness really shines - along with a woodiness II didn’t get initially. Round, integrated, very tasty beer. Palate is medium, finishing dry - quite drinkable. Another great one from De La Senne.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lukaduke (2243) - Portland, Maine, USA - DEC 12, 2013
Pours a deep copper color with two fingers of tight tiny bubbled eggshell foam. Nose is full of fruity yeast, moist earth, cedar, cinnamon, raisin, leather. Palate follows... complex, touch of boozy warmth, nice balance between yeasty esters, earthy mystery and spicy booze. Touch of bitterness and spice lingers. Good carb ! Proper.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (9252) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Bottle @ home with LeninCat picked up at Wilbur’s Fort Follins. 2013 vintage. Lenin is sure digging this. Pours a hazy, fairly cloudy brown appearance with a lasting tan head. Zippy, fruity yeasty, big cherry cola, light caramel, a bit tart aroma. Pretty full bodied. Caramel toffee, dark chocolate, cola, dark berry/cherry fruity, chewy yeasty flavor. Delicious. Lenin easily gives this five ticks out of five ticks. The crazy motherfucker licked the bottle so much that it warmed up and then became awfully aggressive with my glass of the beer.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (2107) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 26, 2011
Draught at Moeder Lambic Fontainas. Orange brown coloured with beige creamy head. Aroma is ultra malty, caramel, creamy, bit roasty. Taste is smooth malty caramel with a tiny bit of bitterness. Slight funkiness. Not too sweet and bit of spice. Always love a Zinnebir Xmas.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
EddyBeer1 (902) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUN 7, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2013 Brune très foncée, effervescence moyenne, col fin persistant. malts caramel bien présents, amertume légèrement réglissée, notes fruitées (raisins, cerises), un peu rôtie, assez sèche.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SarkyNorthener (2106) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle from Cotteridge wines. Ruby brown beer with small head. Aroma is nuts, toffee and rich malts. Taste is yeast, toffee, dark malts, spice and some nut again. There is a herbal note at the back of the tongue in the finish. Medium bodied, a little oil. Very good.


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