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RATINGS: 1405   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Unfiltered
Previously 8.1%
Ingredients: Pale, Munich and Caramunich malts; Kent Goldings hops.
This is a rich, dark, joyous brew with which to celebrate the holiday season. It’s aroma of chocolate malt and spiciness is reminiscent of the wonderful smells of holiday baking in Mom’s kitchen. Silky smooth on the palate, it’s predominantly malty, with smoky, spicy and citrusy notes and a long, lingering finish that is lightly tart and malty. Bottle conditioned for a fresh, lively taste. Round and well balanced, it’s a welcome addition for holiday tables and beyond.
Sold as King’s Blue in Norway.

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3.8
melush (5456) - SPAIN - MAY 23, 2018
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2018 25cl Bottle @ Saveur-Biere, Lille, France. Dark brown colour with a medium size white head. Aroma is malt, sweet, dark fruits. Taste is malt, caramel, prunes, spices, alcohol. Medium body, average carbonation.

4.1
stantheman (1219) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 19, 2018
Small bottle from Liberty on The Drive in Vancouver. A dark beer with bronze highlights and a moderate light tan head. Dried fruits and malts on the nose. This is confirmed on the palate, along with some tart and spicy notes. Great stuff! 4.1

3.9
surething_ii (1467) - Šenkvice, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 1, 2018
Bottle from Pivný raj Excellent choice for Easter! Well reminds all I love on Christmas beers, spices, clove, cinnamon maybe. All this well embedded into classic strong ale. Very nice.

4
biilz (410) - SPAIN - MAR 23, 2018
Аромат на удивление немного пряный, также чувствуется темные фрукты. На внешность этот экземпляр весьма приятен и благороден, плюс хорошая и постоянная пенка. Вкус очень мягкий немного пряный, также слегка чувствуются фрукты и карамель. Послевкусие также очень мягкое и плавное, немного греет горло. В целом абсолютно классический и хороший эль.

3.3
respect88 (92) - HUNGARY - MAR 21, 2018
Belgák bizonyították nekem megint, hogy mégis szeretem őket csak nem mindet. Az alkohol szépen rejtett. Erősen fűszeres jegyek jönnek elő.

3.3
MeadTeam9 (127) - - MAR 20, 2018
Bière de Noël très sucrée, un peu épicée, épaisse en bouche. Manque d'amertume et d'acidité pour relever le tout.

3.4
loscovar (1185) - Principality of SEALAND, - MAR 19, 2018
Bottle from Saveur Bière.com. Dark brown color, off white head. Liquorice, malts, tofee, yeast. Good

3.6
wilde_joost59 (479) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 22, 2018
Thuis uit een flesje. Redelijk helder van kleur, bruin, beige schuim. Goede smaak, maar gezien de abv had ik deze wat voller verwacht.

4.2
minutemat (6693) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2018
25cl bottle from Auchan. Pours a misty dark brown, large off-white head. Aroma has some spice, sweet dark malt. Taste continues along a similar theme. Surprisingly well balanced & flavoursome. Rich sweet dark malts, light spice, retains good strength. Like Cuvee Van de Kaizers younger brother.

1.7
bartlebier (4337) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - JAN 14, 2018
25cl bb11/2019, BL2018 sampler. Label & RB do not mention added: liquorice, coriander, orange peel (cf. All Belgian Beers p346). - Classify under: Wallonian Xmas taste; diabetic Aldi Carolus Xmas. - - I've become allergic to and hence can no longer finish paleobelgian sugar&spicebrews like these: nose all putrid candisugars abv-amped into sweaty fruit, handfulls of cabinet spices and feigned character: sickly aroma of cooked apple, doused with cheap cassonade, nutmeg and brandy fumes, coriander soup, sweaty yoghurt wheat porridge. Could just as well be an ImpBlackWit (jawohl). - Flavour comparable, natural & artificial overcooked barley&candisugars. Sugarsweaty Mouthfeel is a charade, pure absence that makes you chew for presence... 3/4 drainpour. This beer belongs to the Belgian 80s, the Belgian gastronomical era that does not need to be retrofied, or in fact salvaged for our age. "Kitsch ist das Böse im Wertsystem der Kunst" (H.Broch).


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