Brewed by Microbrouwerij Achilles
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Heist op den Berg-Itegem, Belgium


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RATINGS: 151   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
This hearty amber brew, well-balanced and warming, is the brewer's special celebration of this wonderful season, when the herald angels sing. A Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year to all, from Brouwerij Achilles!

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pintocb (654) - Hoon, Georgia, USA - DEC 29, 2010
Golden color. A little cloudy. White head. Aroma is faint, but I got grain and some spice. Clean flavor, apples and pears. Very effervescent. My fav beer of the night.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Pours a clear orange color with a long lasting pillowy head. Aroma is grain, toast, honey, clove, some citrus, and very herbal. Flavor is honey, orange, coriander, spice, herbal, and a light peppery finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (4129) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2010
I just celebrated Christmas Eve dinner, sharing a bottle of this with my brother-in-law. I had aged the bottle two or three years, and the aging didnt hurt it any though its impossible to say what it would have been fresh. Its an attractive pour, with a big initial head and a somewhat oily body, with a hazy range of colors, like a sunset in brown-to-yellow spectra. The flavor wasnt all that exceptional, but is reasonably well balanced with some alcohol lifting the aroma and flavor and some yeast, bread, citrus, and very mild hops. Body a little flat (a product of aging?) Decent, drinkable, though not a particularly good complement to a dinner of BBQ ribs (a family Christmas Eve tradition). 750 ml. bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (3088) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Quite tasty but nothing overtly Christmas. Does that matter? Probably not. Very fruity and spicy aroma from a cloudy amber with a big head. The flavor is fruity at first and the peppery with a nice alcohol burn at the end. Very warming and since its only about 20 degrees here in the Pinelands, thats a good thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Pours dark gold with a wispy off-white head. Notes of dusty yeast, earthy malt, herbal, lightly bready yeast. Light notes of spice, pear, and apple. Medium to full bodied, lively carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
fidelis83 (2351) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - DEC 3, 2010
Pours a hazy, peach gold with a tall, frothy light beige head that has excellent retention and leaves some tiny bits of lacing. Aroma is tree fruit, zesty citrus, peppery yeast, sweet floral notes, a bit of alcohol and some dry grass. Flavor is dusty grain, light tree fruit, hay, bready and peppery yeast, a touch of fusel alcohol, and grassy yeast. Palate is surprisingly light bodied, moderately carbonated and has a slightly chalky feel. Not the best BSA out there, a little bland really.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
StefanSD (2435) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2010
11oz bottle from Bev4less. Pours a hazy dark gold color with a small white head that quickly recedes to a fine film. The aroma is Saison-like with spices, white fruits, yeast and cardboard. The flavor has molasses, brown sugar, plums, dough and a hint of cola. The palate is somewhat thin and the carbonation is prickly. Finishes medium in duration with lingering burnt sugar. Overall: Ok beer, but I expected more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (47592) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2010

Bottle 750ml.

[ Vintage BBF 0910 ]. Clear medium to dark amber yellow orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted - caramel, moderate to light heavy yeasty, overripped fruit. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, overriped fruit, malty. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20101022]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
back (2109) - Holstebro, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2010
Aroma:humle malt brd citron gr Ud.:gylden klar Skum:hvidt lidt E.smag:sd lidt bitter moderat Krop:medium til fuld For.:cremet Brus:livlig f 75cl @f1fan 22/10-10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mrmartin (780) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2010
copper pour with large off-white head. nose is candy malt, gingerbread, bananna(?) light body-flavor light spiced and sweet malt, chocolate and hazlenut(?) a litle dusty or chalky. dry finish a lot drier than one would think from such a sweet beer. Not bad but nothing special either.

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