Brewed by Brasserie de Cazeau
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Templeuve, Belgium


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RATINGS: 230   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
"Roundness to be enjoyed by the side of an open fire! We wanted to create a more palateful, stronger beer, but without spices, unlike the majority of Christmas beers. The work therefore first of all focused on the selection of the barley malts. We needed a mixture of five different barley malts for obtaining the dark ruby colour and the body that we wanted. Then, we wanted hops that were not too strong, in order to contribute to that typical roundness of winter beers. This is why we have mainly opted for the Slovenian Styrian Golding, not very bitter, but used in great quantity and combined with a little Cascade, for a very fine hopping."

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - OCT 20, 2008
at EBF. Opaque ruby brown, fizzy beige head. Dry, a bit vinous nose with herbs and some liquorice. Quite dry and slightly salty, liquorice like flavor. Herbal finish. Medium bodied, a bit hollow palate. Not quite as soothing as a noel beer should be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2008
Nice aroma of fruits, spices and malt. Deep, dark brown pour with a medium light brown head. Good flavor of fruits, spices and malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TBone (16836) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 22, 2008
(Bottled, EBF). Dark ruby color, small tan head. Light raisiny malty nose. Fruity plummy flavor, also some raisin soup. Some alcohol in the finish, light notes of woody hops. Plain XMas ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Adenila (1560) - DENMARK - SEP 14, 2008
Rating #8from the european beer festival 2008. Dark black with a brown head. Some darkfruits in the aroma, though not alot. Roasted malts mixes with different dusty hop notes. Not as remarkable as i would have expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 28, 2008
33cl, from Geers Oostakker, complex dry Stout, balanced, cloudy, rocky head, very good X-Mas brew, but not a topper

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cellar (508) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 3, 2008
Thx for a grand tasting, Chris_o :) Black beer, lasting head, notes of bruned malt, coffee, liquorice, chocolate, sweet, no aftertaste, little metalic, carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 22, 2008
UPDATED: APR 10, 2010 In short: A creamy and lightly spicy Belgian dark ale calling itself a Saison
How: Bottle 750ml. A few times, fresh and with a year or two on it.
The look: Cloudy mahogany body with a large beige head
In long: Nose of wet cat, forest floor, fruit cake and herbs. Splendid melt-in-your-mouth sponge-cake mouthfeel. Light notes of usual Christmas beer spices (nutmeg, cloves, etc.) but I don’t think the beer is actually spiced. Very yeasty. Moderately fruity with raisins, prunes. Some chocolate fudge. Weird but interesting finish with earthy tree roots and some other “dirty” flavours I cannot really put a name on. Second beer I have from this rather unknown brewery and both were pretty good. This is a brewery that really deserves to come out of the shadows

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6176) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2008
Objectively speaking: Rather spicy brown beer that did not quite match my usual expectations for a Saison.
I like: Absolutely authentic carbonation and palate. Its Christmas aspirations is confirmed by the Christmas spiciness reminding of cloves, pepper, nutmeg. Appealing toasty/chocolatey notes. Convincing herbal, leafy finish. Fair attenuation for its colour.
I dislike: Rather nondescript yeastiness is very present, but not too characterful, limited to bready and spicy notions.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9653) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2008
My Bottom Line:
Nutty caramel and cocoa sweetness efficiently tackle the double-edged bitterness of roasted malts and leafy hops. This Belgian Strong Ale is not as festive as the best Belgian Christmas ales, but you cannot knock it for being unpleasant or improperly made.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the hazy brown.
-It sometimes tastes like an English Brown Ale brewed with Belgian yeast and know-how.
-A subtle spiciness might recall nutmeg, but it might just be a function of the house yeast.
-All flavors are proud and upfront, which leads me to imagine that this bottle must be very fresh.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quevillon (3012) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2008
Bière #22 au Mondial 08 (29/5/08), bouteilleBrune très foncée, moyen collet. Arome de café fruité, un peu de cacao. Goût de malte cafiné, avec des notes de fruits rouges et une finission choco-sûrette. C’est une saison?

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