Alengrin (6013) - BELGIUM - FEB 2, 2018
The third of these De Vos beers, bottle from Van Eetvelde in Lokeren. Belgian style Christmas ale with medium thick, irregularly lacing, pale greyish off-white head, slowly dissipating in the middle but very well-retaining around the edge; warm, purplish tinged, deep and purely burgundy brown colour. Aroma of gingerbread and 'pepernoten', strong cinnamon, cloves, toasted brown bread, dark honey, old raisins, plums, dried banana, elderberries, white pepper, 'jenever'. Sweetish onset, burnt brown sugar effect, lots of dried plum and baked banana, light sourish undercurrent; sharpish, minerally carbonation but within the range of what is acceptable for this style. Rounded, caramelly and brown bready malt sweet body shifting to a lightly bitter toasty character, but sweetness remains dominant, coated in - unsurprisingly - a thick layer of 'Christmas pudding' or even Gluhwein-like spiciness, lots of cinnamon, soapy coriander, cloves, dried orange peel. Subtle floral hops add light bitterness, but most of the 'end bitterness' comes from the toasted malts - supported by an afterglow of warming, rather astringent gin-like alcohol. A tad too boozy for me - as in: the alcohol could have been better hidden at this ABV - but otherwise quite a successful, pleasant, heavily spiced Belgian Christmas ale, yet stereotypical and old-fashioned like the other beers in this range, which still puzzles me a bit as being commissioned from Sweden (but indeed by a Belgian). Jerre (3858) - Waregem, BELGIUM - DEC 26, 2017
Thuis geproefd op 28 nov. 2017 van 33 cl fles (Geers).
Diepdonker bruin bijna zwart, met romige beigebruine kraag.
Aroma: donker fruit, geroosterde mout, tikje kruiden, karamel, hop. Medium body.
Smaak: zoetje, chocolade, lichtkruidig (kaneel ?), marsepein, wat donker fruit, hopbitter. LEKKER. nathanvc (894) - Brugge, BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2017
Bottle from Dranken Geers. Christmas beer evening; shared with Anke!Benzai (17000) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2017
Pours hazy dark brown with a small, off-white head. The aroma contains light roasted malt, caramel, herbs, hops, spices, dark fruits, even some leaves and 'forest', reminding me of a Bock. It tastes medium chocolatey sweet and light spicy bitter with a faint fruity sour touch. Hoppy, not too dry finish. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation. A pleasant surprise.
Sampled @ Kerstbierfestival VandeOirsprong. Dark brown color with a red glare coming through when held into the light. Average sized beige head. Smell and taste malts, herbs and spices and sweetish. Decent to medium body and carbonation. Ok. DutchDrebus (6376) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2017
Bottle @ kersbierfestival vandeoirsprong. Black with no head. Smells anice, herbs, sambuca, sweet. Tastes anice, herbs, sweet, liquorice. Medium body, nice carbo.
yespr (49173) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2017
33 cl bottle. Pours cloudy dark brown, small brown head. Aroma is fruity, roasted malty. Breadish and phenolic. Toffee, spiced and toasted malt. Bitter and roasted dark malty. Lingering phenolic and toasted malt. 77ships (11609) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 17, 2017
Thanks for sharing! Sampled 330 ml. bottle @ Kerstbierfestival 2017. Brown amber, tanned head. Nose is very thick cloying Christmas spices, cloves, cardamom, leaves, sugar spice,… Heavy soap, caramel, cloying Christmas spice sludge, malt syrup, hard to drink. kraddel (9439) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 7, 2017
Pours dark brown. Creamy, mildly off white head, very nice stability. Decent lacing. Smell is spiced, not realy syrupy tho. Some cloves, but not phenolic-like. Tad complex. Taste is sharp, bit sticky , diacetyl ? Not sure but it does get sticky sweet. Might be the malts though. Spiced intensely. The aftertaste has dark aromatic malty features which are really enjoyable. NiklasT (160) - SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2017 Very dark, almost black. Aroma dominated by christmas spices. The taste is better, caramel and chocolate well balanced by yeastiness and some bitterness at the end. Nisse666 (8221) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 29, 2017
Draught at En ÖL och Whiskeymässa cons 2017-03-25/26 Göteborg
AR: cloves, cinnamon and other Xmas spices
AP: dark amber, wee thin head
F: cloves, sweet caramel, Xmas spices, ginger
Asked the brewer to make it a Belgian Xmas beer instead!