Brewed by De Proefbrouwerij
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Lochristi - Hijfte, Belgium


on tap


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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Brewed for caf Grendelpoort.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gangstergafje (1039) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - MAR 20, 2016
The beer looks amazing, just what I expected. The beer has a dark wintery aspect, like the name already tells you. On the eye the color of the beer is dark brown, almost black. When seen in a clear light, the color turns out to be reddish brown. The beer is very cloudy. The beer pours a nice layer of almond colored foam. The beer forms a lot of foam when in the bottle. After opening the beer formed so much foam, the bottle flooded with foam. The beer smells delicious. The beer has a very strong bitter smell. In the distance I smell a slightly sour aroma of wild yeasts. This aroma luckily isnt very strong. Is is a nice contrast with the bitterness. The beer has a tiny smokey/roasted aroma. I also smell something oaky. The smell has a creamy touch to it, which makes it very soft, almost velvet. The smell also has a aroma of licorice. There is a beautiful harmony is the smell. My compliments. The beer also has a beautiful taste. The taste has a nice licorice like bitterness. The taste is strong and winter like, and together with the strong alcohol the beer is very warming. The beer also has a tiny hint of roasted barley and some oak wood. The flavor is a nice balance between the bittersweet licorice, the bitter tiny roast and a slightly sour yeast. The balance is perfect. The beer has a nice kick, it isnt for people who went into heavy beers. The beer has a beautiful mouth sensation. The beer is creamy, has some nice tingling gas and has a pinching bitterness and sourness. It is lovely. I was really enthusiastic about this beer before, mostly because of the one year of aging in the famous caves of Valkenburg. The taste, aromas, appearance and palate accompany this perfectly. One of the better beers around.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JulienHuxley (5772) - Trois-Rivires, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2015
Bottle at THT. Copper brown pour with thin white foam. Fruity aroma, cherry, earthy notes, mushrooms. Taste is malty, earthy, lots of caramel,toasty. Palate is full bodied, sweet, Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maakun (5179) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 11, 2015
Bottle at THT. Sweet malts, Christmas spices, brown bread, brown sugar, soft yeast and light coffee. Medium sweet with light bitter finish. Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a bit sticky feel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (10046) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - SEP 11, 2015
75cl bottle sampled at THT September. Very thin head. Clear dark amber pour. Very sweet. Some herbal notes

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (15321) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 11, 2015
Sampled from bottle @ Hey Julien is back and Deans floor is moist tasting. Lightly unclear amber color, small to average sized off-white to beige head. Smell and taste malts, sweetness, lightly leaves, overripe fruits, some alcohol. Medium body, average carbonation. Drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kermis (12700) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 11, 2015
Bottle at THT. Pours clear dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of garbage, overripe dark fruits, light veggies, toffee, sweet malt and caramel. Flavour is heavy sweet. Over medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markextrae (4382) - Alingss, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2014
from tap at cafe de grendelpoort, poured a deep brown colour with a tan head, caramel malts, christmas spice, dark chocolate, cacao, touch of coffee, plums, drop, bit weak carbonation, and a bit to sweet. but overall is ok!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fkoolen (1156) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 31, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2015 31/05/14, 15cl tasting @ bierfestival Maastricht. Brown coloured, beige head. Aroma and taste are big on chocolate and coffee, vanilla and a little smokey. Soft mouthfeel, medium-low carbonation and medium body. Re-rate, 750ml bottle at home. No head, low carbonation, nice chestnut colour. Dried fruits (raisins, figs) dominate nose and taste along with sweet and roasted malty tones, coffee, chocolate, liquorice, gingerbread, spicy. Red wine-ish too, with a dry finish. Light defect/cardboard box notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (9765) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Soft spices and caramel sweetness merge in this plump Kerstbier.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the dark brown haze.
-The spiciness (nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, etc.) feels tired.
-A light alcohol hit warms up the finish.
-Mouthfeel is rich and pleasant.
-Carbonation is a tad too soft for my liking in the style.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (7703) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2014
Bouteille de 750 ml, avec bouchon de lige, partage lors dune dgustation entre amis. Arme: Odeur de caramel avec une pointe chocolate. Apparence: La couleur est brune opaque. Prsence dun mince col mousseux et dune fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Got de caramel fruit avec une pointe dpices et de chocolat. Dure moyenne de larrire got. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture lgrement onctueuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Lgre prsence dpices en arrire got. (Rating #5481)

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