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Brewed by Gulpener Bierbrouwerij
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Gulpen, Netherlands

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RATINGS: 153   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A royal Special top-fermenting beer for a heart-warming wintery day...

New recipe, ingredients: water, malt - barley, wheat, hops, spices. NOTE: 2008 is actually released in the winter 2008/2009.

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3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bonkiedeaap (848) - Leerdam, - DEC 10, 2013
Bought a bottle at the Albert Heijn in Gorinchem. The beer is brown colored with a red glow, the head is a dissapears quickly and the CO2 level is a little low. In the aroma tones of liquorice and juniper berries. The taste is full and rich with tones of drop and laurel. The finish is long and has a full-bodied taste. I miss the warmth of the alcohol, which I aspect in a winter beer. Further it’s a nice one.


2.6
FatPhil (17334) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 25, 2017
300ml bottle - thanks Koelschtrinker! (5:4:5:3:9=2.6)
Woooof! Solventy aroma, sweet, acetone. Copper, ring head. Sickly sweet solventy boozy taste, dark honey sweetness. Does improve with each sip, but I still don't like it much - it's messy. Until... holy shit!!! This smells like a fucked-up Rochefort 8. This is a fake belgian, I can believe they harvested the yeast. Final sip was somewhat like gingerbread. Very messed-up brew, sweetness and solventiness bad.

2.5
Marduk (8622) - Reval, ESTONIA - DEC 25, 2017
300ml bottle. Clear dark brown color. Tiny size, beige head, stays. Sweet, caramel, herbal, do I get anise as well in aroma? Sweet, caramel, bready and booze in taste. Caramel, sweet, booze in aftertaste. Sweet and boozy. Average brew.

3.2
nathanvc (796) - Brugge, BELGIUM - DEC 12, 2017
At Taverne De Grenssteen, Vaals. Shared with Anke.
Pours hazy amber/brown with a lasting, off-white head; decent lacing. The aroma contains caramel or candi sugar, licorice, hops & spices, some candied fruit and herbs. It tastes medium caramel-like sweet and light spicy bitter; the finish is spicy, tea-like herbal and alcoholic. Medium body, slick texture, fizzy carbonation. Too simple in aroma, not warming enough...

2.8
Maracuja05 (2050) - Mainz, Rineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - DEC 7, 2017
06-12-17 // bottle thanks to koelschtrinker. Clear dark amber. White head. Strong dark malty, mild dried fruits, molasses.

3.3
blariacum (231) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - JUL 14, 2017
Fles. Goed winterbier, mooi van kleur en vol van smaak met verschillende elementen.

3.3
Koelschtrinker (22064) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 26, 2017
Weicher malziger Beginn mit süßlicher Tendenz, die aber nicht zu stark ist. Geringe Alkoholnoten, etwas kräutrig, hefig, moderat herb. Rund würzig. 9/10/11/11/10/11

2.8
jerohen (2379) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - APR 27, 2017
Bottled at home, gift from my wife. Dark brown colored, small beige head. Complex nose of roasted malts, caramel, molasses, and quite some spices. A lot less complexity in flavor, roasted malts and spices, quite harsh, unrefined. Promising nose, disappointing favor.

3.3
sjorsvdg (610) - NETHERLANDS - APR 3, 2017
Winterbier met een zoet-kruidige smaak en dito aroma. Karamel, gebrande mout, anijs. Prima.

2.9
Pongauer (90) - Maassluis, NETHERLANDS - JAN 6, 2017
a very watery winterbeer. not really on par with the other big brewers who offer winterbeer.

3.3
Gaelic (207) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2017
Ruby red with a cream brown head. Lots of smell of caramel, a bit too much for me. I would prefer it more with less carmel. Soft bitters.


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