Brewed by Van Den Bossche
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
St. Lievens-Esse/Herzele, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 362   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
De Kerstpater is diep donkerbruin met een streepje rood en heeft een beige schuim. Zoals bij de bruine Pater Lieven wordt ook hier de geur overheerst door chocolade met panachvulling, maar daar komt nog zoet bij van kandij en karamel en de warmte van alcohol. In de mond overheerst kandijzoet, maar een bitterheid zoals in zwarte chocolade of cacao verhinderen dat het zoet plakkerig wordt. De afdronk is lang, vooral het zoet blijft hangen.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 14, 2006
Black colored, little yellow head. Chocolate, licorice and spices in sweet aroma. Medium to full bodied. Flavor is strongly sweet with fine licorice, plums, spices and warming alcohol. Sweetness dominates little bit of too much in aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2006
25.4 oz bottle 2004?. Enjoyed poolside at Disneys Polynesian on a Sunday morning. Foggy brown with a quick settling tan head. Veils of lace. Sweet, spicy raisins; some toffee and candied orange peel. Woody blackberries with a squeeze of lime. Light carb, medium body. Soft and tasty. Thanks to SoLan selecting this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2006
Ive had this one at cellar temps for about 2 years but also couldnt visualize a best-by date on cap. Pours a beautiful dark red-mahogany color under a durable, fluffy light tan head. Minimal lacing. Attractive, but reserved aromas of plum, dark figs, black cherry and yeast with some noticable weird musty/sour wine vinegar smell lingering in the background. Palate in pleasantly smooth, round and full with an ample spritz. Was definitely surprised by the noticeable sour lactic wine vinegar flavor offered here. Although not really offensive, its quite unusual and takes some getting used to. Besides the sourness there is a good amount of dark cherry, fig, chocolate, black pepper and yeast noted which adds some sought after sweetness. The finish is a tad dry and alcoholic, but warming and pleasant. Enjoyed it somewhat; very unique, but doubt Id purchase it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 29, 2006
No date, looks like it was printed on the cage cap and someone rubbed it out, pretty sure at least a couple years old. Hissing, soda like, black pour with an explosive, foamy, tan head that settles to a thin layer. Aroma of slightly sour, musty funk, a touch of vinegared dark fruit, dough, and bittersweet chocolate. Wow. Complex brew. Flavors: sour, musty barn funk, peppery yeast, vinous vinegared dark fruits, bittersweet cocoa all leading to a finish that is dry, doughy, peppery yeast, subtle anise, and roasty malt. Totally unexpected brew. Sour, funky, roasty, winey, yeasty. Palate is full and well carbonated. Not your standard Christmas brew, perhaps thats the reason for the 3.40 score. Severely underrated in my book. Outstanding brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 23, 2006
Sampled at Zythos. Reddish brown with a small head. Aroma is mellow cherry and caramel with some dried fruits. Flavor is fuesel-ish and the alcohol jumps right out at you.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (35688) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 21, 2006
[An aged sampled I believe Ive had it for two years - and now it is about to expire] A deep red beer with some chunks of yeast, underneath a lazing dark brown head. The aroma is lovely with notes of candy sugar, alcohol, chocolate, raisins, wood, and yeast - very complex. The flavor is sweet and has strong notes of chocolate, combined with notes of prunes - in a lovely combination, but also notes of alcohol - a bit like an old Sherry, as well as wood and hints of tobacco. Mysteriously the body feels a bit thin, but the aftertaste lingers for a long time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - APR 10, 2006
Very dark brown coloured, small off white head. Malty and yeasty aroma, little sweet and some alcoholic hints next to some caramel touches. Smouth body, little sweet, again some caramel. Full body, nice bitter-sweer finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 20, 2006
Pours near black with a thin wispy tan head. Aroma of dusty yeast, stale cork, and medicinal phenols. Taste is more dusty, unidentifiably bland yeast, cardboard paper oxidation, toffee, light spice, and oak. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied and slightly sticky (a bit cloying), with soft, smooth carbonation. One of the worst Belgian beers I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MoritzF (9564) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - MAR 8, 2006
(bottle) Almost black coloured with a short frothy beige head. Sweet toasted malty aroma with sour fruity notes of blackcurrants and dried plums. Sweet and slightly sour flavour, medium bodied, well carbonated. Initially sweet malty taste with a tart fruitiness; sweet and sour alcohol-warming finish with liquorice spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2006
Botte. Brown clear pour with smallish head. Fruity aroma, with some spice and some earthy funk. Fruit and malty flavors, with more earth. Flavors kinda cut out quickly, leaving a kinda papery dry finish.

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