overall
84
75
style
Brewed by Van Den Bossche
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
St. Lievens-Esse/Herzele, Belgium

bottling
unknown

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 354   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
themightylazza (108) - - DEC 23, 2015
Dark Christmas ale, aroma of marzipan, fruitcake. A sweet palate of berry fruit and a dryish fruity finish. Lacking the rich complexity of the best seasonal beers, and a little too sweet, not bad.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Desverger (9198) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2015
[email protected], Copenhagen (08/11/2015) - pours hazy reddish brown with a beige head. Sweet malty aroma and taste, brown sugar, caramel, dark dried fruits, yeasty, some spices, medium body, pretty decent overall.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DroolYeast (1179) - Aalborg, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2015
Tap @ basement beer bar, Aalborg. Aroma of dark dried fruits, vanilla. Clear dark red with off-white head, mostly diminishing. Moderate sweetness, watery, fruity, light bitterness. Full body, soapy texture, light carb., sweet fruity finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bosbouw (2731) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - DEC 10, 2015
Donkere roodbruine kleur met een mooie volle kraag. Ruikt kruidig, mout, overrijp fruit. Smaakt zoetig, kruiden, caramel, basterd suiker.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LLaurin (333) - Motala, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2015
X-Ma closing up. This beer pours in Christmas colour Darm amber with red tones. Head small but firm and tanned. Taste is with bread spices and sweet hints of raisins and other dried fruit. Complex but a little short on the palate. From Belgoklubben. Will match nicely at the X-mast buffet.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vjohans (724) - SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2015
coffee, caramel, nuts, herbs, spruce, grass, resin, alcohol, vanilla, brown, hazy, white foam, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, sticky, average carbonation, long finish, decent but with this ABV i expect more

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (6853) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2015
Bottle share at Centrum Hotel, Beersel. 9% BB 2020. Very, very dark brown, red hue, small ring of off-white foam. Aroma is plums, raisin, some minty booze. Body is medium, tingly carbonation, smooth. Taste is raisin, earthy, sweet, resin, dry finish with some booze. Decent.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alusmamuts (1601) - LATVIA - NOV 25, 2015
Dark brown with medium beige head. Bit sweet and herbal aroma. Sweet taste with some sourness and herbal notes. Slightly sweet aftertaste.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (17639) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2015
Bottle split at hotel centrum, Beersel, 20/11/15. Extremely dark mahogany brown with a decent light tan covering. Nose is sweet malt, dark fruit rinds, marzipan, spice, stollen cake, dates, herbal. Taste comprises rich fruit cake, sweet licks, tarte red berry, dates, brown sugar. Full bodied, fine carbonation with a little prickle that aids the drinkability, sweet close with a boost. Ok if a touch overly sweet.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (11502) - Troms, NORWAY - NOV 19, 2015
100ml draught at Taphouse, Kbh. Patchy surface to a clear dark brown coloured body. Fragile lacing on the glass. Mid-sweet aroma of earth and brown malts. Taste of dark malts with hints of both caramel and chocolate as well as liquorice, yeasty esters beneath it all. Rounded mouth feel that lingers well. Sweet, but not overly so. Advent feel (drinking in Copenhagen 13.11.2015).


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