Lore (2989) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 7, 2018
hazy orange colour, moderate sized off-white head; aroma of linden honey, dried apricot and slight figs, bready notes and hints of vanilla; taste has the same notes as can be felt in the aroma with alcoholic spiciness; enjoyable Belgian strong ale wekker84 (2530) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - MAY 14, 2017
Bottle a cloudy golden yellow colored beer with a white head aroma malts yeast caramel fruits dried fruits spicy and hops flavor malts citrus fruits spicy yeast dried fruits alcohol and hops bonkiedeaap (848) - Leerdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 18, 2016
Bottle from Dranken Verheyen in Poppel Belgium. The beer is orange to amber colored and has a large and stable white head with nice carbonation.
Aroma of malts and caramel, dark fruits, bread, yeast, spices and a lot of alcohol.
Taste is light sweet and malty with caramel and fruits and gets bitter with coriander, yeast and annoying alcohol.
Finish is bitter, light dry and alcoholic and long noticable. Jesper86 (171) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2016
Kempisch Vuur Winter, one year old bottle. Heavy amount of lumpy yeast sediment. Creamy, vanilla, citrus in the nose. Pronounced bitterness. Creamy, yeast, nuts, vanilla, orange zest, and slightly spicy. The yeast sediment is too much and off-putting, the flavours are good though. Rubin77 (2741) - Brussels / Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 3, 2016
F: big, off-white, not long lasting.
C: dark gold, hazy, with a lot of big yeasty debris floating in.
A: malt, orange, apricot, coriander, banana, hint of ginger, apple, alcohol.
T: malt, overripe fruits, figs, banana, peach, coriander, spicy, alcohol, yeasty, light bready, apparently the same experience as in Alengrin rate this is unbalanced winter brew not worth to try, bottled 2 years before BB: 02/10/17, tasted as “Kempisch Vuur Winter”-blue label, 0,33l bottle from Prik&Tik Kampenhout.
Alengrin (5884) - BELGIUM - SEP 2, 2016
As Kempisch Vuur Winter with blue label, which is apparently the same thing as Kerstvuur. Bottle from Wijnegemse Drankenhal. Way too soon for a Christmas beer, but why not... Medium thick, lightly lacing, off-white head retaining as a creamy rim around the edge and in a thin greyish veil on top of a hazy, orangey peach blonde beer with dots of proteins floating throughout - clearly an older bottle (best before October 2017 though). Adding the sediment unsurprisingly brings no relief, as the beer becomes very murky, a deep ochre-tinged brownish orange, like the content of a rain pool on a malm-rich soil. Aroma of allspice, coriander seed, apricot, fried egg, white rum, candied banana, gingerbread, butterscotch, toast, peach, stewed beef (the proteins at work), ginger root, cooked pumpkin, bubblegum, soggy sandwiches, red apple, cloves, glue, some fusel alcohols. Sweet onset, estery, hints of candied fig, peach and banana with an apple-like crispness and gooseberry sourishness somewhere, quite some residual candi sugar sweetness but not cloying, spritzy carbonation (in fact overcarbonated even for the style) with a souring and coarsening effect but dramatically settling down after a while, alcohol and spices becoming (way too) apparent at a very early stage over a caramelly and very lightly nutty malt basis, gaining strength towards the end, very phenolic (cloves but solvent-like as well, to the point where it becomes obnoxious), some deep earthy hop bitterness, a truckload of soapy, sweetish, perfumey spices (mostly star aniseed and coriander I suppose), some bready and - with sediment - even ’beefy’ yeastiness, and (more than anything else) a very astringent and tiring rum-like alcohol dominance, heating and leaving a very wry effect on the root of the tongue, overpowering all the rest. Not so much a Scotch ale-based Belgian Christmas beer, lighter in colour and in that sense almost a Belgian barley wine if such a thing exists, so still sweet and (over)spiced. Regardless of (sub)style: this is clearly a messy, rather unpleasant brew, looking unattractive from the start, overspiced, totally unbalanced and, most of all, way too alcoholic, though this astringent effect softens with adding the sediment. A failure from both a technical and a conceptual point of view, at least the bottle I got; one of the most ill-fated Belgian Christmas beers I ever had to gobble up, near to drain pour, actually. Sorry mr. Pirlot! RW80 (2900) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 1, 2016
33cl bottle. Appearance: Orange golden light hazy body, with a small offwhite head. Aroma: Malts, hay, apricots, yeast.
Taste: Sweetish, light malts, caramel, apricots, peaches and Belgian yeast, some alcohol and a hint of wood rounding it off. Above average body and moderate carbonation. Ok. jfb (6981) - GERMANY - APR 20, 2016
(bottle) clear golden-amber colour with a couple of floaties and a frothy white head. aroma of rotten apricots, ethanol and sugar icing, with a touch of cinnamon and floral hops. flavour is mostly caramelized malts and rotten fruit, with a hint of treebark, some chai tee, gletschereis and chestnut honey in the finish. heavy-bodied with lively carbonation. Wixie (694) - BELGIUM - MAR 20, 2016
Kempisch Vuur Winter. Hazy golden blond liquid, little head. Weak aroma of citrus. Light body, average carbonation. Taste is bitter and a bit sour. DJoer (1291) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 6, 2016
Medium white head, golden copper coloured body, yeasty some herbs fruity melon cinamon smell, medium carbonation medium bitter warming some cinamon yeasts malts taste