Brewed by De Brabandere
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Harelbeke, Belgium


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RATINGS: 185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Caramel Red-fermenting beer. This child of the Peter Family Christmas is only brewed in November. Its mild flavor is the perfect starting point for pleasant holidays.

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Frothmeister (834) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2017
750ml bottle 2015 Vintage. Pours a slightly hazy copper. On the nose, sweet dried fruit notes, light spice (nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger) vanilla, a faint hit of sweet vanilla cake, and a tiny bit of pink bubblegum. Aroma-wise, it reminds me of a bourbon barrel aged pumpkin ale, but lighter. Sweet, with spice, burnt sugar, boozy almost premium aged rum notes, almost liqueur-like notes, and a bit of vanilla that heads into Dutch honey cake, raisin, brandy, a light mineral note, more spice, and a very well rounded finish. I don't know if it was the cellaring, but this tastes WAY better than the reviews would lead you to believe. Tremendous.

adasko (2233) - Poznan, POLAND - APR 8, 2017
Good one. Quite creamy, delicate, caramel. Bit warming, well made. It’s more than ok.

Sammy (12844) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2017
Rich Belgian yeast, excellent accompaniment for fish and soup. A bit of ageing since made, and the integration over time=terrific.

Metalchopz (3586) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 27, 2017
This one was cellaring for a while. Pours a clean, deep orange-amber colour with a light beige, frothy head, great retention and creamy lacing. Mild cinnamon aromas with other spices. Ginger bread and caramel malts. The alcohol is very well-hidden. So smooth and the taste is similar. Everything is nicely blended and one I could have every year. My type of winter warmer.

SlovakSniper (5561) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2016
Une bière d’hiver bue durant cette chaude journée d’été. La robe brunâtre ou rougeâtre montre un anneau de mousse et une petite dentelle. Au nez, les fruits et la levure colorent des malts européens. Au goût, l’aventure est rousse, fruitée, épicée. En bouche, le corps est Belge. En finale, les épices sont bien dosées et jamais âcres. Voilà une belle qualité.

BuckeyeBoy (8568) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 5, 2016
750ml bottle thanks to rich. Pours out a amber brown topped with a small tan head. Nose is nice rich malty sweetness a great pit fruit note and plenty belg notes. Taste is more of the heavy pit fruit rich malty sweetness and a spice. This was pretty tasty.

mabel (9874) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2016
[8030-20160116] Bottle. Roasted fruity grains aroma. Clear, brown amber body with a big long-lasting foamy off-white head. Woody and sweet flavour is a little boozy. More fruity grains and roasted malt caramel in the flavour. Medium-full body. Good. (7/3/7/3/14) 3.4

AleRider78 (1469) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2016
750ml bottle. Pours a pretty huge creamy, frothy tan head that dissipates to a thin coating. Has a fairly clear, dark amber appearance. Average carbonation. Aromas of roasted malts, dried fruits, and toffee. Flavours are mainly malts, light roasted malt, yeast, raisins. Alcohol is well hidden, well balanced bitterness and sweetness. Good retention. Slight warming sensaion. Perfect winter beer.

JoeMcPhee (9580) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2016
Deep amber-brown pour with a thick white head. The nose is quite spicy
and a little bit fruity. Sweet cooked malt, toasted dates and plums
with a bit of caramel. Dark fruit and a touch of rum as well. The
spicing is notable yet well integrated. Cinnamon and nutmeg with some
nice rich malt flavours to round it out. Lovely really.

cfrancis (3584) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2016
Pours dark brown with a small white ring. Aroma is light raisin, sweet malts, light plum and spice. Taste is much the same. A little thin on body and a little low on carbonation. The spice is really strong in the aftertaste.

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