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RATINGS: 366   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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"Kerstmutske Christmas Nightcap" is the name used for export.

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4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
corkyrory66 (1618) - BELGIUM - JAN 8, 2017
Voici donc que Slaapmut, qui nen manque pas une, a revtu son bonnet de Nol .. Nous sommes toujours en attente des bires de cette lune fanfaronne, et nous allons prendre notre respiration tranquillement parce que je vois sur ltiquette quelle a eu le prix de la "meilleure bire de Nol trangre au Danemark en 2009".. Hors, au Danemark, on ne rigole pas avec le pre Nol!! Niveau abv malgr tout modeste de 7,4 % abv, pour une Christmas entendons-nous, et dailleurs un petit 16 plato aussi, avec un ebu de 28. Malts pils, cara et choco, houblon aromatique. Mon exemplaire avait dpass sa date de 2 mois, jour pour jour, mais je ne lui en voulais pas, et jtais dailleurs content de le retrouver, sur la demande dun ami franais qui sen inquitait (oui, Monsieur, certains franais sintressent la bire de faon trs organise et passionne ce qui parfois nous fait pleurer de plaisir, et les remercier ... ). Couleur brun roux, et roux en transparence, assez opaque (80 ebc). Bulles trs fines, par dizaines, partout, monte lente. Mousse brun clair, bien crmeuse, stable 2 mm. Armes de vin rouge en maturation, raisins secs, pruneaux, pointe de betterave rouge, cannelle et lige. Ce nez est en fait peu expansif, mais tmoigne dun bel investissement du brasseur pour cette bire. 1re bouche trs souple veloute, au trs bel ensemble avec malt choco, pointe de cake et vigne vierge. Arrire-bouche au bel quilibre avec quelques tanins et du candi. 2me bouche qui part sur le lierre, la vigne vierge et du houblon un peu vert. Le tout nest pas trs li, mais vraiment joli. Arrire-bouche qui rcupre un bel quilibre plutt vineux. 3me un peu particulire, mlant vin et amertume. Arrire-bouche avec quelques tanins un peu plus rugueux que la 1re arrire-bouche. Longueur en nette progression, avec une belle fusion des saveurs, et quelques accents trs jolis de porto tawny. Jambes fines, longues. Levure forte, un peu boise, trs belle ligne. Alcool qui fait plus que son niveau, il est ferme et directif, il travaille la longueur remarquablement. Finale trs vineuse, de vraie Christmas. CONCLUSION: trs belle bire, qui dmarre un peu rudement sur les saveurs, mais en tmoignant dun potentiel incontestable, qui arrive enfin se rvler sur la longueur. La texture par contre est demble remarquable et reste ainsi pour accompagner en beaut le final. Beau travail de ce brasseur, malgr un choix en densit assez restreint .. Et surtout, il a bien fait daller au Danemark montrer son produit ..

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
12HundredBaud (262) - Sausalito, California, USA - MAY 2, 2011
33cl bottle from a beer retailer. It pours a very deep brown liquid with ruby tones with a massive brownish head that lasts throughout the beer leaving a nice lacing (delicious!). The aroma is very intense: malts everywhere, with caramel and some light dark fruits, along with a little herbal touch from the hops. It tastes likewise, with some chocolate notes, very sweet, and a very nice ending, with light-medium bitterness, spices, herbs and some alcoholic hints that dont spoil the brew. In the mouth it feels full bodied, thick, with mild carbonation. All in all, a 1st class brew, with a cool presentation (but it needs a customized crown cap). Cant find the speciality to make it a seasonal, though.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jybi (139) - FRANCE - JAN 7, 2017
Notre lune a mis son bonnet de Nol pour cette Slaapmutske Christmas, et cela lui russi plutt bien pour une bire chaleureuse et suave qui a su tirer le meilleur de ses 7,4 % Abv pouvant se rvler limite pour une bire de Nol. Celle-ci fleurte cependant avec le hors sujet avec un ct pic pas trs pouss mais qui est pardonne la vue de ses qualits. Qualits qui commence en verre avec un beau brun limpide au reflets pourpres (EBC de 80) et une effervescence soutenue avec une prsence dune multitude de fines bulles. La mousse, crmeuse et beige termine de belle faon lensemble. Le nez se porte essentiellement sur le chocolat, le pruneaux et le caf. Celui-ci nest pas des plus intense et ne transpire pas la bire de Nol mais est agrable et chaleureux. Lattaque, de faon identique, manque daffirmation, mais prsente de beaux armes de fruits mrs, et de candi. En seconde bouche, lamertume surprend au premier abord par des armes herbaces. Celle-ci donne de la fracheur mais sintgre cependant bien car prcise, dune bonne intensit (IBU de 28) et bien soutenue par lalcool qui nest cependant que de 7,4% Abv. Larrire bouche, plus dense et suave sur le candi, le malt et les fruits mrs donne de la consistance et du corps. Lamertume et larrire bouche ne sassemblent pas proprement dit, mais se compltent dune fort belle manire. Le final, quant lui est superbe. Dune belle longueur il prsente un final prsentant enfin des notes pics, mais surtout des armes riches de porto maturs et de fruits confits splendides. Et tout cela ne donne surtout de reprendre un autre verre avant daller au lit et de dormir pour attendre le Papa Nol.

4.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Pours a dark brownish copper color w/ a full, semi creamy froth. Superb head retention slowly reducing leaving sticky snail tracks the way down. A thick downy comforter is left to linger the whole drink long. Nice! Aromas of Belgian darkfruits. Full nectar w/ ample residual effers that create an expansive cotton ball texture upon my palate. A big spicey character emerges swiftly stealing my attention away like a needy child. As I regain focus I realize I am in the midst of a fantastic brew of classic proportions. Complex and very refined. Ths brew is not sweet at all. Theres a very mild roast component that reveals a little coffee bean and cocoa. Flavors of plumb, cherry skins, peach, grapes, melon, pine bark, and cakebread. An underlying tartness factors is adding to the generous character this brew affords. The finish is bittered perfectly leaving a slight kiwifruit acidic twitch to ponder. Highly recommended.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dexcansino (575) - Andaluca, SPAIN - DEC 16, 2012
Cerveza color caoba. Con espuma cremosa y pegajosa. Muy bonita en copa. Olores a maderas jvenes y frutas. Cuerpo muy equilibrado y con la perfecta combinacin de gas. Muy fcil de beber. Sabores a especias, pimienta, pltano, melocotn. La mejor cerveza de navidad de las que he probado.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Pours a deep dark ruby/chestnut brown color with bright golden ruby edges when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy yellowish beige head with decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats a tulip glass with soapy lacing(which is no small feat). Looks incredible. Sweet dark fruit aroma with lots of zesty spice, dark malt and a slight earthy medicinal funk character. Lots of dark fruit especially tart dark cherries, raisin, plum and fig. Sweet caramel malt and subtle medicinal cough syrup. Peppery spice along with what I can only describe as Christmas cake/cookie. Soft carbonation up front giving way to a sweet dark fruit/caramel malt medium body with subtle erthy dry hops and a prominent spice character. The dark fruit is the most prominent flavor with lots of tart dark cherry, plum, raisin, fig and plum. There is also a sweet malt body which is also a touch roasty, providing very good balance. The Christmas pastry charachter from the aroma is again present along with some cinnamon, brown sugar and peppery zest. The medicinal/syrupy cough medicine character which is an unpleasant characteristic of many Xmas beers is very subtle and not cloying at all. There is a lot going on in this beer and might be a bit too sweet for some folks but Im really digging it. Nicely blanced with an almost undetectable ABV, making it extremely quaffable. Excellent representation of the style and recommended for fans of winter/Xmas beers.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
esox (1225) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 10, 2009
Draught @ Zolder, Bruges. Ruby red and hazy beer with a large head that is creamy and cloudy. The tap was ice cold... The aroma: sweetish berries, darker dried fruits, cloves and aniseed. Not much hops. The flavor is malty, sweetish fruity (raisins, dates), berryish and slightly alcoholic in the finish. Also some sugary sweetness. The palate is medium bodied, soft, velvety and slick. Strong, rich and tasty yet very drinkable and well balanced.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (10205) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2007
Bottle from Capones Belgian X-mas sampler box. How in the heck am I the first to rate this? Anyway, the pour is deep brown with a tan head. Nice aroma of caramel malt, tart cherry, some fig, and some funky yeasty notes. Tastes of pumperkickly caramel malt, with notes of cherry, brown sugar, and spice. Nice balance.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SudsMcDuff (8179) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Had with Judes and MoM @ the Flying Saucer.. . ordered a DFH Squall and got this instead .. . Fruit sugar squares, sugar, plum, and grape lollipop aromas .. . very smooth and abit fun .. . quite a bit fresh fruit fused with fruitcake .. . awesome stuff! .. . He slimed me! - Thats great! Actual physical contact! Can you move??

I feel so funky.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (5000) - Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2012
330 ml bottle into tulip glass, 5171009 code on cap. Pours very hazy dark red color with a nice 3 finger fluffy khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation. Aromas of cherry, raisin, prune, caramel, molasses, toffee, nutmeg, clove, pepper, chocolate, biscuit, toast, and yeast spices. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity. Taste of raisin, caramel, toffee, molasses, toast, biscuit, chocolate, nutmeg, pepper, earth, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, molasses, toffee, caramel, toast, biscuit, chocolate, nutmeg, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of flavors; with no cloying on the finish at all. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a creamy, lightly slick, and slightly prickly mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian Christmas ale. Nicely complex, robust, and balanced; very smooth to drink. Really enjoyable offering.


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