Verhaeghe Barbe Noël 10% (2017 - ...)

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Brewed by Verhaeghe
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Vichte, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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superspak (6379) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2018
330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 2/8/2019. Bit of a gusher opener. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep golden amber/light orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big golden raisin, peach, plum, apricot, cherry, berries, citrus zest, melon, pear, red apple, white grape, pepper, clove, light banana/bubblegum, honey, candi sugar, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big golden raisin, peach, plum, apricot, cherry, berries, citrus zest, melon, pear, red apple, white grape, pepper, clove, light banana/bubblegum, honey, candi sugar, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate peppery yeast spiciness and herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of golden raisin, peach, plum, apricot, cherry, berries, citrus zest, melon, pear, red apple, white grape, pepper, clove, light banana/bubblegum, honey, candi sugar, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with an awesome malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitter/spiciness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and fairly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 10%. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong pale ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. Great well rounded Belgian yeast complexity, balanced bready malts, and nice earthy hop presence. Not overly sweet/heavy feeling, well attenuated. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

3.7
Aurelius (5684) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2018
Slope-shouldered 11.2 oz bottle, bad label. Formidable head on a misty, pale body. Candied, yeasty, slightly smokey, woody aroma. Sassy, bitter-tangy flavor - Belgian yeast, fairly sweet, good bittering, woody, some spiciness. Medium to slightly heavy body, vanilla notes at the end, good carbonation retention. Very well balanced, even for the high gravity. A solid choice, a quality brew. ABC Liquors, Betton.

4
Lore (3028) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 1, 2018
opalescent golden colour, large, dense and stable white head; aroma of dried apricot, grainy and apple notes, some wine cellar and Belgian yeast; taste of malty sweetness, dried fruits, banana and peppery notes; great strong ale with definite tripel notes

4
janubio (1003) - SPAIN - DEC 28, 2017
Clear golden colour, medium head with long retention. Dense crying lace. Aroma of banana, cloves, glazed fruits, herbs, spices, berries. Medium to full body, sticky and dense texture, lively carbonation. Taste of bananas, fruits, cloves, spices, berries. A really good beer.

4.4
Icedwarf (1908) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2017
Helder donkergeel bier met schuim. Smaak is warm, krachtig, zoet en licht kruidig met iets van banaan en honing. Heel goed.

3.7
Emeister84 (2715) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2017
330mL bottle from Beer Run. Aromas of red berries, black cherries, banana, clove, spicy, herbaceous. Hazy orange-gold with a fairly lasting white head. Fruity, apple, banana, peppery, floral. Full bodied.

3.7
Iphonephan (7514) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2017
From a 33 cl bottle. Pours a clear orange gold with an off white head. Aromas of fruitcake. Flavors are sweet toffee and candi sugar. Smooth finish.

4.7
Ravecave () - - DEC 21, 2017
Really drinkable 10% blond. I could drink this year round. Proves Verhaeghe can do more then just brew sours (Duchesse De Bourgogne, my favorite). Slight banana clove, touch of alcohol on the back end. Looking forward to drinking again, and again.

3.4
daniele (10054) - ITALY - DEC 17, 2017
bottle bb 9/2/19 oro carico buona schiuma media persistenza un filo grossolana speziatura leggera un filo maltato zucchero candito buona secchezza amaro medio solo un filo riscaldante pepato nel finale

3.4
ken1 (2276) - DENMARK - DEC 17, 2017
Aroma: berries and sweet fruits with some dusty yeast. Flavour: Fruity sweet with notes of cherries and caramel with a tangy bitter finish. Colour: Dark amber with a white head. From: Bottle @ Boxbeers.com Nov. 2017.


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