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Serafijn Christmas Angel - Microbrouwerij Achilles

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Serafijn Christmas AngelSerafijn Christmas Angel

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BA SCORE
86
very good

88 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Microbrouwerij Achilles
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: IntriqKen on 11-26-2007)
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DPFRD

Arizona

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz in a Chimay Goblet.

A- Pours a dull hazy orange, with a nice foamy head that laces nicely. Lot's of carbonation going on in here.

S- I get a grassy character accentuated by some pepper and hop presence. Had a more estery character when it was cold, but it is tapering off now. Kind of transparent,

T- Grassy notes are present when I taste it, they are accompanied by biting spice and some hop bitterness.

M- Thin to medium, with lots of carbonation. Reminiscent of seltzer.

D- If you can handle the carbonation, this thing goes down easy, but it really is puny on the palate.

O- Not bad at all, but it's just lacking character. It doesn't stand out anywhere but carbonation wise. Grain wise, it tastes almost dilute, but it still is pleasurable.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 05:52:16 | More by DPFRD
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jsanmarco

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

04-16-2014 05:36:34 | More by jsanmarco
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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WolfAlynn

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serafijn Christmas Angel has a medium, fizzy, spongy head, some lacing left on the glass, and an initially clear (clouds up after the caked bottom contents are swished & poured in), bubbly amber appearance. The aroma is subdued, but one can detect some spices and sweet bread. The taste, just like the aroma, is mostly of beer, with a hint of spice and bread. Mouthfeel is full and fairly prickly, and Serafijn Christmas Angel finishes dry, refreshing, easy drinking, and not the slightest bit alcohilic. Overall, this is a nice Winter beer, because the focus is on beer flavor and not gimmicky spice flavor.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 14:50:23 | More by RonaldTheriot
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Like Picasso on a blank canvas- Belgian brewers just kinda go at it. Without regard of predetermined style delineation, they simply approach brewing as art and not engineering. This is true for many brewers and for much of the year, but for the Christmas season, their wacky ways kick into high gear.

Its creamy and yeasty pour has a slow separation of ale and foam. Its eventual rise of froth amounts to a tall, creamy and dense column that floats the hazy, deep golden ale with bruised peach low lights through the center.

Succulent aromas are richer than paler Belgian ales because of sultry cookie dough maltiness with caramelized grain and dark fruit esters- plumb, fig and dates offer up a slightly rummy nose especially as the alcohol scents fold into the mix. Lightly spiced with white pepper, orange zest and clove, the beer's aromas balance beautifully although they are muted by its dense meringue that acts as an aromatic barrier.

And that cookie dough character plays a major role in taste as its candied, yeasty and bready sweetness becomes the armature from which the fruit, spice, wine and earthy notes hang. Its malty-sweet early palate soon introduces the rum-soaked fruit notes of cherries, apples, dates, figs and cashew but never really extending into raisin or prune tones. Its soft and sweet spiciness layers on the fruit notes, seemingly making them brighter. A quick finish of spiced rum and earthy straw pulls from the malts and morphs into a sweet white wine finish.

Semi-full in body, the beer's bready-sweet weight lays on the tongue and fully saturates them with flavor and texture as its creamy carbonation never delivers enough sprite to pull the ale from the palate. Making the beer much more of a sipper than a drinking ale, its slow and steady savory tones settle well with the attitude of the Christmas season.

This Christmas Angel ale is sweet, whimsical and offers an aura of comfortable mystery to suit its namesake quite well.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 16:58:03 | More by BEERchitect
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JMS1512

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

11-28-2013 15:22:58 | More by JMS1512
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11%

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YobroitsJoe

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

08-03-2013 22:49:09 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lucky Baldwins in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruits, and lots of honey aromas. Taste is much the same with a honey flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2013 23:48:51 | More by UCLABrewN84
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12-28-2012 01:22:29 | More by brewcrew76
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NateMac13

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-22-2012 20:16:27 | More by NateMac13
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rand

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12-22-2012 06:10:38 | More by rand
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-01-2012 13:24:22 | More by SocalKicks
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

11-22-2012 02:59:55 | More by t0rin0
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NOLANDMAN

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +24%

09-12-2012 06:08:48 | More by NOLANDMAN
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours cloudy orange amber color with a 2-3 finger fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Slight foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of cherry, raisin, pear, herbal, cinnamon, candi sugar, honey, and light yeast spices. Nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity and decent strength; very pleasant. Taste of cherry, raisin, pear, plum, cinnamon, herbal, earth, caramel, pepper, candi sugar, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of light fruits, herbal, pepper, cinnamon, candi sugar, caramel, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Good balance and complexity of flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly slick and prickly mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian strong pale ale. Good flavor balance and complexity; very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 05:50:16 | More by superspak
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Copper tan/brown, 1/2 creamy head with some minor lacing. Some floaters are noticable.

Smell - Herbal fruits, some spices, dark fruits like plum and rasin. Not very strong smelling.

Taste - A nice mix of fruits and spices. Lots of cherry, grapes, oranges and plum. Spices add some peppery and herbal notes. Hops are present and give this a floral flavor.

Mouthfeel - Its bold, strong and lots of flavor. Fruits and spices coat tounge with some sweet and bitterness. Palate gets some malts, hops and more sugars. Aftertaste is strong and sweet.

Overall - Pretty good, lots of fruits and sugars makes this easy to enjoy. Not sure what makes this a christmas ale though, seems like a straight up strong ale. Worth a drink for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 00:01:21 | More by wvsabbath
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle from Bevmo La Quinta CA for 3.99$

Appearance - Hazy amber/copper colour with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Herbal, corn, dark fruits, spices

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste candied sugar, grapes, and caramel/butterscotch. There is also a light amount of all-spice/clove spiciness and some coconut. It ends with a fruity sweet aftertaste and a bit of lingering spiciness/bitterness.

Overall - Really enjoyed this one. Great flavours that are well balanced yet potent. Doesn't necessarily strike me as a Christmas beer though.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 00:48:23 | More by spinrsx
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SLeffler27

New York

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An enormous white cloud overtakes the glass and lasts a long time over a golden amber beer that seems to serve only as a medium for waves of carbonation. A coating of lace clings to the Dogfish Head snifter.

Perfumy with some fruits and hidden earth aromas.

Heavy on orchard fruit throughout with modest sweetness and a subtle, lingering finish that is drying and peppery.

Dry with modest alcohol and carbonation that surprisingly is less than expected from the appearance.

Another nice beer that perhaps has the Christmas tag more for marketing than for any other reason. That is unfortunate because this is a fine Belgian Strong Pale Ale in its own right.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 13:41:07 | More by SLeffler27
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A rather dark appearance for the classification as a pale ale, this was light brown with dark orange, red going through it, mild thin head, off white. Aroma was light on the clove and pungent Belgian yeast strains, some citrus rind.

Some alcohol warmth, relatively light body, again the light citrus rind aspect, very mild bitterness and hopping. I really thought it was more of a darker fruit, belgian strong dark ale type of presence moreso than pale. GF liked it more than I did, but I still thought it was a pretty solid offering. But this seems to be more along the lines of a different style, it doesn't have the dryness, hops or body of a pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 20:37:08 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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HoistinBrews

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

02-26-2012 03:04:13 | More by HoistinBrews
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coachdonovan

Rhode Island

2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

02-18-2012 02:21:56 | More by coachdonovan
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Serafijn Christmas Angel from Microbrouwerij Achilles
86 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.