Serafijn Christmas Angel - Microbrouwerij Achilles

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91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
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:
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(Beer added by: IntriqKen on 11-26-2007)
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Reviews by Irie:
Photo of Irie
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Foggy apple color with floaty fermentation goodness. Smells like apple, malts, and a bit nutty. Low retention but great lacing.
Crisp mouthfeel with a very smooth finish. Great aftertaste with fantastic balance. I really like the sweet finish after the slightly hoppy twang. Easy to drink with a nice full body, while still being smooth and fairly light.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This BSPA poured a beautiful, deep, rich orange in color with a wonderful white head that left a pool of foam on top of the liquid.

Smell - The fruits here are large and in charge. The orange, spiced with corriander, leads the way but the light banana and peach are clearly noticeable. There is a light herbal hoppiness to the mild liquid malts and all of these smells form a really nice bouquet.

Taste - The malt and hop tandum grow bigger at the taste. The fruits don't dominate at the tongue like they do at the nose but are still wonderfully balanced.

Mouthfeel - This is bigger than medium-bodied but not full. The carbonation, so important in Belgian ales, is spot on here.

Drinkability - This is my first tasting of the Achilles line and I was mildly impressed. It has a lot of good, big flavors but it's not so big that only an experienced Belgian drinker can appreciate it.

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
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.

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

Small 11.2 oz bottle 330 ml bottle, whichever...this one pours a slightly hazed amber color with a fine white head forming thick even lacing patterns. Aroma has tart apples with a grassy earthiness going on with smooth flowing alcohol notes. A smooth hint of caramel in a well constructed easy drinking christmas amber ale, goes dow so esay. Very nice drinking Christmas ale goes down super smooth velvet texture, with even strong flowing carbonation almost effervescent texture going on. Great Christmas biere that I will revisit, when available what's funny is that I've never seen this one in my life.

Photo of OStrungT
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy orangish yellow color, with a thin off white head. The head fades fast, leaving a thin lacing.

This beer has an almost overwhelming spicy aroma. It smells of cloves, coriander, allspice, and anise. It has a grainy aroma as well. Some earthy yeast aroma is present also.

This beer tastes a bit more subtle than the aroma led me to believe. It still tastes spicy mostly, but much more subdued. It has a slight grainy flavor, with a mild citrusy hop flavor.

This beer is crisp, and refreshing. It leaves a spicy aftertaste. Carbonation is high.

This beer would probably not make the best session beer. It is a little too spicy, and the alcohol is a little high.

Overall: Decent beer, but the spicy aroma, and to alesser degree, the flavor gets overbearing. I doubt I will have it again.

Photo of JMS1512
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of IntriqKen
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden amber that is slightly cloudy but covered with a half finger of white foam that melts to a ring of white and very sticky white lacing.

Aromas abound with Belgium yeasts and candied sugars along with pale malt and fruits...mostly fresh like tangerines.

Flavor is light and bright....lots of light citrus like tangerines again, very mild amber malt sugars and a bit of citrus peel (lemon?) on the swallow leaving the palette fresh and clean.

Just a nice hint of alcohol warming in the clean aftertaste makes this a very light and enjoyable holiday brew.

Photo of BennyL1
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into New Belgium globe

A - Beer is a pale amber color with a very good fingers worth of foamy white head.

S - Yeast and bready aromas make up most of the nose. Some citrusy fruits in the background as well.

T - Starts off fruity followed by yeast flavors. Warming alcohol and a nice spicyness round it out.

M - Medium body with a high level of carbonation.

D - Good drinkability. Sold Christmas brew from Belgium.

Photo of RickS95
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangey-peach color. The head is a finger width of white bubbles. Head lacks retention, but a good looking example of the type.

Has a champagne-like scent to it. Pear and white grape mixed in with some peppery spice.

The white pepper spice is very prevalent. White grape is there. Actually finishes like a pilsner.

It's got a sharp feel to it. The spice pops. Very acidic. Medium bodied. Slightly sweet initially, then spicy and dry throughout the finish.

I don't see anything to suggest this is a winter or holiday beer. A Belgian ale--yes; a holiday beer--no. Not bad, just a bit above average for the type.

Photo of dahlen22
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks: Orange/yellow hue with good carbonation and head.

Aroma: Fruits, spices.

Taste: Complex brew here. Starts off smooth with hints of orange and honey. Then upon being taken down, it gets spicy and the spice and alcohol warmness linger around for a bit. Finishes with more fruits (oranges, pears), caramel, breadiness, and a bit of nuttyness.

Overall: I REALLY like this Christmas Ale from Belgium. Strong enough to keep you warm during winter, yet drinkability is high as is the ABV, and that is a great combo. Cheers!!

Photo of nickd717
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared at a tasting thanks to Arbitrator.

Pours a mostly clear orangish-golden color with a fairly large off-white head that lasts.

Aroma is sweet malt, spices, and candi sugar. Smells Christmasy and Belgian for sure.

Flavor is very malty and sweet with caramel, bready notes, caramel, honey, and spice.

Smooth on the palate with medium body and soft carbonation.

Drinkability is fairly high. Pretty nice beer overall.

Photo of MiScusi
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice, murky brownish orange in color with a off white head that can be huge, but dies down very fast. The smell has a couple sweet components to it, first the sugar but there is also a certain fruitiness in there as well, I would say similar to pear or peach.

The taste has a fruitiness and that old Belgian earthiness which in here is very similar to sweet tobacco. It is a sweet beverage overall, like many Belgian ales.

Mouthfeel is fairly light, carbonation is about medium, it's there but you don't really think about it much, which I think is really good in a beer like this, and most belgian strong ales.

Photo of bashiba
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly cloudy amber/orange with a huge and pillowy white head with great retention and lacing.

The smell was very bready and funky with lots of yeast and caramel malts mixing together nicely.

The flavor follows the smell nicely with a grainy sourdough bread malty body and a light bit of funky yeast and just a touch of grassy juniper hops making for nice balance.

The mouthfeel is very creamy with lots of zippy carbonation.

Nicely drinkable and very balanced, yet kind of boring for a christmas specialty beer, good, just not what I would have expected.

Photo of philipquarles
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque mahogany with a medium off-white head. The head dissispates to leave a foam film and little lacing.

Smells of sweet malt and candy sugar, along with banana and maybe a hint of cherry some slight alcohol. The taste is similar at first, but finishes on an odd note--kind of spicy and almost a bit tart. Some definite hop bitterness.

Really an odd beer that gets better with every sip. I'm going to have to try this one again.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cap dated 14/07/11.

A: Poured a dirty orange with a swirling turbidity that eventually settled to a medium dense haze of micro particles. A spongey chalk colored head lapses after a brief while (2 min.) to a thin skimpy coating with no real sense of lacing. Two small jet streams of micro-bubbles rise at a fairly rapid rate.

S: The nose was musky and yeasty with some wet bread. Originally it was fairly strong but it dies rather quickly as did my interest. Damp orange peels and not much else picked up spicing wise.

T: Spicy oranges and caradamon are first to get noticed. Soft evergreen hints with light notes of licorice come through as well. There is a gentle alcohol warming but overall is generally well mannered for 8.0%abv. Warm, musky fruit (pears) come compliments of the yeast with touch of honey toasted malt sweetness.

M: Medium-full body with a honey like consistency. Flows very smooth around the tongue with very little carbonation detected. Decent but really nothing exciting. Finishes off with a boozy caramel sweetness that was somewhat dry.

D: Decent drinkability by itself, though wouldn't be to excited about this in multiples. Not a lot of complexity or warmth per style and in the end ends up as an average experience.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle given to me by my wonderful fiancee as a part of the Shelton Bros Christmas in Belgium mixer. Poured into my Kasteel tulip.

Nice but shortlasting 1" head.. over a hazy orange/amber brew... looks very pretty when held to a light.

Aroma is fruits.. cherries.. peaches.. mango and a zesty nose clearing navel orange and lemon... dry and yeasty funk for sure.

Pale malts and Belgian yeasts .. more citrus here... lite lemon zest.. prickly but fine bubble carbonation ... a little brown sugar and caramel with a distinctly tangerine and dry apple skin finish ... Belgian spiciness.. Lite/medium body given the ABV.. carbonation really pushes the flavors through the palate.

I can't thank Brenda enough for scoring these Belgians for me ... a very nice Christmas present that is just for me.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
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

Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy dark golden yellow in color and poured into a snifter glass with a two finger high white head that has good retention properties. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible along with some yeast particles floating in suspension.
S: Aromas of malts, spices and yeast stand out in the nose.
T: The overall taste is somewhat complex and has notes of spices and hints of fruits. There is a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly dry on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden and the dryness in the finish leaves you longing to take another sip.

Photo of coachdonovan
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Photo of mountdew1
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams special lager glass. Had a nice 2 finger foamy off white head that left rings. Color was a dark amber with reddish tints. Smell started off slightly olivey, but mellowed out and shifted into a more yeasty and wheaty aroma. Taste was very slightly sweet, with small amounts of orange zest and bread. Smooth in the mouth, very very slightly thin, but not bad. Reasonably easy to drink, but the alcohol did hit me so had to be enjoyed slowly.

Photo of beerman21
2.55/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this one from a christmas variety pack. smell-unusual smells is candy sweetness and fruity alchol soaked breads.
appearence- nice head very fluffy white active carbonation leading a very fizzy soapy appearence on top. noticably unfiltered sediment took awhile to settle i almost got tired of waiting.
taste- sweet molases, fruity but not in a good way. one good thing the flavor doesn't linger to long.
drinkability- average i wouldnt buy this one again one is good enough for me.

Photo of MTNboy
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- It has a hazy bronze colored body with an off white head and lace. There are a lot of sediment chunks in it.

Smell- It smells average it has a real plain aroma.

Taste- It has a banana/melon flavor with some spice.

Mouthfeel- Chunky

Drinkability- No bad other than a little bit of an off aftertaste.

Photo of spinrsx
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle - poured into tulip glass:

POurs deep golden with a very large off-white head that descends to a foamy thin cover. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is floral, herbal and musty. It has apple and grassy notes with a metallic sharpness. Some orange comes through.

The taste is of tart, bruised apple with grainy maltiness. Malt is not as hefty as I expected a winter brew to be. "Well-balanced" (acc. to label) leans bitter in an aspirin-ish way. Something reminiscent of apple sauce lingers in the back. Maltiness picks up as it progresses much along. Something about it makes it "fine", but nothing near "great" IMO. Bitterness is nice in many instances, but here...not so much. There is a musty breadiness underneath, especially in the aftertaste.

It is medium-bodied - a bit fizzy.

"Different" for a Christmas brew. Alcohol is warming, but not hot. I have mixed feelings about this one. This 750 ml was a sipper that sipped well, leans a bit towards bitter - not as complex or rich as I would have liked a wintery Belgian Strong Pale Ale to be. Still, it's a nice bitterish change to the wintery seasonals.

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Serafijn Christmas Angel from Microbrouwerij Achilles
86 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.