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Serafijn Christmas Angel - Microbrouwerij Achilles

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86
very good

92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Microbrouwerij Achilles
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: IntriqKen on 11-26-2007

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Ratings: 92 | Reviews: 66
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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

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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.

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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.

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3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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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.

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3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Serafijn Christmas Angel from Microbrouwerij Achilles
86 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.