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Kerstmutske Christmas Nightcap - Brouwerij Slaapmutske

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Kerstmutske Christmas NightcapKerstmutske Christmas Nightcap

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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mikesgroove on 11-22-2007

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Ratings: 132 | Reviews: 88
Reviews by mttaylor1066:
Photo of mttaylor1066
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep red and foams a little (I'm a side-of-the-glass man).

The first whiff smacks of spices and plum. Other berries and raisins follow.

The first taste (of cold brew) has some tartness mixed in with plum, red berries and nutmeg. Gets better as the beer warms.

Fizzy and foamy. Can't say this is the best Christmas ale I've had. I wouldn't reach for it first but I could live with it if that's all that was on hand.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.82/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - This is a medium, pond-scum brown in color with a descent head that didn't show much retention.

Smell - The molasses and sugars are big in the nose and the yeast isn't bad, but this bouquet is lacking a strong malty base.

Taste - The malts are indeed weak at the taste. There is some pretty good sugary sweetness to the flavor and again I kind of like the raw yeasty notes, but I need a big malt base to my BSDA in order to say "aaahhh".

Mouthfeel - This was sub-par. The body itself was well shy of medium and the carbonation was lacking. This ale was flat in the mouth.

Drinkability - This wasn't a total bomb and I did finish the bottle, but I will definitely not buy again and can't recommend this to anyone.

Photo of JasonA
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured like a champ, highly carbonated and good amount of lacing. Smells aromatic and bready with Candy Sugar and spices.

Tastes a bit thin, but with a solid meaty finish.

Oveall I really liked this beer. Im a huge fan of spiced Belgian Strongs.


Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of Kraken
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes- Consumed over Thanksgiving weekend

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a standard beer mug. Firm pour results in three fingers of off white rocky head. Head has good retention and leaves copious amounts of lacing. Color is a nice nut brown.

Nose- Caramel, some nuttiness.

Palate- Sweet bisquity nuttiness, hints of caramel and toffee. Mild and dry with some lightly bitter finishing notes. Very active carbonation, some grassy aspects.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, buttery very actively carbonation.

Drinkability- Very good.

Nice beer but not nearly as complex as I expected.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kerstmutske Christmas Ale 7.5% abv

Deep ruddy brown hue light tan head fine speckled lacing down the sides of my glass. Aroma has dark ripened fruits, mild spicy yeast notes a hint of cider crushed apples and plump dark raisins. Tart apples, dark cherries with bready malts a bit late to qualify as a Xmas in July beer. Very pleasant flavorful Christmas ale brewed at DeProef, it is refreshing and warming drinks really easy, velvet texture smooth bottle conditioned CO2. Overall a beer I will revisit during the holidays.

Photo of OStrungT
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a murky, very dark brown color, with a tan head. The thick, creamy head fades slowly, leaving a thick curtain of lace.

This beer has a strong spicy aroma. I smell some cloves, and some allspice. Coriander and grains of paradise are also present. It has a spicy hop aroma. Saaz most likely. It has a very slight grainy aroma. A mild earthy yeast aroma is present also.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Spicy up front, with a slightly citrusy flavor. Some grainy and earthy flavors are also present.

This beer leaves a spicy aftertaste. It is carbonated well. It is crisp and refreshing.

This beer may make a good session beer. It tastes good. It may become a little overbearing after a while. Also, the alcohol content is a little high.

Overall: This beer was good. Nothing incredible, but definately worth drinking.

Photo of sloejams
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once recommended this beer by Sam at Stuffed Sandwich here in the LA area, as anyone that has ever met him knew, I had little choice.

It poured a cappuccino color into my chalice. I should say it gushed upon uncorking. After that adventure, I was surprised at how minimal the head was. The aroma was chocolate, roasted malt and dates. It's taste of chocolate, brown sugar and tobacco. I was able to drink the whole 750mL myself - probably not my best idea as I had things to do.

Sam knows what he's doing.

Photo of caddybuyer
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a caged and corked 750 into a Chimay chalice slightly chilled from cellar temperature.

A-Veiled deep mahogany brown with ruddy highlights when held to light. Creamy tan head that settles rapidly.

S-Yeast, malt, plum, sugar (sugarplums?) but very subtle, even when it warms up. Nice, but a bit too mild.

T-Belgian yeast and sweet malts hit the tongue first, a hint of dark fruits, predominantly plum/rasin, a wee hint of clove and perhaps some ginger, and some pepper present in this as well. Decent overall taste, but a bit yeasty for me. Lacks a bit of depth.

M-Medium mouthfeel and slighly overcarbonated.

D-Decent drinkability. Glad I tried it, however I expected something a bit more "Christmassy" here, and it just appears to be a run of the mill Belgian strong ale with a bit of pepper. For the price, there are better choices.

Photo of BennyL1
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a New Belgium glass

A - Two fingers worth of caramel colored head rest on top of a nice mahogany body. The head is nice and pillowy and refuses to fall back into the glass.

S - Dark fruits and yeast is about all I'm pulling from the nose. Some spices are coming through but nothing overwhelming.

T - Sweet to taste, almost cloyingly so. The dark fruits are also present along with hops. Finishes rather spicy.

M - Creamy with some prickly carbonation.

D - Definitely a drinkable brew, alcohol is very well hidden.

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark bodied,small beige head. rather mollases beer with good spices such as nutmeg and ginger. A good fall beer, and decent Belgian. Aveerage mouthfeel, carbonation right there.Sweetish adding to drinkability.Nice Xmas beer style, and way ahead of its competitors as its last year's stock aged so yeast falls away.

Photo of RickS95
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks the type. Dark mahogany brown, really rich looking. The head is thin and fleeting, leaving a creamy ring around the perimeter.

Smell is malty with a slight note of chocolate. Alcohol scent is very faint, but present.

Tiny notes of chocolate, but not chocolatey (if that makes any sense). Raisin. Caramel. Dark ripe fruits.

Medium to full bodied feel. Not bad, but lacks complexity. Feels slightly sweet with a hint of chocolate in the early stages and finishes bitter with a hint of chocolate in the swallow. Needs something more.

A good beer. Easy to drink. Moderate, but not overpowering alcohol taste and feel. Will fill you up, one 750ml bottle is plenty.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Pours two fingers of head initially, then it quickly formed to almost four fingers. A dark brown body.
The aroma is brown sugar, molasses and anise.
The taste is mild at first, roasted malt and licorice sweetness, mild bitter in the middle, finish is long and mildly sweet.
The texture is light and soft.
Great smelling and nice flavor.

Photo of MiScusi
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This came as part of a "Christmas in Belgium" gift pack. 12 oz bottle poured into an Ommegang chalice.

A: (4) Deep brownish purple, big rocky 2 1/2 finger off-white with a tinge of yellow head.

S: (4) Grapes, belgian yeast, candy... that sort of standard belgain strong dark ale aroma.

T: (4) Sweet fruit and earthiness.

M: (3.5) Slightly thin which I'm taking a bit of points off for.

D: (4) Good beer. Good flavor, pretty much what you would expect from a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, just not as robust as others.

Photo of Infamous7100
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a carmel brown to dark brown into my snifter. Little to no head. Unremarkable.
S: very nice...lost of dark fruit and malt. Great fragrance.
T: follows smell very close. Get a nice wine like flavor along with some nice breads.
M: slick, covers the tongue..not filling, pleasant aftertaste.
O: nice effort here. A little too sweet for my Belgian dark tastes, but okay.

Photo of PaBeerLover
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Rooster286
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of HopsYeast
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

tried this tonight and was very happy i picked up a single at the store.

poured dark golden brown with a caramel color head. had a light fruity smell. taste was extremely nice and from beginning to end. had a nice beginning to middle flavor of anise then ended with what i described as almost grapefruit juice. mouhtfeel was very nice as well. although not something you could drink all night it is a good social beer to have while hanging out with friends and family.

i will buy this again.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle to a large snifter liquid is a dark cherry red with nice carbonation. The head is a nice tall 2 fingers of soft tan foam, it lasted quite a while receding slowly leaving some good lace.

The smell is nice like a fine Christmas stollen, dark dried candied fruits with just the right spiciness. I could tell I liked this right of the bat that this was a hit.

The taste followed well a chewy mildly yet well spiced dark malty brew. Lots of dried fruit and sweet bread. The alcohol note was nice as well.

The mouthfeel however was a tad bit thin for me and the style, the carbonation was nice.

The drinkability was good for such a brew however I could not drink to much, Prosit MK

Photo of KYGunner
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The look of this Christmas style Belgian is dark brown to black in body with a rich, creamy head.

The aromas are very Belgian Quad, Belgian Strong with lots of candied fruit such as date, prune, raisin and fig.

The scent tells the tale but it has a lot more sweetness on the tongue, than in the nose. The fruits are dried and sugary with a lot of raisin, vinous wine, fig, date, apricot and prune.

The feel is very smooth, close to viscous with a bit of thickness. The carbonation is low as it has a creamy slickness.

Photo of philipquarles
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, opaque brown with a nice tan head. The foam lasts for a while, eventually reducing to a film, but leaving great lacing.

Smells of dark caramel malt, as well as a bit of chocolate, some raisin and cherry esters, and a hint of spice. The taste is similar but less muted: sweet malt up front, along with some cocoa that borders on bitter. The same fruity flavors are also there, along with the spice, and some nice earthiness.

Mouthfeel is great: slightly thick and almost velvety with just the right amount of carbonation. Overall, a very nice beer that I wouldn't hesitate to buy again.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

- Bottle cap exp. 1/9/10. consumed 2/3/20 at 50+F.

A: Poured a blood orange with a turbid nature, and a tannish capping that sat atop of moderate retention before sliding down the glass leaving a thin, spongey lacing. Tiny glimpses of carbonation were observed rising along the glass walls.

S: The nose revealed hints of moldy apples, pear juice and ripe whole tomatoes. The strength was yeast and fairly strong upon first uncapping, but soon diminished to unappreciable levels while in the glass.

T: The initial flavor was sweet and syrupy, with a caramel glazed sweetness. Cola, molasses with a bit of wet lemony citrus and fruitcake are all noticeable, yet still comes together as only moderately interesting. A rather mundane level of complexity that finishes up with a bit of lemony touch, fresh raisins, and sweet syrup.

M: A light oily texture and near flat sense of carbonation first greets the mouthful. Smooth and slippery this does find its way down fairly easy but with uninteresting results.

D: Drinkability was fair and of mundane experience. Unworthy of a recommend and comes off rather disappointing considering the brewery. A average beer with average enjoyment I see no need to waste money on a sixer here and certainly a toss up considering the $4 per 12oz bottle I paid. Becomes uninteresting near the finish with little regard or care to wrap this one up.

Photo of toneigh
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I received 2 Belgian Christmas Beer collections (the Shelton Bros. packs) with lovely things for Christmas- people know me too well! This is a 330 ml bottle from one of them, received in late Dec. 2007, tasted in early January 2008. Cap is printed with "EXP .28/08/09".

Poured into one of my favorite glasses- the Westmalle chalice. Pours a relatively deep amber at first, but then really a solid brown, with a small but solid tan head atop that does not go away.

Aroma of dates, brown sugar, cinnamon, and some associated fruitcake-type spices. Not real strong, not a wow aroma, but solidly good and making me want to dive in.

Flavor is not quite as dessert-like as the aroma. The yeast/hops takes a left turn, astringent and dry mouth turns to a much more basic (but spicy) dark ale. Caramel/toasty malts, rich spices (I'm not good at identifying them), and not nearly as sweet and inviting as expected. Thin and not as rich either, but plenty creamy. Also a bit more alcohol bite than expected from this one.

I have mixed feelings on this one. Honestly, it generally tastes good enough, but I felt deceived because the aroma and flavor didn't quite match up, and it threw me off.

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Kerstmutske Christmas Nightcap from Brouwerij Slaapmutske
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