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Pater Lieven (Kerst Pater Special) Christmas - Brouwerij Van den Bossche

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77 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: zerk on 01-01-2003)
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KAF

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

07-13-2014 20:33:10 | More by KAF
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windypete

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

04-05-2014 16:33:39 | More by windypete
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Poulpard

France

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

12-29-2013 19:05:41 | More by Poulpard
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MaevaS

France

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

12-29-2013 18:19:15 | More by MaevaS
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KristofH

Belgium

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

12-24-2013 14:51:06 | More by KristofH
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dcmchew

Romania

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

11-05-2013 16:54:31 | More by dcmchew
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.8%

07-21-2013 05:08:11 | More by WOLFGANG
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Ciocanelu

Romania

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

05-23-2013 07:04:06 | More by Ciocanelu
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Ry1975

Germany

3/5  rDev -19.1%

12-15-2012 21:43:01 | More by Ry1975
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

09-08-2012 23:37:04 | More by t0rin0
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 4/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red amber with very little head. Dark fruit and sweet malt aroma. Very sweet toffee and fruits, intense at first, but fading quickly. Doesn't leave much of an impression. Pleasant, but understated and not memorable.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 23:39:34 | More by LiquidAmber
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Archemedies

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

02-21-2012 17:06:17 | More by Archemedies
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +28%

01-15-2012 15:42:58 | More by mendvicdog
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Stoutsman

Kansas

3/5  rDev -19.1%

01-14-2012 22:04:57 | More by Stoutsman
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deebo

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Delirium Cafe in Brussels.

A-Clear, dark brown with red tints. Weak tan head that quickly dies without lacing.

S-A hint of funky yeast, otherwise fairly clean aroma.

T-Yeasty, malty sweet. A touch of funkiness...has the guezue here funked this beer up or is it supposed to have that hint of sourness?

M-Medium bodied and carbonated.

D-Probably too good. As the beer warms you get a bit of an alcohol burn, but wouldn't guess the strength of this one.

O-Still looking for a bad Belgian beer, not my favorite but still better than average.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2012 16:07:56 | More by deebo
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taigor

New York

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

01-07-2012 22:12:57 | More by taigor
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml into Orval chalice.

Pours with a short cream colored head over a dark cola colored body.

Aromas are really slight for the style. Roasted fig, red grape, cocoa beans.

Incredibly smooth - very easy drinking. Flavors include ripe red grapes, cinnamon, roasted malt. Very sweet and almost syrupy, with the weak carbonation. Still could not tell this was 9%.

Overall, this is a really easy drinking BSDA, but lacked some of the depth you generally get, particularly in the aroma and body.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 20:52:47 | More by BeerImmediately
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

2.3/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Shared this one with friends during our annual pre-X-mass beertasting.
Look: the beer pours a dark brown color with a small white head.
Smell: Seven-up with licorice.
Taste: Seven-up with licorice.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and medium body.
Overall: If you like overly sweet beer without any depth and taste layer, OR if you like Seven-up with licorice, this is your beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 21:06:10 | More by rvdoorn
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ggourde

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

12-27-2011 13:29:38 | More by ggourde
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-25-2011 15:17:45 | More by Rochefort10nh
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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Scored a 750ml bottle at a beer festival last month.

A: Pours a dark chocolate color. I poured mine into a snifter glass. When held up to the light, it's a very dark amber color with a nice off-white head that lingers a little.

S: Aromas of chocolate & toffee.

T: Tastes like a chocolate/caramel/toffee bite-size candy bar w/raisins. The taste isn't very strong or overpowering, it's kind of laid back and asks you to do some of the work. Somewhat on the dry side.

M: Something seems to be missing. It sort of tastes like a diet soda in that there is carbonation & flavor present, but that it's a little empty in fulfilling your quench of thirst and longing for a great taste.

D: I don't mind this beer but I don't think I'm overly thrilled. It's doesn't seem to live up to it's Belgian holiday beer status in my opinion.

I really appreciate getting to try this beer, but I don't think I'll be looking out for this one in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 23:02:42 | More by jwhancher
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drumrboy22

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage. Cork started coming out on it's own after it was uncaged. Poured from 750mL into a Delirium Noel snifter. Beer was a dark brown cola color, with a huge, four-finger, foamy head. Moderate carbonation and light lacing.

Aroma was dark fruit (cherries and raisins), caramel and brown sugar.

Taste was caramel, cherries, apricots and oak.

Very smooth and easy drinking. Nice, fairly light christmas beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 06:50:26 | More by drumrboy22
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl Brown bottle poured into a Gordon's Thistle shaped glass.

Deep, dark ruby/heavy brown body, good foaming biege head on top, looked every inche a Christmas cracker.

Liquorice and spices with a bit of toasted malt in the nose.

Liquorice dominates the taste as well as the aroma, the spices and malts coming very distant also rans. The 9% is very evident and adds some umph to the proceedings. This is a rich, creamy brew that is far too easy to drink, a lovely Christmas beer in all aspects.

Had this on-tap at t'Brugs Beertje in Dec 2011, just as lovely!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 21:07:39 | More by BlackHaddock
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy dark red-brown with a light tan head.
Fruity up front, reminds me me of Unibroue's Maudite, with strawberries and plum. There's a mild caramel background malt and a hint of cinnamon. The aroma is tea-like, green tea specifically, with more bready caramel. The aftertaste is a touch astringent, like there's too much spice (though it doesn't taste like that). This might benefit from aging and while it isn't an amazing Belgian, it's fairly nice and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 22:58:48 | More by tempest
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tpd975

Florida

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tony of the OTH for opening this one.

A: Pours a nice dark brown hue with a light sparse head. Little retention and some spotty lace.

S: Bold dark fruit aromas with hints of toasted malt, caramel, and brown sugar.

T: Light toasty malt flavors up front. Lots of figs, plums, and raisins in the middle. Nice prune juice sweetenss. Light spices in the finish with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. This is one xmas beer you could drink all year long because the spices are so understated.

M: Full bodied, with bold carbonatinon.

D: I enjoyed quite a big helping of this one. It was a real nice sipper and pared well with some smoked cheese.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 15:27:46 | More by tpd975
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Pater Lieven (Kerst Pater Special) Christmas from Brouwerij Van den Bossche
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