Serafijn Christmas Angel | Microbrouwerij Achilles

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Microbrouwerij Achilles
Belgium

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by IntriqKen on 11-26-2007

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69
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97
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
14.47%
 
 
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Reviews: 69 | Ratings: 97
Photo of mrfrancis
2.31/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a hazy, ruddy amber with a puffy white head.

S: Really harsh on the nose. Caramel, woody spice, and orchard fruit aromas are swallowed by fiery alcohol and an odd metallic scent.

T: The alcohol hits hard, all but burying notes of caramel, apple, and biscuits. There is a heavy spiciness from the yeast and an odd, unpleasant metallic flavor present as well. The finish is dominated by flavors of alcohol, spicy yeast, and that unpleasant metallic tang.

M: Medium bodied, dry, and firm, but poorly balanced. Carbonation is rather prickly. Far from drinkable.

O: I'm hoping that something is wrong with this bottle because this is just plain bad. I doubt I'll go out of my way to find this beer again.

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Photo of beerman21
2.56/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.81/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle, beer #3 of the Christmas in Belgium series,

A: Pours a rather carbonated, hazy yellow-orange, with a thick white head at first in my tulip, but is about nothing halfway through the drink, minimal lacing as well.

S: Very faint, some sugary esters and apples, a hint of spice but weak.

T: Light apple esters, and spicy hop notes are the main flavours here, but the overall flavour just seems muted to me, like it has something missing.

M: The mouthfeel is not the problem in this beer, nice and crisp, full carbonation, with a nice finish, the best part of this BSPA.

D: Disappointing, but not that bad, drinkable, but I won't be shelling out $13 for the 750s I see around here.

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Photo of fartingdog
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Hazy amber, creamy head, nice lacing.

S- Faint spicy esters.

T- Slight tartness, faint fruit (apple/pear), some spicy esters. Nothing really stands out here.

M- crisp carbonation, good body, dry finish.

D- Decent, but nothing special.

An OK beer, but nothing stands out. Good once, but not really worth revisiting.

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Photo of champ103
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a golden/orange color. At first a two finger white head forms, but recedes to almost nothing in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: Yeast and some mild fruity aromas. Light zesty pepper aroma.
T: Sweet malt. Some light fruity flavors and yeast. Musky and dank.
M/D: A medium body and lots of bubbly carbonation. A bit of fusel alcohol, but not hard to drink. Though a one and done for me.

Not bad at all. Just kind of bland and one dimensional. Probably a one time purchase for me.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is not a pale ale. Too dark. Light brown color, some sunset colors in the edges. Aroma hit you up with strong phenolic Belgian clove and spice rack.

Taste was mostly alcohol. You can pull out some dark fruit and citrus impact. Just can't figure how they call this pale ale.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Starts out nicely enough, with bubbles streaming up the amber brew. Decent foam in the Affligem chalice. But jostled by the bubbles are swarms of floaties. Another argument against aging beers. Hint of blackberry and biscuits in the aroma, though not very enticing.

Toasty and fairly dry. A flavor of vanilla wafers. No trace of hop flavors. A little gummy at the finish. Pronounced drying at the finish. Bitterish and dishwatery. This is certainly not one of the better Belgians. From the 750 ml bottle.

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Photo of impending
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

C+

750ml into a tulip. Pours a mid tone mildly hazy orange copper, cream colored head, ok lacing.

Yeasty aroma. A honey sweetness, minor phenolic note, slightly musty. Something overshadows it all but is not complimentary like an old brass shell.

Taste too begins sweet then turns to a minor bitter in the finish. The peculiarity continues but to a lesser extent. Somewhat fruity but it is solely defined by the yeast.
Light to medium bodied mouthfeel.

Not sure if this was to be a Noël brew as it is ok as a strong pale as a Noël it fails.
cheers
jd

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: somewhat orangeish-brown color, nice creamy head (albeit not too thick)
S: malt and yeasty but nothing incredibly unique
T: decent, well-balanced beer - not overpowering, malt and yeastiness finish dominate, alcohol warmth in finish
M: good, easy drinking, not overly strong in taste or alcohol, reminds me a bit of Chimay tripel
D: easy drinking but the alcohol tempers your desire to have many more

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Photo of MTNboy
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of RickS95
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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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Photo of Gavage
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a cloudy orange color with a 1" head. Some spotty lace develops.

Smell: some yeast, bread, and a bit of spiciness is easily detected.

Taste: caramel, spicy yeast, pears, green apples, some bready tones, and a mild bitterness create an interesting strong ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Short but spicy aftertaste.

Drinkability: easy to consume this beer despite the style. Not a bad beer overall.

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Photo of DPFRD
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of crossovert
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours a nice amber/honey color with a decent quickly dissipating head.

It smells very fruity with apples, peaches, a hint of pineapple. Like juice, there is just enough yeast to make it smell beery.

The taste is very much of caramel, with some yeasty twang. The mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side, though the carbonation is there, it seems the malt flavors come off a bit watery, while the fruity yeast hits home carried by the carbonation.

This is a basic Belgian Strong Pale, there's nothign distincitvly wintery or Christmasy about it besides the fruity scent.

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Photo of corby112
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark amber/orange color with golden orange hues and a two finger bubbly white head that slowly settles into a lasting cap. Sporadic spots of lacing.

Slightly earthy spicy aroma with lots of estery Belgian yeast notes. Hints of light fruit especially apple, pear and strawberry. Peppery zest and spice with cinnamon, Christmas pastr, earthy grass and subtle hops.

Highly carbonated up front with a slightly creamy and very earthy medium body. Lots of dry earthy grass(hemp?) notes followed by subtle malt backbone with plenty of estery Belgian yeast and candy sugar. Hints of apple, pear and berry with lots of sharp and dry spicy, peppery character. Also, a good bit of Christmas cake ans slight alcohol. Dry finish.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
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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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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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Photo of mountdew1
3.65/5  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.

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Photo of chrisafari
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Aroma: candied sugar, plum and sweet yeast with a subtle background of hops. Also some bubble-gum.

Pours: deep amber brown with a hint of red with a thin white head that disappears quickly.

Taste: begins with sweet candied sugar with a middle of subtle plums and a slight tartness. The finish is surprising hoppy, which is really nice. There is also a slight alcohol burn in the finish, which is also nice.

Mouthfeel: medium body with no lacing down the glass.

Drinkability: medium to medium-low. The bubblegum is a little overwhelming which takes away from the drinkability.

Overall: pretty good belgian pale ale, with a nice spiciness that makes it a pretty good Christmas beer. Worth a try, but not THAT great.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another filled to the rim bottle. It's nice to a "full" bottle every now and then.

Snifter pour and am met with an apricot, hazy ale with a bubbly white foamy head that slowly dissipates and leaves a nice layer throughout the session.

Fruity, malty aroma with pear being the main fruit front and center.

There is a nice spicy bite to this beer followed by a slight lingering bitterness. It leaves a peppery sensation in the gums. The taste really comes through a few seconds after the swallow.

At 8% this went down almost too easy. Multiples are definitely doable but the alcohol will definitely creep up silently but quickly.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer. It came as a five-pack and I'm glad I got the chance to try it. Worth a shot if you can find it.

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Photo of BennyL1
3.7/5  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.

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