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Serafijn Christmas Angel | Microbrouwerij Achilles

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Serafijn Christmas AngelSerafijn Christmas Angel

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Microbrouwerij Achilles

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


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.

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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 WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours five+ finger white head that fades very slowly, leaving some lace. Hazy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Grass and malt nose and flavor has malt, hints of honey - nice mellow sweetness. $3.99 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of taigor
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a small glass.

A - Poured clear light brown color with medium head that quickly dissipated leaving slight lacing around the glass.

S - Slightly grassy with hints of yeast and spices like nutmeg and pepper. Fruits like strawberries and bananas present as well.

T - Very sweet malts and yeast with fruits and hints of spices.

M - Medium bodied with average carbonation.

O - Very nice belgian pale ale but a little too sweet for my taste. Overall I would recommend it.

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Photo of branko7
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A lot of foamy head, before settling down to a golden brown color. Not very carbonated, which I like. A sweet, malty taste, but with some hop crispness at the end. 8% alcohol not very prominent. Not too complex, but very balanced, refreshing, and drinkable. Tasty.

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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 rudzud
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes taken at the Armsby Abbey's yearly Belgian Christmas on 12/15.

A - Dark strawberry pour with a two finger head that quickly fades leaving clumpy side lacing.

S - Picking up some light funk as well as some light fruit notes that resemble, to me, strawberries. Very pleasant and enjoyable.

T - Unlike the nose, the flavours here seem almost watered down and subdued. The light funk is there along with fruit notes but its far more muted for my liking.

M - Medium carbonation nicely dances across the tongue. Really good mouthfeel.

D - Crisp and refreshing. Needs better, more prominent taste though.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had to grab a glass when I saw this on tap at Max's.

The beer pours the color of sweet ice tea with good head retention and lacing. Interestingly, I pick up some sweet ice tea on the nose, along with some orange citrus and considerable honey. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this moderately at most sweet beer. There is some light hoppy bitterness in the finish as well, which helps to counter and balance the sweetness in this beer. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a moderately long finish. Drinkability is pretty good, with the aloohol well integrated into the flavor profile.

Hmmmm.... while a solid beer, my recollection of the bottle I had was that it was superior to the draft version I'm trying now. Still a solid beer, but I confess I was expecting a bit more.

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Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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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 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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Photo of rtepiak
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is a cloudy amber with a slight off white head that doesn't have much... nose is a plum, pine tree and pine apple. the palate is that with an ale like consistency that makes it feel surprisingly not Belgian. although the yeast quality is there with a pollen honey note that doesn't over do it. the beer is a tad boozy and the nose has a distinct belgian sugar cane quality to it. as it sits it opens up like a triple almost. plum citrus becomes floral. there is subtle hay from munich malt... some clove... all in the lace of a honey comb. slight pepper finish with a mineral dryness although not outstanding.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky apple cider, near white puffy head, reduces to ring. Some cling lace.

S - Fresh, bready, deep malt. Sharp note from almost juicy fruit type fruit.

T - Taste goes with smell. Nice bread, good fruit and a slight sour tang at the end.

M - Medium body, tons of carb, nice balance.

D - Despite the ABV, pretty pleasant. Would have a few.

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Photo of bashiba
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy bronze-orange in color with a massive, dense white head that leaves sheets of sticky lacing.

Aroma is surprisingly strong yeasty funk. Bready, musty, and a touch medicinal.

Taste is caramel malt with hints of toffee. Then an herbal orange peel bitterness with coriander and white pepper takes over. Subdued pineapple and melon. Finishes with a dry musty quality that lingers.

Mouthfeel is medium-full.

Overall an interesting and flavorful ale. Not as sweet as expected. Herbal and musty in a good way.

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Photo of dahlen22
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
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!!

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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 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 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 nickd717
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of bmwats
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 33cl bottle into my Duvel sn-ulip.

A: Medium dark cloudy amber. Pours a 1 finger bubbly off-white head. Leaves a few bubbles on the surface. Some spider web lacing remains. Bubbly carbonation builds up around the fringes of the brew.

S: Roasted malt, nuts, grain, and chocolate.

T: Spicy, and a little sweet, grainy malt flavor. Strong alcohol taste. Malt is strong, fragrant, and robust. Nutty and woody.

M: Light, but really full. A little peat coats the palette. A little bitter and really dry finish.

D: Sip or drink.

Really nice atmosphere. Appearance is quite nice, especially for the style which is generally kind of non-descript. Nose is full and fragrant. Nice combination of flavor tones. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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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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Serafijn Christmas Angel from Microbrouwerij Achilles
3.8 out of 5 based on 97 ratings.
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