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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by IntriqKen on 11-26-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
99
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
14.47%
 
 
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Reviews: 70 | Ratings: 99
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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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 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 tmoneyba
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Belmont Party.

Poured cloudy orange brown color with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate spicy apple and yeast aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet warming finish of moderate duration.

Good brew and my expectations where met.

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Photo of Nick3
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a burnt orange color and pours 2 finger, off white head. No real lacing to speak of. Nose is floral hops and some citrus notes. Beer is extremely well balanced for the style which works great to mask the alcohol. Beer is rich in flavor, like a quad, but not nearly as complex. Medium bodied with ample carbonation and leaves a surprisingly mild malty finish. An enjoyable and rather unique beer.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a dark caramel, butterscotch color. Two fingers of dense, creamy light-tan foam. Just a few stray dots of lace as the head falls back, staying at a thick cover inside the tulip glass.

Aroma - fruity, apple and yeast, pretty exclusive at first. Allows a little Belgian character after a few minutes.

Taste - grainy with some Belgian candi sugar and light yeast charcter. Lots of boozy flavor, a little much, but blends in well for the most part. A little bite of hops on the swallow. The finish is a mild reprise of the Belgian yeast flavor.

Mouthfeel - fluffy, full-feeling and crisp. Very complementary.

Drinkability - the best of the Belgian beer gift set so far.

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Photo of adamette
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle which is the third of 5 "Christmas in Belgium" beers that I will taste and rate. The package was $25 making each beer $5 on average. Purchased at Chuck's Fine Wines in Chagrin Falls. Poured into my Great Lakes Christmas Goblet.

A An opaque great looking brown orange body under a short lived 1 cm head.

S An orange/lemon citrus sweet smell of malt and almost no bitterness to the nose.

T That Belgian malt/yeast combination which is so very enticing. The finish is a bit thin but this is a nice tasting beer. I am finding it hard to believe that this is an 8% ABV beer since I cannot taste the alcohol at all. This is certainly a beer that will "sneak up you."

M Big in front but then, as mentioned, thins out in the last third of the taste and then on into the finish.

D Really good. Again, be careful because it is so enjoyable to drink the ABV can really catch you unawares.

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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 Beerman3000
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy, light amber color, with a moderately large, buff-colored head. Pleasant, caramellly malty nose, with hints of toffee and candy sugar. Slightly fizzy at first, but pouring a little harder on the second glass fixes that problem. Pleasant, caramelly, slightly sweet, but full flavor, with toffee tones and just a little bitter hops in the finish. Full, rich , but not as aged or complex as many Belgian ales are. Very drinkable and pleasant, however. A tad of nutty character, which is unusual for a Belgian Ale (comes off like a German Altbier). Pretty good, considering it was made in some Flemish musician's garage, but not as satisfying as most Belgian ales, and probably not worth the $12.99 I paid for it.

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Photo of Irie
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Foggy apple color with floaty fermentation goodness. Smells like apple, malts, and a bit nutty. Low retention but great lacing.
Crisp mouthfeel with a very smooth finish. Great aftertaste with fantastic balance. I really like the sweet finish after the slightly hoppy twang. Easy to drink with a nice full body, while still being smooth and fairly light.

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Serafijn Christmas Angel from Microbrouwerij Achilles
3.8 out of 5 based on 99 ratings.
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