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

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Added by IntriqKen on 11-26-2007

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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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Photo of biegaman
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clementine orange with the slightest tawny hue. It is a lovely coloured beer, both clear and lambent with an illustrious complexion. A perfectly leveled cloud of off-white head hovers above and maintains perfect shape throughout the tasting. Each sip would invoke wings of lace to glide just above. This Serafijn looks just resplendent.

Now this is a truly Belgian impassioned yeast! It is intensely concentrated and potently aromatic. It streams the nose with hints of soft orchard fruits (pears, peaches, apples) as well as a fervent, exaggerated amount of clove. There also seems to be a very, very intensified amount of bubble gum in each sniff. All in all, this is one profound and piercing bouquet.

While the aroma zigs, the taste zags. It is still good, but it has nowhere near the same intensity or complexity that its scents let on. That candy (almost artificial) bubble gum presence turns out to be heavily subdued, in its place is the faint taste of cream soda and cotton candy. The clove like spice, as with the orchard fruits, are all but lost.

To be fair, it's actually more than good, it just isn't as good as the aroma lets on. I had expected something so phenolic smelling to have more "pizazz". Instead, I found a well balanced, simple and honest Belgian ale, which I can still definitely respect. It drinks especially smooth for a beer of this strength and isn't exactly short-handed in the flavour department.

Serafijn (Christmas Angel) is a wonderful offering from this tiny Flemish brewer. It is, as stated, a plain and honest Belgian ale, brewed with a level of quality I wish all beers were. This is a beer that epitomizes pleasurable drinking. I have no doubt this is capable of making the herald angels sing... too bad I don't have a couple more to get me caroling!

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

Poured into a chalice, murky brownish orange in color with a off white head that can be huge, but dies down very fast. The smell has a couple sweet components to it, first the sugar but there is also a certain fruitiness in there as well, I would say similar to pear or peach.

The taste has a fruitiness and that old Belgian earthiness which in here is very similar to sweet tobacco. It is a sweet beverage overall, like many Belgian ales.

Mouthfeel is fairly light, carbonation is about medium, it's there but you don't really think about it much, which I think is really good in a beer like this, and most belgian strong ales.

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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 Wildman
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a medium slightly clouded amber color and formed a nice light tan foamy head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, apples and spices. The flavor was of malt, candy, and caramel. The body was medium light and the finish rather sweet.

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

Pours an opaque mahogany with a medium off-white head. The head dissispates to leave a foam film and little lacing.

Smells of sweet malt and candy sugar, along with banana and maybe a hint of cherry some slight alcohol. The taste is similar at first, but finishes on an odd note--kind of spicy and almost a bit tart. Some definite hop bitterness.

Really an odd beer that gets better with every sip. I'm going to have to try this one again.

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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 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 RoyalT
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This BSPA poured a beautiful, deep, rich orange in color with a wonderful white head that left a pool of foam on top of the liquid.

Smell - The fruits here are large and in charge. The orange, spiced with corriander, leads the way but the light banana and peach are clearly noticeable. There is a light herbal hoppiness to the mild liquid malts and all of these smells form a really nice bouquet.

Taste - The malt and hop tandum grow bigger at the taste. The fruits don't dominate at the tongue like they do at the nose but are still wonderfully balanced.

Mouthfeel - This is bigger than medium-bodied but not full. The carbonation, so important in Belgian ales, is spot on here.

Drinkability - This is my first tasting of the Achilles line and I was mildly impressed. It has a lot of good, big flavors but it's not so big that only an experienced Belgian drinker can appreciate it.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle capped. Nice Phhhttt when popped. Chill hazed Orange body with random medium sized carbonation. Off white head leaves some sliding spider web lace.

Oh boy, this has a large and sharp smell. Bubble gum up the yin yang. Big league chew meets rollo's. This is rather large in every aspect. The caramel doesn't come through much in the smell but is a huge factor in the finish and aftertaste. Very interesting brew. Pop rock like carbonation fizzes with each pull.

Notes: This is unique and to me tasty and well worth seeking out. Not as sweet as I may have made it sound as the carbonation zips it into place.

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Serafijn Christmas Angel from Microbrouwerij Achilles
3.8 out of 5 based on 101 ratings.
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