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

01/19/08- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 750ml bottle with no freshness info to be found. Poured into my La Chouffe tulip.

Appearance- Rust orange in color with a full one inch head upon pour. Settles at a good 1/4 inch through full consumption. Leaves light lace trails.

Smell- Very bready, but in a sweet way. Kinda like walking into a Cinnibon store. Sweet confectioniers sugar with a touch of sweet apple zest.

Taste- Very yeasty and bready in the flavor as well. Kinda like drinking a sugar coated pretzel. Odd, but interseting and good. Apple comes through in the taste as well, plus maybe a hint of figs and definite hops also.

Mouthfeel- A bit creamy with a high carbonation level in the beginning and a medium ratio towards the end. Good hoppy aftertaste as well.

Drinkability- The perfect "4" beer. A bit festive and definitely tasty.

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Photo of smcolw
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge, chaulky, long-lasting head. The lace is slippery and doesn't truly stick to side of the glass. The color is light amber and quite cloudy.

Creamy and sugary sweetness; lots of banana esters.

Nice spicy flavor which more than counterbalances the natural sweetness. The alcohol warmth is present but subtle. The liquor is thinner than I would expect for a Belgian.

This is a well-balanced beer without any flaws. There is some complexity that makes it worthwhile to seek out.

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

Pours a fully clouded ruby hued orange. Nose is laden with sugar and also a nutty touch almost. Flavor is thick with sugar and funk. Spice edge on the back side. Nice and even and smooth. Level feel for both liquid and carbonation. A good one to drink.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle given to me by my wonderful fiancee as a part of the Shelton Bros Christmas in Belgium mixer. Poured into my Kasteel tulip.

Nice but shortlasting 1" head.. over a hazy orange/amber brew... looks very pretty when held to a light.

Aroma is fruits.. cherries.. peaches.. mango and a zesty nose clearing navel orange and lemon... dry and yeasty funk for sure.

Pale malts and Belgian yeasts .. more citrus here... lite lemon zest.. prickly but fine bubble carbonation ... a little brown sugar and caramel with a distinctly tangerine and dry apple skin finish ... Belgian spiciness.. Lite/medium body given the ABV.. carbonation really pushes the flavors through the palate.

I can't thank Brenda enough for scoring these Belgians for me ... a very nice Christmas present that is just for me.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clouded amber appearance, adequate off-white head.

Big aromatics, large, loud yeast, plenty of fruit, apples, pears, cherries, melon, somewhere between sweet and sour...just this side of funky, and entirely reminiscent of the that essence found in the best trappists. Love it!

Tastin'...fairly fizzy in the mouthfeel, a little too tingly on the tongue, but the fruit continues, the funky fresh feelintg in the flavor, and lingers in the finish. A spicy kick drives through the drink. Warm, slightly boozy, bready, plenty of malt and yeast, and everything I look for in a holiday ale.

Nice one!

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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 homebrewhawk
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml capped bottle. Served in a Chimay Chalice.
Plenty of carbonation. Poured a hazy gold with a thick fine bubbled white head. Oranges, some spice, and burnt sugar in the aroma.
Very easy drinking beer. Sugar sweetness, but not syrupy more on the dry side. Some spicy flavors. Medium to light bodied. Alcohol not readily apparent.

Nothing really jumped out at me about this beer, but it is very drinkable.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden amber that is slightly cloudy but covered with a half finger of white foam that melts to a ring of white and very sticky white lacing.

Aromas abound with Belgium yeasts and candied sugars along with pale malt and fruits...mostly fresh like tangerines.

Flavor is light and bright....lots of light citrus like tangerines again, very mild amber malt sugars and a bit of citrus peel (lemon?) on the swallow leaving the palette fresh and clean.

Just a nice hint of alcohol warming in the clean aftertaste makes this a very light and enjoyable holiday brew.

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