Angélus Spéciale Noël
Brasserie Brootcoorens

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Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
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3.26 | pDev: 15.95%
Brasserie Brootcoorens
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TheLongBeachBum from California

2.82/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 750ml green flask-like bottle with a dimpled base and sealed with a large brass colored crown cap. Picked up at the Brasserie Brootcoorens during a very memorable Brewery Visit on Monday 17th April and lugged all the way back to Long Beach, CA. Sold unlabelled at the Brewery, Alain Brootcooren popped a label in each a carrier bag that he stuffed with this brew such was his fastidiousness. A light blue background, the label has the beer as “Angélus Spéciale Noël” in a snow-capped dark green text against a pencil drawn picture of a rather modern looking church. Listed at 9% Alc. Vol.

Appearance: Light golden orange, lucid clarity shines through when backlit and projects a faceted gem like torso. Fizzing white head on the pour which relaxes very quickly and leaves an untouched placid pond like surface that has only a thin scattered covering with a ring like halo. Carbonation is very low, it just disappeared. Looks are a let down but not exactly poor.

Nose: Metallic zinc laden hops meld with an organic malt base and a phenolic skeleton. Shimmering sweetness bolstered by wild yeast stained apple skins and Carlsberg Special Brew taint. Doesn’t bode well at all.

Taste: Ripe pears are detectable, but that’s in the entrance only, sadly it finishes with a tinned Kestrel Superstrength ending. It’s not bad, just sadly held back by the over metallic hops and low conditioning, all of which lends a very saturated over-the-top alcohol lager flavor that should be served in a brown bag to enjoyed to its maximum extent.

Mouthfeel: Let down by the flaccid conditioning and under carbonated chest, the bitter metallic hops add a zippy bite to the experience but it ain’t attractive.

Drinkability: Struggled with this one to be fair. Hard to finish.

Overall: Not one of Brootcoorens best, the other two Angelus brews easily edge this one and the La Sambresse Blonde is by far much better and knocks yer sock off, whilst the aged examples are worthy of note by any beer lover. But the “Angélus Spéciale Noël” fails where ALL of the other Brootcoorens beers exceed. It pains me to admit this but I didn’t enjoy this one at all. Still, nice to get the chance to try this one, eventually, as it was one I couldn’t try during the Brewery visit; such was its “snapped up” rate to take out by the 30 or so in our touring party that it all disappeared and left none for drinking at the Bar! Nevertheless it tastes liked high strength low quality Canned beer that should be on sale at your local Spar. I never trust Xmas beers that are light. Would I lug it 5000 miles home again? Erm, afraid not. Oh well.

May 12, 2006
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Todd from California

2.82/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Notes from the 2002 Kerstbierfestival, Essen, Belgium.

This beer was brewed as an unfiltered 100% all-malt beer. No sugar added, and only 690 liters have been brewed as of these notes.

Cloudy blond. Sweet, touch of caramel, pears and soft medicinal in the nose. A bit sweet in flavor too, but very medicinal. Hints of vanilla and a stretched out caramel. Dab of bitterness. Dry finish.

Sucked. Medicinal was a bit too much and the flavors seemed tired and uninterested in entertaining my palate.

Oct 12, 2003
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very hazy sunset orange hue, on par trademark Brussels Lace gets skimmed after a few sips.

Smell: Heavy wafts of ripe pear, rough medicinal phenol and powdery yeast.

Taste: Musty medicinal flavour have no problem taming the malt and fruitiness. Quite herbal with a hay like flavour in the middle. Vanilla? Almonds? Ripe pear is in there but the bitter phenols push it aside. Powdery dry finish that is holding onto a husky malt.

Mouthfeel: Biting crispness, moderate body and creamy smooth in the back.

Drinkability & Notes: An “In your face” kind of brew, overly phenolic but not to the point of being too out of balance. This one certainly wakes up the taste buds.

Jan 21, 2003
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paterlodie from Belgium

2.97/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BBE 12-08; 9% ABV. Not much head and a amber golden beercollor. Nose is yeastspicy and giving pepper and fermented applejuicearome, sweet gale and a burnt wooden note. Taste is strong and alcoholic with sournote and some anis. Overall quiet bombastic but IMO not in harmony and missing freshness. Nice bitterness but also overcarbonated and not fitting the spicy and alcoholic taste. Drinkable but didn't appeal to me that much.

Dec 25, 2005
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WormGod from New York

3.52/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dec 27, 2017
Angélus Spéciale Noël from Brasserie Brootcoorens
Beer rating: 3.26 out of 5 with 5 ratings