Kerstmutske Christmas Nightcap | Brouwerij Slaapmutske

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Kerstmutske Christmas NightcapKerstmutske Christmas Nightcap

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Brouwerij Slaapmutske

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of Dzu
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 0.33 l bottle into trappist goblet.
L: Dark brown color with a medium foam head.
S: Belgian yeast, sournesss.
T: Light, spicy, hot.
F: Medium body and carbonation.
O: Expected more from this one, but good.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This Christmas Nightcap is associated with the DeProef shop, I presume as contract brewer and also helps distribute.
And this relationship is a good thing. Because this is good recipe; yet with under 100 reviews in 8 years, someone needs to work on telling the world about this nice winter ale.

While it looks average, the fruit and yeast tells me a true Belgian is at work. The taste lacks bitterness (a plus to me.)
It finishes dry with medium bubbles which, I suppose, keeps the sweet malt in balance.
I found it at Total Wine near Sarasota. I hope I can find it again.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Slaapmutske Christmas (Kerstmutske) has a thin, off-white head, a murky, standard brown appearance, tight bubble streams, noticeable tan sediment, and minimal lacing left behind. The aroma is of raisin, plum, spiced brown bread, bread crust, and a yeasty component. Taste is similar, with low bitterness. Mouthfeel is high medium and prickly, and Slaapmutske Christmas finishes semi-dry and fairly rich.


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Photo of josanguapo
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From cervezasespeciales. In Teku glass. Watching Sons of Anarchy 5x12. Dry, with some dark fruits and bit more bitterness than usual in the style. Pleasant.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
2.85/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Not very good at all. No pop from the plastic cork. We'll under carbonated. Muted flavors of raisin, brown sugar and brown malts. Eh. Pretty terrible.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml Bottle
EXP: 28/08/09

Could this bottle be 6 years old?

Poured into a chalice a very nice dark ruby red color, nice carbonation, with a quick fizzy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, slightly yeasty, with some dark fruits. The taste is pretty nice, malty, slight yeast, figs, raisins, plums, grapes. Medium body, slightly watery/flat. Overall, still a nice little brew. If the ABV was in the 9-10%, this brew would have held up better I believe.

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Photo of Auraan
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy reddish brown body with a finger and a half of thick tan head. Overall impression of appearance is of a very good Belgian Strong Dark. Scents of soy sauce upfront, quickly giving way to aromas of chocolate, toast and bready malt at moderate levels, complimented by a moderate level of fruity esters taking on the character of dried cherries, figs, plum and prune with a light, soft, perfume-like alcohol and a light leather aroma seen in some older dark ales. Despite the fruity aromas and rich malt the aroma feels "dry" rather than sticky sweet. Overall impression of aroma is of a very rich, complex ale, a good example of a Belgian Strong Dark. Flavor begins lightly sweet with notes of sweet malt, rich bready malt, bittersweet chocolate and toast, mingled with fruity esters reminiscent of dried cherries and prune and a light bitterness and vinous flavor. Middle continues these flavors, though the toast character increases in intensity. Finish is medium-dry with notes of bittersweet chocolate and toast at moderate levels, alongside dried cherry, prune and light fig and a light tart vinous character. Aftertaste is dry with notes of toast, dried cherry and dry red wine. Overall impression of flavor is of a drier Belgian Strong Dark, putting it more in line with the Trappist tradition than the Abbey style. However unlike an authentic Trappist it lacks in that it is relatively simple overall, with the flavors of toast dominating many others. The makings of a great beer are there, but it does not quite deliver, though it is still a pleasant experience. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with high carbonation and a lightly drying feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a good Belgian Strong Dark, true to form. Overall this is a fairly good example of a Belgian Strong Dark. It has the requisite aroma, flavor and mouthfeel of the style, however it comes short of achieving true greatness in any area. Still a pleasant beer to drink and complex enough that it is interesting. Worth trying if you get the chance, though I recommend the more well known Trappist examples of the style.

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Photo of interzen
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

Look: Dark mahogany with deep, red highlights when held up. Slightly beige, diffuse head which settles down to about a fingers-width and leaves behind some minimal lacing.

Smell: A bit unassuming to begin with, but let it sit for a while and you really get the 'liquid Christmas cake' vibe, that is to say bucketloads of spice (think cloves, pepper etc.), dark fruits and more than a hint of burnt sugar. Definitely benefits from being left to breathe for a bit.

Taste: Fairly yeasty and malty, which is not entirely unsurprising. Despite not being a kriek there's more than a hint of cherry in here too, which is nice as I love pretty much anything cherry flavoured. There's an interesting transition from the initial fruity maltiness to a dry, slightly bitter finish with a touch of alcohol thrown into the mix. Definitely a sipper.

Feel: Light and fairly dry, quite drinkable. Whilst there's a tendency for Christmas/winter beers to be excessively heavy that's not an accusation that can be levelled at this. Carbonation is fairly light, and there's the merest trace of alcohol in the aftertaste.

Overall: Not half bad - probably a bit late (or early?) for Christmas beers but even so compared to some of them which deserve an octane rating rather than an ABV this one isn't at all bad. Very pleasantly drinkable.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Putting the nightcap on Christmas 2014 and 5 days off filled with beer craziness.

A - 330ml poured into a brand new teku glass. Dark red color with some clarity noticeable when held to the light. A couple fingers of beige head to start, retains very nicely has a thick+mostly full cap, leaving bits of lace behind.

S - Spicy Belgian yeasts, clove, dark bread, cherry coke, some plum and licorice. Very plain at first, opens up after a bit.

T - Cherry cola and general Belgian yeast stick out the most, some clove and allspice but less strength spice-wise here. Plum, apple, some earthy hoppage, brown sugar-sprinkled bread.

M - Lots of foam and carbonation, which doesn't quite reach overbearing but seems to mute the flavors some. Light and pretty easy-going, somewhat dry finish.

O - Like most of the Slaapmutske beer I've had, a decent no-frills Belgian ale. Some nice flavors but maybe this would've benefitted from a slightly bigger ABV and less carbonation.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Pours two fingers of head initially, then it quickly formed to almost four fingers. A dark brown body.
The aroma is brown sugar, molasses and anise.
The taste is mild at first, roasted malt and licorice sweetness, mild bitter in the middle, finish is long and mildly sweet.
The texture is light and soft.
Great smelling and nice flavor.

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3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap. Chimay Chalice glass. Enjoyed @ La Més Petita (Barcelona). Pours very dark brown headed by beige foam. Crown is close & leaves a thin lasting layer on top. Spiced –vanilla & anice-, dark fruit, molasses, brown sugar , Belgian yeast & caramel malt aromas. Toasted caramel malt & crispy fruity upfront. Medium to full body. Moderate to soft carbonation. Herbal bitterness & gentle warming alcohol. Flavorful & delicious. ABV is neither harsh nor acidic & sweet maltiness is no cloying so drinkability is pleasant.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The look of this Christmas style Belgian is dark brown to black in body with a rich, creamy head.

The aromas are very Belgian Quad, Belgian Strong with lots of candied fruit such as date, prune, raisin and fig.

The scent tells the tale but it has a lot more sweetness on the tongue, than in the nose. The fruits are dried and sugary with a lot of raisin, vinous wine, fig, date, apricot and prune.

The feel is very smooth, close to viscous with a bit of thickness. The carbonation is low as it has a creamy slickness.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kerstmutske Christmas Ale 7.5% abv

Deep ruddy brown hue light tan head fine speckled lacing down the sides of my glass. Aroma has dark ripened fruits, mild spicy yeast notes a hint of cider crushed apples and plump dark raisins. Tart apples, dark cherries with bready malts a bit late to qualify as a Xmas in July beer. Very pleasant flavorful Christmas ale brewed at DeProef, it is refreshing and warming drinks really easy, velvet texture smooth bottle conditioned CO2. Overall a beer I will revisit during the holidays.

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Photo of JasonA
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured like a champ, highly carbonated and good amount of lacing. Smells aromatic and bready with Candy Sugar and spices.

Tastes a bit thin, but with a solid meaty finish.

Oveall I really liked this beer. Im a huge fan of spiced Belgian Strongs.


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Photo of DoubleJ
2.44/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A Christmas beer after Christmas; nothing wrong with that. The 2011 vintage, on-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

This Belgian Christmas ale registers a dark red color, so dark it seems to be tangoing into violet. Good lacing is provided around the glass. The aroma of powdery red grapes and vague yeast are tough to find in the nose, becuase it seems the intensity of these aromas are quite low. A dissapointing nose, however, turns worse in the taste. Do you like Tylenol's children's tablets which tasted like grape? I did when I was 7, but at 27 it appears I don't. Red grapes are the theme of the taste, which is very one dimensional. There is a breakup thanks to the beer's ABV (adding a touch of heat), but despite a soft texture from the medium-full body, this beer never seemed to get on the right track in the first place. This is not how I'd want to nightcap my Christmas.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was given a free bottle from Halftime beverage. Thanks guys!

A - Pours a very fizzy dark amber brown with a good amount of haze and some sediment.

S - Smells of tart cherries fruity plums and raisins. A mild bit of what appears to be spice or pretzel dough.

T - Starts off with a mild dose of chocolate and roast but thankfully isn't soured too bad. Mostly some ripe dark fruits and fruity Belgium yeasts. Finish is sweet rather than chalky and doesn't dry the palate like most Belgium dark ales.

M - Medium bodied fizzy yet sticky to the palate.

Overall not bad especially for around 3 bucks (regular price) Doesn't seem to have much Christmas spices or really "nightcap" in nature but its a smooth drinkable Belgium dark ale regardless.

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Photo of mttaylor1066
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep red and foams a little (I'm a side-of-the-glass man).

The first whiff smacks of spices and plum. Other berries and raisins follow.

The first taste (of cold brew) has some tartness mixed in with plum, red berries and nutmeg. Gets better as the beer warms.

Fizzy and foamy. Can't say this is the best Christmas ale I've had. I wouldn't reach for it first but I could live with it if that's all that was on hand.

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Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, 5171009 code on cap. Pours very hazy dark red color with a nice 3 finger fluffy khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation. Aromas of cherry, raisin, prune, caramel, molasses, toffee, nutmeg, clove, pepper, chocolate, biscuit, toast, and yeast spices. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity. Taste of raisin, caramel, toffee, molasses, toast, biscuit, chocolate, nutmeg, pepper, earth, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, molasses, toffee, caramel, toast, biscuit, chocolate, nutmeg, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of flavors; with no cloying on the finish at all. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a creamy, lightly slick, and slightly prickly mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian Christmas ale. Nicely complex, robust, and balanced; very smooth to drink. Really enjoyable offering.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very fizzy bottle! Started fomain as soon as I let some pressure off the cap. A nice brown pour wih plenty of tan head leavin behind patches of lacing. Smells of chocolate, raisin, plum.. Very fruity. Tastes very sweet like a brown sugar almost, tart fruits hit the cheeks.. Gettin a raisin/ strawberry flavor with a bit of a banana aftertaste. Slight taste of chocolate and subtle roasted flavors come through for the finish.
Medium body with moderate carbonation, slight cream on lips.
A very nice desert beer, and a perfect beer to sit back and watch this storm with!

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Photo of spinrsx
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz Bottle from Bevmo La Quinta CA for 5$

Appearance - Brown colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, caramel, earthiness

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste raisins/grapes, malts, and some butterscotch/caramel/toffee. There are also some herbal notes and a light spiciness. It ends with a grape/fruity aftertaste.

Overall - Really enjoyed this one, the ripe grape flavour was fantastic. It was very drinkable and my glass was empty before I knew it. I'd buy this one again.

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Photo of RickS95
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks the type. Dark mahogany brown, really rich looking. The head is thin and fleeting, leaving a creamy ring around the perimeter.

Smell is malty with a slight note of chocolate. Alcohol scent is very faint, but present.

Tiny notes of chocolate, but not chocolatey (if that makes any sense). Raisin. Caramel. Dark ripe fruits.

Medium to full bodied feel. Not bad, but lacks complexity. Feels slightly sweet with a hint of chocolate in the early stages and finishes bitter with a hint of chocolate in the swallow. Needs something more.

A good beer. Easy to drink. Moderate, but not overpowering alcohol taste and feel. Will fill you up, one 750ml bottle is plenty.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a carmel brown to dark brown into my snifter. Little to no head. Unremarkable.
S: very nice...lost of dark fruit and malt. Great fragrance.
T: follows smell very close. Get a nice wine like flavor along with some nice breads.
M: slick, covers the tongue..not filling, pleasant aftertaste.
O: nice effort here. A little too sweet for my Belgian dark tastes, but okay.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, dark brown color with a one-finger, light brown head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of dried fruits. Green apple aromas which seems odd for a dark ale.

T - It tasted of apple and other fruits. Good bready malt backbone provides a dose of sweetness. Just enough spicy hop bite to even things out.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a fairly dry finish.

O - This is a good Belgian ale. The apple flavors in a dark ale is very unique.

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Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A borderline gusher, this beer pours a chestnut color with a massive head that sticks as a true Belgian should and leaves plenty of lacing along the side of the glass

Smell: Caramel, marshmallow and fig, with undertones of tobacco and holiday spices

Taste: Caramel, marshmallow and figs, up front, with tobacco undertones and a tart tinge that builds by mid-palate; after the swallow, the holiday spices of brown sugar, ginger and cinnamon arrive but the hints of tobacco and tartness lingers in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; somewhat creamy and dry

Overall: Reviews of this beer are all over the map but I found that this year's version is well-brewed and complex; it has elements of a number of styles but I would characterize it as a BSDA meets Winter Warmer

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Photo of Amalak
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This has a very dark, opaque brown color to it. It leaves a big bubbly head and a good deal of lacing. There's an alcohol scent to it mixed with a metallic undertone.

It's very strong. It has a dark Belgian wheat taste ot it. There's a banana taste in there, too. Soapy in some ways. It's bubbly and tart. Definitely a Belgian version of an XMas beer. High quality, but too tart to over drink.

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