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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Added by mikesgroove on 11-22-2007

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

no visible date on the bottle, but this is an old one for sure. nothing holds up quite like a belgian christmas ale though, and this is the case here! for some reason i thought it was stronger than it is, but it still drinks pretty heavy. nut brown colored and sporting a foaming off white head, looks like a belgian. this beer is very dubbel-esque, with its strong dark malt profiles, flavors of molasses and brown sugar, raisins, and subtle spice notes from the belgian yeast, anise and pepper, still very sweet, and with a little oxidation, this has to be well over 5 years old now. slightly nutty, very sweet, long boiled tasting, but also really well carbonated and with a delicate mouthfeel for the density of the flavors, which is a cool twist on this. super fizzy. almonds, old belgian yeast, caramelized malt sweetness, long finish. i get a light astringency too, maybe a product of its age, kind of neat with the yeast though, which is somewhat subtle compared to other belgian holiday beers (which is a category i have been digging lately for some reason). enjoyable stuff, id be curious to try some more beers from these guys, you dont see their stuff around too much here in colorado though. this has aged extremely well.

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Photo of desint
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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 dukeufo
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of godawgs
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dmorgan310
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcmchew
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Ed2
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 afsdan
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Keepnitrl
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of BobbyOlson
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jcb7472
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 BMFR1811
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of peripatetic
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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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Kerstmutske Christmas Nightcap from Brouwerij Slaapmutske
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