Kerstmutske Christmas Nightcap | Brouwerij Slaapmutske

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Kerstmutske Christmas NightcapKerstmutske Christmas Nightcap
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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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Ratings: 154 |  Reviews: 97
Reviews by Nick3:
Photo of Nick3
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured into my Rochefort chalice forms a 2 cm beige head. Beer itself is colored dark brown with a burgundy hue. Bouquet is dominated by malts, molasses, spices and dark fruit. Taste is much of the same with a finish that prickles the toungue. Medium bodied and quite easy to drink, I'll look forward to drinking this again, hopefully before next year's christmas in Belgium gift pack comes out.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
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 Dzu
4.02/5  rDev +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 RoyalT
2.82/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - This is a medium, pond-scum brown in color with a descent head that didn't show much retention.

Smell - The molasses and sugars are big in the nose and the yeast isn't bad, but this bouquet is lacking a strong malty base.

Taste - The malts are indeed weak at the taste. There is some pretty good sugary sweetness to the flavor and again I kind of like the raw yeasty notes, but I need a big malt base to my BSDA in order to say "aaahhh".

Mouthfeel - This was sub-par. The body itself was well shy of medium and the carbonation was lacking. This ale was flat in the mouth.

Drinkability - This wasn't a total bomb and I did finish the bottle, but I will definitely not buy again and can't recommend this to anyone.

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Photo of JasonA
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
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 alienlifeforcecube
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Kraken
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes- Consumed over Thanksgiving weekend

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a standard beer mug. Firm pour results in three fingers of off white rocky head. Head has good retention and leaves copious amounts of lacing. Color is a nice nut brown.

Nose- Caramel, some nuttiness.

Palate- Sweet bisquity nuttiness, hints of caramel and toffee. Mild and dry with some lightly bitter finishing notes. Very active carbonation, some grassy aspects.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, buttery very actively carbonation.

Drinkability- Very good.

Nice beer but not nearly as complex as I expected.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
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 OStrungT
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a murky, very dark brown color, with a tan head. The thick, creamy head fades slowly, leaving a thick curtain of lace.

This beer has a strong spicy aroma. I smell some cloves, and some allspice. Coriander and grains of paradise are also present. It has a spicy hop aroma. Saaz most likely. It has a very slight grainy aroma. A mild earthy yeast aroma is present also.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Spicy up front, with a slightly citrusy flavor. Some grainy and earthy flavors are also present.

This beer leaves a spicy aftertaste. It is carbonated well. It is crisp and refreshing.

This beer may make a good session beer. It tastes good. It may become a little overbearing after a while. Also, the alcohol content is a little high.

Overall: This beer was good. Nothing incredible, but definately worth drinking.

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Photo of Auraan
4.02/5  rDev +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 sloejams
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once recommended this beer by Sam at Stuffed Sandwich here in the LA area, as anyone that has ever met him knew, I had little choice.

It poured a cappuccino color into my chalice. I should say it gushed upon uncorking. After that adventure, I was surprised at how minimal the head was. The aroma was chocolate, roasted malt and dates. It's taste of chocolate, brown sugar and tobacco. I was able to drink the whole 750mL myself - probably not my best idea as I had things to do.

Sam knows what he's doing.

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Photo of caddybuyer
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a caged and corked 750 into a Chimay chalice slightly chilled from cellar temperature.

A-Veiled deep mahogany brown with ruddy highlights when held to light. Creamy tan head that settles rapidly.

S-Yeast, malt, plum, sugar (sugarplums?) but very subtle, even when it warms up. Nice, but a bit too mild.

T-Belgian yeast and sweet malts hit the tongue first, a hint of dark fruits, predominantly plum/rasin, a wee hint of clove and perhaps some ginger, and some pepper present in this as well. Decent overall taste, but a bit yeasty for me. Lacks a bit of depth.

M-Medium mouthfeel and slighly overcarbonated.

D-Decent drinkability. Glad I tried it, however I expected something a bit more "Christmassy" here, and it just appears to be a run of the mill Belgian strong ale with a bit of pepper. For the price, there are better choices.

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Photo of BennyL1
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a New Belgium glass

A - Two fingers worth of caramel colored head rest on top of a nice mahogany body. The head is nice and pillowy and refuses to fall back into the glass.

S - Dark fruits and yeast is about all I'm pulling from the nose. Some spices are coming through but nothing overwhelming.

T - Sweet to taste, almost cloyingly so. The dark fruits are also present along with hops. Finishes rather spicy.

M - Creamy with some prickly carbonation.

D - Definitely a drinkable brew, alcohol is very well hidden.

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark bodied,small beige head. rather mollases beer with good spices such as nutmeg and ginger. A good fall beer, and decent Belgian. Aveerage mouthfeel, carbonation right there.Sweetish adding to drinkability.Nice Xmas beer style, and way ahead of its competitors as its last year's stock aged so yeast falls away.

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Photo of RickS95
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Fatehunter
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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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Photo of MiScusi
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This came as part of a "Christmas in Belgium" gift pack. 12 oz bottle poured into an Ommegang chalice.

A: (4) Deep brownish purple, big rocky 2 1/2 finger off-white with a tinge of yellow head.

S: (4) Grapes, belgian yeast, candy... that sort of standard belgain strong dark ale aroma.

T: (4) Sweet fruit and earthiness.

M: (3.5) Slightly thin which I'm taking a bit of points off for.

D: (4) Good beer. Good flavor, pretty much what you would expect from a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, just not as robust as others.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
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 PaBeerLover
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Rooster286
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of HopsYeast
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

tried this tonight and was very happy i picked up a single at the store.

poured dark golden brown with a caramel color head. had a light fruity smell. taste was extremely nice and from beginning to end. had a nice beginning to middle flavor of anise then ended with what i described as almost grapefruit juice. mouhtfeel was very nice as well. although not something you could drink all night it is a good social beer to have while hanging out with friends and family.

i will buy this again.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle to a large snifter liquid is a dark cherry red with nice carbonation. The head is a nice tall 2 fingers of soft tan foam, it lasted quite a while receding slowly leaving some good lace.

The smell is nice like a fine Christmas stollen, dark dried candied fruits with just the right spiciness. I could tell I liked this right of the bat that this was a hit.

The taste followed well a chewy mildly yet well spiced dark malty brew. Lots of dried fruit and sweet bread. The alcohol note was nice as well.

The mouthfeel however was a tad bit thin for me and the style, the carbonation was nice.

The drinkability was good for such a brew however I could not drink to much, Prosit MK

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Photo of KYGunner
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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 philipquarles
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, opaque brown with a nice tan head. The foam lasts for a while, eventually reducing to a film, but leaving great lacing.

Smells of dark caramel malt, as well as a bit of chocolate, some raisin and cherry esters, and a hint of spice. The taste is similar but less muted: sweet malt up front, along with some cocoa that borders on bitter. The same fruity flavors are also there, along with the spice, and some nice earthiness.

Mouthfeel is great: slightly thick and almost velvety with just the right amount of carbonation. Overall, a very nice beer that I wouldn't hesitate to buy again.

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Kerstmutske Christmas Nightcap from Brouwerij Slaapmutske
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 154 ratings