Tongerlo Christmas | Brouwerij Haacht NV

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Tongerlo ChristmasTongerlo Christmas

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Haacht NV

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 11-26-2002

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 13
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Photo of Jason
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bubbly amber gold hue, very presentable lace. Most of the sediment stayed behind as the beer was clear in the glass.

Smell: Tangerines. A bit earthy with a light honey malt aroma and fruity esters, sweet to the nose.

Taste: Sweet with a juicy middle of fruity esters, pale malt sweetness and a twang from the yeast. Alcohols warms the body a bit as the earthy yeast comes back for a second round with a snap of hops that help keep things in balance.

Mouthfeel: Deep smoothness with and ample crispness, true bottle conditioning here which helps the delicate moderate body.

Drinkability & Notes: Very thirst quenching as it goes down too easy, beers like this make you fall in love with the idea of Belgian beer all over again.

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Photo of AxlSkull
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mattfancett
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Bierschenker
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a nice foggy golden-orange colour. It also has a nice compact head.
I had this one in a Bush tulip glass.
Smells like fruity citrus, mostly oranges. Malt and a soft sweetness like honey.
The first taste was less convincing. I was overwhelmed by a strong oxidising taste that opened up my nostrils. Furthermore I could make up a strong malt taste with some honey like sweetness. This beer does warm the body. As the beer gets warmer, the taste also gets dryer. But with a sweet and yeasty aftertaste.

The Tongerlo beers have never been my favourite and this one isn’t going to change that.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

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Photo of desint
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.18/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My green labelled 33cl brown bottle claims 7.5% ABV and had a best before date of 25 Mar 2011. Poured into my Westmalle chalice, all the sediment appeared to stay, stuck to the bottle bottom.

The beer was an amber colour with an off-white head which started fairly thin, but stayed for most of the review.

The smell was of treacle and yeasts, a bit on the sweet side then!

Alcohol is the main ingrediant within the taste and flavours, taking over anything and everything else. No depth of body, or creamy richness for a Christmas beer no matter what style.

Not overly impressed, far to much alcohol and not enough substance from any other components.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A golden, orange beer with a small head and moderate amount of lacing.

Smell is spicy with hints of coriander and clove. The malt is light and just light malty.

Taste is spicy with coriander and clove, also yeast-like spicy with an estery profile. The malt is just supporting the fruitines and is a little biscuity and doughy. I can't really detect a big difference between the blond and the Christmas version.

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Photo of spacemanvt
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Tone
3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, maize color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, hint of spice, hint of citrus, and a hint of nut. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight sweet malt, pale malt, metallic notes, and a hint of nut. Overall, good appearance, but aroma and body are oddly 'nutty' and almost lean towards being 'butterscotch-like'.

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, murky, red, orange, brown, color with a light tan head that leaves thick spots of lacing around the glass.

Smells like christmas, kind of a evergreen tree smell with hints of spice.

Taste right up front from the beginning, starts with kind of pine notes with spices and hints of orange dry yeasty finish, with notes of caramel throughout.

Over all a very good beer, and you can bet I'll be drinking this seasonal brew for as long as it's in season. Might even stock up for later.

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Photo of atis
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazy golden with lots of large carbonation bubbles and rather large head that soon decreases to nice dense layer. Light patchy lacing. Aroma is light earhy, some orange, very limited spice. Taste is noticeably sweet and spicy with some bitterness, soft yeast. Alcohol could be felt in the mostly sweetish aftertaste. Body is quite light with lots of mouth-filling carbonation bubbles.

Overall, nicely made brew.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted this 330ml bottle on 17.01.08 (Best by 13.01.09). They (Tongerlo/Haacht) seem to have changed this beer from the 6.5% to a 7% offering (yes, I will report a change!). It's just that their website (Tongerlo) still shows the brew at 6.5%, and this bottle was brought to me just recently from Belgium.

Anyway; poured the brew into Leffe glass, adding the small amount of yeast sediment. Appearence was a nice blonde with an orange hue and some haze, but not cloudy. A decent off-white head lasted and left lacing.
Smelled a little weird; first off a pleasent enough malt/hops combination but a strange, slightly off-putting rusty smell developed. The brewery says brew has a hint of vanilla in the aroma, but I did not sense it.
The taste was reasonably good, improving as it warmed; some caramel and a touch of an after tang that was not unpleasent.

Not a bad brew, but I would not seek it out. Interesting.

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Photo of educorgan
5/5  rDev +42.9%

Photo of supermeniscus
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Bruno74200
3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good caramel presence with a spicy character

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Photo of josanguapo
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From Uvinum. In Tongerlo chalice. Playing South Park The Stick of Truth.From Uvinum. Not much spicy like in a Christmas beer. More like a tripel but with less alcohol an sugar. Overall pleasant and easy to drink

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Photo of Tejon
2.64/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Good for drink one but no more. Nothing exceptional

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Photo of Brabander
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this beer at the Essen Christmas beer festival, last sunday. I enjoyed this festival because of the wide variety of Christmas beers.

This one came out of the bottle into a tasting glass. The fluid is darkred to brown, like the Palm beers. Nice head, broken white which disappeared fast. Good carbonation. Caramel, good and dry smell.

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Photo of Beerstorian
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of BenBreeg
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drpimento
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good beer overall. Nothing really special, just solid good..Poured with an off white foamy, frothy head that settled down shortly and some lace. Color is a clear medium amber. Aroma is yeasty, malty, and spicey. Flavor is similar with a tinge of sour in the background. A little sweetness, but really almost dry. Great body and excellent carbonation. A few hints of alcohol, but that's fine. Nice finish. Could easily have another. Have to be careful though.

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Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A solid, thick, spicy Belgian pale that I loved!

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Photo of stevoj
3.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful looking beer, amber brew with towering fluffy head. Mildly spicy and nutty, awesome head retention, slightly musty aroma. Earthy, wooden, nuts....I am drinking this way out of season, but it’s still good.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of YvesB
2.6/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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