Friday, December 5, 2008

25 Beers of Christmas '08, Day 5: Boelens Kerstbier

Brewery: Brouwerij Boelens
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
ABV: 8.5%
Date Poured: December 2008

Brouwerij Boelens is a microbrewery located about halfway between Antwerp and Gent. Another beer I brought back from my recent trip to Belgium.

It pours a deep reddish chestnut with a frothy tan head, malty and yeasty with fruity apple and pear. Somewhat boozy.

In the mouth, it's surprisingly smooth and the booziness is barely noticeable. Bready and fruity malt, caramel and spiced apple. The body is not at full as you would expect but finishes with a nice sweetness. Light, sweet spice in the aftertaste.
This beer drinks easy but that 8.5% ABV sneaks up on you for sure! Good stuff.

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