Style: Dubbel

ABV: 8.0 IBU: 30.0

99/100
Aroma: 12
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 20
Mouthfeel: 5

pFriem Family Brewers Belgian Christmas Ale

What the brewers say

“Brewed with coriander in a rich, dubbel base, its toffee aromas and hints of fresh, ripe orange will leave Santa feeling generous.”

What our panel thought

“Clear medium amber, well-carbonated with an off-white head that never goes away. An intoxicating licorice character in the aroma, with light lemon, coriander, and caramel malt. Spice and more licorice in the flavor with some bready malt in the background work well with a creamy mouthfeel and body. Sweet malt, a touch of toast, and lightly spiced hops play well into the integrated coriander flavor. Semidry, smooth bitter finish. Offers something new in the flavor and complexity each time you come back.”

What our editors thought

“Beautiful hazy chestnut color. The nose blends sweet bubblegum with stroop waffle and an elegant herbal background. The flavor tightens the reins on those esters, holding a steady line between cocoa bitterness and bubblegum ester, offering bits of indulgence before quickly course correcting. It’s worked over and thoroughly smoothed but retains its kick with a sly wink that assures you glass three and four could mean trouble.”

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