This is one of my favorite beers to have during the holiday season. I have an affinity for Belgian Strong Ales to begin with and this particular beer sure doesn’t disappoint. It is deeply malty, from the smell to the flavor, yet it is still very smooth. I know that it isn’t really classified as a Christmas beer, but it my mind it means that the holidays are right around the corner. And the 12% ABV certainly makes it easier to take the holiday season and the upcoming family get togethers. One note of caution: this beer is extremely smooth. The high alcohol content is deceiving. Depending on the year, the level of booziness can be extreme or almost non-existent. Be careful not to drink too many before heading out for holiday shopping.