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RATINGS: 563   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.86/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 184   ABV: 6.13%
As befits any Christmas present, each years offering is a unique product crafted with special care. Generally, this beer is a dark ale, however, the recipe changes each year. Available November thru December.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crafty07 (404) - Florence, Kentucky, USA - MAR 28, 2007
smooth offering. Much easier to drink than many christmas ales that Iíve suffered lately. I have to say, they know how to brew beer in Covington, LA

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jonwayne4883 (401) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2007
not bad. not fantastic. some spice, worth a winter try and thatís about it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Braudog (6377) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2007
12oz 2006 bottle: A deep amber brewwith a thin but roacky/foamy head. I swear this stuff smells like nacho-cheese Dorritos ... and the flavor isnít too different. Wow. Very vegetabley, lightly metallic, only a tad bit spicy, but somehow enjoyable. (#2700, 2/13/2007)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 29, 2007
Orange-amber color with a long lasting head. Weak spicy hop and malt aromas. Underwhelming flavors with a mild hop presence and some malt. Thin, with a quick, bitter finish. Expected more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2007
2006 bottle - clear copper with a dense manila colored head. the aroma is lightly toasted grain very lagerish (vienna). No spice noticeable. The flavor is also lightly nutty malty, hints of caramel, a good bit of hop bite. Sticky medium astringent body. Pretty mediocre.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2007
2006 bottle..silver label...reddish brown body with medium off-white head..aroma of grass, pine needles, grain, and light toast..flavor profile of pine needles, grass, stone, and light strawberry (which is something i hardly ever pick up)..average palate

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2007
I donít know what it is about christmas beers that attract me, but I feel obligated to try them. Iíll try to clean them up today.
2006 bottle. All silver label. Clear copper with a huge head. Fair lacing. Definitely NOT a spice/vegetable. Smelled of toasted nuts and malts, and earthy hops. Fairly sweet taste. Light to medium body. Moderate sweet and light bitter taste. A bit thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JAN 3, 2007
Bottle best by 16 Apr 07. Poured a reddish brown with a fizzy off-white head. The aroma started with sweet chocolate but quickly changed to grainy bread. The flavor was malty but somewhat subdued so had to pin point. Light body and slightly watery.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
3fourths (9146) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2006
Bottle is labeled 09/2003. Sour malt and grain smell all over this thing. Moldy grains and moss, rotting wood, etc. Boring and plain, which is probably better than tasting like it smells. Has a red hue.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
muzzlehatch (4830) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2006
12 oz bottle, no date, silver label, from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor, MI (December 2006). Given the price and the fact that there was only one of these, sort of hiding on a low shelf, and that the label is peeling easily, Iím betting this is rather old. Still, it pours nicely into the Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass, very clear amber with a decent off-white (quickly dying) head.....faint ginger-licorice spiciness, a bit nutty, overall fairly weak and dull aroma....extremely weak and watery on the tongue, just a bit of brown ale-like nuttiness, old dessicated caramel perhaps, and a bit of dried lemon.....this is definitely past its prime but I donít really have any confidence that a new bottle would be any fresher....spiciness is certainly muted to almost nothing in this bottle, whether from age or the recipe from whatever yearís model this is, I canít say.

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