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RATINGS: 588   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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For the season we offer you our best wishes and especially delicious Ale. Rich and dark like our Dubbel. Sumptuous and smooth like our Tripel. Enjoy.


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2003
Brown coloured with nice head. Rather malty and yeasty aroma. Quite yeasty and slightly alcoholic flavour.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12400) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2003
(Bottle) Pours a dark amber-brown with a medium-sized tan head. Has a spicy aroma with a carmel flavor.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bill Becker (650) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - DEC 25, 2003
Nice reddish brown colour with little to no head. Swishing the brew in my mouth, there was an abundance of spicy flavours maybe dominated by cloves. For a 9%abv brew, I thought the alcohol was pretty well hidden.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 25, 2003
Warm woody brown in color, with a lively tan head. Strong cidery aroma, reminiscent of a lambic, almost. Warm broad tast. Sweet and hearty. Spices and hops well balanced into a really nice winter brew.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5780) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2003
Poured a reddish brown color with a nice and small tan and red head. Spicy aroma of some fruit but dominated by malt. Sweet taste of malt, some candy and even alittle cinnamon. Sweet, chewy, spicy mouthfeel. Overall a festive drink, but thats about it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radiomgb (2580) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2003
Copper in colour. Aroma is lightly malty, caramel, some yeast. Flavour was yeasty, slightly sweet, candyish. Finish was spicy, some bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (7915) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 23, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2004 Bottle. Dark amber-brown color with a big beige head. Aroma is yeasty (baked bread) with a little caramel. There’s a big caramel flavor with a subtle spice and a little fruit (plums or dark fruits). The body isn’t quite up to it (a little light) and there’s a high carbonation. Not as spiced as I thought and a little too mellow. It’s good, but not what I wanted. There’s a creaminess to it and a strong alcohol presence Re-rate: not much I’d change (modifed umbers a bit), but the carbonation is still too high and I could taste honey, honey, and more honey. The body wasn’t as light and had some depth. Better.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jazz88 (2638) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 21, 2003
Bottle (2002 vintage). A murky brown color with a foamy tan head. A bready, caramel, spice, and candy aroma. A strong alcohol presece that follows the spice. A mix of sweet candy, flowers, and malts.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 20, 2003
Bottle. Dark copper-garnet in color, with a large off-white head that lasted well and left nice lacing. Aroma is sweet, yeasty and fruity with spice and herbs - like some alcohol soaked holiday fruitcake (a good, fresh one, not one that's been passed around for years). Flavor is more tart and sharp than expected, fruity with yeast tones, a hop bite and alcohol finish. Pleasant, creamy body giving a nice mouthfeel. Pretty good as is, but this one might really benefit from some aging.

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (17458) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 18, 2003
Ruby amber color; nice head. Simple aroma, paper-like.Thin body, just a lot of caramel, ending with a quite strong but short bitterness. Missing complexity, not mellow, and far from being a beer for Christmas!


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