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RATINGS: 586   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bill Becker (610) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5697) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radiomgb (2560) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (7754) - 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. Theres a big caramel flavor with a subtle spice and a little fruit (plums or dark fruits). The body isnt quite up to it (a little light) and theres a high carbonation. Not as spiced as I thought and a little too mellow. Its good, but not what I wanted. Theres a creaminess to it and a strong alcohol presence Re-rate: not much Id change (modifed umbers a bit), but the carbonation is still too high and I could taste honey, honey, and more honey. The body wasnt as light and had some depth. Better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jazz88 (2628) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (16924) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2004 Update: Beer pours attractive chesnut with a beautifully retained tan colored head. Aroma is deeply malty, some milk chocolate and spices. Flavor is delicously malty with wonderful spiciness, yeast, and a nice dry finish. This is better than I remember.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2329) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2003
A pleasant find in a bar in the Paris airport. Faint, sweet, fruity aroma. Avg.-sized, off-white head. Light brownish red in color. Malty with relatively high alcohol presence. Nice cookie finish as it warms. Solid. A good warming beer with good flavor. Sweet and rich.

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