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RATINGS: 568   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 27, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2003 Massive long-lasting head, creamy, bubbly dark ruby body. Strong malty caramel nose, just lightly yeasty; could almost be a doppelbock. Flavor very sweet, slightly alcoholic, buttery-caramel, slightly honeyish, minimally bitter. Very smooth, uncomplicated finish. I found this very enjoyable and drinkable, but not terribly spicy or complex as I would hope for in a Belgian holiday beer. Great brewery, but merely a very good, not great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2003

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - JAN 20, 2003
Huge head, uncontrollably so but with good lacing. Fruity smell with some alchohol in the nose. Fruit sweet taste, thin body. Nice clean crisp finish with a very light aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2004 2002: Fruity, inviting nose. Thinnish body. Alcohol laden carbonation -- somewhat sharp. Very subtle sweetness. Nice finish, where the malts really seem to shine. Slightly oily and dryish with a mild bitterness. RERATE 03: Big floaties; deep amber/garnet with a big-bubbled head. Sweet (caramel, Astropop) and yeasty ("grungy" yeast flavors). Starkly bitter. Aftertaste was oily and dry, curiously. Interesting, but missed the mark on some of my dimensions.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2003
2002 bottle: Poured with a big fluffy head, tiny bubbles left nice lacing. Bready spicey malts were perfectly sweet - not overdone, just enough of those pie spices. Finish was pleasingly dry, with some lingering spices

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2003
Strong beer! I liked it, but for a Belgian ale the alcohol was too distinct. Very carbonated with a huge head. Bitter beer with not as much spice to it as I expected, a little thin to my taste. Not as robust as most Belgians I"ve had, but still a good brew nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5166) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2003 Wow! This was somewhat strong. Obvious fruitiness in the aroma and taste with apples seemingly predominant. Pours as a brownish haze and is very carbonated. The first sip reveals the fruit and malt within. The finish seems a little dry but reveals more of the fruitiness which leans towards a sour apple taste. Worth trying, indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - DEC 29, 2002
Reddish body, good head formation. Aroma of freshly baked bread, dark fruits, well spiced with a hint of mint. Slight fizziness on the palate, doughy, bready, oaky, plenty of spice and some chocolate and licorice. Dry spiciness in the finish blends well against the heavy malts.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
legion242 (2142) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2002
Garnet color; fluffy head; nose of dark fruit. spicy body- good mouth presence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - DEC 26, 2002
Had this with a deicious Xmas dinner. How nice to compliment it with a fine ale. Yum. Nice spices on the fruity side. Perhaps a tad over carbonated. Found the alcohol pretty well hid under the flavor. Very much enjoyed.

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