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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.25/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
This Holiday Ale is a Belgian Ale with deep amber hues and a blend of Belgian malts and a touch of Belgian candy sugar. AKA Elf´s Holiday Ale or Winter Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (7438) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
"so far, i’ve rated a whopping "1" black diamond beer above a 2.2, and it was still just a 2.6, so i was really going into this one with NO expectations. it was just a throw in to the 13 beer winter tasting we did last night. well, the most accurate thng i can say is that it was not nearly as bad as I expected, and while i probably won’t search it out again, it was a decent beer, the first and maybe only time i’ll ever say that about BD. pours light mahagony brown with little head. lots of candy sugar make up for a lack of complexity but the beer is tasty. belgian inspired? yeast. dry sweet finish. not bad."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
danielyabu (1363) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - JAN 26, 2014
small frothy white head. flat thick light brown body. fair lacing. mostly diminishing. aroma: spicy, nutmeg, dark chocolate, moderate malt, wood, little alcohol. if: moderate sweet. ff: moderate sweet light bitter; long duration. palate: watery texture, light body, lively carbonation, metallic finish. Apesar do rótulo, não lembra Dubbel, puxando mais para Brown Ale. É mais fraca e menos encorpada que aquele estilo. O que se destaca são os aromas. Dulçor maltado, caramelado, achocolatado. Final alcoólico e condimentado, com noz-moscada, lembrando cervejas de natal, apesar de continuar aguada. 60s 50r

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Derek881 (1170) - Istanbul, TURKEY - JAN 19, 2012
Poured from a large bottle into a pint glass to drink. The beer had a cloudy dark amber-light brown color with a medium-sized creamy tan head that had fairly short retention but a good bit of cling. Its aroma featured caramel malt, some dark fruits and banana, a bit of toffee, and some earthy hops tones as well. It had a sweet, fruity taste with a touch of raisin and some caramel, as well as a noticeable grainy bitterness as the flavors developed. The beer had average carbonation and a lighter, creamy mouthfeel with some presence of alcohol and dryness at the finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
batneil (488) - - DEC 18, 2011
Dark colour. Quite fizzy, with fine, sharp bubbles. Slightly chocolatey taste I thought.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 8, 2010
Bottle: Brown color, light tan head, nice lacing. Nose of spice and darker malts, some light sugars and some belgian yeastiness. The flavor is more simple, more towards a spiced amber, not too belgiany. Finishes moderately bodied and sweet with some molasses. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
skoisirius (1882) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2010
Worked for what it’s attempting to be...had this once about 8 months ago and can barely remember it...remember a bit too sweet on the not as thick tip though. Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2010
bottle thanks to bhensonb. poured a nice amber with a beige head. aroma was caramel and winter spices. flavor was caramel, nutmeg, and some type of herbal root. body was medium with high carbonation. pretty good winter ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (12748) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 19, 2010
Bottle from the Co-op in Davis, CA. Pours copper/amber with a decent beige head. Smells like roasted caramel with evergreen boughs. Medium body with foamy carbonation. Thins a bit as the carbonation leaves. Flavor is roast malt with evergreen sap. Could be some grassy hop. Sort of a Xmas Belgian. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6400) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Bottle:   Deep amber, brownish, coppery, moderate finely bubbled off-white head, a few rings of lacing.   Spicy nose, anise, all-spice, nutmeg, cinnamon.   Somewhat like a Dubbel crossed with a spiced Winter Ale.   Bright dark pitted fruit both and the nose and on the tongue.   This is already much better than all their other offerings.   More spicy than your average Dubbel, and also not as much dark pitted fruit.   Sweet, but not cloying.   Body and mouthfeel aren’t heavy as one wouth think for a Dubbel.   Lingering spiciness on a background of sweetened malts.   Big on spices, especially on the nose.   Good Winter offering, even if they try to play this as a Dubbel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - DEC 21, 2009
6 pack from Beverages & More! Arden. Pours a clear dark amber with a small tan head which quickly reduces to a thin film. Aroma is spicy with some banana notes. Oh; flavor is a lot richer than expected. Lots of honey, bitter fruits, medium hops, on a thick malt body. Thinner palate, low carbonation. Not bad. Overall, good.

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