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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Interpretation of French/Belgian Biere de Noel (Christmas beer). Blue Mountain Barrel House’s Blitzen is a dark ruby-hued ale fermented with Rochefort Trappist brewery’s signature yeast. Light notes of dark stone fruits blend with the subtle spiciness of the yeast to produce a well-balanced 7% alcohol delicious seasonal beer.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Butters (3764) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2013
Sampled on draft at the brewery. Clear amber pour with chestnut highlights and ring of near white head. Yeasty belgian style nose and a distinct spiciness in the flavor. Fruity, like dark cherry and molasses. Sweet, but not overly so. Not horrible, but nothing I would need to have again.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jackl (4604) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Keg @ Blue Mountain. The pour’s deep amber with a small head. Mashed banana nose, Belgian yeast. Some marshmallow. Pear. Taste is caramel, nuts. Sweet banana, rustic yeastiness. Medium body, fine carb. Solid.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Heathen (1463) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 28, 2013
THOUGHTS: A little more subtle than I was expecting at first, but it kept improving as it warmed. Very Belgian. Nice and sort of special for Christmas, but not very Christmasy. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, very dark red with a huge, off-white head that mostly lasted and diminished at a painfully slow rate and left good lacing. The aroma was nice but a little weak and contained moderate candi sugar; very light hops; moderate to heavy spicy Belgian yeast; raisin; prune; apple; and cherry. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and slightly acidic; while the finish was moderately acidic and lightly bitter with an average to long duration. There was caisugar, molasses, caramel, dark fruits, spicy yeast, cherry, prune, raisin, hints of brown sugar, a little apple, more yeast, slight hops, hints of earthy and metallic hops and yeast and hints of cocoa. The medium body was creamy with soft, but very tingly carbonation and a dry and lightly astringent finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrodooo5 (1018) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 6, 2013
Pretty dark copper pour with a huge tan head that very slowly dwindles but doesn’t leave much lacing. The aroma consists of light spices. The taste is pretty spicy up front with somewhat of an abrupt finish that leaves the palate slightly dry. The mouthfeel is pretty light and creamy until the finish. Not bad but not all that memorable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AxlLives (287) - Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2013
750 mL bottle - pours dark opaque crimson, nice big, fluffy, white head. Great lacing and retention. Aromas of candied fruit, plums and vanilla malt. Nice and yeasty, touch of spice. Medium bodied, lively with carbonation. Cola and maple flavors dominate. Little nut and plum. Drier finish. Pretty good, though the initial promise doesn’t come through.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kennydiaz (352) - Manahawkin, New Mexico, USA - MAR 25, 2013
It pours a dark brown with a highly carbonated head. Very sweet hints of brown sugar and cinnamon.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2013
$5.99 sale bomber from Sam’s Quik Shop. Pours dark ruby-brown with a generous beige head. Nose of lovely Belgian yeast and some stony fruits--plum, fig, overripe peach. Some dark grainy malts and relatively low-key allspice and perhaps cinnamon. Also hints at a strange acidity and tartness. Taste is not quite as good as the smell, though a nice lingering aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (4644) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Draft. Poured a light ruby color with a small off-white head. Aroma was some spice, with notes of yeast, light sweet malts. Flavor was sweet malts, with some notes of yeast and some dark, dried fruits. Relatively light, at least more light than I expected.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
maxwelldeux (3665) - Everett, Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown color with a thick frothy off-white head. Nose has a hint of sweetness with some malty and spicy notes to it. Taste has the same, with the addition of some sour dark fruit notes to it.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2013
750ml from Sam’s, Durham. Thought I’d try this one, given the deep discount. Darkish copper/brown pour, well carbonated but not too distinctive or impressive an appearance. Nose of slightly ripe yeast, prominent malts, and a bit of allspice. Taste was heavy on the sweets n beets for sure, with modest spice and hops in there too, particularly on the finish. Something about it seemed just a bit off to me, perhaps because of that weird vegetal tartness as with their other beers I’ve tried so far.


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