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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (5071) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
maxwelldeux (3805) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
emacgee (4146) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Pours a soft ruby copper with one finger of tight tan head. Nose is interesting, lots of dark fruit (fig/raisin/prune) and a touch of spice. Gets to be kind of weird, that Belgian yeast + dark grain fiasco comes out. Grainy burnt popcorn. Touch of acidity in the nose, lots more in the flavor. Where did that acidity come from? Dark fruit shows too and all that other jazz. Weird finish, almost sour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrob21 (2676) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Definitely gets a little more entertaining as it warms. Dark fruits and spice on the back of the palate make this much more reminiscient of the belgian christmas beers I am used to. Pours dark brown with a tan head and some light lacing. Plum and toasty grain aromas. Flavor has some chocolate and bread in there. A relatively complex beer but some of the flavors are clashing a little bit in a slightly bitter aspect mid palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (7003) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Bottle thanks to Andy! Pours a near clear deep amber with a grayish brown head that dissipates to the edges slowly. Aroma has a a combination of sweet dark bread and spice with a bit of underlying dark fruits. Flavor is much more dark fruit forward with spice coming out in the finish and underlying dark grain and bread notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (5903) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle, caged and corked. About as dark a shade of red as a beer can get before you’d call it black. Beautiful pillowy head. The aroma is rich and super sweet, bordering on chocolate. This drinks like a holiday dessert ... Rich and as sweet as a syrupy cherry pie. Delicious. (#4880, 12/30/2012)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kinz (3365) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Fears of infection in this one were unfounded, fortunately. Pours a dark to medium brown, nice creamy lasting head. Aroma is bread, sort of like an unspiced dark rye. Flavor is a match, medium bodied, bread, with a hint of fig running underneath. Yeast notes Belgian, but not at all overwhelming. Perhaps not special, but enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brigg (521) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 9, 2012
(750ml bottle) Brown and ruby body with a bid beige head. Light lace on the glass. Aroma of caramel malt, candy sugar, raisin, apple, dark fruit. Light body, thin. Sweet and peppery with some good hoppiness to it.

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