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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
emacgee (4024) - 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 (2559) - 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 (6633) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 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 (5743) - Hampton, Virginia, 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 (3286) - 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 (512) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (9690) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear dark brown with a medium, frothy light tan head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is dark fruity esters, nutty and toast malt with earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with light sour notes, dark fruity esters, light hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sonnycheeba (3556) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a hint of ruby and thick, creamy beige head; good retention and spare lacing. Aroma is figs, oak, earthy hops, spice, roast malt and light caramel. Flavor is roast malt forward with supporting dark fruit esters and earthy hops; some spice throughout with a dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daknole (9101) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Amber pour with a whitish head. Malty and yeasty nose with light spice. Flavor is pretty light on the spice. A touch of honey flavors. Mild flavors.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a large, beige head. Yeast and dark fruit aromas. Strange grain/straw flavor with some yeasty and dried fruit notes. More dried fruit and a hint of chocolate in the finish. Fairly bland and a little off to me.

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