Serve in Snifter, Tulip


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RATINGS: 530   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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The chill of a Colorado high-country winter calls for a beer with extra flavor and strength. Here it is. At over 7% alcohol, with a sturdy texture and rich flavors of caramel and chocolate, our holiday seasonal is the fermented equivalent of a good fire.
The ultimate winter warmer.
Available: November-December

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
steview (1012) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 8, 2004
duvel tulip glass: dark brown body with ruby highlight. nice off-white head. alcohol, sweet chocolate aroma, slightly spicy. cremey, thin palate. tastes of caramel and chocolate indeed. sweet, rich, and dark with an odd spice. there seems to be little hop presence. but i like it! sweet pipe tobacco? i can sense that, a little bit... (it is not the ultimate winter warmer!)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAY 22, 2004
Very dark amber body with a sparse white head. Smells of spices, skunked malt and sweet pipe tobacco. Taste is boring and unimaginative- sweet malt, no hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - MAY 18, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2005 Rich and flavorful. Aroma of nutmeg, ginger and bitter hops. Flavor is malty and good. Chocolate, oak like flavors. Lively and cheerful. This is a clearly underrated ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 16, 2004
Aroma of chocolate and gingerbread. Flavor is of mild chocolate, coffee, and and a solid hop kick. The palate is a bit thin. Nice but not great.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hershiser2 (1175) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Paid $7.99 for a 6-pack. Brown in color, slight hints of red, small, but creamy looking head. Smell is nothing special, a bit on the stinky side. Nothing overly special here. Kinda plain taste... really, no defined flavor here. Maybe slightly coffee, but really plain. Doesn't remind me of a stereotypical Christmas Ale at all. Glad I tried it, but I won't buy it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2004
Light for a strong ale. Had a rich full wintery taste that left me presently suprised. Light a smooth and very drinkable, something to have again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bac080 (398) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2003
A change-up from all the other Christmas Ales this year. Kind of dark, ans sweet-smelling. Pleasant and smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beeriodic (61) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2003
very little head that disappeared quickly. Thinnish brown color. Nice malty nose. Smooth palate and nice bitter/ malty profile. Aftertaste is bitter, with a slight mettalic astringency.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aubrey (3417) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2004 Murky and burgundy-brown with a thinnish head. Hop, roast and yeast aromas in the nose. Medium-bodied. Rich and sweet malts -- chocolate, wood, caramel and a little toffee. Hops were mellow, but definitely had a presence (somewhat grassy, with some tarty grapefruit notes). Mild bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Overall, a decent beer with approachable flavors.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2003
Poured a weak tan head over a dark brown body. The aroma was okay with a light caramel note. The flavor had a slight hint of caramel but was thin and left no impression.

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