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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Dark Brown Winter Warmer with Curaçao Orange Peel and Ginger. Inspired by Seinfeld (we first made this beer in 1997 and it is a testament to the folly of giving your beer a pop culture name.) We currently have two vintages available in bottles - we had retained some of the 2012 (whose label is undated) to enable side-by-sides with the 2013 (which is vintage dated on the label). It’s a remarkable contrast - the beer is great fresh but at a year the flavors have melded wonderfully. To me, the beer evokes winter. It really warms the bones without being too over-the-top strong or spiced.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
JDBaker11058 (1205) - Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2014
Appearance dark, opaque brown with one finger of thick, creamy light tan head. Aroma: spices up front (cinnamon, clove, black pepper, allspice), over herbal hops and some brown bread and fruitcake. Taste: figs, plums, molasses, herb, light pine, graham cracker, and holiday spice melange. Finish: lingering fruit and spice, light sweetness. Notes: Perfectly fine. Basically a dark Belgian with what I’ve come to view as the typical ’holiday spice bucket’, so common in Christmas beers, tossed in. Beerdvent 2013 selection.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holdwine (1075) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 8, 2003
This ale looked good and started fine, but it went down hill rapidly. Too spicy, weak and wattery. Maybe I got a bad keg. Still a decent drink, but not what I have come to expect from this brewer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2004
Draft at the Grey Lodge in Philly. Nice Belgian. Had a slight spice flavor in the start. The alcohol was hidden pretty well.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2003 Brewery says that stylistically this is "close" to an abbey double, but not quite. Big rocky head that lasts all the way down. Big, bold and complex fruit and mouth. Great creamy palate and balanced sweetness. Amazing replication of trappist ale. Captures every element I look for. Surprisingly inexpensive, as well. A Baltimore beer that would hold its own in Brussels.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emeister84 (862) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2013
Dried fruit, citrus, floral, perfume, and cardamom aromas. Hazy red-brown with a lasting, beige head. Dry, floral, fruity, and spicy. Medium body, prickly carbonation, and a refreshingly clean finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2005
A beer for the Restofus? A fine christmas beer that was hearty and spicy. Clove and ginger evident. A delightful beer from a great bar.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JHeath99 (793) - - NOV 24, 2013
Tap. Pours dark opaque brown with minimal tan head. Aroma of malts and spice. Taste of dark fruit and caramel.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tonkun (758) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle 2013. Dark copper pour with a lot of head. Citrus, orange zest, bread, spice. Light to medium body with sour and bitter finish. Medium carbonation

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlovell2 (659) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 3, 2014
On tap at The Corner Stable Columbia. Pours dark brown with beige head. Caramel malt aroma with figs and yeast spiciness. Sweet caramel malt flavor with dark dried fruit flavor of figs and prunes. Some cinnamon and yeasty spiciness in finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gripweed57 (594) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2012
750 ml corked and caged bottle. Opague dark brown color. small creamy beige head. Burnt sugar and roasted malt aroma. Some spiciness evident. Tangy roasted malt flavor. Dark fruits, molasses and cinnamon appear. Tastes like an Abbey dubbel with spices. Nice warming alcohol finish.


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