RateBeer
overall
86
74
style

bottled
available

on tap
available

Regional Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holdwine (1128) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dogfish120love (1033) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Pours a dark brow basically black with a tan white lacing. The flavor is heavily spiced with some chocolate, coffee and yeast funk in the finish

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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gripweed57 (973) - 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.

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.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Bricks (745) - Delaware, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Aroma of skunk and malt. Good visually. A subpar Belgian that tasted past it’s prime.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wilnatp (639) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown amber pour. Burnt sugar, roast, spices with ginger on the finish. Very hearty.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2005
Draft at the Abbaye. Remarkably similar to Anchor’s 2004 Xmas ale - just without the smoke. Heavy cola presence. Hints of clove and licorice.

2.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ret12 (453) - Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2013
This beer is pretty standard, it just tastes like a normal ale with a spice after taste..nothing special


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page  1 2 3 4  5  6


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2015,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50