Ernest (6540) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle (Oct 23, 2014 bottling).
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (cookie, toasted grain), with a strong note of ginger, other notes of lime, mint, candy sugar.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, syrupy/watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
A total ginger and sugar bomb. A silly beer.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the brewpub.
Pour a dark copper color with dark golden orange edges and a one finger off white head that slowly fades into lasting ring. Sopradic spots of lace.
Sweet malty aroma with subtle medicinal quality and a prominent spice character. Zesty pepper, clove, cinnamon brown sugar and pumpkin. Sweet rye caramel and biscuit.
Fuller bodied than expected with a nice balance of sweet malt notes and zesty wintertime spice. Hints of rye, molasses, honey caramel, toffee and biscuit with hints of pepper, clove, nutmeg vanilla, cinnamon and brown sugar. Abv excellently masked with litte to no heat, just some warmth in the finish. The best of the three beers I had from this place.
tennessejed420 (927) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
tap at B&B. I decided a new entry for bull & bush yule fuel needed to be created, as in the yule fuel lambic half are reviews of their lambic, the previous version, and half are of this beer, which is NOT a lambic, but labeled as a winter warmer by the brewery. Since no winter warmer beer category exists here, I thought it was best classified as an english strong ale, although you could make an argument for spice/herb/vegetable as there is definitely plenty of nutmeg / cinnimon in this one. Anyway..........pours a deep red hue with small off white head. Aroma is spicy and sweet, some marachino cherry, nutmeg, cinnamon. Smooth and medium bodied, incredibly smooth for 10%. Flavor is rich and malty, tons of nutmeg on the finish, with notes of caramel and cherry. Very nice.
bigbish (585) - California, USA - JAN 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
this is a god holiday beer. Lots of honey and spice in the aroma, flavor is similar.. Lots of cloves, touch of nutmeg. A tasty beer. I don’t detect any lambic character though. The menu do not say anything about lambic, so maybe that is a ratebeer typo...
onceblind (5147) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at The Bull and Bush Pub in Denver. Pours out a clear ruby mahogany like color, with a small head that dissipates after you take about 3 sips. Smells amazing, with many notes of fruits like apple, pear, lots of orange rind, and loads of sweet caramel malt, with a hint of wood. Enticing. Taste is just as lovely. Lots of light fruits like in the nose, but with a more pronounced wood note, a load of zesty citrus hops, a ton of toffee or caramel, and more than a bit of booze. The booze isn’t too apparent at first, but by the finish it’s a nice warming sensation. Gotta be about 10%. Very lovely all around. Even the texture felt refined. Proves that you don’t need "holiday spices" to make a Christmas beer.
adnielsen (9709) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tasted from a growler at the Parade of Darks in Denver, Colorado. Translucent orange appearance with a slightly darker head. Piney, sweet sour aroma. Spicy, piney, sour flavor with a decent amount of ginger. Fairly alcoholic finish but still spicy and sweet. Not a whole lot of lambic going going on. Talked to the guy working for the brewery and said this years version is NOT a lambic.
dnstone (2331) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 14, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cherry and holiday spiced aroma (nutmeg, clove cinnamon, clove) and belgian yeast. Deep copper in color. Tastes exactly as it smells, same cherry and spice. I dont recall it being much of a lambic, but a crazy-good winter warmer.
notalush (5216) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is either the most unlambic-like lambic I’ve ever had, or there are two versions of this beer, because this is more like a very lightly funky spiced beer - the flavor is actually fairly sweet, with some brewed tea and cream soda kind of flavor to it - it also tastes like they’ve steeped a Christmas tree in this brew (spruce and loads of xmas spiciness) - very faint notes of earthiness, wood, and oxidation - a bit of acidity on the front and back as well - I suppose these later qualities are the "lambic" aspects - a strange and not entirely enjoyable brew.
Ratman197 (10640) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Bull and Bush 1999 vintage poured a hazy reddish amber with a lingering ring of ivory foam. Aromas of cherry, orange, light carmel and light spice. Palate was light bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of fruittiness, carmel and spice with a smooth dry lingering spiced finish.
3fourths (8456) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2008 Cloudy dark amber color. Nose is semi-sweet prickly twigs and berries, some brown sugar, spiced rum, very little in the way of acetic acid or any other sort of wild yeast character. Flavor is sweetened tea, slightly oxidized, some sugared rum and some cinnamon. Interesting but very un-lambic like.