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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.1/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
Our winter ale, brewed especially for the holidays, boasts a combination of six different malts, all working together to produce a rich beer with a soft creamy mouthfeel. Without revealing all of Santa’s secrets, we can say that this tasty elixir contains a careful blend of coriander, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice. We think you’ll agree – it’s the closest thing to Christmas in a glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Megan (101) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2005
On tap. Orangy--red appearance. Light smelling. Orange, coriander, cinnamon and alspice flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
UNCCTF (514) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2005
On tap at Linda’s in Chapel Hill. Red coloring with a small off-white head. The mouthfeel was very full with a flavor full of orange, ginger, and cinnamon. A great brew for a cold day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2007
Pours a transparent copper ruby with a stringy wispy-lacing white head. Sweet cinnamon potpourri nose has some honey, ginger and clove character with some light fruitiness. Body starts brown sugary sweet and well-spiced with some cherry notes towrad a drier, crisp finish. A nice winter warmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 22, 2005
On tap. Clear orange-red color with foamy white head. Good aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange, maybe some ginger or coriander. Spice flavors are well balanced, but thin mouthfeel makes it seem too sweet. tasty but more like a cookie than a warming winter ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2008
Draft at the brewery. Smells heavenly of cloves, cinnamon, brown sugar. and everything wonderful. The first flavors to hit the tongue match the nose, but after a few sips its gets thinner and thinner. By the end it gets sour and watery, but still tastes lovely on the tongue. It seems like they decided to super flavor a beer that didn’t have the body to withstand the onslaught of spices that they had in mind. Nice effort for a superficial beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chandler0201 (650) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2010
Aroma of sweet and spice some cinnamon, some nutmeg, very good spices of the season. Organish color at pour with little to no head. Flavor was less pronounced, more spices but kind of watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2011
First rating in almost a year. I thought this was pretty good. Had it at JJ Wasabi’s in Mooresville. Waitress thought it was made by Carolina BEER (Carolina Blonde) and I was really surprised to get something this solid. Nothing out of the ordinary for a Xmas beer... nice amber color, not too dark though, some good spice and just solid overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 15, 2005
Draught at the brewpub. Clear orange color with a thin white head. Smelled and tasted of banana bread, vaniila, and nutmeg. A bit over-carbonated, but a very nice Holiday beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OldGrowth (3100) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2006
Pint at brewpub. Good aroma, sweet & spice. Cinnamon & nutmeg. Toffee/caramel. Clean coppery orange color. Little to no head or lace. Spiced flavor, like aroma spices rule the day. Medium body, creamy smooth mouthfeel, spiced sweet finish. Tasty,easy to drink but I dunno. Seems kind of a common attempt at a winter offering

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Name: Santa’s Secret
Date: 02/02/2008
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub

Appearance: clear copper, fine beige head,
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma with lots of ginger and cinamon aroma,
Flavor: rich sweet malt candy flavor, lots of ginger and cinamon, light bitterness comes out of the spices,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *4

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