Brewed by Companyia Cervesera del Montseny
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Sant Miquel De Balenyà (Seva), Spain


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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.11/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Estil cerveser: CHRISTMAS ALE. Cervesa d’alta fermentació elaborada amb una recepta d’hivern, amb un toc especiat.

Nota de tast: Al gust d’aquesta cervesa s’hi combinen les amargors de les maltes torrades amb notes dolces de l’anís estrellat, donant lloc a una cervesa càlida i reconfortant. Cervesa amb complexitat de sabors, per a prendre sola o després dels àpats amb dolços de postres.

Ingredients de la recepta: Aigua del Montseny. Maltes: pale ale, àmbar, chocolat, cafè, crystal i caramalt. Cereals: ordi torrat. Flor dels llúpols: challenger, east kent goldings, northern brewer i celeia. Espècia: anís estrellat.

Temperatura de consum: entre 6º i 10ºC.
Formerly CCM HivernALE.

SledgeJr's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 22, 2010
In the 0.5 mL green bottle. 2009 vintage. Pours a murky dark brown with a medium, big bubbled effervescent head that produces floating discoids of foam. PDQ cocoa powder aroma. Tart at first, some toasted caramel and then a substantial chocolate finish. Perhaps a small splash of cherry, but I’m not getting any spices or certainly "blood oranges" at all. I can see where this beer would fill the role of a Winter Warmer in a place where it never snows.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
miquelcrush (1384) - Granollers, SPAIN - APR 3, 2014
Cerbeza oscura, visualmente con poca persistencia de espuma, olfactivamente se notan en parte las especias, en boca se nota el uso de las maltas tostadas

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
jan23778 (101) - SPAIN - MAR 1, 2014
Dark brown in colour but with an almost pure white head. Earthy, spicy aroma. Deep caramel, dark malt, with an overall aniseed flavour. Ok, but nothing more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ozckr (238) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JAN 31, 2014
toast, caramel, cloudy, light sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, oily feel, lively, bitter,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
teddybeer (2224) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 23, 2013
Brown colour with a beige head with good lasting and moderate lacework. Aroma has notes of toasted malts, light caramel and spices. Flavor is toasty with lots of spices, mainly rosemary and anise, some fruit in syrup notes. The final is spiced with toasted hints.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SaintMatty (5247) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2013
330ml Bottle - Copper with a slight haze. Spicy, fruity and malty aroma with notes of raisins, caramel and aniseed. Malty, fruity and slightly metallic taste with notes of caramel, fruitcake, cinnamon and aniseed. Perfectly drinkable and fairly enjoyable, although I was expecting a bit more body for a beer of this strength.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bernatbeer (418) - barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 27, 2013
En botella.Color marron con poca espuma que desaparece rápidamente.Aromas a maltas tostadas especies(anis?) Floja para ser una cerveza de hinvierno.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (4931) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2013
First sent from Hayduke but the bottle exploded while in storage. He then brought one and we had it together. This was a dark brown pour and was opaque. A nice beige head. The nose was cinnamon and spices. We didn’t have it in ideal holiday ale weather. It brought some nice spiced flavors and especially cinnamon. An impressive malt base that included toffee. The spices made this one, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hayduke (3369) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 29, 2013
This was a joint tasting at Dave Duncan’s place in Wood River. Dark amber pour with off white head. Nose of sweet caramel malts. Some spices show. Medium body and smooth mouthfeel. Flavor is rich with lot of holiday spices.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Acid303 (406) - Barcelona, CATALONIA, - APR 11, 2013
Ampolla de 33cl en got tipus pinta. Color ambre fosc transparent amb força escuma blanquinosa. Llevat dolç al nas amb petit toc terrós, bastant pobre. En boca millora bastant, ja que apareixen agradables notes de caramel i torrades, amb un punt especiat afegit. El final és melós i perdura, deixant en segon pla les insignificants notes d’alcohol. Cos mig, carbonatació suau. Acceptable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Bottle. Amber-brown beer with a thin light tan head. caramel and light spice aroma. Caramel and light citrus flavor with spice. Medium bodied. Caramel/toffee lingers with spice and light malt.

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