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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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Brewed especially for the Winter season, Yuletide Ale is made with eight malt varieties, choice aromatic hops and subtle quantities of winter spices. Original gravity: 16 degrees plato. IBUs: 32. This beer received a Bronze Medal at the 2000 Brewing Industry International Awards in Burton-upon-Trent, England.


2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (11353) - Washington DC, USA - APR 19, 2002
Unlike the other reviewers, I did not enjoy this beer -- maybe it doesn’t keep that well. Strong nutmeg aroma. Sweet malty and mild, and some of the nutmeg comes through in the flavor. There’s a big initial head that dissolves quickly. Given the beer’s color, once the head goes down, it looks more like a cola than a beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (8915) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Bottle... Crystal clear, dark amber ale with lots of floaties. Small, fizzy, off-white head. Malty, floral, piney aroma. Great malt backbone with notes of toffee and spice. A touch too sweet, but not cloyingly so. Full-bodied, rich and velvety with fizzy carbonation. Medium length, astringent finish.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dogbrick (7687) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2003
Thanks to Darkover for supplying me with this one. Kudos to Crooked River for changing up their normally boring label scheme. Pours a nice reddish-amber color with a thick and foamy light beige head. Very spicy aroma. Flavor was decent but I felt it was way too heavy on the cinnamon. Faint hops finish. Overall a fairly good seasonal but it needs better balance.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 19, 2009
2002 bottle consumed 8/18/09. Pours a hazy brown with some protein globules floating about and a surprisingly well developed head. Smells of muted spice, roasted malt, some chocolate sneaking in, some fruity hints. Tastes of sweet and roasted malt, velvety, spicy, some dark fruity elements, a nice touch of cocoa present. This must have been an amazing beer when fresh. Even with 7 years on it, it is still drinking well.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2004
Bottle pours a hazy ruby, small white frothish head, and with herds of streaming bubbles.   Head has pretty much dissipated now.   Dark/Pitted fruits on the nose.   Light grains/malt & butter up front.   Minor spicing emerges in the middle.   Suble dark/pitted fruit flavor on the finish.   Slightly nutty.    Medium bodied.    Nothing extraordinary, but not bad either.   Thanks goes out to hopsrus for the trade!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Bottled, almond colored pour with soft foam, tasty aroma and flavor of spice cake, carrots, fondent icing, sweet finish

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (5968) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2003
Reddish brown hue with a average off-white head and fair lace. The aroma hinted of roasted chocolate malts, caramel, apple, orange zest, clove, ginger, grassy hops, and dusty yeast esters. The taste starts sweet (like candy) and develops a citric undertone. The good amount of spices are noticeable upon the finish with a touch of bitterness. Lively and medium-bodied, minor alcohol presence while drinking. A well made winter brew, too bad it's not being made anymore for I would have liked to try this again.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
egajdzis (5277) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Poured a copper color with a small off white head. Aroma of sweet caramel, light spices, and dark fruits. Taste of roast, chocolate, light cinnamon spices. The light spices, and more malts were the high points of this beer.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2002
Appears thin from the pour. Quickly diminishing head. Amber brown color. Nutmeg and malt dominate the flavors. A bit thin and undimentional. A bit to picayune for the style.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thedm (4928) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 16, 2003
This brew poured a small head of light brown colored fine to large sized bubbles that left behind a fair lacing and a carbonated transparent brown colored body. Its aroma was of caramel malt and alcohol while its mouthfeel was smooth with a slight tingle in its finish. Its flavors of caramel, though mild, malt and a bit of swwetness was nice even if a tad one dimensional. I was very suprised to find that this was a spice/herb/vegetable brew. I thought it more like a dunkel.


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