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RATINGS: 286   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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2013 vintage - 8.5% abv


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Weezel (104) - Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Plums, prunes and sweet grapes on the aroma. A clear but thick body. Taste is sweet with candied fruits and some background malt. Good stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thebullshornbar (63) - Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2014
In terms of style tends to lean a little closer to a winter spiced dubble rather than a strong dark ale. The spicy characteristic is held together by a lightly sugary body with notes of dried fruit Cola and yeast eaters. The spritzy carbonation cuts through the palate but ultimately for what it is there seems to be something lacking.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerathon (957) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2014
This beer was a letdown. Every aspect of it seemed like a watered down version of a better beer. The spice blend, malts, and hops were all muted. Entirely mediocre.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (9943) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Bottle @ home, labeled as Noel des Géants. Slightly hazed deep amber pour with a tall off-white head. Aromas of clove, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Bready and yeasty, too. Some toast and maybe a touch of alcohol. Tastes just very sweet. Fair amount of spice character to it, again mostly clove. There are nice caramel, brown sugar, and toast notes to the flavor. Very mild fruit.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (3093) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Bottle: Pours bubbly, brown-orange with a small, off-white cap. Yeasty, cola, buttery caramel scent. Taste is light fruit, spiced caramel. A slight mustiness. Rich in flavor, but drinks very lightly. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
J_man (666) - Tustin, California, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Nice clear golden orange color with a very foamy white head. Aroma is very light but definitely seemed like it had a sour yeast component with a touch of salty sea air. I was bracing for a Belgian sour, but it wasn’t sour at all! It tasted like a Belgian golden ale with a crisp, clean lightly toasted malt flavor. There’s some light fruitiness in there too with flavors of cherry and plum. There is a bit of saison-like hay and barnyard tastes near the end. Body is thin but creamy at the same time. The most amazing thing about this beer is that this bottle is labeled at 8.5% ABV, but it drinks like something far below that. I could have downed a few of these before I realized the strength (and then I’d be down). Very nice Belgian Christmas beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarcoDL (1544) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2014
Nice Christmas beer, spicy, malty and sweet of course. Better than average.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle. Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a medium off-white head. Spice and yeast aroma with some fruit and malt notes. Similar flavor with some alcohol in the finish. A little thin but smooth.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Salmoniform (263) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Poured from bottle to glass. Dark amber with fizzy off white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is esters, floal, banana, sugar, orange, honey, caramel, roasted malt. Mouthfeel is nice with a full body and moderate carbonation. Taste is initially quite sweet with a astringent bitterness that follows. A slight ethanol finish. Overall, this was an ok brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ShivanDragon (1264) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2013
rood/bruin helder met minimale witte kraag
aroma van caramel, zoet, rood fruit en iets van steranijs
smaken van bruine suiker, caramel, rozijnen, matig bittertje, stevig bier ondanks dat licht fruitig van rood fruit, matig gemout, redelijk kruidig waaronder iets van kardemom, steranijs, zeer licht rood fruitzuurtje
medium body, romig, normale co2, afdronk wat kruidig en zoetig


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