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RATINGS: 290   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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2013 vintage - 8.5% abv

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnfryd (10845) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 5, 2011
bottle. Deep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is berries, spices, yeast. Flavour is berries, spices, malt, sugar, hop, fruit. OK beer.
Earlier Rating: 6/29/2010 Total Score: 3
Bottle. Amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is spices, herbs malt , caramel. Flavour is spices, herbs, malt, caramel, yeast, sugar. Weird beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (16927) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2011
Bottle. Pours a hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel aroma. Sweetish malty yeasty spicy flavor. Has a sweetish malty spicy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MoritzF (8562) - Bochum, GERMANY - MAR 23, 2011
(bottle, 75cl) Cloudy, dark brown colour with an off-white foamy head of medium size. Sweet and slightly sugary toast-malty aroma with notes of Bavarian Blockmalz, a nutty touch and shades of alcohol. Sweet flavour, full bodied with a calm carbonation. Hearty and toasty malt-character with notes of nuts and caramel; sweet and slightly roasty bitter finish with vinous fruity notes and a warming, well-embedded alcoholic touch. 05.I.11

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
psilosophy (498) - vitry en artois, FRANCE - MAR 20, 2011
Bouteille de 33 cl. Couleur rougeâtre assez sombre, mousse moyenne de tenue correcte. Beaucoup d’épices, un peu caramélisée et un tout petit peu fruitée, finale un poil sèche. Une noël tout à fait correcte. Trouvée à Vanuxeem - Ploegstaert.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TreborWhip (393) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2011
Bottle pours amber with an average off-white head and excellent lacing throughout. Aroma of flowers and light fruits. Flavors of apple, pear, honey, and ginger with a metallic and light hop finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2260) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2011
a cloudy copper looking brew that simply put is a very good take on an alcoholic gingerale, ale. gingerale taste and carbonation with a vegetable and fruit finish. a hop character of breathing in pineforest from overhead in cold weather. frothy and moderate in body. done well. the yeast invigorates well and the alcohol is warming with a soulfullness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (7569) - Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Fruity, with holiday spices. It is a cloudy brew that doesn’t pack a huge alcoholic punch but was a nice drinker on Christmas day.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - MAR 9, 2011
Brown, amber colored brew. Aroma is fruity, spicy, malty. Flavor has some sweetness, maltyness, spices, some apricot and apples.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 8, 2011
750ml from Total Wine, Durham. It’s a failure of the imagination not to have this beer’s label be a photo from the giants parade. Bummer. Nice heavy pour, dusty amber and with a big sticky head. Nose of mellowed yeast and spice, kinda bread pudding-ish. Mouthfeel is moderately sticky, with a touch of heat as well. Nothing about the flavor really stands out when compared with Carolus, Chouffe, or other solid holiday entries. But overall, I found it to be a decent, faded, spicy BSA.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CanIHave4Beers (3322) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 24, 2011
750ml The beer pours a reddish orange with a big head that fades and maintains it’s self in smallness. The aroma is clove, apple, allspice, and wet cardboard. As the beer warms the cardboard aroma lesses giving way to some nice rose like scents. All in all there are nice things going on in the aroma here but that crappy cardboard thing just sort of throws them all off. The flavor is much better and does not taste particularly oxidized at all as I had expected from the aroma. Instead I’m presented with a dry hoppy beer reminiscent in these characteristics of Orval with less if any brettanomyces influence. The beer is spicy and has plenty of nice fruity and earthy notes. This just falls a tad short of magnificence, I’ll likely try it again next year if it comes this way.

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